Posted: January 23rd, 2019


It is with great sadness we announce the unfortunate passing of our beloved matriarch, MRS. CELINA GOOD STRIKER “SOOAATSAAKI”, at the Peter Lougheed Hospital on Sunday, January 20, 2019.

Celina was born on the Blood Reserve, the fourth eldest of Ben & Annie Brewer, and spent the majority of her childhood in the St. Mary’s Residential School. It was with this upbringing between the Grey Nuns and her hardworking Dad that she learned how to manage her income. This began a lifetime of hard work in various fields of employment; a trait that she would strongly instill in her children as well. This strength would be apparent in her success with various business ventures: beauty consultant of Vanda cosmetics, night school driver, original owner and lifetime member of the Blood Bus Co-op, manager/cook of Cross Bell Youth Camp and Dude Ranch, owner of Eagle Spirit Embroidery (previously known as Imaginable Expressions), Amway Consultant, Goodstriker Trucking, Rufus Jr. Farming, Melalueca Consultant and bookkeeper in Dad’s horse racing hobby.

Throughout her lifetime she travelled the world at the side of her beloved husband to places such as Germany, France, Italy to visit her son Leon, and experienced memorable opportunities such as riding the gondolas in Venice and climbing the temple in Mexico for a Catholic Pilgrimage with friends. In her last years she enjoyed travelling with her daughter Kathy and granddaughters Kassia and Sirenity to conferences in Jasper, AB, Walla Walla, WA and this past August to Winnipeg, MB.

If traits could describe her it would be strength, dignity, and devotion, as well as her fearless spirit. Mom never faltered in her faith and devotion to her savior Jesus Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary. Her daily prayers and intentions to pray for all those in need was her way of life. She would finish her last Novena in dedication to her many grandchildren whom she cherished, so that they may live a prayerful, loving life. It was in life that the presence of being surrounded by her many grandchildren was where she found the most peace, and on her final departure, they would once again lovingly gather to offer her strength and send her off on her last voyage. Her final act of perpetual grace was to embrace and include her beloved brother Pat Brewer to share the journey to their Heavenly home.

Sooaatsaaki will be forever missed by her children: Wilton, Rufus Jr. (Mildred), Kathy, Rochelle (Corey) Pace; Leon (Yvette) Georgie (Toni), Noel, Louise and Tina, Donna W., Stanley (Joanne) Scout; the Skeads: Elenor, Cindy (Harold) Nick, Gary and Tanis; Michelle Louis, Tanya Ludwig, Shelly Lavalee (Tony), Ray and Daria Slick, Sharon Stanza, Kristen First Rider, Verna Warrior, Giulio, Christina, Max Gibb and Rose Rossi; 37 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters, Nora and Debbie, and her brothers, Raymond and Phillip.

Welcoming her on her spiritual journey home are her beloved parents, Ben & Annie, her husband, Rufus, her children, Joyce, Christine, Lorraine, Frances and Charles, and her grandchildren, Cassandra, Angel, Marin, Blaire, Shawn and Carlyle.

A Family Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB on Friday, January 25, 2019 at 5:00 P.M.

A Wake Service will be held at SENATOR GLADSTONE HALL, Blood Reserve, AB on Friday, January 25, 2019 from 7:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. MARY’S IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH, Blood Reserve, AB on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Pawel Andrasz O.M.I. celebrating.

She will be laid to rest in the Blood Band Cemetery.

Luke 6: 27B-28 – “Love your enemies, do good to those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”

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