Anna Marie Weaslebear-White, “Peekaa’e-Piegan Woman”, age 61, passed away on May 18, 2020 at Billings Clinic from a rare respiratory disease with her son and sister, Val at her side. Her savior Jesus Christ took her by the hand and reunited her with her family and friends that have journeyed before her.
Anna was born April 14, 1959 in Crow Agency, MT to Lillian and Teddy Woodenthigh. She was raised in the Ashland area and attended St. Labre Catholic School. Anna was the oldest of six biological siblings but had many brothers and sisters in the Cheyenne way. She was a direct descendant of Chief Big Foot on her Oglala Sioux side.
After graduating High School in 1978, Anna moved to California where she was employed at AFG Glass Plant in Victorville, CA where she made friends who became family. During this time, she married Joel White and from this union they had her only son, Cheyenne White. She would often invite family out to California where she would take them to Disneyland, drives along the coast, experience the ocean, the beaches and city life. She returned to Montana in 2009 residing in Billings, Montana and presently worked for Billings Clinic. Her infectious smile and outgoing personality paved the way for special friendships with her co-workers on the ICU floor. She gained respect through her strong work ethic and dedication. Her hobbies included bible study, listening to Christian music, scenic drives, movies, spending time with friends, live poker and casinos and returning to the N.C. reservations to visit family and friends. In her earlier years, she loved to go out dancing. She was a devout Christian who loved and lived life. She cherished family and friends and was a very doting mother.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Lillian and Teddy Woodenthigh; brothers, Samuel Powell and Ray Weaselbear, Victor Woodenthigh; sister, Rosella Woodenthigh, and a special granddaughter, Lola J. Pickett; aunt Valoria Weaselbear, Regina Lakota, Leone Bull Bear, Cleo Weaselbear; uncles; Robert, Paul, Carl, Ralph, Herman, Archie, Sam, Lorenzo, Moses, Aaloyious and Hoksila Weaselbear, “Happy” Herb Bearchum.
She is survived by her son, Cheyenne M. White; brothers, Melvin (Elvira) Woodenthigh, Robert, Joseph, Herman and Elroy Weaselbear; sisters, Tracey Vivar, Nita (Gilbert) Brady, Germaine (Monte) Haugen, Iola (Cleveland) Bement, Carla and Martha Weaselbear and Sonja McArthur; adopted sisters, Jeanette and Joanne Yelloweyes, Leanne (Tiny) Laforge, Valoria Weaselbear, (Special Name Sake) Anna (Mike) Old Crane, Nadine Weaselbear, and Pansy Weaselbear; uncles, Lloyd Yellowrobe, Don Shoulderblade, Rick, Gary, and Hank Wolfname; special aunts, Elsie Weaselbear, Lenora Wolfname, Linda Brady, Nancy Weaselbear, Tiny Two Moons, Mary Shoulderblade, Darlene Weaselbear, Carolyn Two Bulls, Beula, Arlette, and Delores Fisher; special granddaughters, Lillian Pickett, Antonia and Anbraya Shoulderblade.
She is survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and grandchildren, too many to list. Extended families: Weaselbears of South Dakota, Shoulderblades, Wolfnames, Woodenthighs, Bearchums, Yellowrobes, Grays, Blackwolfs, Lakotas, Red Feathers, Bull Bears, and Two Bulls of South Dakota. Please accept our apologies if we miss anyone, as our family is very large.
The family would like to give heartfelt thank you to Anna’s friend, Glen Fate of California for his unconditional support and love, Dr. Sasha, co-workers and ICU team of Billings Clinic, and her roommates, Kaitlyn and Jake.