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For the Record
October 2011

Geralyn Adams Grayboy
HARLEM — Geralyn Adams Grayboy, 37, living in Harlem died at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Billings on Oct 13, 2011 from a brain bleed, surrounded by her family and friends.

A member of the Salish tribe, Geralyn was born on July 7, 1974 to Brenda Adams at Holy Family Hospital in St. Ignatius. She was the eldest of three daughters to Randy and Brenda Morton. Geralyn was raised early on by her grandparents Louie and Nadine so her mother could finish high school. She began her education at Arlee and received her GED in 1993. Geralyn grew up in Arlee and enjoyed spending time with her friends and cousins, Viola, Misty, Pascal and Robert.

In 1992 while living in Browning, Quacey was born to her and Tyrone. Although Quacey was her only child, Geri’s heart was big enough to care for other children throughout her lifetime. She was so excited when Quacey told her she was going to be a grandma.

Geralyn enjoyed all aspects of her cultural life, she took great pride in her beadwork which was sought out by dancers and some worn proudly by her sister Leslie. She was Leslie’s biggest cheerleader. She enjoyed the traditional stickgame and was deemed fiercely gifted by her opponents!!! She always looked forward to coming home each January to be with her grandpa, to dance, pray and hold dear his medicine dance.

After several years of courtship on the Pow-Wow Trail, Geralyn married Lyndon Grayboy on December 24, 2005 in Las Vegas.

Her greatest love was traveling the Pow-Wow Trail with her husband and the Assiniboine-Cree Drum.

She had a laugh and personality that lit up a room; her energy was contagious.

She is survived by her husband Lyndon Grayboy; son Quacey Whitegrass; parents Randy and Brenda Morton; grandfather Louis Adams; sisters Leah and Leslie Morton; nephews Dayson, Donnovan, Taysean and Jav; her “children” Horse, Aaron, Kison, Thae, Jordana, Sta’sha and Nakota; she also leaves behind a large family of aunties, uncles and cousins.

A wake began last Friday in Ft. Belknap at the Red Whip Center and continued on Saturday in the Arlee Community Center before moving to her grandfather’s residence on Sunday where the Rosary was recited. Graveside services were held Monday in the Adams Family.

A complete obituary and condolences may be found

Pallbearers are Caroline Mohr, Rosa Pablo, Deah Adams, Leah Morton, Leslie Morton, Janelle Stewart, Alice Grayboy and Misty Chiefstick. Honorary Bearers are Her “Children” Horse, Aaron, Kison, Thae, Jordana, Sta*sha and Nakota; her nephews Dayson, Donovan, Taysean and Jav, as well as her friends who are too numerous to mention by name.

Samuel Allen Yother
HOT SPRINGS — Samuel Allen Yother was made an angel on October 9, 2011 in Arlee.

The son of April Mae Zeiler and Steve Yother, he is survived by his siblings Jake, Steven and Joshua; his grandparents Lyle Zeiler, and Jeanne Gardipe; his great grandparents Alice Morigeau Gardipe and Minnie Wheeler; as well as a large extended family of aunties, uncles and cousins from the Wheeler, Morigeau and Brown families.

A graveside service was held last Friday in the Jocko Cemetery at Arlee.

Foster Funeral Home of St. Ignatius is helping the family with arrangements.

David R. Lamoose
HOT SPRINGS — David R. Lamoose, 66, passed away Sunday at St. Joseph Hospital in Polson.

A member of the CS&K Tribe he was born to Baptiste and Mary (Vallee) Lamoose in St. Ignatius on May 10, 1945. He was raised in Hot Springs and was educated at the Urselines in St. Ignatius going to work for Joe Fearon at the Fearon Funeral Chapel in St. Ignatius, where he ran the ambulance and helped with funeral services until his early twenties when he was drafted into the US Army serving as a Corpsman in the Vietnam Theatre.

After his service for the country, Dave returned to Hot Springs where he was a well-known figure around the town and became involved with the Veteran’s Warrior Society.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Beverly Bisson; and brother Richard O’Bennick.

Survivors include his brothers LeRoy O’Bennick of Hot Springs and Justin O’Bennick of Washington State and sister Georgina Perry of Topeka, KS.

A Rosary was held at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius with Mass recited at the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission where military honors were presented. Burial will followed in the Dayton Cemetery.

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John “Zazz” A. Michel
BIG FORK — John “Zazz” A. Michel, 68, passed away at Lakeview Care Center in Bigfork, MT on October 23, 2011.

He was born in St. Ignatius, MT, to John and Mary Michel. He was raised on the Flathead Reservation, where he worked as a cook, a carpenter, and in the woods. Zazz was known for his personal interest in all indian arts and crafts, especially beading and making dance outfits. He liked to play guitar, listen to gospel music, fish, sing Karaoke, play pool, darts, horeshoe, and KENO. He was always tinkering with or trying to fix something.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary; his father, John; and his sisters Lois and Margaret.

