CHIEF MOON MildredPosted: December 24th, 2013
“Beautiful Horse Woman”
MILDRED KAY CHIEF MOON (Aanatsinokaomitaakii), beloved wife of John Chief Moon Sr.passed away on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at the Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge surrounded by her loved ones. Mildred was born on January 8, 1938 as a Ninnapohkawa (child of traditional royalty). Her parents were the late hereditary Chief Naatosaapi (Jim Shot On Both Sides Sr.) and the late Tanataakii (Annie Shot On Both Sides) (nee Wolf Child). Mildred is survived by her loving husband of 60 years John Chief Moon Sr.; her 5 children Vernon (Brenda), John (Monica), Evelyn (LeRoy), Gloria and Leonard (Ethel); her 16 grandchildren Sonja, Annie (Cory), Vernon Jr., Samara, Amanda, John Ross, Patricia-Daisy, Tiffany, Toni (Chris), Diamond, Kathrina, Randi, Devon, Ty, Leonard Jr. and Suzie; seven great grandchildren Tegan, Bailey, Darius, Mikayla, Xavier, Zayden and Nema. Adopted children Chris (Beans) Shot On Both Sides Jr., Barbara Eagle Tail Feathers, Glen Yellow Feet, Carl Quenelle, Quentin Talman, Rubin Plain Eagle, Bruce Iron Shirt and Robert Tail Feathers. Special nephews Jason Chief Moon and Cameron Shot On Both Sides. Her loving godmother Dr. Helen Many Fingers. Also left to mourn Mildred are her siblings Alfred, Chris Sr., Jim (Linda), Christine (Roy), Clara, Donald, Lena, Gabriel, Maryanne (Matthew), and Florence (Richard); her Chief Moon family Ed (Elaine), Virginia (Tony), Myrna, Jordan (Rosetta), Daniel (Priscilla), Keith (Karen), and Bertha; her Crow Shoe family Evelyn (Bruce), Margaret, Rosaline, BettyAnn (Morris), Gerald (Elvira), Louisa (Leo), Valerie (Ivan), Dr. Reggie (Rose), Jocelyn and Vera; several nieces and nephews too numerous to mention. She was predeceased by her son Oral Alvin Chief Moon, granddaughters Noel and Cassidy; siblings Clovis, Bernard, and Roderick Shot On Both Sides, Pauline Eagle Child and Flora Healy; Joe, Mervin and Luanne Crow Shoe and adopted sister, the late Lorraine Good Striker. Mildred was raised as a Kipitapohkawa by her paternal grandfather Atsotaowa (Francis Xavier Shot On Both Sides) and paternal grandmothers Itssoyaisttokimaa (Drumming in the Water) and Misamahkoyinimahki (Long Time Medicine Pipe Woman) in the traditional ways. Mildred embraced her late adopted parents Dr. Joe and Josephine Crow Shoe from Piikani who initated her to be a bracelet keeper for the Short Thunder Pipe Bundle. During Mildreds life, she drove a school bus for Richard and Mable Fox while working full-time at the Cardston Municipal Hospital. After retiring as a bus driver, she continued working at the hospital and also worked full-time at the Shot On Both Sides building as a custodian. After her retirement, Mildred could not sit idle. She immersed herself in her crafts and soon established a clientele. She set up her craft table at the building every Wednesday. She expanded her business by becoming an Avon Lady. Her business was made successful by her faithful clientele and as a result Mildred won “Sales Person of the Year” numerous times. She was one of the pioneers at the BTA known as one of the Golden Girls along with Julianna Day Chief. After retiring, Mildred and John became elder advisors for Oopohkaasin in Lethbridge and the First Step To Healthy Babies program. Mildred and John were casted as extras in the motion picture Hidalgo starring Viggo Mortensen, whom he called “mom”. She and her husband took part in the opening ceremonies of the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. They were also part of the planning committee for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Whistler, BC. Education was very important to her, she encouraged all her children to pursue post secondary diplomas or degrees that would allow them to attain good careers. All who knew Mildred know she was a humble person. She had a kind word and unconditional love for all the people in her life. The family would like to thank all those that sent well wishes and prayers during her stay at the hospital. We would also like to thank Dr. Bester and his nurse Rayla Janisko; Dr. Janzen and Dr. Wong and all the ICU nursing staff at LRH for the wonderful care given to Mildred. Special thanks to Dolly Creighton, First Nation Liaison Worker for her encouragement to our Dad John. We have been so overwhelmed with our loss we may have overlooked some family members and we apologize for that. The Wake service will be held at the Cardston Senior Centre in Cardston from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 22, 2013. The Funeral Service will be held at the Glenwood L.D.S. Church in Glenwood, AB on Monday, December 23rd at 11:00 a.m. Reception to follow at the Glenwood LDS church.