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Francine LoneBear

Francine LoneBear

Sep 5, 1959 - Sep 28, 2022

Funeral services for Francine P. (Gambler) LoneBear, 63, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 4, 2022 at 735 Ethete Road with burial to follow at the Arapaho Catholic Cemetery.  A Wake will begin at 5:00 p.m., Monday, October 3, 2022 also at 735 Ethete Road.


Mrs. LoneBear passed away on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at Morning Star Manor in Fort Washakie, Wyoming.


Francine was born on September 5, 1959, daughter of Jerome G. Gambler, Sr. and Marie Ann (Moss) Gambler in Riverton, Wyoming.  Her Indian name was Hiinoowunesei, Red Paint Woman.  She graduated High School from Flandreau, South Dakota Francine playing basketball with the first women’s team.  While attending Central Wyoming College, she was active in the Indian Club.  


On January 1, 1979, Francine married David L. LoneBear, Sr. in Riverton, Wyoming. 


In her younger years, Francine worked as a substitute teacher as well as a culture teacher for St. Stephen’s High School.


Mrs. LoneBear loved spending time with her family, especially her grandkids.  She was known for her incredible sense of humor, finding enjoyment in teasing and making people laugh.


Francine was baptized into the Catholic Church and participated in Traditional Native American ceremonies.


Survivors include her husband, David L. LoneBear, Sr.; sons, David LoneBear, Jr. and Young Chief Lone Bear; daughters, Marie LoneBear, Leah LoneBear, Amelia Stepetin and Leslie Fournier; numerous grandchildren; brother, Ryan Gambler, Sr. and his wife, Marilyn; sisters, Annette Shakespeare and her husband, Delmont Shakespeare, Sr., Salome Gambler and JoAnn Moss; numerous extended family that are not mentioned but not forgotten.


She was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents and many extended family members.



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Services under the direction of Davis Funeral Home, Crematory, and Monuments.