Crazy Horse's Ruth Ziolkowski reflects on her life

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    Ruth, and her husband, before he passed, have done much to help American Indian students. I was honored to be the recipient of a Crazy Horse Scholarship and have a letter from Ruth that is in my album and resume.

    I wish her peace and comfort as she continues her journey.

    For the last 65 years, a KOTA Territory woman has worked tirelessly to make a dream come true. It's a dream she will not see realized. Ruth Ziolkowski, CEO of Crazy Horse, is gravely ill, battling stomach cancer.

    Ruth quotes what an old Indian woman told her just a few weeks ago, "The Indian people believe the day you were born there's a number. It's put beside your name and it has a date. And when that day comes you'll pass upstairs."


    http://www.kotatv.com/story/25216884/crazy-horses-ruth-ziolkowski-reflects-on-her-life

    For the past 67 years, a petite, quiet woman has gently been leading the charge to carve a mountain in the Black Hills to honor the great Lakota Chief Crazy Horse.

    Ruth Ziolkowski is now dying from cancer. Doctors say she doesn't have long to live. Barb and Chuck Lien have been friends with the Ziolkowskis for more than 60 years. The Ziolkowskis had 10 children, the Liens had nine. " Ruth and Korczak came to us when they were little and asked if something happened to both of them, would we be able to take their kids. We said yes," said Chuck Lien.


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    Ruth and her husband on their wedding day in 1950.

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    Crazy Horse holds upbeat celebration of life for Mrs. Z

    Call her what you like … the First Lady of Tourism … the Iron Lady of Optimism … Ruth Ziolkowski wants you to think of her as your friend and to happily remember her.

    That was the message from several speakers at Tuesday's celebration of life ceremony for the late chief executive of the nonprofit Crazy Horse Memorial. Ziolkowski, 87, died of cancer on May 21 and was buried Tuesday near the base of the world's largest mountain carving in progress.

    She planned her funeral services at the Memorial’s Welcome Center. Speakers told more than 800 people attending that the legendary Crazy Horse leader instructed that the service remain lighthearted, said program emcee Sid Goss of Rapid City..


    http://www.kotatv.com/story/25624793/crazy-horse-holds-upbeat-celebration-of-life-for-mrs-z
     

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