CROW AGENCY - On July 3, 2007, Phoebe Wilson Dillon "Awaasbiaitche" (Pretty Bean Woman) left this world as we know it for eternal residence in the spirit world in the house of the Lord. She left peacefully without suffering and pain.
Phoebe was born on Dec. 7, 1914, to Rose Old Bear and James Arthur Wilson at Bear In The Middle South of Crow Agency; she was a member of the Greasy Mouth Clan and a child of The Greasy Mouth Clan.
Phoebe was schooled in Crow Agency and went to secondary school in Pierre and Flandreau, S.D. Phoebe worked for local cattle companies as a camp cook and also as a seamstress. While attending school in South Dakota, Phoebe also worked as a nurse's assistant, and eventually became a nurse.
She enjoyed baking pies, breads, cinnamon rolls, and cooking in many different varieties. She was also an excellent quilt designer and sewed many of her grandchildren's baby blankets and clothes. Phoebe especially loved sports and spent many afternoons and evening watching the New York Yankees and The Atlanta Braves. Her greatest love, besides her family, was trout fishing on the little Big Horn River in Wyola, and Phoebe was a very skilled fisherman. During the special times was when she made all of us laugh and smile.
Phoebe married DeWitt Dillon, Sr. on Feb. 4, 1936, and resided in Wyola, where the couple ranched.
She was preceded in death by her husband, DeWitt Dillon, Sr.; stepson Wayne Dillon, daughters LuJuanna Nelson, RosaMae Moore; her father, James Wilson, Sr.; mother Rose (Old Bear) Wilson; brothers, Bert, Henry and James Wilson, Jr.; sisters, Jessie, Molly, Dora, Nora, Alice, Harriet and Marie; nephew, James Kindness; adopted sons, Lee Plain Feather, Gary Phelan, Donnie, Phillip and Freddy Laverdure.
Survivors include her brother, David Yarlott; and sister Agnes Old Bear; son, DeWitt Dillon, Jr.; her nephews she raised as her own include Charles "Bunny" Wilson, Ronnie Yellow Mule, Tyrone, Bobby, Larry and Dale Kindness; adopted sons, Ron Holt of Lapwai, Idaho, and Leonard Watson of Ship Rock, N.M.; grandchildren she raised include Anna Nelson Dillon, Chris (Tammy) Dillon and Genie Dillon; other grandchildren include Anita (Randy) Nall of Bozeman, April (Ron) Storey of Fort Smith, and Marchelle Nelson Landry of Billings; great-grandchildren include Thomas and Stella Null, Tres, McCleod, Rhiannon Storey, Martha, Darr, Mathias Cabbinis, and Zack Nelson, Scotty Spotted Bear, Nikki and Charmaign Dillon, Kristan and Keelan Dillon, Melissa, Melinda, Esther, Brenda Landry; and two great-great grandchildren.
Extended families include Old Bear, YellowTail, Spotted Horse, Davis, Comes Up, Rock Above, Lion Shows, Pretty Shield, Goes Ahead, MedicineTail, Real Bird, Bear Crane, Round Face, Bear Below, Horn, Left Hand, Plenty Hawk, Other Medicine, Deernose, Hogan, Howe, Door, Bell Rock, Medicine Horse, Cummings, Yarlott, Morrison, Old Crow, Crooked Arm, Jefferson, Pretty on Top, Stops, Hugs and Old Elk.
A special thanks goes out to the Heritage Acres Nursing Home Staff for their caring and dedication to Phoebe Wilson Dillon.
Funeral services were held Saturday, June 7, at the Crow Community Baptist Church. Interment followed in the Crow Agency Cemetery.
Bullis Mortuary of Hardin has been entrusted with the arrangements.