Posted: May 18th, 2013

EDNA BARE SHIN BONE (Otah koi kanis kiinaakii) passed away peacefully, lovingly surrounded by her family on Friday, May 10, 2013 at the Chinook Regional Hospital at the age of 61 years.
Born at the Blood Indian Hospital, March 18, 1952 to Paul and Mary Stella (Across the Mountain) Bare Shin Bone. She was raised traditionally with a very happy childhood in Issoitapi (Riverside people) in the Levern Community. Growing up alongside Grammas and Grandpas and cousins in the river valley, living the down to earth simple life, living in harmony with nature, a time when everyone spoke the Blackfoot language in the 50’s and 60’s.
From Edna’s maternal side of family, she comes from royalty (Ninapookai) from the lineage of Hereditary Chief, Frances Shot Both Sides/Crop Eared Wolf (maternal great grandfather) of the Mammoyissi Clan and paternal side, the lineage of Sundance Lodge bundle holders, the Bear Shin Bones. Following the legacy of her lineage, Edna was a great Matriarch and lived an exemplary, traditional way of life following the footsteps of her late Matriachs.
She attended St. Mary’s Residential School at the age of 8 years old; relocating and graduating from McCoy High School in Medicine Hat in 1970. She continued onto College where she received her Social Work Diploma. She was employed with Red Crow College for 12 years, as a Student Counselor at the time of her passing. Edna was friends with everyone and she was well liked in the Community as an “Iikina’pitapii”, loving and caring person.
Edna is the backbone of her family and a great loss. Edna remained single but adopted children and is survived by her three children: Pam (John) and Angel Bare Shin Bone and Roxanne First Charger, eight grandchildren: Cecile, Teona, Rhiannon and Baby John Bare Shin Bone, Tyrell Townend, Trontay, Jacob Bare Shin Bone and Rasheda Brown Weasel. Survived by her Siblings: Brothers, Patrick (Sylvia) and Bruce (Carol) ; Sisters: Rono, Brenda, Carmen (Dennis); Adopted sisters: Lucille Bare Shin Bone, Linda Shot Both Sides, Sylvia Low Horn, Gail Many Bears, Debbie First Charger, Vivian Left Hand-Clark, Tara Bare Shin Bone, Alexandra Cat Face; adopted brother, Herman Yellow Old Woman from Siksika, Uncles Joe, James and Norbert Across The Mountain and Aunt Christine Delorme from Edmonton, numerous nieces and nephews and cousins.
She is pre-deceased by her parents, Paul and Mary Stella (Across The Mountain) Bare Shin Bone, adopted brothers and sisters Reo, Delores, Paul Jr. Hairy Bull,. special son, late Ethan Bare Shin Bone; maternal grandparents John and Lily Across The Mountain; paternal grandparents Bare Shin Bone and Three Sissors woman, paternal great grandfather Satoits (West) Aunts: Cecile Striped Wolf, Emma Rides at the Door, Lucy Crazy Bull, Annie Bare Shin Bone, Bernadette Hairy Bull, Isabel Cole, Lily and Mary Across the Mountain; Uncles: John Bare Shin Bone and Roger Across the Mountain.
Also survived by her extended family: Gros Ventre Boys from Fort Peck, Shot Both Sides relatives from Oklahoma, Buckskins, Vielles, Day Chief, Weasel Moccasins, Crop Eared Wolf, Cat Face, Morning Owl, Standing Alone, Fox, Many Fingers, Wells, Wadsworths, Red Crows, Brave Rocks, Eagle Plumes numerous relatives from Piikuni, Strikes With a Gun, Crow Shoes, Smiths. The family apologizes for any names we may have missed.
A Wake Service will be held at the Moses Lake Gym, Blood Reserve on Saturday, May 18th from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. continuing all night and Sunday at Edna’s residence. The Funeral Service will be held at the Senator Gladstone Hall, Blood Reserve on Monday, May 20th at 1:00 P.m. Interment in the Blood Band Cemetery.
Legacy Funeral Homes Ltd.
P.O. Box 208
Cardston, Alberta T0K 0K0
Phone (403) 653-3222
Fax (403) 653-3677

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  1. Dawn says:

    Please accept our most heartfelt condolences for your loss. May you find comfort in knowing the Almighty God promises a time when we will never have to part from those we love (John 3:16).

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