Our beloved Mother, Grandmother, Sister, and Auntie went home to be with the Lord on January 25, 2017. Leola Lee Whiteman was born on August 29, 1945 in Lame Deer, MT, to the late John and Regina (Spang) Whiteman. She spent a lot of her childhood with her Grandma Emma (Lightning) Whiteman. She grew up behind the Mennonite Church in Lame Deer, spending a lot of her time attending church with her mother. Leola was a born again believer and loved serving the Lord. Leola attended St. Labre Elementary, Freeman High School, and graduated from Chilocco Indian School in Oklahoma in 1963. When she returned home she attended Dull Knife Memorial College where she received her AA degree in Education. She started employment with the Lame Deer School for about 5 years, then held various jobs with the N.C. Tribe as a secretary and CHR worker until late 1997. Due to health reasons, and being diagnosed as a Diabetic, she was placed on dialysis. Leola was on dialysis for 19 years, then recently chose not to go to dialysis anymore, she stated “She was tired now.” She fought till the end because of her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Leola loved teaching her children, grandchildren, and anyone who would listen about the bible and the Lord. Leola’s hobbies were going to church, revivals, and helping people out. Leola and her daughter Joni loved to drive around and sing gospel songs. She tried to teach Joni to sing Cheyenne Hymns. She loved taking milk shakes to and spending time with her friend Lavern (Vicki W.) “Lavern & Shirley will be reunited again to enjoy eternal life.” She was preceded in death by her parents; son Mervin; paternal grandparents Frank & Emma Whiteman; sister Lerena Rowland; brothers: Realand & John Jr. Whiteman, and Windy Shoulderblade; nephews: Jace Whiteman, Larold Sr. & Jr. Littlebird, Leo Not Afraid, Romeo Rowland, and Larrol James; niece Merika Willard; adopted dad Rev, Harry Turner; adopted sisters Vicki Wounded and Delores Littlewhirlwind.
Her survivors include: Carmie (Scott) Williams, Kim and Joni Whiteman, Tami (James) Goldsmith, and Andrew Christensen; adopted sons: Lonnie Littlebird, Galen Gondara-Whiteman, and Dwight Harding; grandchildren: Micaiah, Isaiah, Ronald Jr., Krista, John, Rusty, Sophi, Cleve, JoAnna, Francis, Davin, Jacelynn, Aron, Jalen, Michael, Shawnae, Shaciah, Lauryn, Cody, Ava’Lee, Elcha, and Myron Joel (MJ); great grankids: Kalen, Kalia, Shakina, Rony, Exdious, Jonathan, Naomi, Baby John, Genie, Kayla, Karaya, Sharayla, Akoda, DeMarco, Omerion, Kyson, Miley, Aurora, Titen, Roanon, Zeke, and Donte’; siblings: Lloyd, Jason (Carolyn), Charlotte, RoGene, and Ardena Whiteman; adopted sisters: Patsey Tallbull, Josephine Firecrow, Clara Harris, and Erlyss Littlewhirlwind; adopted brother Beaver Tallbull; a very special brother-in-law Teddy Rowland; her name sake Loylene Little Bird; one special niece who took really good care of her, Elcha Adams; numerous nieces and nephews too numerous to mention, but she loved them all. She comes from a large family that include: Whiteman, Spang, Harris, Fisher, Robinson, Foote, Killsnight, Red Cherries, and Seminole. Our family is large, please accept our apology if we have forgotten to list you.
The family would like to thank the following individuals for providing excellent care for our beloved mother, doctors: Knostman, McGuire, and DuCheck, Dialysis Staff, Tre Williams and staff from Valley Health Care, and her Home Care Providers: Adrianna, Sara, Doreen, Caitlin, Myrna, Micah, and Rhea, Indian Health Service Transportation Drivers: Hank, Jody, Mario, and Lawrence.
Thank you mom for all the sacrifices you have made for us, and showing us how to serve the Lord.