LODGE GRASS - Eloise White Bear Pease, 90, of Lodge Grass passed away Aug.2, 2008 in the Big Horn County Memorial Hospital.
She was born Sept.1, 1917, in Crow Agency, a daughter of Russell and Lulu Evans White Bear. Chief Plenty Coups gave her the Indian name Baaalahoon Baalappeesh "Kills Among Many." She later passed the name onto her great grand daughter, Eloise Daychild. Eloise grew up in the Crow Agency area and received her education in Crow Agency and Hardin and in 1990 she received her Associates of Arts degree from Little Big Horn College.
Eloise was a member of the Whistling Water Clan, a child of the Whistling Water Clan and the Catholic Church. She married Curtis Cooper and was later divorced. She married Harold Pease on March 23, 1945 in Lodge Grass and the couple made their home in Lodge Grass.
She was a very intelligent, loving person, who was a responsible voice for the Crow Tribe. She was very knowledgeable of the problems as well as the good things that were happening at the Tribal level. Eloise was well known as a Tribal Archivist. Anyone who needed information on what happened regarding such things as the Yellowtail Dam could rely on her to have the correct information, as well as copies of the salient documents that backed up what she was saying. She donated numerous documents that she had obtained over the years to the Crow Indian Archive at Little Big Horn College. Many Tribal officials would seek her advice and counsel on matters before them. They were able to rely on what she told them as well as on her information as being correct. Her purpose was to help the Crow Tribe in any manner.
Eloise was elected as one of the first legislators in the Crow Tribal government and was the first woman to be elected to this responsible position. She was very proud of this since she was over 80 years old when elected. She attended and participated in all of the legislature meetings.
Her parents, husband Harold, daughters Diane Lorton and Sarah Cooper; brothers Bruce and Harry White Bear; sisters Irma Lopez, Lois, Patty and Bonnetta White Bear and grandson Jarvis Door preceded Eloise in death.
Survivors include her daughters, Daisy (Felipe) Castro, Sylvia Farwell, Candace (Wallace) Leider and Lisa (Bruce) Daychild Fritzler; sons William Daychild and Tony Castro; her grandchildren, Brian, Randy, Michael, Russell and Sarah Lorton, Phyllis and Felipe Castro Jr., Franklin and Jennie Cooper, Colleen, Billy and George Farwell, Kim, Marty and Jeremy Not Afraid; her sister Bernice Brown; 42 great-grandchildren; 16 great-great-grandchildren; as well as her extended family including the Old Elk, Reed, Pease, Rondeau, Big Man, Caplett, White Bear, Goes Ahead, Holds, Moccasin and the Jacob Big Hair Sr. families.
We appreciate all of the support and loving care provided to our loved one by the staff at the Big Horn County Memorial Hospital swing bed unit.
Rosary will be recited 4 p.m., Tuesday Aug. 5, in the Bullis Funeral Chapel. Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 6, in the Lodge Grass Our Lady of Loretto Catholic Church. Interment will follow in the Lodge Grass Cemetery. Bullis Mortuary of Hardin has been entrusted with the arrangements.