Phyllis Ann Peters

Thursday, November 5, 2020
Phyllis Ann Peters

Phyllis Ann Peters, a beautiful wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, auntie, and friend went to the Other Side of Camp, with her loving husband by her side, on October 31, 2020 at the Billings Clinic.

Phyllis was born in Sisseton, South Dakota on February 8, 1940 to Martin Abraham and Sophie Issacs. She is an enrolled member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota Sioux tribe and member of the Big Lodge Clan through adoption.

In 1956, Phyllis came to Crow Agency to help her aunt Marie Smart.

Phyllis attended high school at Flandreau Indian School in Flandreau, South Dakota and received her high school diploma from Hardin High School in 1957.

While at a dance in Lodge Grass she met George Peters. The two were married in Billings on December 22, 1958. They spent 62 years together.

Phyllis worked various jobs while raising her family. First, at the gas station in Ft. Smith, at the post office and at St. Labre Indian School’s plastic factory located in Lodge Grass. After the family moved to Crow Agency, she was the head chef at Sun Lodge Restaurant, as well as a cook for Crow Public School.

It was there she met her lifelong friends Florence Doyle, Tina Stewart and Regina Goes Ahead. In 1999 to 2003 Phyllis and George opened a family restaurant, The Crow's Nest, and later a coffee shop. From 1985 to 2020 Phyllis was employed by the United States Postal Service as a rural mail carrier on the Reno Creek delivery route.

Phyllis and George enjoyed the country. Favorite activities included herding, sheep, goats, horses, cattle, pigs, chickens, turkeys, dogs, and kids alongside her husband.

Phyllis is preceded in death by her parents; her adopted mother, Annette Birdinground; her brother, Kenny Burshiem; brother-in-law, Kenneth Adams; and her grandson, Lawren Myron Old Elk.

Phyllis is survived by her husband George; her sisters Carol Adams, Mona (Harvey) Renville, Juanita Kirk, and Shirley Seely; brothers, Dean Abraham, Dennis Issacs Seely, Rocky Trankle, Clifford Birdinground; brother-in-law, Carl Pease; children, Deana (Barry Hogan), Carol (Larry) Old Elk, Georgie (Bill) Joseph, Rose (Faron) Iron, William (Sheila) Peters, and Traci Peters; grandchildren, George Stephen Peters, Stephanie (Wade) Bastrom, Larna (Lane) Old Elk-Spotted Elk, Stacey Parker, Zachary (Cassi) Bird Faraway, Luvenia Old Elk, Kaylene Fox, Dane (Erin) Bullinsight, Misty (Julio) Bird Faraway, Sissy Iron, Sophie (Brandon) Bouyer, Garner (Callie) Bouyer, Zach Iron, Erin (Calvin) Bouyer, Robyn Iron, Faron Iron Jr., Katelyn (Lane) Bouyer, Daniel (Moyer) Iron Lexis Hogan, and Jake Ryder Peters; greatgrandchildren, Payton, Laryssa, Curtis, Bree, Nicole, Preston, Ayden ,Lexyn, Chezley, Zion, Tate, Judah, Jaymya, Kaliyah, Sophia, Hayden, Lawrence, Chet, Kenny, McKenna, Kaine, Hazel, Sawyer, Kyra, Leightyn, KyRie, Kemani, Ariyah, Kolby, Meadow, and Emmie; adopted children, John Kohn, David, Devereaux and Jonathan Old Elk, Matt Harris, Mark Ashdown, Silas and Mellissa Counts, Savannah Cairns, Ellen Hill, Dion Shane, Virgil McCormick, Darryl Little Light, Ross, Stephen, Michelle and Flora Parker, Joel Seminole, and the surviving grandchildren of Annette Birdinground; close friends, Beverly Big Man Charges Strong, Regina Goes Ahead, Micky Whiteman, Faith Faraway, Karen Watenbach, Debbi Gust, Catherine Hartung, Sister Juanita Humphrey, Letty Burgess, Betha Hogan, Phyllis Schinderline-Gaurdipee, and Jenny Parker.

The Family would like to thank the medical staff at Crow/Northern Cheyenne Hospital, Billings Clinic Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit, and Dahl's Funeral Home; for going above and beyond for Grandma Phyllis while she admitted to the hospital and for her final arrangements. Special thanks to those who offered prayers, kind words and monetary donations.

Please forgive us if we’ve failed to mention anyone during our time of bereavement. Phyllis was everyone’s Grandma.

Viewing is scheduled a from 1 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5 in at Dahl’s Funeral Chapel, 10 Yellowstone Ave., Billings, Montana. Funeral service is at 11 a.m. on Friday Nov. 6 at the Apsáalooke Veteran’s Cemetery in Crow Agency.