Ma’heono’hetohone’e “Camping In A Sacred Way” Therese was born February 17, 1935 at home along the Tongue River Valley in Ashland, Montana to her parents John and Cecelia Woodenlegs. They lived there for awhile, until moving to Lame Deer and eventually to the family ranch, south of Lame Deer. She received her education from the local schools; attending Lame Deer, Busby, and St. Labre. During high school, Therese transferred to Detroit, Michigan to attend school there as well. Upon returning, she graduated with her class at St. Labre.
In Lewiston, Montana, she worked for a time at the hospital and trained for nursing. However, due to the long hours on her feet, she decided it was not meant to be. Therese married Oscar Kinzel and to this union, she had a son, James Woodenlegs. Later, she married Wayne Mickey One Bear and to this union two children were born, John Clark and Mary Therese. After her husband died, she moved to Billings, Montana, to work in the area office for Bureau of Indian Affairs. During this time, her sister, Darlene, passed away, so Therese took in and raised her niece, Donita. After a few years, she decided to leave Billings and move back home to Lame Deer.
Therese worked at the Northern Cheyenne Agency in realty; eventually becoming the Realty Officer. She purchased land on the Ashland divide and made a home where she raised her family. Therese was a member of the Native American Church. She worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs in a 30 plus year career. After retirement, she served on the Tribal Council and the Busby School Board. Finally, it was time to just enjoy life with her grandchildren and also her great-grandchildren.
Therese was preceded in death by her parents, John and Cecelia, her brother, Russel De Venerio, her brothers Patrick, Harvey, John Jr., Max, her sisters Zethel, Darlene.
Survivors include her sister Rosie, her brothers John Joe, Everett Whitewolf, Henry Brightwings, her children James, John, MaryTherese, Donita, her adopted son Tupper Dunbar; nieces and nephews; her grandchildren Patrick, John Jr., Frankie, Katelyn, Lane, Willy Jr., Azure, Talon and Jovanna and all of her great-grandchildren, and extended family. We apologize if we left anyone out, as our family is very large.