LODGE POLE Angel Lynn Denny, 15 years, whose Indian name "Wiyaga Ska" meant White Feather, a high school junior at Hays/Lodge Pole, died in a house fire on Saturday, April 9, 2005.
Wake services will be 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, at the Medicine Bear Lodge in Lodge Pole. Funeral Mass will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 13, at the Medicine Bear Lodge, with interment in the Cliff Family Cemetery at Lodge Pole. Adams Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Angel was born on April 15, 1989, at Havre, the daughter of Bruce L. Sr. and Wanda (Cliff) Denny. She was currently attending the Hays/Lodge Pole High School, where she was a junior. Angel enjoyed powwow dancing with her family and friends and singing with the Hays/Lodge Pole drum group. She was an avid basketball player, playing guard position for the Lady T-Birds during her sophomore year. She was a motivated volleyball player. She liked hacky sack with her cousins and friends. Angel began powwow dancing at a very young age. She was often adorned in beautiful capes and attire designed by her artistic father with beadwork done by her talented mother. She was a strong believer in her traditional ways and religion. Her pastimes included going to Chief Nosey gym playing basketball, listening to music, driving around, visiting with friends on the phone, chatting over the Internet and shopping. Her goal beyond high school was to move to Billings to attend MSU-Billings, where her sister and cousin attend. Her favorite saying in her Nakota language was "Nay Chaun Day Diya U Sah," meaning carry your heart high.
She is survived by her parents Bruce L. Denny Sr. and Wanda Joe (Cliff) Denny of Lodge Pole; sisters, Monique, Anita and Shelby of the family home, and Jenny of Billings; brothers, Sam, Bruce Jr.; and special nephew Isaiah of the family home; great-grandmother, Ruby (Percy) Plummage; adopted grandparents, John Sr. (deceased) and Minerva Allen, Doreen (Calvin) Snell, all of Lodge Pole; godmother, Leslie "Josie" Cliff of Billings, godfather, Craig Shambo of Lodge Pole; aunts and uncles, Lynn (Barbara) Cliff, Cindy (Stacy) Carrywater, Terry Sr. (April) Cliff, Debra (Craig) Shambo, all of Lodge Pole, Ricky Sr. (Sue) Cliff of Lawrence, Kan., Darrell "Juggie" (Irene) Denny, Robert (Louise) Stump, Ona (Merlin Sr.) Yellowtail, Betty Jo (Mark) Spotted Horse, all of Rocky Boy, Todd (Verna) Denny of Fort Belknap, Iris Buffalo of Pryor, Ann (George) Buck of Billings, June Denny of Deadwood, S.D.; great-uncles and aunts, Albert (Ramona) Cliff of Benton City, Wash., Virginia (Rusty) Furhman, Jean Campbell, Walter Blackbird, all of Fort Belknap, Violet Wing, Christine (Gerald) Main Peggy Jo (Stu) Wing, Hannah (Yogi) Wing all of Lodge Pole, Nadine Westphal of Spokane, Wash., and Delbert (Angie) Jackson Sr. of White Bear.
Angel was preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Henry and Vera (Jackson) Cliff; great-grandparents, Thomas Cliff and& Olivia (Brisbo) Healy; paternal grandparents, Louie and Angela (Blackbird) Denny; great-grandparents, Sam and Anne (Sandy) Denny, George and Ella (Cloud Robe) Blackbird.
Her extended families include the Cliff, Wing, Main, Allen, Has Eagle, First Smoke, Buffalo, Blackbird, Denny, Johnson, Ball, Short, Stump, Lodge Pole, Little Sun, Show, Long Fox, Sullivan, Small, Messerly, Standing Rock and Windy Boy. We apologize if we inadvertently left anyone out, it was not intentional as the family is too numerous to mention.