SHADE, Chelsie

Posted: April 16th, 2022


Chelsie Nevada Shade – Paahk’tsiiyaakii’ohkiitok – Sacred separate roots

We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our dear Chelsie on April 8, 2022, at the Lethbridge Regional Hospital due to medical complications. The family is very appreciative of all the Doctors and nurses for her medical care. Chelsie was born on Sept 12, 1994, in Cardston, Alberta to Angie Eagle Plume and Todd Shade. Chelsie was a survivor of a rare childhood cancer, bilateral Retinoblastoma, cancer in both eyes. The SickKids Hospital in Toronto was the only place in the world that could treat this rare form of cancer. She was diagnosed with it when she was 17 months old. She spent the next 3 years of intensive cancer treatments, chemotherapy, cryotherapy, and laser therapy in Toronto. She lost sight in one eye but maintained good vision in her other eye.

Traveling back & forth to the SickKids Hospital, her second home became the Ronald Macdonald House, all the families at RMH became her other family. Chelsie made great friends with everybody; her best little friend was Nelson, a little boy from Australia who lost vision in both eyes due to this cancer. Chelsie knew his disability; she would take him by the hand & walk around with him making sure he didn’t bump into anything or trip over something. She celebrated some major holidays and her 2nd birthday at the RMH. Many thanks to Dr. Brenda Gallie and Dr. Helen Chan of Toronto.

Chelsie attended school in Cardston and completed some high school courses at the RMH in Toronto. She graduated from high school in June 2013. She left home at the age of 18 to attend the Lethbridge College on a scholarship she won. This was the KCC Derek Mandzura Memorial Scholarship, a scholarship for cancer survivors. She was the youngest individual to ever win the individual top prize.

Chelsie was a very talented artist. She held various jobs until her passing. Her involvement in sport activities was limited due to her lack of 3D vision. Chelsie attended some powwows as a traditional dancer. Growing up in a rodeo family, she entered the sheep riding event at all the rodeos her family contracted.

Chelsie was a loving auntie to all her nieces and nephews, she enjoyed babysitting & playing with them. Chelsie was known as all time “animal lover”, whether alive or stuffed. She rescued a severely brain damaged puppy whom she named “Cowboy” and raised him to be a good working ranch dog. Chelsie always wanted a pet snake and a pet mouse but was not allowed to have these creatures. She would rescue a wayward mouse that came into the house before her brothers could kill it. They would be up on chairs with weapons in their hands while she would pick up the mouse by the tail and take it outside to safety.

As a toddler she accumulated 3 garbage bags of stuffed animals from the SickKids Hospital, RMH (Calgary and Toronto), Calgary Children’s Hospital, family, and friends. She never got over the love of stuffies and currently owns a huge collection and several animal onesies. Predeceased by Stanley, Cowboy, Kitty, and Blue: survived by Benny, Felisha, Crybaby, and CeCe.

At the tender age of 16 she became the loving mother to her son Angelo. Angelo inherited the same eye cancer as Chelsie. With her adopted Mom and Dad, Barry and Ronni in tow, they went to live in Toronto for 3 months for aggressive treatments followed by years of travelling to Toronto. This was extremely challenging on such a young mother; however, she preserved and became a strong young lady.

Chelsie maintained strong relationships with her maternal family, no matter the distance and/or time it always continued. She enjoyed being with her Wolf Child/Eagle Plume family, attending numerous pow-wows and travels where she gained lots of friends. She loved going to their family home often and spending time with all her cousins, especially cruising and listening to Red Hot Chili Peppers. Chelsie loved going on adventures, picnics, and animals. Chelsie will be deeply missed, especially for her affectionate laugh, silliness, and warm hugs.

Chelsie was predeceased by her mother, Angie Eagle Plume, her brothers Darby Shade; Tyson Shade; cousins Makai, Steven, Austin, Marilyn, Dustin, her Uncle Harley Singer and her great uncle, Ervin Shade. Her great auntie Alvine Beebe recently passed away on April 10th, 2022; Grandfather, Vern Eagle Bear, Grandmother: Lori Eagle Plume, uncles: Ross Eagle Plume, Dexter Eagle Plume, Aunty: Marilyn Eagle Plume, Great grandparents: Kitty and Stephen Wadsworth.

Chelsie leaves to mourn her precious son Angelo, adoptive parents Barry and Ronni Shade; and biological father Todd Shade; brothers, Shawn (Liz), JJ, Willie (Jasmine), Kevin (Beth), sisters Shaylynn Shade and Tatjana Singer/Spear Chief, adopted brother Winston Bruised Head (Lavina), Uncle Doug Singer, and long-time friend Dylan Standing Alone.

She is also survived by her maternal great grandparents, Ann Marie & Bruce Wolf child, Connie Tail Feathers, sisters Jade and Sky Wolf Child, Aunties: Nada Wolf Child, Leanne Wolf Child, Stephanie Wolf Child, Corina Eagle Plume, Clo-Ann (Stanford) Wells, Lacey Eagle Plume, Delphine Right Hand, Great aunties: Alice Wolf Child, Elizabeth Wolf Child, Great uncles: Stephen Wadsworth, Brian Wadsworth, Winston Wadsworth, Max Wadsworth, Uncles: Everette (Cheryl) Eagle Plume, Monte Wolf Child, Shay (Hilary) Eagle Bear, Jace Eagle Bear. Godparents/grandparents: Gilbert & Velma Eagle Bear, aunties Evelyn Scout, Audrey Eagle Bear, Marsha Provost, Anita Singer, and Phyllis Eagle Bear.

A family service will be held at the Legacy Funeral Home at 5 pm on Monday, April 18th, the wake service will follow at the White Calf Hall from 7 – 11 pm. The funeral Service will be held at 11 am on Tuesday, April 19th at the St Mary’s Catholic church on the Blood Reserve with Father Pawel Andrasz OMI officiating. Interment will be at the Shade Family Plot. A feast will be held at the Tanner Center in Cardston after the funeral service.

Any donations in her name to a local animal shelter is appreciated

The family apologizes for any names that may have been missed.

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