Maheo came to take Viola “Tweety” Sooktis Washington, Taaxemeoo’e (Buffalo Wallowing Woman) home on March 4, 2013. Tweety was born on February 11, 1954 in Crow Agency to Elmer and Mable (Sooktis) Fighting Bear. Tweety attended school at St. Labre Indian Catholic School. After graduating from high school May 24, 1968 she worked as a secretary and numerous other jobs. Tweety married Isaac J. Washington Sr. on October 12, 1978. From this union they had 10 children and blessed with 17 grandchildren. Tweety was very active in the Birney and Lame Deer communities. She had a very big loving heart for her Cheyenne people and always helping in any way that she could. She loved her family very much and always made sure her grandchildren and children were taken care of, by cooking for them and seeing that they were comfortable and had the things they needed. Tweety loved all her grandchildren and would make it a point to spend time playing and laughing with them. She made numerous trips to Wyoming to see her grandchildren that lived there. Just to name a few, some of her hobbies were beading, gardening, arts & crafts, traveling , visiting family and teaching her grandchildren the Cheyenne language. She also took part in translating and spelling of Cheyenne words in the Cheyenne language dictionary. Tweety was one of the sweetest, most loving people and always put a smile on ones face. She knew just what to say when someone was going through hard times and would try to help anyway possible. Family of Tweety often called her the Rock and foundation of them all. She will be forever loved and cherished.
Viola is survived by her husband Isaac J. Washington Sr., Daughters: Kimberly J. Washington, Claudia Washington, Gayla Washington, Mabette Washington (Darwin Spoonhunter Jr.), Bethany Washington (Ronald J. Monroe Sr.), Kelsey Washington (Joseph Little), Amber Goudreaux. Sons; Alroy Washington, Cordell Washington, Isaac Washington Jr. (Crystalynn Shoulderblade), Kayle Washington (Jamay Ghostbear), Milan Goudreaux (Angelina Bearquiver), Dustin Goudreaux (Nikkita Shakespear). Sisters: Nancy Fighting Bear, Veta Fighting Bear (Joe Bear), Effie Beartrack, Myrna Burgess, Penelope Riveare, Henrietta Mann, Dorothy Jackman, Ruby Sooktis, Mary Grace Medicine Top. Brothers: Clifton Sooktis, Silas Big Left Hand, Perry Fighting Bear, Harvey Big Head Man. Grandchildren; (Cordell) Leandra, Cordell Jr., Charlie, Justus Washington, (Isaac) Baby Isaac Washington III, (Gayla) Brihanna Washington, (Maybette) Darwin “D3”, Jessalynn, Mariah, Donovan, Kyrie Spoonhunter, (Bethany) Tristan, Clifton, Ashton, Leo Monroe, (Kelsey) Kharlin Little, (Kayle) Zyrin Washington. Viola is survived by her aunts Ruby Rabideaux, June American Horse and Susie Cain.
Preceded in death by her mother, Mable (Sooktis) Fighting Bear and her step-father, Elmer Fighting Bear as well as her aunt and Uncle Raphael and Ruth (Sooktis) Big Left Hand who helped raised her. Also preceding are her cousins, Emma Jean Little Bear and Joann Sooktis, Alvin and Edwin Big Left and Andrew L. Sooktis, Frank Sooktis as well as her uncles Charles and Andrew Sooktis. Viola came from a close-knit family and she regarded her cousins as sisters and brothers as defined by the Cheyenne Kinship System.
Viola’s family background includes both the Northern and Southern Cheyenne families through her mother. Her Southern Cheyenne side of the family she is the great-grand-daughter of White Buffalo Calf Woman and Big White Man. On her Northern Cheyenne side of the family she is the great-daughter of Northern Cheyenne Chief American Horse and Flora American Horse. She is the granddaughter of Josphine American Horse Sooktis, (Northern Cheyenne) and Medicine Bird Sooktis (Southern Cheyenne). Because of her great-grandfather Chief American Horse Viola is a member of the Cheyenne Chief Family.
Her Northern Cheyenne Relatives: Big Left Hand, Sooktis, Young Bear, Little Coyote, American Horse, Teeth, Flying, Limber Hand, Wounded Eye, Russell, Red Woman, Red Neck, Medicine Bull, Elk Shoulder, Kills Night.
Her Southern Cheyenne Relatives: Mann, Standing Water, Twins, Hart, Running Water, Heap-Of-Birds, Parton, Rabideaux. Our family is large so if we forgot to mention someone we apologize.