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Lucille A.  Headley

Lucille A. Headley

Dec 9, 1921 - Aug 29, 2009
Lucille A. Headley of Wind River Healthcare in Riverton died at Riverton Memorial Hospital on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009, with family at her side. She was 87.

Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, at St. Stephen's Catholic Church south of Riverton. The Rev. Father Robert Hilbert will officiate.

Interment will be at the Arapaho Catholic Cemetery at St. Stephen's.

There was a rosary at the Davis Funeral Home Tuesday evening, Sept. 1, and a second rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, at St. Stephen's Catholic Church. A wake will follow at the home of Riana and Steven Sitting Eagle, Highway 789.

Lucille Anne Headley was born at Arapahoe on Dec. 9, 1921, the daughter of Martin David Headley and Sadie (Black) Headley. Her Indian name was Hihceebe-Niibei or "Sings Above."

Ms. Headley attended St. Stephen's School and was graduated from Riverton High School with the Class of 1951.

She worked as a camp cook for some of the largest cattle companies in Wyoming, including Crofts Ranch, the Matador Cattle Company, and the Arapaho Ranch. Her family said she was known for her pies and baked goods. She also cooked at Helen's Café and the Rainbow Café in Riverton.

She also took care of her older sister, Loretta.

Her family said her later years were devoted to teaching her many grandchildren the language and traditions of the Arapaho.

The family said she enjoyed rock hunting, power walking, fixing fences on her land, and her dogs Chico and Sausage.

Survivors include daughters, Mary Headley and Kathleen Shakespeare, both of Riverton; nephews and families Dan Brown, Kenneth and Evalina Blackburn, John and Stewart Oldman, of Riverton, John Paul Brown and Donald W. Bull of Cheyenne; nieces and families, Patricia Snook, Joanne Walker, Pauline and William C'Hair of Riverton, Delight O'Neal, Mary Cowboy, and Martha and Roger Brown of Ethete, Mary and Wendall Ghost Bear of Riverton, and Joan and Bill Sage of Ethete; sisters, Laverne Brown, and Sadie and Duane Bell, Sr., of Riverton, Emma and Nelson Moss of Ethete; brothers, Lemuel Black, Sr., Lyle and Sarah Black, Sr., of Riverton, Raymond C'Hair of Lander; grandchildren, Dillon and Nora Yellowbear and families of Colorado Springs, Colo., Ryan Monroe and daughter Harmony and families, Leo and Rhonda Headley and families of Riverton, Stephen George Headley and families of Riverton, Forrest and Lisa (W. Bull) Headley and families of Mill Creek, Brent and Georgia C'Hair and families of Riverton, Adene and Willie Goggles and families of Fort Washakie, Riana and Steven SittingEagle and families of Riverton, Andrea YellowBear and families of Salt Lake City, Utah, Tyson and Alicia (Flores) YellowBear and families of Salt Lake City, Leona Monroe and Marcus Yellow Hair and families of Riverton, Levi and Miranda Monroe and families of Riverton, Leo W. and Shantel Monroe and families of Ethete, Vincent L. YellowBear, Jr., and daughters and families, William J. YellowRobe and families of Lame Deer, Mont., Fatima Addison and families of Riverton; brother-in-law, George W. Shakespeare and families of Riverton; life-long friends, Scharyle Bowman and families, Priscilla Y'Barra and families, and Barbara Armour and families of Riverton.

Ms. Headley was preceded in death by her parents; paternal grandparents, Basil and Lenokia (Buffalo Fat) Headley; maternal grandparents, Bliss and Emma (Little Owl) Black; brothers, John Baptist Headley, Edwin Norse, Loris Black, Earl Black, Raymond Black, Louis C'Hair, Pat C'Hair, Lawrence C'Hair, John Blackburn, and Herman Norse; sisters, Loretta Headley and Ella Mae Shakespeare; an aunt, Alice Black C'Hair; nephew, David John Oldman; grandchildren, Deanna Oldman, Baby Boy C'Hair; great grandchildren, Micheal, Christopher, and Jennifer Headley; members of the families Little Owl, Black, Friday; and Buffalo Fat and Shoton Both Sides Clans of Stand Off, Alberta, Canada.

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Services are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.