CROW AGENCY — Marie Pretty Paint Wallace, 97, of Crow Agency, passed to the other side camp, Nov. 17, 2010.
Eicha'iiwiishishk “Grows up in a good way” was born June 21, 1913, in Crow Agency, a daughter of Pretty Paint and Woman on Top of the Mountain. She was raised in the Black Lodge District and received her education in the Hardin school system.
Marie married John Horse Chief Sr. and the couple later divorced. She married Phillip Wallace and the couple made their home in the Black Lodge area.
She was always proud of her ancestors and her Clan system, the Big Lodge Clan. She often prayed for her Clan and treated all of her Clan children as if they were her own. She was a very traditional Crow woman, who showed respect in all of her activities during her 97 years. She was the matriarch of her family, teaching all of them the power of prayer and “love your family” and they in return will be there for you.
Her parents, husband Phillip, daughters Vida, Aldean and Inez, sons John Horse Chief Jr., Earl and Everette Wallace, sisters Nancy Little Light and Pera Not Afraid and brothers Perry Pretty Paint and Warren Bear Cloud preceded Marie in death.
Survivors include her daughters, Agatha (Bruce) House, Loettal Wallace, Mary Lou (Heywood) Big Day Sr., Jeannie Alden, Phyllis Big Medicine, Lana Burlison, Frances and Debbie Pretty Paint, Glenda Morrison, Edwina Venne, Audrey Deputy, Alice Bear Cloud, Constance Griffith, Kim Brown, Clara Nomee, Louella Johnson, Jessica Costa, Berva Not Afraid, Violet Other Medicine, Laura Pickett and Ernestine Bird in Ground; her sons, Sterling (Linda) and Nelson (Mary Elizabeth) Wallace Sr., Melvin, Gary and Stanley Pretty Paint, Hartford Black Eagle Sr., Floyd Morrison Jr., Willie Stewart, Alex and Larson Medicine Horse; her sisters, Carol White Clay, Alice Mae Tobacco, Gloria Good Luck, Lizzie and Eleanor White Fox; her brother, Leland Wells; her aunts, Caroline Miller, Mary Carpenter and Katherine Stewart Little Light; 33 grandchildren; 89 great-grandchildren; many great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; as well as her extended family, including the Pretty Paint, Wolf Bow, Not Afraid, Dawes, White Fox, White Clay, Morrison, Yarlott, Reed, Bear Cloud, Other Medicine, Long Ears, Glenmore, Frederick, Cochran, Charges Strong, Goes Ahead, Stray Calf, Stevenson, Anderson, Big Day, Rock Above, Pease, Bull in Sight, Medicine Horse, High Hawk, Driftwood, Nomee, Plenty Hoops, Williamson, Pretty Weasel, Leider, White Hip, Takes Horse, Mountain Sheep, Crooked Arm, Singer, Costa, Pickett, Wallace, Spotted Horse, Bright Wings, Lion Shows, Hawk, Gardner and the Sees the Ground families and all of her Big Lodge Clan brothers, sisters and children. If, during our grief, we have forgotten to mention you, please accept our apology.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 22, in the Hardin Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days Saints Branch Chapel. Interment will follow in the Crow Agency Cemetery. Bullis Mortuary has been entrusted with the arrangements.