Joyce M. Duran

Oct 28, 2013 Staff

Joyce M. Duran, of Arapahoe, died Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, at her home. She was 73 years old.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at St. Stephen's Catholic Church. Burial will be at the Arapaho Catholic Cemetery in St. Stephen's. Rosary services will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, at Davis Funeral Home. A wake will follow at her residence, 16 C'Hair Lane, Arapahoe.

Joyce Marie Duran was born Feb. 12, 1940, in Fort Washakie, the daughter of Steven Duran Sr. and Ida Mae (Willow) Duran. She was a lifelong resident of the Wind River Indian Reservation. She attended Arapahoe School, Riverton High School and Casper College.

She worked for the public health services for 35 years, and 10 years as a culture teacher at Arapahoe School. She also served as a Northern Arapaho election judge.

In June 1967, she married Raymond P. Underwood in Lander. They had three children.

Her family said she enjoyed beading, bingo, gambling, spending time with family, teaching, reading and craftwork.

She was of the Catholic faith and a member of the Native American Church. She also participated in sweats.

She is survived by her husband, Raymond P. Underwood; daughter Diana Underwood (Donald Watt Sr.) and her family; sons Michael Lee Duran and family, Eric Lee Underwood and family, Damon J. SunRhodes and family and Tracy Wagon and family; sisters Judy Duran and family and Ida Monroe and family; brothers Delmer J. Duran Sr. and family, Claude L Duran Sr. and family, Michael G. Duran and family, Tomas Ybarra Sr. and family, Kenny Redfield Sr. and family and Chuck Redfield and family; nieces Erin J. Duran and family, Caroline J. Tyler and family, Chalice Shakespeare and family, Stephanie McRay and family, Claudette C'Bearing and family, Mary Ellen Pingree and family, Reva K. SunRhodes and family, Mellisa LittleThunder and family, Chasity Smith and family, Theda A. Monroe and family, Beatrice Monroe and family, Trishanna SunRhodes and family, Jamie Redfield and family, Jamie Redfield and family, Teresa Redfield and family, Catherine Headley and family, Priscilla Standish and family, Sandy Bell and family, Valerie Bell and family, Cori Duran and family, Cassandra Duran and family, Morietta Duran and family, Norma Jean Duran and Lupe Pingree and family; nephews Delmer Duran Jr. and family, Gregory Duran, Leo Duran and family, Shane R. Duran and family, Dominic P. Duran and family, Claudio Duran Jr. and family, Lamar Duran, Shado Duran, Tomas Ybarra Jr., Gaylen LittleShield and family, Kenny Redfield Jr. and family, Richard Redfield and family, Percy Headley and family, Wesley S. Monroe Sr. and family, Ronald J. Monroe Sr. and family, Verdale Duran and family, Newell Duran and family, Alfred Duran and family, Kenny Duran and family, Randy Duran and family, Leo H. Monroe Sr. and family, Virgil T. Monroe Sr. and family, Stoney Monroe Sr. and family, Sheldon Bell Sr. and family, Brian Bell and family, Alfred Bell and family and Paul Bell Jr. and family; and extended families, Albert Willow family, Margrite Brown family, Joe Duran family and Phillip Bear family.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents; parents; son Rodrick L. Underwood; sisters Estelle SunRhodes, Joan Monroe, Virginia Duran, Arlene Bell, Margaret Duran, Mary Ellen Duran and Doris Flores; and brothers Steven Duran Jr., Wayland Duran, Virgil Duran and Jerry Headley.

Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home of Riverton. Online condolences may be left at

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