Theresa Bird Hat Haun

2014-07-22T00:00:00Z 2014-07-22T16:45:05Z Theresa Bird Hat Haun The Billings Gazette
July 22, 2014 12:00 am

PRYOR — Our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend was called home by our Heavenly Father on July 18, 2014, to be reunited with her beloved husband, Kenneth (Ken) Haun. Theresa Bird Hat Haun was known as “Two Bald Eagle Woman” (Duup’ taa Ko’ish Che’ wiish), a clan member of the Bad War Deed and Ties the Bundle Child. She is a descendant of Chief Bell Rock, Bird Hat, Pretty Eagle, White Mouth, Thunder Iron, and Goes Ahead Pretty. Theresa was born in Crow Agency, Mont., to Catherine Smells-Bull Shows and Alvin Bird Hat Jr. on Aug. 6, 1940. She was raised in Pryor by her mother and stepfather Harry R. Bull Shows. Theresa married the late Ken Haun on Nov. 1, 1968. They made their home in Pryor and raised their children at the Known By Everyone homestead. Theresa and Ken’s family became members of the Arrow Creek Christian Church in Pryor. She enjoyed singing gospel songs and being a song leader in the church. She is also a member of the Tobacco Society. Her adopted parents are the late Ada and Henry Rides the Horse. Theresa was brought up in the Crow tradition. She was an avid Plenty Coups Warrior basketball fan. She enjoyed watching her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren play basketball. Theresa received her education at St. Charles Mission, Pryor Elementary, Edgar High School, and Senior High in Billings. She received her general studies and elementary education degrees at Rocky Mountain College and Eastern Montana College in Billings. Theresa also received specialized training in community intervention substance abuse and American Indian health care. She held professional membership and received distinctive awards from the National Indian Education Association, Technical Assistance and Child Development Association, and Community Health Representatives. Theresa’s career includes 20 years of educational service as the center supervisor/teacher for the Pryor Head Start Program, teacher aide for K-8 at St. Charles and Pryor Elementary, followed by five years as a CHR supervisor in Crow Agency. Before retirement, she served as the CHR Program Coordinator in Pryor. She was a devoted member of the Pryor Public School Board.

Survivors include her sons, Carlos (Marilyn) Monroy Sr. and Richard (Orvilene) Monroy Sr.; daughters: Carla Ann (James) Wilson Sr. and Kathy Lynn (Ertis) Fighter Jr. Theresa and her late husband, Ken, raised their grandchildren Alvin B. (Valerie) Plain Bull, Carlotta (Cody) Ware, Garren Goes Ahead and the late George Monroy. Her family includes 26 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. Theresa is survived by her sisters, Fern Bird Hat, Rosealee Bird Hat, Hannah (Kenneth) Pretty On Top, Bernadette (Fred) Charette, Bonita Hawk, Melvine Not Afraid, Ernestine Bird In Ground, Sharon (Patrick) Stand Sr., Marjorie (Samuel) Hoops, Eleanor (Fred) Smart Enemy, Roberta (Paul) Spotted Horse, Beverly (Ron) Gramling, Mary (Tom) Waterslavin, Alfredine (Mike) Takes Enemy, Annie (Harold) Rides Horse, Janice Snell, Victoria Snell, Roberta Yarlott, Janice Bell Rock, Emma (Frank) Core, Clarann Adams, Eloise Leahy, and Nadine Bell; Brothers: Heywood (Mary) Big Day Sr., Bruce (Elizabeth) White Sr., Phillip Jr., Sony, Dennis, Ronald (Marcia) Beaumont, Chester (Ethel) Bird Hat, George (Johnann) Reed, Willis (Bethann) Medicine Horse, Andrew (Diane) Russell, and Lawrence (Jennifer), Robert, Jerry, Kenneth Flatlip; Aunts: Sharon Smells, Myrtle, Annette and RoseAnn Reed and uncle, Charlie Top Sky; Adopted daughters: Annie (Cyris) Leider, Gwen Lamb, Reno Charette, Lena Tsosie, Lisa Stevens, Cornelia (Larry) Plain Bull Jr., Sharon Rides Horse, Thelma Other Medicine, Saraya Not Afraid, Shannon (Ron) Bradley, Carol (Barney) Cummins, Tina Beamen, Jolene Smells, Cammy Bird Hat, Londa Baker, Amanda (Lance) Ricker, and Kendra Walker; Adopted sons: Alvin (Latone) Yarlott Jr., John (Sherrie), Artie Smells, John Snell, Howard (Twila) Old Chief, Anthony (Alma) Davies, Artie Smells, Dean (Connie) Bull Shows, Edwin Tsosie, William Big Day, and Scott, Corey, and Boyd Russell, and David Jr. and John Turns Plenty; Adopted brothers: Henry (Laura), Curtis (Alberta), Harold (Annie) Rides Horse, Richard (Wyma) Little Light, Woodrow (Gladys) Brien, Eymard (Sarah) Lefthand, and Carson Bell Rock; Adopted sisters: Carlene (Dan) Old Elk, Christine (Reuben) DeCrane, Lujuana (Marvin) Stewart, Ursula (Barry) Russell, and special friend, Jennifer Flatlip. Extended family includes the Snell/Smells, Bird Hat, Bell Rock, Little Owl, Venne, Reed, Not Afraid, Morning, Beaumont, House, Hawk, Takes The Gun, Bird In Ground, the children of the late Ethelene Dreamer, DeCrane, Big Day, Medicine Tail, Lincoln, Left Hand, Blaine, Rides Horse, Hill, Holds the Enemy, White Clay, Plain Feather, Three Irons, Don’t Mix, He Does It, Onion, Smart Enemy Turns Plenty; Rocky Boy Families: Chief Goes Out, Top Sky, Ironmaker, Windy Boy, Buffalo Robe, Stiffarm, Attemaya. Ethete, Wyoming Families: Headley, Shakespear, Ridgeley, O’Neal.

We have a large family, if we have missed you in our grief, please forgive us and hold us in prayer.

Visitation for Theresa will be Monday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Funeral services are Tuesday, 11 a.m. at Plenty Coups High School in Pryor. Interment will be in Pryor Cemetery.

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