Elizabeth "Betty" Ridgely
Sep 10, 1949 - Jun 8, 2017
Elizabeth “Betty” Ridgely, 67, of Ethete, WY died on Saturday, June 3, 2017 as a result of
extensive trauma from a car accident. A rosary will be recited at 7:00 pm on, Thursday, June 8,
2017, at Davis Funeral Home. A second rosary will be recited at 7:00 pm on Friday, June 9,
2017, at Blue Sky Hall with the wake to follow at 799 Ethete Road, Ethete, WY. The funeral
service will be at 10:00 am on Saturday, June 10, 2017, at Blue Sky Hall with Father Dave
Matzko officiating the funeral mass. Burial will follow at Ridgely Family Cemetery.
Elizabeth Jean Ridgely was born on September 10, 1949 in Thermopolis, WY to Eugene
Ridgely, Sr. and Lucille Mae (Goggles) Ridgely. She grew up on the Wind River Reservation
attending schools at Millcreek, St. Stephen’s High School and graduated from Fremont County
Vocational High School in 1968. She attended Central Wyoming College and later transferred to
Haskell Indian Nations University.
She was baptized into the Catholic faith and attended St. Stephen’s Catholic Church. She was
also a member of the Native American Church and was very respectful of the Northern Arapaho
ceremonies. Her Arapaho Name Indian name was Bee3einooonesei. “Cedar Tree Woman.”
She was married to John “Big John” P. Smith at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Ethete. He
preceded her in death.
Betty was a Crime Victims Advocate for the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone Tribes for
over 20 years. Before she took that position she worked as a Para for Wyoming Indian High
Betty loved the casinos and her family said that “Reno was her paradise”. She was a talented
artist of Native American crafts and she had her paintings displayed at the Wind River Casino.
She was a collector of Elvis memorabilia and loved both rock and roll and country music. She
was also involved with 4-H, was a seamstress, and a homemaker. Above all her family and
friends were her top priority and she “Enjoyed Life”.
She is survived by her son, Bryce (Joanna) Smith; daughter, Johnna (Melvin) Arthur; adopted
sons, Isaac Bell (Whitebull), Stephen Headly and Dawson Smith; godson, Brandon Brown;
goddaughter, Kari Topuam, companion, Mike Beavers; grandchildren, Shawn Dorrell “Moose”, Baby Ouray Smith, and Ty and Lovell Arthur; brothers, Gail (Kathryn) Ridgely,
Eugene (Rowena) Ridgely, Jr, and Ben (Rita Brown) Ridgely, George Warren and Brian Enos;
sister, Eugenie (Steve) Hvizdak; adopted sisters, Lenou Underwood, Connie Underwood,
Rickina Armour, Aleta Moss, Mavna Moss, Debbie Antelope, Sandi Iron Cloud, Alvalene
Glenmore, Aldene Underwood, Cheryl, Gina, and Vickie Enos, Elizabeth Willow, Sheryl Arthur, Nola Weeks and Linda Munnell; uncles, Hugh Ridgley, Mike Toahty, Arnold Littlecreek, Bobby
Shakespeare, George Enos, Cletus Yellow Plume, Douglas Goggles, Eugene Goggles, John
Goggles, and Owen Goggles; aunts; Ruth Mary Goggles, Shirlie Enos, Marylou Stevens, Gloria
Uranga, Joyce Martinez, Janice Goggles, Frances Merle Hass, Cordillia Yellow Plume, Ruth Big
Lake, Catherine Red Cloud, and Marilyn Wanstall. The Shakespeare family, Warren family,
Brown family, Goggles family, Harris family, Whiteplume family, Moss family, Miller family, Friday Family, Wanstall Family and Soldier Wolf family. Extended families, HeCrow and Amiots of Pine Ridge, SD., Little Whiteman, Ridge Bear and Red Birds of Lame Deer, MT., Pratts, Stevens,
Uranga, and Toahty of OK., Tom (Beverly) Meier of Boulder, CO. She had numerous nieces and
nephews and grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Eugene and Lucille Ridgely, Sr. uncles Bobby Jo
Goggles, Richard “Big Rock” Shakespaere, Chris Goggles, Alonzo Moss, Sr., Norman Moss, and Thelma Hungry, Gladys Moss, and Zona Moss and grandmother Frances C’Hair, and grandfather Benjamin Goggles, grandparents Scott and Blanche Ridgely.
On-line condolences may be made to the family at www.TheDavisFuneralHome.com .
Services under the direction of Davis Funeral Home.