World War II nurse Marcella Rose LeBeau has died at 102

Marcella Rose LeBeau Death – Cause Of Death: World War II nurse and leadership in the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Marcella Rose LeBeau from Eagle Butte a city in Dewey and Ziebach counties in South Dakota, United States has passed away on Sunday 21st November 2021 at the age of 102. Marcella LeBeau’s cause of death has not been released at the time of this publication.

Marcella was a dedicated advocate who was acknowledged for her selfless service during World War II and for her leadership and advocacy of commercial tobacco control on the Cheyenne River Reservation. She was honored on the 60th anniversary of D-day with a French Legion of Honour, she was a dedicated member of the South Dakota Hall of Fame.

Marcella was a nursing director at Eagle Butte Indian Health Services. She was selfless in her services to serve humanity. She saved a lot of lives during World War II. She will be missed dearly. her legacy will live on forever. Marcella Rose LeBeau’s obituary and funeral plans will be released by the family at a suitable time.

Shane Balkowitsch – Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio paid tribute to her saying “I am very sad to hear that Marcella Rose LeBeau is making her final journey. My thoughts go out to her family. She will be greatly missed. She was 102 years old. I took this wet plate of her on September 13th, 2019 and the plate is at the State Historical Society of North Dakota being preserved. Marcella has served the people over her many years, beginning at a nurse in WWII then as a nurse for Indian Health Service up until her retirement where she then served as a councilwoman for CRST in 1991-1995. Having received many honors throughout her life, she is a recipient of the French Legion of Honor given to her in 04’ on the 60th anniversary of D-Day, an inductee to the South Dakota Hall of Fame, and a founding member of the Native American Indian Women’s Association. Her great-grandfather chief Four Bear was one of the Fool Soldiers who rescued the women and children captured from Lake Shetak during the Dakota Uprising in 1862. She also helped to bring home a Ghost Dance shirt from the Kelvin Grove Museum in Scotland—taken from body at the Wounded Knee Massacre in 1890. She was currently advocating for the revocation of the 20 Medals of Honor given to the soldiers of the massacre.

Photo credit – Shane Balkowitsch

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