In Loving Memory
On Tuesday, April 28th 2020 “He Seo Vo’Ka’e” (Sandy Hair Woman) Ruby May Tallwhiteman, loving mother and grandmother of three grandchildren, passed away at age 76.
Ruby was born at Crow Agency Hospital on October 18th, 1943 to Henry “Tuck” and Lucy Tallwhiteman (Elkshoulder). Ruby’s biological mother passed due to complications during childbirth. Ruby was raised by her aunt, Sylvia Elkshoudler, where she grew up in Birney Montana. Ruby was raised traditionally, speaking Northern Cheyenne linguistically and was honorably know for the “True” Cheyenne way of life. She learned how to conduct ways of the old. Ruby graduated receiving her High School Diploma in 1963 from St. Labre Indian School. She then went to work at Lame Deer Head start where she worked until giving birth to her son, Thomas Tallwhiteman on April 9th 1966. Ruby loved her son raising him in a traditional Northern Cheyenne home. Ruby was a worker, she never depended on systems and went back to work at St. Labre Indian School making “trinkets” for the donors at St. Labre. Ruby liked to stay busy and soon transferred to the Cafeteria where she worked up until retirement in 2007. Ruby moved to the Heritage Living Facility in Ashland Mt. where she enjoyed trips to Thermopolis, Ft. Robinson, Bear Butte, and all the traditional functions that the facility provided. In 2012, Ruby’s health took a turn for the worse with a reoccurrence of tuberculosis which compromised her health due to her diabetes. Ruby was a resident of Billings Valley Rehabilitation Center now known as Belle Terra up until her time of death.
Ruby had a passion for enjoying life, joking, making people happy and loving her grandchildren. She enjoyed powwows, watching her granddaughter Jingle Dress dance and becoming the Birney Veterans Day Princess. She enjoyed collecting for give-aways in honor of her family, giving her grandchildren Northern Cheyenne Indian name ceremonies which showed Rubies pride in her traditional beliefs of honoring her children. Ruby also enjoyed outings and church with her Pastor Jim Finnerity. Ruby especially loved going to basketball games watching her granddaughter Tiffany play ball and even traveled to Ronan for one of Tiffany’s ball games. Ruby was a very honorable but humble woman which many people admired not only her friends but her many family members and all who frequented her residency. Ruby was known for her quick wit, her infectious smile and kindness of a compassionate spirit.
Ruby was preceded in death by his father, Tuck, her mother, Lucy, her son Thomas, adopted mother (aunt) Sylvia Elkshoulder, Uncle and Sundance Arrow Priest George Elkshoulder, Chief of the Dog Shoulder Society, and nephew, George Jr. Elkshoulder. She is survived by her three grandchildren, Thomas Tallwhiteman, Layton Tallwhiteman, Tiffany Tallwhiteman, daughter-in law Faith Tallwhiteman. Nephew’s Leonard (Julie) Elkshoulder & family, Mark Elkshoulder & family, Andrew (Ella) Elkshoulder & family, Eugene Elkshoulder & family along with numerous extended family members including Elkshoulder, Littlemouth, Redgraves, Clubfoot, Sandcrane, Fightingbear, Fox, Spotted Wolf, Yellowrobe, Little Bird, White Crane, Little Coyote, Fisher, Medicine Bull, Tallwhiteman, Sooktis, Big Left Hand, and Three Fingers. A traditional four-day feast has begun with wake services on Friday evening May 1st in Birney Mt. outside of the Tallwhiteman residency. Grave side funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 2nd at the Indian Birney Cemetery at 1:00 o’clock p.m. Flowers and donations may be sent to Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Forsyth Mt.
In Loving Memory