Linda Joyce Tsonetokoy

December 18, 1945 - November 30, 2012
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Linda Joyce Tsonetokoy, 67, of Carnegie, OK passed away quietly from this existence at 5:20p.m., at her daughter's home in Ft. Cobb, OK. She had been fighting pancreatic cancer for three months and had undergone chemo therapy and was under Hospice care. She lost her battle with cancer on Friday November 30th, 2012 with her family at her bedside. Linda grew up in the Kiowa community around Carnegie, OK most of her life. She attended the Carnegie Schools up until the fourth grade, until her family moved to the Alden community. She attended school at Alden up until the eighth grade and was the 1960 valedictorian before re-attending Carnegie Schools. Linda graduated from Carnegie School in 1964 then attended Haskell Institute in Lawrence, KS and graduated from Haskell in 1966. She was immediately employed by the U.S. Government and began work in Rockville, MD where she worked for thirty years with the Health, Education, and Welfare Department as a governmental analyst interpreting "governmental legalese" until she retired in 1997 as a GS-13. After her retirement, Linda returned home and began to take part in her Kiowa culture. She participated in numerous contest pow-wows throughout the United States. Linda had won first place in dozens of contests throughout the U.S. competing in the Lady's Southern Buckskin Golden Age category. She was also an advocate for the preservation of traditional Kiowa culture and history. Linda practiced and perpetuated her traditional Kiowa Bead work which she learned from her mother and became a highly skilled craftsperson. Due to her years spent on the pow-wow circuit she has several adopted children and an army of friends and admirers. In addition to this, Linda creates the most beautiful works of art via her talent in traditional Kiowa Bead work. her bead work talent rivals that of her own mother, Grace Lone Bear Tsonetokoy. Due to this legacy, Linda has coined this distinctive Kiowa Bead work style as the "Tsonetokoy Family Style". This style is now copied by dozens of people who participated and contest at annual pow-wows throughout "Indian Country". Linda is the third child of Grace Lone Bear Tsonetokoy and Fred " Buster" Tsonetokoy. Her paternal grandparents are Helen Tawkoyty and Francis Tsonetokoy while her maternal grandparents are "Sate-Pi-Gaw" (Lone Bear) and "Khune-Ahaw-Gyah" (Took The Staff). She is a great-great-granddaughter of the renown "Tau-Haw-Sin" (Little Mountain or Over-Hanging Butte) who led the Kiowa people from 1833, "The Year the Stars Fell", to the winter of 1866 when he died.
Linda Joyce Tsonetokoy was born on December 18th, 1945 and passed from this world on November 30th, 2012.

Survivors include her two daughters, Jacqueline Tsonetokoy, Carnegie, OK
Leatrice Tsonetokoy, Ft. Cobb, OK
one adopted daughter, Laura "Wah-Wah" Tsonetokoy, Ft. Cobb, OK
her ninety two year old mother, Grace Lonebear Tsonetokoy, Carnegie, OK
two sisters, Patricia Tsonetokoy Bointy, Anadarko, OK
Geneva Tsonetokoy Walker, Carnegie, OK
one adopted sister, Lu Lookingglass, Alburquerque, NM
two brothers, Dewey Tsonetokoy Sr., Carnegie, OK
Ross Tsonetokoy, Carnegie, OK
four grandsons, Jalin Goodwill, Jaxon Tsonetokoy, Isaac Tsonetokoy, Marlin Goombi III
one granddaughter, Gracie Tsonetokoy

She was preceded in death by her father, niece, Leslie Tsonetokoy

Wake Service: 6:00p.m., Monday, December 03, 2012
Funeral Service: 11:00a.m., Tuesday, December 04, 2012
Both services will be held at Cedar Creek United Methodist Church, Carnegie, OK
Burial will follow at Carnegie Cemetery
under the direction of Ray & Martha's Funeral Home

Service Information

Date: December 3, 2012
Time: 6:00 pm
Date: December 4, 2012
Time: 11:00 am

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Trena J. Baker and Family
Mandaree, ND
Your mother will be taken care of by God now. I am sorry for your loss, and you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Sure going to miss watching her dance.
Love Trena, Jordan, Arlin and Skylar xoxoxo
cheryl cozad
denver, co,
sending sincere condolences to the Tsonetokoy family; love you all and praying for God to bless and give strength in the days ahead...
Franklin E. Akoneto
Walters, OK
My dear relatives:
Brother Dewey recently made me aware of the health issues and needs facing the family.  Our Loved One and Mom Grace have been in so many prayer circles.  The Power of Prayer is mighty.  Know that we will continue lovingly lifting each of you in our thoughts for that Peace that knows no bounds. 
Rose Lomavaya
Our family is deeply saddened to hear of Linda's passing.  May God give you all comfort during this time.  We're sending love and prayers.
Deborah A. Broken Rope
Rockville, MD
To Linda's family - My heartfelt condolences.  Linda was a wonderfully talented person, who was an example to me for her kindness and steadfastness.  I admired her, for her thoughtful and thorough approach in work and in her keeping her dancing and traditions alive.  I will miss her very much but was blessed to know her.  You and she will be in my prayers.-- [email protected]
Carmen Clairmont
Denver, CO,
This is Carmen Clairmont and family wanting to acknowledge Linda's passing. We wanted to let her precious family know our hearts go out to them.  We will keep her and your families in our prayers and ask Tukasela to give you the strength to keep on going. 
I admired Linda in the PowWow world because she was such a graceful dancer a respectful competitor.  She was always humble when she placed and gave everyone a nice smile.  She will be missed....
Amber Hainta
Lawton, OK
To the family: Praying God comforts and strengthens you all during this time. Linda was a beautiful woman inside and out! Cherish the memories! Hang in there, sis and I send our love!
Janet Ingersoll
Rockville, MD
Leatrice, Jacqueline and Lou,
i will miss my good friend Linda. we had a lot of good times here in the Rockville area and attending pow-wows with Linda and Lou. my prayers go out to you and your families. Hugs to you all. love Janet & Tamara
Georgianna,Clayton Old Elk & Family
Crow Agency, MT,
Our thoughts & prayers are with you all at this time.  We were saddened to hear of her passing.  We are proud to have known her & worked with her at IHS in Rockville.  I loved to watch her dance with such grace!
Bobbi Ann Burnside & James Burnside
Safford, AZ
we send our condolences to each and everyone of the family, with prayers to up lift your Hearts in the coming days.
Barbara Kuykendall Hopkins
Fort Worth, TX,
My thoughts and prayers are with the family.  I am so sad to hear of the passing of Linda, We graduated from high school in 1964.  Linda was beautiful and very sweet lady..

Barbara Hopkins
Georgeline Sparks
Baltimore, MD
She will be missed greatly! The Sparks family extend our prayers to her family.

Lillian, Elyse and Georgey Sparks
Ann French
Rockville, MD
Sending heartfelt sympathy to you during this time.  May the sweet comfort of the Holy Spirit of the Living God be with you during this time and the following days. It was a blessing to know Linda.  During some of her time in Maryland, we worked together, played softball together and served together in the North American Indian Women's Assocation.  My sister Darlene also knew her quite well and was friends with her too.
Tena L. Larney
Gaithersburg, MD
My sincere thoughts and prayers are extended to the family.  I knew Linda when she worked for the Indian Health Service and when reading her obituary, I learned so much more about her life.  May God keep you all surrounded in his arms as he comforts your saddened hearts.
Wonzie Klinekole Tiger
Garland, TX
My prayers go out to the family on this tragic news that I just received ~ I AM SO SORRY!
I will miss her dancing elegance!
God Bless the entire family and may His Loving Grace carry you through the days ahead.
Judy Fields and Family
Tulsa, OK,
My Father Sam Tarrant and Step-Mom Vickie, as well as the rest of the Family in New York and Tulsa send our deepest regards to the Family.  Linda was a Beautiful person and she will be truly missed. God Bless!!
Karen Haymond
Pawnee, OK
My sincere Condolences to all the Tsonetokoy Family, Relatives, Extended Family Members and Friends.  May Waconda Bless each of you and give you strength to carry on and know your Mom Is In A Good Place.

Much Love to all of you .... Your Mom will be missed .
hope tone pah hote
roxbury new york, NY
my sincere condolences to all the Tsonetokoy Family. Linda will be missed greatly. I proud to be able to dance and to get to know her. Im saddened to hear of her passing. I love to be able to share and dance with her. She will be in my heart everytime i step in to dance
Bernadette EchoHawk
Washington, DC
Out of the blue tonight I thought of Linda, and decided to see if she might have a Facebook page when I discovered she had passed. I'm very saddened to learn this news. As a fellow Oklahoman, Linda was always very nice to me when I moved to DC to go to school. She laughed easily and often, and I will miss her. My thoughts are with her family. Your mother, daughter, sister, aunt touched many lives in a positive way.
gene brockie
I got to know Linda in Washington DC in the latter 60's when she worked for IHS in Rockville, Md.  She was always fun and full of laughter.  She and her sister were good to be around and visit.  I was just checking Facebook and see she has passed and felt I had to let the family know I thought she was a wonderful and vital person.  My prayers are for her children and survivors and just wish I had seen her when she was dancing.  Quite the woman and person!!!
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