Talayah Autumn Brown IronHawk (Burns), 16, passes

Staff Writer
Devils Lake Journal
Talayah Autumn Brown IronHawk (Burns), 16-years-old, passed away Tuesday in Rolla, ND. Her friends and family members will always remember her smile and heart-warming kindness.

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Talayah Autumn Brown IronHawk (Burns), 16 of Rolla, ND, passed away on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at her home in Rolla.  

The wake for Talayah will be held at St. Michael’s Recreation Center, St. Michael, ND on Sunday, October 5th  beginning at 4 p.m. with a Rosary and prayer service at 8 p.m.  The procession to St. Michael will leave on Sunday at 3 p.m. from the former Wal-Mart.  

Funeral services for Talayah will be held on Monday, October 6 at 10 a.m. at St. Michael’s Recreation Center. with Father Paul Schuster officiating.  Talayah will be laid to rest in the Native American Cemetery, rural St. Michael.   

Active pallbearers for Talayah will be Michael OneBear Jr., Michael Demarce IronHawk, Robert IronHawk Jr., Robert LittleWind, Rocky LittleWind, Jason IronHawk, Cody IronHawk, Alex Lawrence, Robert Brown Jr. and Kevin Brown. 

Honorary Pallbearers  will be All Teammates from Rolla High School, Lea Bartram, Harry and Jody Burns, Delisha Burns, Aisha IronHawk, Orianna OneBear, Ty IronHawk, Ashley IronHawk, Mercedee IronHawk, Elizabeth IronHawk, Tammy OneBear, Paula and Wilbur Medicine Stone, Claudette and Tim CottonWood, Fawnda OneBear, Lindsey OneBear, Julie and Jayden OneBear, Chaunteen GreyBear, Sabrina Lara, Tanya Littlewind, Prairie SwiftHawk, Bennett SwiftHawk, Tenneri SwiftHawk, Cherelle SwiftHawk, the Rolla Paramedics, Jack and Fran Warner and all beloved extended family, friends and cousins.

Music will be provided by the Spirit Lake Singers and any other singers and drum groups are welcome to share their songs in memory of Talaya.

Talayah Autumn Brown IronHawk (Burns) was born on August 27, 1998 at Pine Ridge, SD and entered the Spirit World on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at her home in Rolla.  She was the precious daughter of the late Alvin Brown Sr. and Darlys IronHawk.  

In Talayah’s younger years she enjoyed the outdoors; riding her bike and skate boarding.  She also enjoyed attending ceremonial meetings out at Jack and Fran Warners residence in Tokio along with her father and brother.  Her favorite movies were “Phineas and Ferb” and “Scooby-Do”.  Talayah would have her down days at times, but that didn’t last long.  She was a happy girl.  She would always call Orianna OneBear, her cousin, her best buddy.  

Talayah’s school years were spent at Sweetwater, Minnie H in Devils Lake and at Maddock Public School.  At the time of her death she was attending school in Rolla, ND in her junior year.  She was on the Junior Girls Varsity Basketball Team.   She was active in sports and enjoyed sports.  She liked drawing and painting.  She enjoyed going to Crystal Lake with her foster parents, Jody and Harry Burns.  She said it was so peaceful there.  At the time of her passing she was employed at Leevers in Rolla.  

Talayah is survived by her mother, Darlys IronHawk, Devils Lake; sisters, LaShawn IronHawk, Grand Forks and Delisha Burns, Rolla; brother, Alvin Brown Jr., Bismarck; aunts, Bessie IronHawk, Devils Lake, Sharlene IronHawk, Melody Brown, Carmen Hale, Michelle Hale, Jessica Hale, Cheryl IronHawk, Darcie IronHawk and Dawn IronHawk all of St. Michael and Lorraine GoodNature, New London, CT; uncles, Jason IronHawk, St. Michael, Roudie IronHawk, New London, CT, Elvis Demarce, Kevin Brown, Robert Brown Jr., Billy Brown, Michael Demarce IronHawk, Derek IronHawk, all of St. Michael; grandmothers, Elizabeth Lawrence, New Rockford, ND, Sylvia Hale, Esther IronHawk, Ella LaFrombois and Sandra Demarce, St. Michael; grandfathers, Robert Brown Sr., Eugene Hale, Josie Lawrence, Cletus Lawrence, Zachary Thompson and Richard Demarce all St. Michael; adopted grandparents, Jack and Fran Warner.

Talayah was preceded in death by her father, Alvin Brown Sr.; big brother, Darnell James IronHawk; grandfathers, Benedict IronHawk Sr., Isaac Mallard, Frank Demarce, Henry Lawrence, Albert Thompson and Andrew IronHawk; grandmothers, Bertha IronHawk, Celina IronHawk, Frances Ross Brown, Sarah Smith, Veronica Thompson-Demarce, Annie Greywind IronHawk, Lillian Mebebeya uncles, Daniel, Marvin, Roger, Myron and Benedict Jr., IronHawk; aunts, Bernadine IronHawk and Elaine Demarce; cousins Jennifer and Leslie IronRoad.

Rest now my baby girl. You will always be in our hearts and memories.  You will be greatly missed and loved.  No more hurt, no more pain.  

Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake is handling the arrangements.