Wilma Lou Weed Spoonhunter “ Dahka Wimah (Falling Snow)” danced her way to the Spirit World on Friday, July 5, 2019 at the age of 64 years old in Riverton, Wyoming.
She enjoyed helping her people and was employed with the Eastern Shoshone Tribal Credit Program for the past 31 years. She was also employed with the Wind River Housing Authority and Warm Valley Arts and Crafts in Fort Washakie. Wilma was also employed with the Billings Area Office in the Realty Department. She graduated from Lander Valley High School in 1973. She received her Certificate in BookKeeping from Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institution in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1976.
Wilma was a member of the Wind River Dancers where she participated as a traditional dancer at the Cheyenne Frontier Days, Teton Science School, Fort Laramie, and numerous locations throughout Wyoming and the United States. She was a barrel racer and participated in rodeos. Wilma was a fluent speaker in the Shoshone Language. She participated in various ceremonies and was a strong believer in her native american ways and her faith. She was also a member of the Yellow Band and Sheep Eater Clans. Wilma was a member of the Episcopal Church and the Native American Church. She was a strong advocate for elders and the youth. She was a former member of the Jr. Auxiliary and Auxiliary for Richard Pogue Post 81 and Fort Washakie 4-H Club.
She was born on December 9, 1954 to Moses Morning Starr Weed, Sr. and Lorraine Priscilla Leonard Weed in Lander, Wyoming. She was married to Harvey T. Spoonhunter for 44 years.
She is survived by Husband-Harvey T. Spoonhunter, Daughter-Harmony Spoonhunter, Sons-Lamar (Paulita) Spoonhunter and Layha Spoonhunter; Adopted son-Daniel Addison, Ernest Brown, Adam and Izzy Ramirez; Adopted daughter-Vernalyn Bearing, Danera Perkins and adopted many other children as her own;
Grandchildren-Amya Whelan, Talon Whelan, Amani Whelan, Aiyanna Perez, Shaylynn (Michael) Dreamer, Audiyah Spoonhunter, Trayshon Spoonhunter, Destiny Spoonhunter, Miracle Spoonhunter, Kiera Day, Warlance Spoonhunter, Jovaughna McAdams; Great Grandchildren-Ronald Red Warrior Benally; Siblings-Starr (Janet) Weed, Jr., Flora Burnett, Darlene McGill, Twin-Zelma Weed Bell, Rose (Dean) Goggles, Elaine Weed, Leola (Vince) White, Marilyn (Dennis) Tillman, Charlene Tillman, George Leonard, Judy Day and Floyd Osborne; Aunt-Elsie Norah; In-Laws-Ronald (Valerie) Spoonhunter, Dorothy Robinson, Alreta (Alvin) Talks Different, Marlin Spoonhunter, Tillie Spoonhunter, Theron Spoonhunter, Terry Spoonhunter; Nieces and Nephews-Delmar Weed, Cameron “CJ” Brawley, Theresa Stops, James Blaine, Brian Blaine, Alberta Burnett, Rosa Burnett, Clinton Burnett, Marie Snyder, Kristi Bell, Colleen Bell, Pricillia Bell, Joann Gaines, Wyatt Leonard, Tristin Burnett, Grey Burnett, Kevin Goggles, Marissa Goggles, Kimberly Goggles, Kirk Weed, Kaylei Weed, Jessica Weed-Calloway, Darcie Weed, Cassie Weed, Brett White, Hope Tidzump, Lloyd White, Danielle White, Brandon Weed, Sharmaine Weed, Charity Tillman, and Kash Tillman, Elizabeth, Roderick, Leon and Albert Tillman, Raelynne Ferris, Kristine Vasquez, Ferlin Willow, Stephanie Harris, and Kenny Allen, Antoinette, Tania, Andrea, Dawn Michelle, Tammy, Troy, Jason, Danen, Eric, Shawn, Awahusu, Hidonee, Wanda, Tarissa, Alan Joseph, Alden, Mialyn, Isaac, Dalen, Shane, Alan Jay, Julie, Gabriel, Rachel, Taylor, Brent, Jarin , Topah, En-na-ah, Pesapi, Tsanavi Spoonhunter, Nane Schaaf, Alysa Chartaw, Taya Sepsy, Amy Johnson, Monica Sanada, Ezekiel Robison, Lynette Briggs, Joseph McAdams, Nicole Whiteplume, Odelia Sage, Mylo Sage, Steve Monroe; Adopted Sisters – Marjean Eagletail, June Felter, Carrie WhiteAntelope, Manuella Twitchell, Jane Dewey, Sandra Arowite, Eleanor Brown, Helen, Karen Returns to War, Marie Lyday, Arilda Chavez; Adopted Brothers-Darrell Tendoy and Merle Tendoy and other numerous relatives, friends and family; Wind River Dancer Family; Preceded in death by Paternal Grandparents-Baptiste Enos Weed and Sarah Ann Day; Maternal Grandparents-Fred Leonard and Ethel Wesaw; Father-Moses Morning Starr Weed, Sr.; Mother-Lorraine Leonard Weed; Siblings-Linda (Benedict, Sr.) Birdingground-Blaine, Mary Weed, Ilene Weed, baby girl Weed, James Lee Brawley, Eugene Ronnie (Nadine) Tillman, Kenneth Tillman and Ira Tillman, Deland Robertson, Sr., Norcees Carrier; Nephews – Travis McGill, Quentin Tillman, Deland Robertson, Jr., Benedict Blaine, Jr., Coalstin Spoonhunter, Clinton Robison, Adopted son-Edward Wadda, Niece-Virginia “Abbit” Bell, Elizabeth Tillman, Alfreda Monroe, Aunts-Marsha Allen, Delores Track, Uncles-Albin Leonard, Theodore Robertson, In-Laws-Garrett Spoonhunter, Thomas J. Spoonhunter, Alan R. Spoonhunter, Lyle Spoonhunter, Vaughn Spoonhunter, Thomas I. Spoonhunter, Wendall Spoonhunter, Susan Spoonhunter.
Wake Services on Monday, July 8, 2019 at Blue Sky Hall in Ethete, Wyoming at 7pm, followed by the wake she will be taken to her residence at 125 Yellowcalf Road.
Funeral Services on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at Rocky Mountain Hall in Fort Washakie, Wyoming at 10am. Burial will take place at the Yellowcalf Cemetery in Ethete, Wyoming followed by the feast at Blue Sky Hall.
Pallbearers-Marlin Spoonhunter, Theron Spoonhunter, Delmar Weed, Clinton Burnett, Wyatt Leonard, Kevin Weed, Kirk Weed, Lloyd White, Brett White, Brandon Weed, Cameron Brawley, Daniel Addison
Honorary Pallbearers-All Brothers, Nephews and Grandsons