Janice Mae Gentry age 73 of the Lower Sioux Community passed away Saturday, November 1, 2014 at her home. Funeral services will be 12:00 noon Tuesday, November 4 at St. Cornelia’s Episcopal Church. Visitation is 10:00-12:00 Tuesday at the church hall. Private family burial will be in St. Cornelia’s Episcopal Cemetery at a later date. Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service – Redwood Valley Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Janice May (Goodthunder) Gentry was born January 22, 1941 in Pipestone, Minnesota to Guy and Marjorie (Bluestone) Goodthunder. She grew up on the Lower Sioux Community, attended Little Blue School at the Lower Sioux Community (District 6 North), and graduated from Indian School in Arizona. Janice married Harold Earl Green in Phoenix, Arizona. They lived in various places while Harold was in the service. They were later divorced and Janice married Edwin Speraw in Denver, Colorado. Janice moved to West Virginia where she worked at Musselman’s for several years. In 1974 Janice moved to Minneapolis and then back home to the Lower Sioux Community in 1980 where she has lived since. She was a lifetime member of St. Cornelia’s Episcopal Church. Janice worked in various positions at Jackpot Junction and also served on the Tribal Council. She was an Elder and enjoyed the Wisdom Steps. Janice loved gambling, especially playing video poker. She enjoyed going out to eat and having coffee with friends and family. Janice loved going to garage sales and thrift stores, being out in her garden, and spending time with her grandkids and great grandkids.
Janice is survived by her daughters: Kelly, Wendy, Tracy, and Lisa; 15 grandchildren: Tamara, Lisa, Daniel, Richard Jr., Mark, David Jr., Donny, Tina, Devyn, Devin, Robert Jr., Tyra, Kortni, Kara, and Kody; 19 great grandchildren; siblings: Beverly (Clifford) Kosin, Ellen (Philip) Scott, and Ken Goodthunder; and aunt Betty Lee, all of the Lower Sioux Community; and many other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, son Richard, brothers Wayne, Richard, and Alvin Goodthunder, great grandson Julius, and aunt and uncle Art and Almeda Goodthunder.