Leslie Anne Tso


Leslie Anne “Tez” (Miles) Tso, 75, Aberdeen, SD, passed away surrounded by family on Thursday, January 6, 2022, at Avera St. Luke’s Hospital, Aberdeen.
Tez was born in Flandreau on December 8, 1946, to Leroy and Elaine (Traversie) Miles. She was a member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, and also a lineal descendant of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. She attended the Flandreau Public School system graduating in 1965. Tez excelled at playing the bass clarinet and was a two-time All-State Band musician. In 1968, she graduated from Haskell Indian Junior College, in Lawrence, KS with an Associate’s Degree in business.  She married Eugene Tso in Gallup, NM in 1968.  Their son, Eugene Fred Tso, was born on March 28, 1969. They made their home in Gamerco, NM. The family moved to Minneapolis, MN in 1970 where Tez began her Federal career with the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) as a Registration Clerk at the Minneapolis Area Office. On February 28, 1972, a daughter, Anne-Marie Elaine Tso was born. Tez and children later moved to Bemidji, MN for a job promotion. In 1978, they relocated to Aberdeen, SD, where she worked as a Budget Analyst at the BIA, Aberdeen Area Office.  In 1991, through hard work and dedication, she became the BIA, Great Plains Regional Budget Officer.  Tez thoroughly enjoyed working with the Tribes and BIA staff and received national recognition on several occasions for her outstanding work.  She often said   “We are here to serve the Tribes”. Upon her retirement in 2004, U.S. Senator Tom Daschle recognized her with a ‘Leslie Anne Tso’ day.  
Tez was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Aberdeen and her immense faith guided her though every aspect of her life. She was thoughtful, compassionate and loved a good laugh.  She always looked forward to spending time with her family in Flandreau while on holiday.
Tez’s greatest accomplishment in life were her two children.  With the challenges of being a single mother, Tez sacrificed to ensure her children’s needs were always met, often times above her own.
Tez loved a good rummage sale and rarely passed one by. She had a keen interest in all things British, especially the Royal Family (she often thought she was Royal). She loved watching the Minnesota Vikings and English Premier League Soccer with her son.  Her other varied interests included music (old country, 50’s and 60’s), watching Jeopardy, Judge Judy, and Turner Classic Movies. From an early age, she had a love of reading, which resulted in an extensive book collection.  She was known for her delicious chex mix during the Christmas season.  She made her “Tez Mix” for her family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, and delivery men.  
Tez is survived by her daughter, Anne-Marie Tso, Aberdeen; siblings: Denise (Miles) Goodface, Aberdeen; Roxee Johnson, Flandreau; Reneé Jones, Flandreau; Fred Jones, Bozeman, MT; Kim (Steve) Patterson, Flandreau; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her son, Eugene (2020); parents: Walter and Elaine (Traversie) Jones and Leroy Miles; and siblings: Robert Miles, Viola (Miles) Ross, and Mona Miles.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, January 15, 2022, at Ss. Simon and Jude Catholic Church, Flandreau with burial at First Presbyterian Cemetery, Flandreau. Visitation will be 5:00 – 7:00 pm on Friday, January 14, 2022, at Skroch Funeral Chapel, Flandreau with a prayer service beginning at 7:00 pm. Masks are preferred. Condolences may be sent to Anne-Marie Tso at P.O. Box 765 Aberdeen, SD 57402.
The family would like extend their deepest appreciation to the Avera St. Luke’s Hospital medical and ICU staff for her care. 

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