Effie (Fighting Bear) Beartrack
DOB: 02/03/1943- 01/18/2021
Effie Passed away due to complications of COVID-19 at the Crow Agency IHS
Effie was born to Annie Old Bear and Elmer Fighting Bear she was raised in Crow Benteen flats with her mom. Effie can speak the Crow and Northern Cheyenne Language fluently. Effie was an enrolled member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe. she attended United Tribes training center in Bismark, North Dakota and obtain her CNA certificate Effie met and married Mitchell Paul Beartrack, they made their home in Oklahoma until 2017 when they moved to Montana to be closer to their children and especially their grandchildren. Effie worked at the Crow Agency carpet mills, various nursing homes as a CHA and the Lucky Star Casino. Effie also had a side job of selling meat pies she made the best many waited for her to show up she was a great cook while in Oklahoma, currently she was employed at Ashland Public School as a teacher aid, she enjoyed working with the children. Effie was also a foster grandparent. Along with her Husband Paul they pastored at the Elk City Southern Baptist church in Oklahoma, where they made many friendships and adopted family thru the ministry at any time prayer was needed, they got in touch with them and the prayer line was started all over the U.S. They both continued to share the gospel while they resided at the heritage living center in Ashland where they also made many special friends. They were always generous always giving, making sure they were available to help when they were needed. Paul told us to put God first then family they always made sure all their families were taken care of. they had a great love and a tight bond with all their Grandchildren they spoiled them showered them with gifts for all occassions and for no reason at all. Masiela was their baby girl from the day she was born Love is not just a word it is action Paul would say that is why we do things for you because we want you to know we love you. Their grandchildren knew they were very much loved, and they love their Papa and Grandma just the same. the strong bond of love between Paul and Effie is evident when Paul went home Effie soon followed where they will be together forever.
Effie is proceeded in death by her husband, parents, sons Bert, Loris Old Bear, Brothers Rico Harjo, Edward Sr, Gus Jr, Stephen Old Bear, Cliffton Sooktis and sisters Gustine Old Bear, Elretta Parker, Veta, Nancy Fighting Bear and Volia Washington. Uncle Clarence Long Sioux aunts Louise Fisher and Marietha Charette, Nellie All Runner, grandsons Louis, Leighton Old Bear
Survivors include her Sons David and Lee (Mary) Old Bear, Brother Perry (Ella) Fighting Bear, neices Brenda (Eric) Timber, Danetta and Elizabeth Fisher, Miesha, Annie Mae old Bear, LaQuinta Fighting Bear, Gwen Talawyma. Many grandkids great grandkids and nieces, nephews aunts uncles and friends in Oklahoma and Montana too numerous to mention.
Extended Families: include Fightingbear, Long Sioux, Little Heads, Big Back, Little Wolf, All Runners, Two Moons, Rising Sun if we have forgotten you please accept our apology as this has been hard on us all.
The family would like to express their heart felt thank you to Dr. Berhane and the nursing staff at the Crow/Northern Cheyenne hospital for the care you gave to Effie and for all you have done for our family also Thanks to all the staff at heritage for all you have done for her.
Please take care of yourselves and your families remember to always follow all protocol for COVID-19 This deadly virus has already taken too many of our loved ones BE SAFE.