Ardith Mae Roubideaux long Crow was born at home delivered by her grandmother Frances on September 10, 1949 to parents Charles and Virginia Roubideaux. She was one of thirteen children. Back in the day, tents were the Lakota family’s homes, so Ardith always told a story of being born in a tent by the railroad tracks in 1949 or 1950. She grew up unsure by what year, so she always went by 1949 as her year of birth.
Ardith grew up and lived in Winner all her life. In her younger years she had three children: Anthony, Jennifer, and Sherry. On July 19, 1979 she married Orson R. Long Crow and to this union four daughters were born: Carol, LeAnn, Victoria, and Lori. While Orson was a Winner City Police officer, Ardith worked at the Winner Nursing Home for several years. She also attended Sinte Gleska University and DWU studying nursing. Ardith eventually chose to be a homemaker caring for her children, then her grandchildren.
Ardith took great pride in her family, her children, especially her grandchildren. She devoted her life to her family and followed all the activities and football games her grandchildren participated in. Ardith was a very important part of all her grandchildren’s lives, and was happy when her family was all together. She enjoyed playing bingo, her puzzle books, and visiting with her sisters, and loved being called Grandma by all the children in her life. She had nicknames for all of them.
Ardith had an effect on many people in her life, to her beautiful smile, her unique voice, to her love she had for life.