PRYOR — An angel on Earth was tragically taken from us on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Tana and her beloved husband of 29 years, Jason Shane Jr., were killed being good Samaritans in Pryor.
Tana Lynn was born in Crow Agency on July 9, 1968, to Joanne Rock Above and was adopted by Posey Whiteman Jr. and the late Carol Bends Whiteman. She was raised and lived her entire life in Pryor. She was a proud member of the Crow Tribe and of the Whistling Water Clan and a child of the Greasy Mouth clan.
Tana attended Pryor Elementary, Newman and Highland schools in Billings and Plenty Coups High School.
On July 12, 1986, she married her soul mate and the love of her life, Jason, and they made their home in Pryor. From this union, they were blessed with two sons, Reiny (Bona Rae) and their two boys, Icen and Raycen, and Dione (Lacey). Her five daughters, Jorah Belle, Mercedee Neil, Jaelynn, Sarcie Geri and Miracle Love, also survive her. Children whom she raised as her own are Timothy (Anna), Trampus (Benecia), Clay, Destiny and grandsons Tristan, Weston and Houston Birdinground. She adored her new granddaughter, Kyreana River Rose, who was born only two days before her death.
Tana loved to travel with her family and made sure everyone fit in the car, no matter how small. There was never a dull moment on these family outings. She loved to decorate for birthday parties and celebrate special occasions. As everyone knows, Tana’s legacy is her outstanding beadwork skills, whether it was for family or friends. She was a renowned Crow artist with her beadwork designs. Tana was a devout Christian and is now home with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Her favorite pastimes were attending her children’s school activities, and most recently, she was a proud fan attending her nephew “Baby Lonnie” Plain Bull’s basketball games. She also loved to play handgames for the Arrow Creek District.
Tana had a radiant smile and a compassionate heart. She loved life and lived it to the fullest. She loved her large extended family gatherings and participating in the sweat lodge. Tana had the unique ability to tell a good story that captivated your attention. She had many close friends, but her sister Elizabeth was her best friend.
She is preceded in death by her sisters Deliah “Gidget” Rock Above, Adeline Rock Above, Burnett Costa, Jennifer Rock Above, Janice Little Light, Sonja and Susie Round Face; grandparents Julia and Harry Rock Above, Josephine Whiteman and Clara Bends; brothers Lonnie Plain Bull, Arnie Stewart, Grady “Little Boy” Hunts Arrow and Ray Scott Stands; uncles Lee, Benny, Gordon Plain Bull, Joseph and Alfred Rock Above and Sherman and Jerome Lion Shows; aunts Doris Rock Above, Adeline Plain Feather, Belva Costa and Phyllis Plain Bull.
Tana leaves behind her beloved mother, Joanne Rock Above; her aunt Alice (Grady) Hunts Arrow and her uncle Russell (Benita) Plain Feather; her sisters Maureen Rock Above, Elizabeth (Tronnes) Birdinground, Ollie Costa, Seja Plain Bull and Lilly Jefferson, Janet Sees the Ground, Julie Hugs, Renee Yellowtail, Rosalie Turnsplenty, Wendy Hunts Arrow, Donya and Christy Costa, Lottie Medicine Horse, Cecelia Gail Rock Above, Shannon Rock Above, Juliet Fiscus, Norma Falls Down, Rebecca Falls Down and Sandra Rock Above; her brothers Mike Stewart, Joseph Rock Above III, Dewayne Costa, Turk Plain Bull, Harry, Lance, Delon and Benny Lee Rock Above; adopted sisters Cornelia Plain Bull, Jana Three Irons, Quindy, Claura and Keri Whiteman; adopted brothers Dominic Costa, Chan (Gerlinda) and Posey Whiteman III, Robert Nomee, Floyd and Arna Morrison; adopted aunts Ada and Budine Bends; and adopted uncles Arnie, Leonard and Byron Bends.
Extended family includes Rock Above, Lion Shows, Medicine Crow, Holds the Enemy, Goes Ahead, Plain Bull, Howe, Boggess, Davis, Mullenberg, Schenderline, Comes Up, Rides Horse, Takes Horse, Stands and DeHoyas.
Vigil services will be at Bullis Funeral Home on Monday, Aug. 3, at 4 p.m. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 4, at Plenty Coups High School. Burial will follow in Pryor Cemetery. Bullis Mortuary has been entrusted with the arrangements.
The family would like to extend their appreciation for the outpouring of support from everyone during this difficult time.