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Delight O'Neal

Delight O'Neal

Jul 27, 1931 - Aug 3, 2015
Delight O’Neal, 84, of Ethete, died on Monday, August 3, 2015, at the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper. A rosary will be said on Friday, August 7, 2015, at 7:00 pm at Blue Sky Hall. A wake will follow at her home, 167 Trosper Lane. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 8, 2015, at 10:00 am at Blue Sky Hall with Father Phil Wagner officiating. Burial will follow at Yellowcalf Cemetery.

Delight Headley was born on July 27, 1931 in Ethete, WY to Louis Wallowingbull Headley and Jesse Shakespeare-Headley. She was given the Native American Name Bo’oo’ meaning, Clear Path. She grew up in the Ethete area and attended St. Michael’s Boarding School. She later earned her G.E.D.

She was baptized into the Catholic Faith.

She lived on the Wind River Reservation her entire life, working and raising her family.

On October 19, 1948 she married, Emil O’Neal, in Themopolis, WY. They raised their family while traveling to sale beaded arts and crafts. They also ran a food stand at the Powwow’s, where she cooked.

She worked as a cook at Mill Creek School for many years and was also the librarian at St. Michael’s Mission. Her favorite “job” was being a Foster Grandparent at the Ethete Headstart Program, she loved being with the children.

She was an election judge for the Arapaho Tribe. She was very involved in the Arapaho Emersion Program, helping get started and teaching the Arapaho Language.

She is survived by her daughter, Charlene O’Neal; her brothers, Bobby Shakespeare, Burnette Ridgley, and Daniel Oldman; her sisters, Ruth Mary Goggles, Eileen Shakespeare, Bernice Watan, Amelia Undeerwood, Lettie Spoohunter, Mary Cowboy, Martha Brown, Lenore Shakespeare, Joan Sage, and Pauline Oldman; her grandchildren, Sheri Moon, Kari Topaum-Black, Jason Moon, William Topaum, Leon Moon, Emily O’Neal-Vaomu, John Topaum, Renee Headley, Houston Headley, Lelaine Herrera, Cedric Shakespeare, Jr., Cecilia Shakespeare, Percy Headley, Travis Shakespeare, Cathy Headley, Kevin Mendibles, Latisha Mendibles, Nira Headley, Maria Shakespeare, Tyson Headley, Carmen Headley, Darrell O’Neal, Jr., Sissy O’Neal, Ruth O’Neal, Charlie O’Neal, Ozaddie O’Neal, Charlene O’Neal, Pat Hubbard, Julian Hubbard, Al Hubbard, Robert C’Bearing, Chato Lyday, Kayle Hebah, Russell Hebah, Verle Phillips, Amanda Phillips, Brittany Hebah, Courtney Hebah, Drenda Hebah, Tubell Hebah, Constance Hebah, Jadyn Haukaas, Robert Haukaas, Janelle Wheeler, and Herbie Wheeler; her great grandchildren, Catie Topaum, Tieadra Garcia, Shado Blackburn, Brndi Moon, Leander Moon, Amber Moon, Kimbery Topaum, Charlyn Krisly Garcia, Kyle Yellobear, Josiah Vaomu, Christopher Manasseh Vaomu, Delight Vaomu, Kristopher Topaum, Jeremiah Garcia, Isreal Topaum, Madden Vaomu, Michaela Yellowbear, Taleah Vaomu, Nevelen Yellowbear, Lakya Topaum, Autumn Yellowbear, Feather Blackburn, Keysha Brown, J.Neil Brown, Chessa Moon, Destiny Moon, Dodie Harris, Titan Harris, Tearany Black, and Anthony Black; her great great grandson, Quincey King Oldman; her nieces, Vicki Shakespeare, Vernita Shakespeare, Lynelle Shakespeare, Molly O’Neal, Colleen O’Neal, Susie O’Neal, Charlene Wallowingbull, Rhonda Headley, Gwen C’Bearing, Caroline Hill, Marie Lyday, Francine Shakespeare, Elizabeth Antone, Sandy Oldman, Sarah Littleshield, Rose Posey, Ruby Posey, Pauline Posey, Karen Hebah, Suzie Oldman, Becky Oldman, and Lucy Oldman; her nephews, Reno Headley, Leonard Headley, John Headley, Cedric Shakespeare, Jim Shakespeare, Darrell O’Neal, Sr., Bob Headley, Louis Headley, Pat O’Neal, Dennis O’Neal, Kelly O’Neal, Pooge O’Neal, RJ Shakespeare, Al C’Bearing, Robert C’Bearing, Ivan Posey, Ernie Posey, Bob C’Bearing, Ronnie Oldman, and Melvin Oldman; and numerous other grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Jesse Headley; her husband, Emil O’Neal; her sons, Charles O’Neal and William O’Neal; her daughter, Catherine O’Neal; her brothers, Arnold Headley, Stewart Headley, Wilbur Headley, and Carl Headley; her sisters, Nira Headley and Maria Martinez; her grandsons, Alfred Topaum Jr., Christopher Topaum, and Neil Moon; her nephew, Jerry Headley, and her niece, Annette O’Neal.

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Services under the direction of Davis Funeral Home.