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Isabelle "Jingles" Louise DeMarrias April 16, 1950 - April 15, 2021


Last updated 4/19/2021 at 10:20pm

Isabelle "Jingles" DeMarrias, 70, of Sisseton, SD passed away at the Tekakawitha Living Center, Sisseton on April 15, 2021. Funeral services for Jingle will be held at the Lake Traverse District Center on Sunday April 18, 2021 at 2:00 P.M. There will be an all night wake service starting at 7:00 P.M. on Saturday, April 17, 2021.

Funeral Service for Isabelle "Jingles" DeMarrias, 70, of Sisseton, SD will be held at Lake Traverse District Center, Browns Valley, SD on Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 2:00 P.M. with CRE Jr Heminger, Mike LaFountaine, and Coke LaFountaine officiating. Pallbearers will be Kris DeMarrias, Kim Jensen, Brooks Rattling Thunder, (Baby) Bruce DeMarrias Jr, Joshua Shepherd and Robert Huff. Honorary Pallbearers will Roger & Caroline Nelson, Ethelene White Hawk, Sherri DeMarrias, Aurora Boardman, Crystal Feather, Star Abraham, Victoria Abraham, Sparkle Cavanaugh, Rose St. John, Darrell & Carol White, Gloria White, Lola Spider, Leona Iyarpeya, Rebecca Nelson, Shawn DeMarrias, Jordan Long Tree, Barb DeMarrias, Sugar DeMarrias and the Tekawitha Nursing Staff. There will be an all night on Saturday, April 17, 2021 starting at 7:00 P.M. at the Lake Traverse District Center in Browns Valley, SD.

Isabelle "Jingles" DeMarrias began her life journey on April 16, 1950. She was the loving daughter of Jacob DeMarrias Sr and Mercy King. Jingles was born and raised in Sisseton, SD. She attended school at Wahpeton Indian School, Sisseton Public School and later received her GED from the Sisseton Wahpeton College. After completing her GED, Jingles left for the Fort Totten/St. Michaels area, returning home for a little while and then left to spend time with family in the Twin Cities. She later returned home where she worked at the Sisseton Wahpeton Tribal Police Department as a dispatcher. She also worked for the Sota Iya Yapi and many years at the Dakota Magic Hotel as a room attendant. Jingles moved to Kansas for a few years and returned home this is when she settled in as the manager at the Uptown Motel for Roger & Carolyn Nelson for almost 15 years. She was "their Isabel."

Jingles was a free spirit who loved to spend time with family and friends visiting. She always enjoyed going for cruises in her little white car (she loved that car.) She always kept those around her laughing, she had an infectious laugh and always said "aaayyy" after saying something funny. Jingles always had a listening ear and had many stories to tell. She always had a helping hand, even if it was all she had. Jingles was that "COOL" aunt that will be missed dearly. She will be remembered for her beautiful smile and her joyful spirit. She was a blessing, the memories with her a treasure, she was loved beyond words and will be missed beyond measures. Jingle Bells left a lasting impression.

Survived by Evelyn Pilcher (sister), Sisseton SD, Jacob DeMarrias Jr (brother), Sisseton, SD, Kirk Adams (brother), Browns Valley, MN, Christine DeMarrias (daughter), Grand Forks, ND, Dawn DeMarrias (daughter), Twin Cities, MN, Robert Huff (son), Sisseton, SD, 18 grandchildren, 1 great-granddaughter, and many nieces and nephews.

Proceeded in death by Jacob George DeMarrias Sr (Father), Mercy King (Mother), Floyd DeMarrias (brother), Geno DeMarrias (brother), Lincoln DeMarrias (brother), Cowboy DeMarrias (brother), Kimberly DeMarrias (sister), Delores DeMarrias (sister) and Jessica DeMarrias (daughter)

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