Eva P. Dudley, age 88, of Rapid City, died Sunday, August 26, 2018 at the Rapid City Regional Hospice House.
Evangeline Pearl (Redwing) Dudley (Dakodwicohan Tekihidawin – Woman who loves her Dakota Indian Ways) was born July 19, 1930, at home near Dante, SD, to Arthur and Clarice (Chinn) Redwing. The second oldest of nine children, she spent her youth along Choteau Creek, and attended a country school and later St. Mary’s Episcopal School for Indian Girls, Springfield. She was an enrolled member of the Santee Sioux Nation. Eva met her husband, Phillip Charles Dudley, in grade school. They married in 1952. The couple made their home in various places in eastern South Dakota. While her husband worked to provide for the family, Eva stayed home and raised their 8 children. They eventually settled in Egan, South Dakota in 1967 and she then entered the workforce as a dorm matron at the Flandreau Indian School.
Eva was a very faithful servant of the Lord, with many roles throughout the Episcopal Diocese of South Dakota, enjoying the Niobrara Convocation from a child to her passing. She loved to be around her family and friends and had a special love for Scrabble, the Minnesota Twins, and the KU Jayhawks (Rock Chalk!). She was very thoughtful and gave many gifts and cards to everyone to make sure they knew they were special. She will be missed and will live on in the hearts of many forever.
Eva is survived by three sons: Dale Dudley, Sioux Falls, Robert (Linda) Dudley, Rio Rancho, NM, and Phil Dudley, Rapid City; four daughters: Mary (Tony) Gonsor, Custer, Patty Johanson, Flandreau, Barb (Guy) Fairbanks, St. Paul, MN, and Kristi Gallagher, Rapid City; 16 grandchildren and 33 great grandchildren, whom she loved with all her heart; her sister: Delores Jones, Snyder, NE, and her brother: Floyd (Kitty) Redwing, Onawa, IA,
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her son, Kevin Charles, 3 sisters and 2 brothers.
Visitation and a Memorial Eucharist was offered in Rapid City. A Wake was held August 31 and a Memorial Eucharist on September 1, both at the Wicoicaga Otipi Center in Flandreau followed by inurnment of her ashes in the Hillside Cemetery in Egan.