Hvlwa-Este “Coonie” Coon



MAYETTA, KS – Hvlwa-Este “Coonie” Coon, Pa Ba Ma Si Kwe, 17, of Mayetta, died Sunday, March 29, 2020 at the Stormont-Vail Health Center in Topeka surrounded by her family.

She was born March 20, 2003 in Topeka, the daughter of Carolyn Dee Begay.  Hvlwa-Este was in her junior year at the Sherman Indian High School in Riverside, CA but had returned home due to the Corona virus pandemic.

She was a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation and the Drum Religion.  She was also a member of the National Honor Society, the White Rose Singers, President of the Drama Club, and participated in track at school.

Hvlwa-Este was preceded in death by her grandfather, Wesley “Pops” Begay, grandmother, Bessie Kay Wise and an aunt, Michelle Renee Begay.

Survivors include her mother, Carolyn Dee Begay, of the home; her grandmother, Maxine Begay, Mayetta; three sisters, Maxine “Pudge” Coon, Mayetta, and Michelle Alcon and Simone Alcon, both of Denver, CO; one brother, Anthony Sandoval (Jamie), Mayetta; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins, all her family in New Mexico and her Sherman Indian High School family.

Hvlwa-Este will lie in state from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Thursday, April 2nd at the Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Hoyt.  A supper will be held Thursday evening at the Dance Ground, west of Mayetta.  Burial will be Friday in the Matwe-Shobney Cemetery.  On-line condolences may be made at

  • Courtesy of Chapel Oaks Funeral Home