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Gladys D. Bear Heels

Gladys Dorothy Bear Heels, age 83, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, July 15, 2007, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip, SD.

Gladys was born August 25, 1923, at West Bend near Ft. Thompson, SD, the daughter of Grace Bear and Van Meter Kennedy. As a child, she moved with her family to Norris, SD, where she spent her childhood and being raised by Sam Chasing Horse, Sr.

She was united in marriage to Stacey Bear Heels on April 15, 1947. They resided on a ranch south of Stamford, SD, until 1953, when they moved to Belvidere, where she resided until her death.

Gladys was a very loving and devoted mother and grandmother. She worked a variety of jobs and retired from Burns Brothers in 1988, where she cooked for many years.

She leaves behind to mourn one son, Leland Bearheels and his wife, Iris, of Kadoka; two daughters, Jerilyn Means of Belvidere, and Marlene Kried and her husband, Fred, of Potlatch, ID; 16 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; a special niece, Charlene Ceni Ceros of Belvidere; two sisters-in-law, Martha Shot of Belvidere and Ida Estes of White River; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Gladys was preceded in death by her husband, Stacey Bear Heels, on December 20, 1989; a granddaughter, JoAnn Grace Romero; a grandson, Craig Bearheels; a great-granddaughter, Krisene Bearheels; two sisters, Katherine Dismount and Theresa Chasing Horse; two brothers, Roger and Sam Chasing Horse; a son-in-law, Robert H. "Bob" Means on June 26, 2005; and several siblings in infancy.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Thursday, July 19, at the Belvidere Community Church in Belvidere, with Rev. John Spruhan officiating.

Lay Reader will be Christine Dunham. Ushers will be Cordal Romero, Stanley Young III, Ronni and Kinsey Ricketts. Pallbearers will be Austin, Torian, Jay and Francis Romero, Joe and Dean Hagedorn, Cody Young and Brett Amiotte.

Interment, next to her husband, Stacey, will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, with Chaplain Paul Lupkes officiating.

A memorial is established.