LITTLE BEAR, MorrisPosted: April 23rd, 2021
MORRIS LITTLE BEAR (See Bee Say Ska Bee – Walking Around At Night) passed peacefully at home surrounded by family on April 20, 2021 at the age of 81.
He is survived by 7 children: Lewis (Linda), Marcella, Donna, Cheryl, William (Kim), Duane (Cheryl) and Wacey. Dad has 22 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Beverly and his brothers Leroy (Amethyst) and Gary as well as the many nieces and nephews.
Morris was born Dec. 14, 1939 to Edward and Ruth Little Bear. He is the third eldest son of seven brothers and one sister. Morris was 17 yrs. old when he started his rodeo career. His older brother Willie was his buddy and travelling partner. He would enter the North Western Circuit and in 1964 Morris won the Natchez Valley Rodeo twice in the same year, these wins were one of his favorite rodeo adventures. The second circuit was CRCA which was all of Southern Alberta. He entered rodeos such as the Blood Reserve, Raymond Stampede, Lethbridge Whoop Up Days, Fort Macleod Midnight Days, Rocky Mountain House, Camrose, Rimbey as well as the Calgary Stampede. Morris’s proudest memory was in 1968 at the Calgary Stampede, out of 104 entries, Morris came in second. He often comments about it as being the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth. In 1960 the four best Bronc riders from each reserve – Blood, Peigan, Siksika and Sarcee had a “Showdown” at the Midnight Days sponsored by Herman Linder, Morris split second and third with Pete Bruised Head Jr. Morris now a retired cowboy, however, he still rides horses and keeps up with rodeo news. He is always glad to share stories and advice with the younger generation of cowboys who come to visit.
A Viewing will be held at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Monday, April 26, 2021 from 9:00 to 11:00 am with a Family Service to follow at 11:00 am. (COVID regulations will be implemented – Only 20 people will be allowed into the service) Interment to follow at Little Bear Family Cemetery.
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