Vonnie Rose Bettelyoun was born February 20, 1949, in Pine Ridge, S.D., to Okie Cross and Grace (Iron Whiteman) Cross. Vonnie, 71, of Shakopee, Minn., made her journey to the Spirit World on March 6, 2020, at the St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee.
Vonnie is survived by her children, Alvin Gene Bettelyoun, Jr. and Curtis Clinton Bettelyoun, Sr. both of Wanblee, SD, April Ann Bettelyoun and Crystal Schoning both of Shakopee, MN; sisters, Susan Thunder Shield of Wanblee, SD, Amy Cross and Jessica Cross both of Minneapolis, MN, and Lori Cross-Smith of Bemidji, MN; brothers, Robert Cross of Denver, CO and Joey Cross of Oglala, SD; 21 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Vonnie was preceded in death by her parents, Okie and Grace Cross; spouse, Alvin G. Bettelyoun, Sr.; son, Jason Bettelyoun, Sr.; daughter, Mary Jo Bettelyoun; hunka sons, Mike Jenkins and David Shangborn; granddaughter, Caydee Catherine Bettelyoun; and hunka granddaughter, Mystic Bad Cob.
Pallbearers will be Clara Bettelyoun, Charlize Bettelyoun, Cydnee Bettelyoun, Savannah Bush, Thomlynne Bush, LaShay Rose Bettelyoun, Violet Bettelyoun, Daisy Bettelyoun, Francesca Crow-Bettelyoun, Christen Bettelyoun, and Cymberly Bettelyoun.
Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Mesteth, Robert Cross, Jr., Colleen Cross, Amber Terkildsen, Lawrence Cross, Miranda Cross-Rockwood, Mason Cross-Hawkins, Edward Bettelyoun, Jr., Chad Bettelyoun, George Bettelyoun, Jr., William Bettelyoun, Jeremy Bettelyoun, Cassie Craven, Price Long Soldier-Bettelyoun, Grace Red Bear & Family, Vernall Cross, Sr. & Family, All Cross Family All Bettelyoun Family, and All Friends & Relatives.
Wake Services: Two night wake service starting at 12:00 PM, Thursday, March, 19, 2020 at the T&T Center in Wanblee, SD with evening services starting at 7:00 PM each night of the wake.
Funeral Services: 2:00 PM, Saturday, March 21, 2020 at the T&T Center in Wanblee, SD
Officiating: Father Ron Seminara, S.J.
Traditional Lakota Services: All the Cross Family
Burial Services: Grace Episcopal Cemetery, Wanblee, SD
Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, SD