He is survived by his four daughters, Toni (Robert), Dawna Mae (Thomas), Abby, and Theresa (Jakob); his sons David and Sonny; grandchildren Tyra, Brayden Alexander (his namesake), Jareth Alexander (his namesake), Sandra, Terra; Michael and Vanessa Kibler; Ross, Bobbi, Tricia, Chamico, Athena, Dominique, David, Sonny Jr. and Shantel; his brother Gilbert of St. Ignatius; his brother Georgie of Missoula; his brother Keith of Billings; his sister Agnes Saleana of Fort Worth, TX; sister Rachel Parker of Hardin; special nieces Jean “Ott” (Butch) and Jami “Tweet” (the late Sam Lira); and numerous nieces and nephews.

Samuel Paul Santos Lira
RONAN — Samuel Paul Santos Lira, 39, passed away Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, at his home.

A member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, he was born in Billings on Sept. 22, 1972, to Mike Lira and Mary Eagle Feathers. He was raised in Lame Deer and Billings before moving as a young man to Ronan to live with his father.

An accomplished artist, carpenter, cement finisher and tattoo artist, he lived in Colorado for a while before returning once again to Ronan, where he also became a certified bartender.

Sam also enjoyed beading, being a powwow singer and was a champion pool player.

He was preceded in death by his brother Felix John LongJaw and his grandparents.

He is survived by his spouse Jean “Tweet” Antoine Lira; children Tazz, Chino, Mary, Roberta and Benjamin; parents Mary EagleFeathers Bailey of Billings and Mike Lira of Ronan; siblings Delores Nance, Ernest Nanez, Frank Two Bulls, Mary Matt-Lira, Beverly Anderson, Robert Bailey, Frank Lira, Michael Lira, Ramona Lira, Shelly Lira, Bryce RedGraves and Julie Smith; as well as numerous aunties, uncles, nieces, nephews and many close friends.

A wake has held at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius, where the rosary was recited Tuesday evening. Mass was celebrated Wednesday, October 26, at the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission with burial following at Ronan Cemetary.

Andrew Paul Wilder Jr.
The tragic loss of a very special loved one is occurring with us family members and friends all across the Flathead Rez. Andrew Paul Wilder Jr. passed away on October 22, 2011.

Born February 20th 1987 Andy was born on the Rez as the son of Andrew Paul Wilder Sr. and Traci Lynn Matt. He moved to Minneapolis with his mother and was raised as a city boy all his life, although he has spent long periods of time living on the Rez. Andy grew up with his little brother Carlos Matt Hernandez in Minneapolis along with his mother and stepfather/Dad Jose Luis Hernandez, his younger sister, and his three little brothers.

Andy grew up a born leader and oldest sibling to Carlos Matt Hernandez, Arianna Hernandez, Kristopher Hernandez, and Moses Hernandez. He took very good care of his younger siblings all his life and did the most for them every chance he could, especially being a Good big brother to the more younger ones, “Nana’s”, “Kris and “Momo”. There was nothing Andy loved more than helping raise his siblings. He loved to take them shopping, out to eat, to the library, for a fun time at the park, movies, and see them smile and laugh.

Andy recently moved back to Montana about a year ago and loved that he was now able to also be around his other sisters whom he did not get a chance to be raised with as a child: Karsyn Wilder, Drewan Wilder, and Chauntel Sorrel. Andy would always talk about how much he loves his sisters and how cool they are. Being around them and their children made him happy and he loved to spend time with them. Andy and Carlos both made home staying with sister Drewan and also worked a fulltime job together at Fiesta En Jalisco Authentic Mexican Restaurant.

Andy appreciated his job very much for the free food and money and loved that he had something good going for his life. Andy also loved to meet new people, especially new family members.

He took a lot of pride in being Kootenai and loved to learn more about his native culture.

Although he liked to introduce himself as “Andrew”, Andy knew deep down that his nicknames “Baby Andy” and “Monster” we’re who he was.

Andy loved to joke, he was very funny, and learned quickly about how to get along with the Rez boys and play their teasing games that they all loved to do so much. Andy also enjoyed being outdoors. He liked to go for long walks in his favorite brand of shoes “Lugz”, and dressed in all black, was Andy’s well-known style.

One of his favorite experiences and enjoyments in life was going huckleberry picking at Buckhorn with aunty Weamus and children.

Andy was always open to new ideas, and doing anything to pass the time and spend some time with the people he loved. He never asked for much and gave a lot to the people he loved. On many occasions Andy would be down to his last few dollars, and would not think twice about helping his friends and family with what he had, even if he barely had it.

