Louise Three Irons

2004-12-18T23:00:00Z Louise Three Irons The Billings Gazette
December 18, 2004 11:00 pm

DUNMORE — Louise Birdinground Three Irons, 78, of Dunmore, passed away Friday, Dec. 17, 2004, in the Crow Agency IHS Hospital.

One with Many Beads "Iishabaalooahoo" was born April 2, 1926, near Garryowen, a daughter of Winona Other Medicine and Sampson Birdinground, Sr. She received her education in the Crow Agency and the Chemawa Indian School in Oregon. She was raised with Violet Other Medicine and Ernestine Birdinground.

Louise was the backbone of her family. Her home was always open to her family, friends and even strangers. She was a "mother" to all. She was a Bad War Deeds Clan member, a child of the Greasy Mouth Clan, Tobacco Society, Native American Church and the Crow Community Baptist Church member. Her Tobacco Society adopted parents were Jim and Juanita Big Shoulder.

She married William Three Irons Sr. on Nov. 20, 1947, and he died in 1953.

She married Joseph Costa on April 20, 1979, and he died in 1984.

She loved to watch her children, grandchildren and other family members participate in basketball, volleyball, football, cross county, rodeo and horse racing. She was a true Hardin Bulldog fan with strong ties to being a supportive Lodge Grass Indian fan.

Louise was a well-known and talented seamstress, who always kept busy sewing for hand games and major pow-wows in the area. Her beadwork was exquisite, especially flowered designs with light blue backgrounds, beaded with cut beads. She loved to cook at family functions, especially making fry bread and dinner rolls. She utilized her cooking talents, while working for the Headstart Programs in the 1960s and 1970s and later for the Senior Citizens and Detox programs. She was a nanny to her extended family.

Her parents, son, Billy and grandsons, Clarence "Indian", Melvin and Blaine Three Irons preceded Louise in death.

Survivors include her sons, Melvin (Kathy) Three Irons of Dunmore, Gale (Mary) Three Irons of Hardin, Clarence (Jocelyn) Three Irons of Lodge Grass and Robert Three Irons Swank of Crow Agency; her daughters, Jacqueline (Michael) Ware and Stacie Three Irons of Dunmore; her adopted sons, Billy House, Bruce Other Medicine, Quinton Birdinground, Lyle Old Elk and Harry Moccasin; her adopted daughters, Marlene Little Light, Lana Three Irons, Sara (Del) Morago and Annie Real Bird; her sisters, Evelyn Old Elk, Edna Ethridge, Laura Real Bird, Verna (Carl) Pease, Wauinta Rokita, Montana Watt, Alta, Inez and Edith Birdinground; her brothers, Blaine (Danetta) Falls Down, Sam (Thelma) Birdinground, Jr, Larry Martin, Lloyd ( Alvina), Joe (Rena) and Robert Pickett, Clifford (Ardith) and Alex (Susan) Birdinground; her Tobacco Society adopted children, Howard, Vivian and Kenny Shane; her Tobacco Society brothers, Wayne Moccasin and Jerome White Hip; her grandchildren, Alan Cue (Jackie), Randy (Julana), Theodore (Audrey), Dorcella (Dominic), Cody (Carlotta), Greg (Kateri) ,Rusty, Buster, Cameron, Melvette (Truman), Alvin (Thomasine), Glen (Misty), Clay (Carrie) Trina( Gavin), Ivy and Josh; 31 great-grandchildren; as well as her extended family including the Other Medicine, Pretty Paint, Bird Hat, High Hawk, Morrison, Goes Ahead, Plain Feather, Three Irons, Birdinground and LaForge families.

Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 20, in the Crow Community Baptist Church. Interment will follow in the Garryowen Cemetery.

Bullis Mortuary of Hardin has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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