WEASEL HEAD, RoanaPosted: September 12th, 2020
Surrounded by the love of her family, ROANA ROSE WEASEL HEAD “Naatoyi Saamaakii” (Holy Medicine Woman) passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 6, 2020 at the age of 47 years. Roana leaves to mourn her loving partner Darcy Morning Owl, her six beautiful children, Tiffany (Casey), Mikey, Roan, Michaela, Shay-Lynn (Jonathan), Bradley; her mother Gloria-Ann Weasel Head and father Norbert (Mary Louise) Fox; grandchildren George, Lexus, Chanelle, Cale and Luca; siblings Lionel (Roxy), Zana, Charlton (Stacey), Gifford (Kelly), Elliot (Lani), Shauna, Jason (Deb). Roana dearly loved her nieces and nephews; she was a godmother to Sheridan, Shanai, Keely, JB, Clarissa, and Talon. She was a very proud great-aunt to Chaseton, Holden, Brayzen and Saraya. Roana always had a big heart and would always be there for her adopted children Kobe, Jordin, Matty, Mason, Kasha, Kali, Kassi Weasel Head, Clarissa, Kiara, Jaylynn Brave Rock.
Roana was born to Gloria-Ann and Norbert on July 8, 1973. She went to school in Edmonton, Standoff and Cardston Elementary; Roana graduated from Kainai High School in 1993. Roana went on to post-secondary at both Red Crow Community College and the University of Lethbridge. Like many of her Weasel Head and Fox family, Roana was an avid athlete. Her family remembers Roana’s natural ability as long distance runner and the record she broke at the 1983 Edmonton city track finals in the 800-metre run. Her childhood friends and peers from Kainai High School will remember Roana as a member of the Kainai Warriors Cheerleading team; she also played volleyball and ran for the track team. Roana was the recipient of the Willie Little Child award for outstanding academics. Roana had a beautiful heart and she cared for everyone who knew her. Her house was an open door for her family and friends; she was like a second mother and big sister figure to many. Roana has a special bond with her mother Gloria-Ann, no matter what the love between a mother and daughter last forever and they supported each other through everything.
In high school, she met Mike Mountain Horse and together they raised their family; their children were the center and love of their lives. When her children needed her, Roana was always the first one to drop everything and be there no matter what the situation was. Micheal Jr. got sick when he was a child and when he was an adult, Roana was beside her oldest boy everyday helping him get better every day. Roana loved cheering on her family members at sporting events. She was always the loudest in the gym and can be heard from across the room. She never backed down from any ref. Roana on the basketball court was the biggest fan of her children Tiffany, Mikey, Roan and Shay-Lynn and her brothers Lionel and Charlton. She would always be at every game of Roans cheering and wouldn’t miss every minute of playing time. Shay-lynn always had her mom watching her run cross-country and of course on the basketball court. Her support extended to every facet of her families lives; she gave her loving time and energy to cook for Lionel and Roxy’s bundle openings. Stepping into Roana’s home, she would welcome and feed everyone with her excellent cooking skills. She always made her children, grandchildren and mother very delicious meals. She would especially always make sure that her mother was fed, inviting her over for supper or having Mikey drop off a plate. In the summer of 2010, Tiffany told Roana over Facebook that she would become a grandmother for the first time. Roana immediately was so happy and excited. When George was born she was there to help Tiffany through everything. Roana even spent her entire $800 distro on George making sure he had everything from a crib, change table, dresser. Tiffany blessed her with three more grandchildren Lexus, Chanelle, and Casey Cale. She was always there for Tiffany, when she needed to be. She would always get mad at Tiffany when she came to visit to rest, so she can watch her grandchildren. Her mini me Micheala gave her the baby of her grandchildren Luca, she was so proud and had such a big love for her middle daughter. She had a 11-year relationship with Darcy Morning Owl, the age difference never mattered to Roana, with her driving force, she loved Darcy very much, he can always be found there for Roana, no matter what she was going through.
Roana will be fondly missed in the Standoff townsite community; she and Mike started Mikey’s Munchies convenience store in the heart of Standoff. There will be a big void for so many who counted on Roana to talk to when they needed a caring ear or shoulder to cry on, her laughter was contagious and the way she cared for people is how she will be remembered. No matter the character of the person, she would never judge them, just listened in her own way. Roana was a good mix of loving those close to her and holding her own, she was a natural caregiver who never forgot to say I love you; her children will carry Roana’s fire, loving spirit and strength.
Roana comes from a great extended family. Also mourning her passing are great uncle Pete (Wanda); great-aunties Diane Plume, Celestine Twigg, Myrna Chief Moon, Sylvia Weasel Head; uncles Charlie (Rhonda), Mike (Mary), Godfrey (Tracey), Marcel (Verda), Tony, Leo (Dave), Bernard, Roy (Genevieve), Arnold; aunties Carrie, Mary, Ernestine, Puncho (Tina), Crystal, Delphine Good Striker, Jenny and Jacinta Fox, Christina Fox. Roana had a close friendship with her many cousins and extended Weasel Head and Fox family. Adopted family, the McMasters from Siksika.
Roana was predeceased by maternal grandparents Charles and Irene Weasel Head; paternal grandparents George and Margaret (nee Many Fingers) Fox and ; her husband Michael Mountain Horse, son Patrick Mountain Horse, her mother-in-law Shirley Mountain Horse, sister-in-law Delores Weasel Moccasin; special cousins Jason Young Pine and Bobby Weasel Head. As her family was extensive, many have gone before her including her great-grandparents Pat and Paula (nee Iron) Weasel Head, Morris and Annie (nee Pace) Many Fingers; great-uncles Mike (Louise) Oka, Robert, Pat (Annie), Frank, and Moses, Marvin Fox; great-aunties Gertrude (John) Fox, Margaret (Jack) Many Bears, Mildred, Gabriel, Isabelle, Helen (Martin) MacDougall and Teresa Fox. The family apologizes for anyone they have missed.
A Wake Service will be held at the Weasel Head Family Plot, Blood Reserve on Sunday, September 13th starting at 7:00 pm continuing all night. The Funeral Service will be held at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Monday, September 14th at 1:00 pm. Interment at St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Blood Reserve.
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