He liked to wake up in the morning and start his day off with a cup of coffee and would often check his Facebook to leave comments and likes on other people’s status updates to show them he cares.

One of his favorite hobbies was playing his XBOX. He was a Gamer at heart and took extreme pride in the accomplishments he made at playing his games. He also loved music, especially the radio, and those who may have seen him in action, know he loved to sing along with his songs.

He leaves behind many mourners and has a long list of family members who miss him dearly: Earl Patrick Matt, Sr. (grandfather); Andrew Wilder Sr. (Father); Jose Luis Hernandez (stepfather/Dad); sisters Chauntel Sorrel, Drewan Wilder, Karsyn Wilder and Arianna Hernandez; brothers Carlos Matt Hernandez, Randy Wilder, Kristopher Hernandez, and Moses Hernandez; aunties Weamus Wilder, Lisa Bigby, Marie Diaz, and Angel Howard; uncles Earl Patrick Matt Jr., William Matt, and James Bigby ; nephews Dason Wilder, Larz Sorrel, Deshaud Steele, and Ozzie Felsman; nieces Joslynn Sorrel and Jesslyn Wilder; and a long list of extended family members, cousins and close friends.

He is preceded in death by mother Traci Lynn Matt Hernandez; grandmother Darlene Wilder; grandmother Louise Oldhorn; grandfather Austin Wilder; uncle Nelson Howard; and cousins Trisha-Jo Plant and Joshua Howard.

Marion Eloise Barnaby McCoy
PABLO — Marion Eloise Barnaby McCoy, 90, passed away Sunday, October 23, 2011, at her home in Pablo with her daughter by her side.

Marion was born in Ronan on February 23, 1921, to Alice Clairmont Barnaby (Cowan) and Maxim Barnaby. She attended the Ursuline School in St. Ignatius. She later moved to California where she was a food services supervisor at Cal Poly in San Luis Obisbo, where she retired.

She was a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, and longed to live out her last years at home on the Flathead Indian Reservation. Her daughter helped her achieve that goal in 2000.

Marion loved her grandchildren dearly and treasured their visits. She took great pride in her home, which she decorated with many butterflies, Indian dolls and figurines.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Gerald “Sonny” Hagen; brothers, Howard Barnaby, Gene Cowan and George Cowan; and sisters, Wanda Strong and Lois Abbate

Marion is survived by her daughter, Denise Lorraine Pugmire; son, H.E. “Butch” Burland; sister, Vivian Frasier; sister-in-law, Joan Cowan; grandchildren, Monique Resendez, and Brandi, Braden (Lisa) and Sage Burland; great-grandchildren, Ricki Marie Resendez, and Lily and Marley Burland; nieces Judy Lehto, Lisa Stinger and Synde Long, and many other nieces and nephews.

Cremation will take place and a rosary service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, at Sacred Heart Parish in Ronan. Flowers may be left at the church beginning at 5:30 p.m. A potluck meal will follow the service at the Ronan Indian Senior Citizens Center.

Messages of condolence may be sent to the family online at The staff of Grogan Funeral Home and Crematory, Polson, considers it a privilege to care for Marion’s family.

Ella E. (Borntrager) Yutzy
ST. IGNATIUS — Ella E. (Borntrager) Yutzy, 81, passed away October 19, 2011 in Missoula.

Born in Yoder, Kansas on November 20, 1929 to Eli and Mattie (Schrock) Borntrager. She married David G. Yutzy on April 18, 1951 in Fairbank, Iowa. A loving wife, mother and grandmother, they lived in holy matrimony for over 60 years. To this union were born 10 children.

Survivors include her husband; children Martha (Ervin Lambright) Bloomfield, IA; Rosana, Red Oak, IA; Alvin (Naomi Wagler), Huntsville, AR; Lester (Rachel Wagler), Nickerson, KS; Wilma (Stephen Wagler), Bird-in-Hand, PA; Rudy (Marietta Yoder), Linn, MO; Jonas (Marianna Mast), Norwood, MO; David Leroy (Christina Yoder), Unity, WI; Gideon (Anna Schrock), Rexford; and Esther (Jonas Yoder) St. Ignatius, with whom they made their home; 62 grandchildren; and 32 great-grandchildren; brothers Willie, Jonas and Mose; and sisters Ida, Clara and Mary.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a stepmother Susie, three sisters and a brother.

Ella’s family loved her very much; she took an interest in each one. She never missed a birthday or anniversary. Ella accepted the Lord Jesus as her personal savior and the family believes she is now gathering flowers for the Master’s bouquet and singing at the feet of Jesus.

Services were held Saturday, October 22, 2011 at the Amish Community Center in St. Ignatius with interment following in the Amish Cemetery.

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