Carol Jean Fleming Stops, age 63, passed away suddenly on October 7, 2018 at the family home in Colstrip, Montana.
Carol was born on February 18, 1955, in Hardin, Montana. She was the third daughter and fourth child of Leslie Cline Fleming and Clarice Williams Fleming, both of whom preceded her in death. Carol was a proud member of the Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas where she was known by her Kiikaapoa name, “Kee-wad No qua,” which means Changing Winds to the North. She was a member of the Thunder Clan.
Carol Doll-Doll was a life-long resident of both Lame Deer, Montana and Colstrip, Montana. She graduated from Lame Deer Elementary and was a member of the Colstrip class of 1973. Carol graduated from Montana State University with a BS degree in Recreational Area Management. She was married to William Stops but later divorced. From this union was born her only child, Brianna.
Carol lived and worked her entire life in the Lame Deer/Colstrip area, serving as a dispatcher for the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, head of security for the Colstrip Power Plant, and, most recently, the Family Services Assistant at Youth Dynamics of Montana.
Carol is survived by her daughter, Brianna Collette Stops, Colstrip and her brothers and sisters; Janice Rivers (Glenwood) of Van Horn, Texas, Bill Fleming of Billings, Candace Fleming of Denver, Colorado, Walter Fleming (Shelley) of Bozeman, and Stanley Fleming (Dallas) of Ronan. She is survived, also, by her Cheyenne relatives, the Black Wolf and Ant families. She leaves also numerous adorning nephews and nieces. She is preceded in death by her parents, Cline and Clarice Fleming, and her grandbaby, Kimora Mesa Cain.
Carol enjoyed pow wows and rodeos, especially bull riding (or bull riders?). She loved attending Country and Western concerts, but most of all, being with her daughter, Brianna, Carol’s best friend, house-mate, and co-conspirator. Carol inherited her mother’s wicked sense of humor and quiet demeanor. Carol used Facebook for what it was intended; to spread positive messages and good jokes. She was a proud cancer survivor who supported those who were battling the same disease. Words that people have used to describe Carol include courageous, beautiful, strong, crazy, gentle, witty, and wonderful. We know that she is in the Other Side Camp, snuggling with baby Kimora and gossiping with Mom and Dad!
Services will be held at Life’s Journey Christian Fellowship in Colstrip on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 11 am. Interment to follow at St. Ignatius at a later date. Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Forsyth, has been entrusted with our mom and sister. To leave condolences for the family, please visit our website at www.stevensonadnsons.com.