The Funeral Service for Lucy Anna Willow, 96, of Ethete, will be 11:00am, Wednesday, September 11, 2019 in the St, Joseph Catholic Church, Ethete, Wyoming. Burial will follow in the Sage-Redman Cemetery, Ethete.
Lucy Anna Redman Willow left this Earth on September 7th, 2019, surrounded by her loved ones. She was born October 12th 1922, on the banks of the little Wind River near Saint Stephens. She was given the Indian name of singing grass WOXU’ NIIBEI.
She was baptized Catholic. Lucy was born to Elk Redman and Josephine Underwood Redman. Her siblings are Alfred Redman, Hubert Redman, Alvina old man.
Her siblings who preceded her in death are Sherman, Vincent, Francis Oh, Jane, Delbert, and Benny SunRhodes.
She attended school at St. Stephens, St Michael’s and Lander. As Lucy grew up she was depended on to help care for her siblings, a blind aunt, and all family in her younger years.
During World War II she worked as an aide in the Indian Health Services Hospital in Fort Washakie. She had many stories of caring for patients and was content with the work she did. After the war was over she married John Earl Willow at St Michael’s.
She was with him all these years until his death in 2006. From this union there are John Earl, Jr., Eloise and Stacy Stewart, Margaret Mary “Margie”, Joan, Veronica and Dominic Addison, Christine and Warren Neido, Linda, and daughter-in-law Sarah.
Sons Norman Paul Sr. and Kenneth Delbert preceded her in death. From Lucy we learned from her good example her homemaking skills, baking especially. She showed us how to pray and she prayed the rosary daily. She call all family to come and join her for the rosary. She was asked many times to pray for one’s intentions and we know because of her prayers our intentions were answered.
Lucy was an after-school culture Mentor for the Arapaho school for the last three years. She loved this “job”. She taught many students skills of moccasin making, beading, and the Arapaho way of life.
She was active in the Catholic Church St Josephs attending Statewide Deanery meetings, evangelizing to us all to “get all baptized and get their first communion… Get married… Go to church… Pray the rosary and quote live life right.”
Lucy was a very strong woman. She lived in the “old days”. She had stories of growing up in the tent, traveling by wagon, horseback riding, and learning from her elders.
She is survived by her Northern Arapaho People. Lucy was closer to her aunt Geraldine Brown, Patsy Dodge, sisters Audrey, Jody, Tish, Karen Trosper, Kay, Becky, Jerry, Alicia Underwood Anita hungry Joann Little.
Brothers, Raymond, Marty, Jerome Underwood, and Bobby Shakespeare. Adopted son Cedric Shakespeare and Mike LaJeunesse. Services began with Rosary in Ethete. Wake at her home and with funeral mass at St Joseph. Burial at Sage Redman Cemetery. Thank you all for your love and support. With a heavy heart I write this and I apologize for forgetting anyone.