LAME DEER — Hanna DeAnn Harris, 21, of Lame Deer, passed away tragically on July 4, 2013. She was born to Malinda Harris and Sam Long on May 5, 1992, in Billings.
Hanna was blessed with a beautiful baby boy on Aug. 28, 2012. Nellie’ek Rayous was the love of her life. She was a good mommy and devoted her life to her son.
When Hanna was only 1 year old, she survived the tornado that hit her home on July 20, 1993. She attended Hardin Middle School where she graduated from the eighth grade, and later graduated from Billings West High School in 2010.
Hanna was raised learning Northern Cheyenne traditions and also had a strong Catholic upbringing. Her confirmation sponsor in the Catholic Church was Thelma Fisher. She also enjoyed peyote meetings and sweats.
She was Grandpa Ray’s baby girl. The two of them would attend Sweat Lodge together, High School Ball games, and driving around. Wherever Ray went Hanna would follow.
Whenever she could get the chance Hanna would make her way to Pine Ridge to see her Dad, Grandmother and other paternal relatives. She was always very proud to say that she was also Lakota.
She belongs to a large family that taught her family values and love. Hanna always offered a helping hand wherever she went.
The family of Hanna would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the volunteers who helped in the search: Ed Joiner and the Northern Cheyenne Volunteer Fire Department, Randy Elliot of the Lame Deer Police Department, family, friends, community members, Northern Cheyenne Tribe, Northern Cheyenne Housing Authority, Cheyenne Depot and the Montana National Guard. Also, those who did the candle light vigil and walked from the HIS clinic out to the house, we appreciate it.
We apologize if we left anyone out, as this is a very difficult time for our family. Anyone wanting to make a donation for her son Nallieek can do so through the First Interstate Bank directed to his Grandmother Clara Harris account.