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Brenda Lee Wilson May 07, 1961 - October 12, 2021


Last updated 10/18/2021 at 10:43pm

Funeral Service for Brenda Lee Wilson, Ina ta anpe wi ozanzan (Mother of Sonshine) 60, of Brookings, SD and formerly of Watertown, SD will be held on Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 1:00 P.M. at the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Tribal Community Center, Agency Village, SD with Morgan Redday Sr. officiating. Drum group will be Old Agency Singers. Music by Tom Wilson, Elena Wilson and John Wilson. Pallbearers will be Brian Wilson, Glenn Wilson, John Wilson, Tom Wilson, John Roach and Roger Hunt. Honorary Pallbearers will be Her Immediate Family, John Roach, Terry Faeth, Johnnylee Wohlleber and Patti Gaukel. Interment will be at the Hope Lutheran Cemetery, Summit, SD. There will be a Wake Services on Friday, October 15, 2021 at 7:00 P.M. at the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Tribal Community Center, Agency Village, SD. The Cahill Funeral Chapel is in charge of funeral arrangements.

Brenda was born May 7, 1961 to Nathan and Irene Wilson in Sisseton, SD. Brenda grew up in Summit where she excelled in basketball. After graduation she moved to Brookings where she worked. She moved to Seattle, WA and then moved back to SD in 1989. She then lived for 12 years in Lincoln, NE. She married R. Steven Abbott and her son, Luke was born. In 2001 she moved back to Watertown where she was a long time employee of Dakota Sioux Casino until illness forced her to retire. Brenda loved the Minnesota Vikings, NASCAR, watching Hallmark movies, Jamaican music, Boondock Saints and walking our beloved dogs, Reno and Chopper. She was proudest of her son Luke (Her Sonshine). Every time Luke's band would perform, you could find her right up front dancing away. She was his biggest fan. Brenda loved her trips to Jamaica where she loved the food, music and the culture. She always said she was a Jamarican. Brenda passed away at her home on October 12, 2021 after a long illness.

Brenda is survived by her beloved mother Irene Langdeaux of Brookings, SD; her son Luke Abbott – Wilson of Watertown, SD; her siblings Dawn Wilson of Brookings, SD, Jo Ann (Jeff) Bachmann of Gillette, WY., Glenn (Bonita) Wilson of Long Hollow, SD, Audrey Lawrence of Brookings, SD, Diana (Scott) Starcevich of Palatine, IL., Yvonne Ulbricht of Estelline, SD, Valerie (Joe) Van Heuveln of Sioux Falls, SD, Brian (Brandy) Wilson of Watertown, SD, Dorothea Wilson of Sisseton, SD, many nieces, nephews, great nieces & nephews, many cousins; and Reno and Chopper.

Brenda was preceded in death by her father Nathan; half-brothers Francis, Baine, Sammy, Bobby and Duke; half-sisters Shirley and Delores.


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