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Leda Joyce Walking Night of Seiling, Oklahoma | 1945 - 2016 | Obituary

Submitted by Ann Weber

Leda Joyce Walking Night
July 30, 1945 - August 16, 2016

(permission granted)

LEDA JOYCE WALKING NIGHT, of Seiling, passed away on August 16, 2016 at the age 71 years and 17 days. Leda Joyce was born to Roy and Gladys Nightwalker in Okeene, OK on July 30, 1945. She was raised in the Fonda Community and attended school in Seiling, graduating Seiling High School with the Class of 1963. Leda spent her life working for the betterment of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribe, serving as a Community Health Representative, the TYP coordinator for children, and serving on the JOM program board and the Housing Board of Commissioners where she served as chairman for 3 years. The Cheyenne and Arapaho children were her joy, and she personally collected donations each year to give them school supplies and baskets on the holidays. She was also a member of the Native American Church of Oklahoma.

In addition to her parents Roy Nightwalker and Gladys (Williams) Nightwalker, Leda Joyce was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Tapaha, brother Roy "Junior" Walking Night and an infant brother Bobby.

Leda is survived by her four children: Henry Robert Tapaha and wife Florine of Montezuma Creek, UT, Tommy Roy Tapaha and wife Valerie of Seiling, Helen Louise Tapaha of Seiling, and Wilma Rose Tapaha of Clinton, OK. Leda is also survived by nine brothers and sisters: Peggy Ann Yazzie of Albuquerque, NM, Freddie Nightwalker of WA, Jean Nightwalker of MT, Jane Nightwalker of Clinton, Edith Nightwalker, Alvina Nightwalker of MT, George Nightwalker of MT, Bertha Kay Nightwalker of Denver, CO, and Alberta Nightwalker of MT; as well as 10 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Wake Services will be held on Friday, August 19, 2016 at the Seiling Golf Course Country Club.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at Elm Grove Community Church with Pastor Michael Brien and Pastor Gerald Panana presiding. Burial will follow in Cantonment Cemetery.

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