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Celia Thomas Briard

Born: 8/16/1988

Died: 1/8/2013

Maiden Name: Thomas

Honorific: n/a

Celia Ann Thomas Briard passed away on Jan 8, 2013. She was born on Aug. 16, 1988, in Yankton, S.D., to Rick and Joyce (Martin) Thomas. She attended elementary and junior high school at Santee Public School, graduating high school from Niobrara Public School in 2006. While she was in school, she competed in Junior Olympic Boxing in Nebraska. In the summer of 2006, she graduated from National Indian Youth Police Academy in Wisconsin and received the Team Leader Award. Celia married Jake Briard in 2007 and was enrolled in the Santee Sioux National Americorp Program. She attended Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Neb., in 2008. In 2009 she worked for the Madison, Neb., Juvenile Detention Center. She was employed at Feather Hill until 2010 and attended Nebraska Indian Community in Santee, Neb., in 2011. Celia was currently employed at the Santee Sioux Nation Ohiya Casino. Celia was the proud mother of her 4-year-old daughter, Sicily Marie Briard, who was the love of her life. She cherished her Dakota and Choctaw cultures and traditions; at a young age she won the title of Miss Santee Sioux MIA. Celia was a fancy shawl dancer and a traditional sun dancer. She had a heart of gold and was always willing to give a helping hand to anyone in need. Her great sense of humor would light up any room and will be forever loved and greatly missed by her daughter, parents, brothers, sister, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Albert and Linda Thomas, and Celia Martin; brothers Richard Jr. and Hepan Thomas; uncles, Daniel Thomas, Gary Thomas and George Thomas; aunt Dawn Starlin; special brother, TaCanku Thomas; and cousin Tony Thomas. She is survived by her daughter Sicily; husband Jake; parents, Rick and Joyce Thomas; brothers, Wakiyan Thomas, Cedric and Issac Denney; sisters, Ronette Thomas and Stephanie Thomas; as well as aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends.