By HDN Staff
BILLINGS/HAYS Bonita Buck, 39, died June 4 in Billings. The cause of death is being investigated by the Yellowstone County authorities.
Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Paul's Mission in Hays. Funeral Mass will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. with burial to follow at St. Paul's Mission Cemetery in Hays.
Adams Funeral Home of Malta is in charge of arrangements.
Buck was born on July 11, 1961, in Fort Belknap to Joseph and Martha Buck. She resided in Hays and Havre; Portland, Ore. and Seattle, until moving to Billings where she made her home for the past several years.
Buck attended Flandreau Indian School (FIS) in Flandreau, S.D., and graduated in 1980. In her senior year, she was named Miss FIS. In 1982, she served in the US Army. More recently, she attended MSU-Billings where she was working towards a bachelor's degree and was close to completion.
Buck enjoyed her children, family, and friends. She enjoyed playing bingo with her mother and participating in the many family gatherings her large family often holds.
She was preceded in death by her father, Joe Buck; brother, Jimmy (Matthew) Brockie; long-time companion, Alan Hamel.
Survivors include her mother, Martha Buck of Fort Belknap; daughters, Sharana Gonzales, Diona Buck and Twana Buck, all of Billings; son, Beau Buck of Billings; sisters, Emory Champagne of Havre, Donna Boyer of Billings, Margaret Nicholson of Ashland, Wis., Jolene King of Fort Belknap, and Diane Buck of Denver, Colo.; brothers, Eddie Brockie, Bobby Brockie, and Kenny Nicholson, all of Billings, Edwin Nicholson, Jr. of Fort Belknap, Frank Buck of Portland, Ore., Conrad Buck, Medric Buck and Duane Buck, all of Fort Belknap; uncle, Moses Nez Perce of Hays; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.