MAYETTA- Leatrice Simone “Shau Shqua Snok” Noriega, 71, of Mayetta, KS passed away Monday, December 18, 2017 at her home on the Prairie Band Potawatomi Reservation. She was born April 13, 1946 in Topeka, KS the daughter of Eugene White Hawk and Ruby M. Wabnum Shuckahosee.
Leatrice attended school in Marty, S.D. and graduated from Delia High School. Leatrice had also attended Washburn University. She lived her earlier years on the reservation and had spent most of her adult years in Topeka. She worked for the State of Kansas in the SRS Department as a clerk and also worked as a secretary at I CARE both in Topeka.
She was a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation and Drum Religion.
Leatrice and Ramon A. Noriega, Sr. were married for over 58 years. He survives of the home. Other survivors include 2 sons, Ramon “Kish” Noriega, Jr. of Topeka, KS and Wilson Noriega of Hutchinson, KS; 5 sisters, Alexis Bailey of Texas, Ardegene White Hawk, Martyna White Hawk, Vevina White Hawk and Inez White Hawk all of South Dakota; 2 brothers, Leslie Shuckahosee of Mayetta, KS and Eugenio White Hawk, Jr. of South Dakota; 2 grandchildren, Simone Noriega and Santana Noriega and 1 great-grandson, Kendrick Potts.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her step-mother, Blanche Cook Rice and 4 brothers, Robin Shuckahosee, Terry Shuckahosee, Robert Shuckahosee and Wilson Garcia, Sr.
Drum Services will be Thursday evening, December 21, 2017 at the Danceground Building. Burial will be Friday afternoon, December 22, 2017 in the Mitchell Cemetery. Family will greet friends from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. Wednesday evening at the Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. To leave a special message for the family, please visit www.mercerfuneralhomes.com.