Theresa Lynn Harris was born in Pine Ridge, South Dakota on December 16, 1956 to George Harris and Bernice Pourier-Harris. She began her journey to the East on Friday, April 27th after a long illness. She was born prematurely and spent the first few months of her life being cared for by her Aunt, Grace Pourier. Her childhood years were spent in Pine Ridge South Dakota where she attended Shannon County Public School. The family later returned to Lame Deer where she attended Lame Deer Public School. She was a graduate of the Northern Cheyenne Tribal School and received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Northern Montana College. She was married to Ron Stump and had a previous marriage to Joseph LaFromboise. She served in several capacities including Northern Cheyenne Tribal Judge, Youth Court Advocate, Tobacco Prevention Specialist, Case Manager for In-Care Network, Boys & Girls Club Unit Director and Program Coordinator, Rocky Boy Prosecutor and Public Defender. She was preceded in death by her father George, her mother Bernice, brothers; George Harris, Jr., Lafayette Harris, Patrick Harris, Baptiste Harris and an unborn baby boy. Survivors include her children; Monica Big Left Hand of Great Falls, Mt., Charles (Heather) LaFromboise of Rocky Boy, Mt., George (Olivia) LaFromboise of Rocky Boy, Mt, and Lyndell (Kayla Jones) Stump of Belgrade, Mt. Sibilings; Delpha Harris, Emma Harris, Troy (Jonita) Harris, Arlie Harris, and brother/nephew Delano (Tina Littleoldman) Harris, adopted daughter, Summer Flores, and adopted son, Donovan “Taylor” Charette. Her grandchildren Tyler Big Left Hand, Britney LaFromboise, Charlize LaFromboise, Charles “Baby Chuck” LaFromboise, Ashley Oats, Georgianna LaFromboise, and Kayden Henderson. She also had many adopted sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews and grandchildren. If we have left someone out, our family is very large so we do apologize. Theresa had a huge impact on the lives of many people, especially the young people she worked with. She had a gift in creating a world of possibilities for them. She was a “legal begal”, constantly keeping abreast of federal, state, county and tribal laws, it was her life’s calling. Always witty and quick to add humor to a conversation, her smile and love will be greatly missed. She was a very compassionate and caring woman. Her greatest love was that for her children and grandchildren.
A ”Celebration of Life” tribute will be held to honor her life at the Boys & Girls Club of the Northern Cheyenne Nation on Saturday, May 5th at 2pm.