Mary Ann (Parker) Kicking Woman, passed away on July 11, 2020 at age 88. She was born September 9, 1931 in Corvallis Montana to Frank Parker and Lucy Pokerjim Parker.
Mary Ann is a Salish Pend d’ Oreille member of CSKT, and a fluent speaker of her Salish language.
During her childhood years Mary Ann and her siblings enjoyed life growing up in Perma. When she was six years old she lost her hearing.
Mary Ann was blessed with seven children; five of her children were from her marriage to Melvin “Chicken Boy” Kicking Woman.
Mary Ann was a very strong, caring and loving person. Who enjoyed soap operas, crossword puzzles and being around her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Melvin and Mary Ann lived an adventurous life living in Washington, Idaho and Montana. Melvin and Mary Ann also enjoyed taking their kids to powwows and stick games throughout their life.
Melvin worked as a laborer while Mary Ann took care of her children. She taught herself how to bead and sew and was one hell of a lip reader. Everyone that met her was welcomed with a warm embracing smile.
Mary Ann is survived by three daughters Susie Charlo-Nicol, Rose Kicking Woman, and Nola Kicking woman and her daughter in-law Luanne Kicking Woman, along with 20 grandchildren, 39 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren and her loving cat Winston and many more relatives on the Flathead and Blackfeet reservations.
She is proceeded in death by Husband Melvin Kicking Woman; children; James Adams, Francis Kicking Woman, Melvin Jr, Sandra Dee, Siblings; Theresa Risland, Elizabeth Oldhorn, Barbara Cristie, Louis Parker, Cecile Parker, and grandchild Michael Shane.