LAME DEER - Deloris Little Whirlwind, He'ohnestoohe'e, Howling Woman, age 63, of Lame Deer passed away on Sept. 16, 2008, due to long-term illnesses.
Deloris was born the daughter of Joseph Littlebird, Sr. and Martha Walksalong on July 1, 1945, at Lame Deer Hospital. She was raised partly in Ashland and Lame Deer. She participated in the 4-H Club, attended Lame Deer School and graduated from Busby High School. She went on to the ACME Beauty College in Billings, where she received her certification. She moved back to the Northern Cheyenne Reservation, where she made her home and raised her children.
Deloris worked for the Northern Cheyenne Head Start Program, Follow Through Program, Northern Cheyenne Tribal Court, Summer Feeding Program, LIEAP Program. She was the Director of the Shoulderblade Complex for a number of years. She was also a house parent for the Morning Star Shelter, a foster parent and a childcare provider. Her most important job was being a full time mother and grandmother.
Deloris enjoyed beading, sewing, fixing hair, picking berries, baking, attending powwows, taking pictures, playing bingo and machines, planting flowers and collecting birds (especially eagles). She was a huge Elvis Presley and Denver Broncos fan. What she enjoyed the most was spending time with her family, friends and especially her grandkids. She also enjoyed all the family cookouts and get-togethers.
She was a member of the Kateri Tekawitha through the Catholic Church. She had the opportunity to travel to New York to see where Kateri Tekawitha was buried. She also traveled to Phoenix to see Pope John Paul.
Deloris first married the late Felix J. Ontiveros Jr. and from that union came three children. She later married Calvin Brady and from that union came two children.
Deloris is survived by her children, Howard Ontiveros, Mellissa Deputee, Edina (Brian) Red Star and Ethel Brady, all of Lame Deer; adopted children, Roger Old Mouse of New Mexico, Paulette (Randy Risingsun) Wilson of Lame Deer and Jordan (Caroline Iron) Little Whirlwind of Missoula; sister Erlyce Little Whirlwind of Lame Deer; brothers Myron (Cheryl) Littlebird of Wyoming, Benedict Little Whirlwind of Lame Deer; two stepbrothers, Vincent Whitecrane of Lame Deer and Winslow Whitecrane of Ashland; one stepsister, Connie Wilcott of Billings; two adopted sisters, Evelyn Flying and Theda Foote, both of Lame Deer.
She is also survived by her grandchildren, Mitchell (Taezha), Rusty, Tevin, Kiah, Kean and Laila Ontiveros, Tynelle and Terrance Old Mouse, Larenzo, Brandy and Jamisen Ontiveros, Tyler Red Fox, Dalore, Jericho, Samuel, Adrianna, Kimberly, Jeremy and Fred Jr. Deputee, Richard, Levi and Miranda SeesTheGround, Raheem and Brian "Bubba" Red Star, Tianna and Teesa Two Moons, Kenneth Crazymule III, Emaysha and Kessa Little Whirlwind, Vince Wilson, Herschal Little Coyote, Sherese and Torrie Little Coyote, Janelle Little Coyote, Tre and Tyree Freemont; one special great-grandson, Amarion Ontiveros; two special nephews, Cletis Lockwood of Helena and Dewey Foote of Lame Deer. She also had special nieces of Billings, Lucy Henandez and her sisters, Freda and April; niece and nephew, Olympia Little Coyote and Jeff McDonald; other nephews and nieces too many to name; special godsons, Pascal Shoulderblade, Brandon Spang and Mervin Little Whirlwind.
She is also survived by special friends and cousins, Eloise Whitewolf, Clara Harris, Rita Hiwalker, Mina Seminole, Shirley Brady, Laura Lone Bear, Marcelline Shoulderblade, Mary Faye Bailey, Rita, Johanna and Limana Redneck, Ilo WanderingMedicine, Margaret Yellowfox, Rose Backer and Bertha Otherbull.
Deloris is preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Joseph Sr. and Howard Little Whirlwind, Joseph Littlebird, Jr.; sisters, Clara and Annie Little Whirlwind; half-brother and sister, Aiden and Martha Littlebird; sons, Vince Brady and Mervin Little Coyote; cousins, Frances "Fritz" Burgess and Newta Whistling Elk.
Extended family includes Yellowrobe, Wolfname, Walksalong, Littlebird, Redneck, Whiteman, Russell, Yellowfox, Two Bulls, Whitecrane, Seminole, Hart and Bites.
Deloris was very proud and honored by her family.
We apologize for any other families that we may have forgotten.
Wake services will be held on Friday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m., at the Lutheran Church in Muddy Cluster. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 11 a.m. at the N.C. Boys & Girls Club in Lame Deer. Interment will follow in the family plot of the Lame Deer Cemetery.
Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home of Forsyth have been entrusted with these arrangements.