Aug 25, 1934 - Jan 12, 2020
JoAnne Little, 85, of Riverton died Sunday, January 12, 2020 at Sagewest Hospital in Lander. A Rosary will be held 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church with a wake at Eagle Hall and the family residence 52 Red Crow. Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Thursday, January 16, 2020 at the church. Burial will follow at Arapaho Catholic Cemetery.
JoAnne Little was born August 25, 1934 South of Riverton, Wyoming to Lawrence Little Ant and Rena (Redman) Little Ant. She was given her native name of “White Woman” Nonookusei. She attended St. Stephen’s Indian School during grade school and graduated from Flandreau Indian School. She lived most of her life on the Wind River Indian Reservation except two years where she worked as a nanny in Chicago.
She was baptized into the Catholic faith and was a faithful member of St. Stephen’s Catholic Church and practiced her traditional ways.
She was a homemaker, nanny, foster parent, CNA at Fremont Manor & Social Worker at Arapahoe Clinic, and baked bread for St. Stephen’s Indian Mission.
JoAnne enjoyed beading, sewing, bingo, watching her “soaps”, volunteering at St. Stephen’s Church, helped make a Teepee out of buffalo hides thru St. Stephen’s School, going to Pow-Wows, doing social gatherings, doing word searches, spending time with grandchildren, friends, and family, and she loved her dogs.
She is survived by her daughters, Nora Tabaho, Irene Denny, Antoinette Harris, Sandra Faust, Camille Lincoln, Angelina Oldman, Rena Denny, Bernadette Denny, and Inez Brown; adopted sons, Don Villa, Santiago Ocon, Marvin Hannah, Larry Makeshine, Byron Lincoln, Gary Lincoln, Jason Denny, and Loren Antelope; brothers, Patton Brown, Alfred Redman, Leonard Moss and Huebert Redman; sisters, Alvena Oldman, Marge St. Clair, Dee Cuch, Agnes Logan, Mary Alice Addison, and Charlene Hoover; adopted sisters, Ruth Big Lake and Louise Blake; grandsons, Monty Tabaho, Alonzo Tabaho, and Rusty Tabaho, Sr.; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren. Extended families, Willow, Redman, Sage, Spoonhunter, Little, Antelope, Lincoln, Soldier Wolf, Alvena Oldman family, Jenkins, Warren, Brown, Behan, Dewey, Posey, Makeshine, Denny, Quiver, SunRhodes, Armajo, LaJeunesse, Miller, Collins, Chamberlins, Long, Givins, Johnston, Red Cherries, Harris, Birdshead, Fisher, Wolfrang, Crispin and Larsen.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Lawrence and Rena Little Ant; brother, Noble Little Ant; sisters, Alvena Little Ant, Maizie Little Ant, Nora Little Ant, Frances Makeshine, and Pauline Lincoln; grandparents, Adam and Ada Redman; granddaughter, Veronica Reyes; grandson, Michael Makeshine; niece, Juanita Laframboise; aunt, Mary Redman Antelope; and uncle Elk Redman.
On-line condolences may be made to the family at www.TheDavisFuneralHome.com.
Services under the direction of Davis Funeral Home.