Inez Foote, Ma’aKeeNa’e (Eagle Plume Woman), 74, of Ashland, MT, passed away peacefully Thursday, December 20, 2018, surrounded by family and friends. She was born on July 30, 1944, to Albert Matthew James Foote, Sr., and Margaret Josephine Yellownose. She was raised on the Northern Cheyenne reservation and spent most of her life there. She did venture out into the big world a few times to different places, such as Billings, MT, Denver, CO, and Rapid City, SD, but she always returned to her home. She was raised in the traditional Cheyenne way and was fluent in her native language and very knowledgeable about the history and traditions of her people. She often acted as a consultant for the younger generations.
Inez attended grade school and high school at St. Labre Indian School and received an honorary degree from Dull Knife Memorial College in Lame Deer. In 1965, she married George C. Wilson and together they had five children. She worked in various fields during her life, such as cook for the local Head Start and subbed for both the Head Start and St. Labre, but her main job, and one she excelled at, was taking care of her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and anyone who needed to be taken care of.
Inez was one of the most wonderful people Ma’heo has ever created. She lived her life with the attitude that there were no strangers, they were just friends she hadn’t met yet. Her home was the gathering place for the local community. Having coffee with Inez, who was affectionately called the Mayor of Rabbittown, was an ongoing event. You could stop by any time and she always had a pot of coffee ready, and usually something to eat with it as well.
She was preceded in death by her parents, most of her siblings, her grandson, Ozzy Wilson, and her good friend, Rita Shoulderblade. She is survived by her sisters, Nellie Speelman and Amy Foote of Ashland; her sons, Eldon (Robin) Foote of East Glacier, MT, and Troy (Teresa) Wilson of Ashland; her daughters Georgia Wilson, Helen Wilson (James Swank), Annie Wilson, and Marie (David) Powell all of Ashland; her grandchildren Jessi, Ethan, Desiree, Deana, Jesse, Snidly, Mason, Burdette, Burdick Jr., Darlynn, Joshua, Chad, Falicia, Skylar, Josaphine, Talera, TroyDee, Emily, Jacob, Leo, Angel, Dusty, and Eldon; great-grandchildren Issiah, Jayce, Max, Shylei, Kayden, Kaylie, Wyatt, and Bady; adopted son, Alan Little Coyote; adopted sisters, Patty Walksalong and Wilma Shoulderblade; her little “Charlies” Lori Jo, CeCe, and Lynn Brady; good friends, Henrietta Bear, Barbara Bement, and Grace Little Crow; her Indian namesakes, Laura Arthur and Marti Fisher; her great-grandson, Hayden, who she raised as her own; and numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and many friends. We apologize to anyone whose name we did not include.
We will love you, Inez, and will miss you forever!