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Estelle A. Dodge

Estelle A. Dodge

Apr 7, 1932 - Jul 15, 2011
Funeral services for Estelle A. Dodge of Arapahoe were 10:00 a.m., Tuesday morning, July 19, at Blue Sky Hall at Ethete. Interment followed at the Friday Cemetery.

A rosary was 7:00 p.m., Monday evening, July 18, at Blue Sky Hall, followed by a wake at the family home at 336 17-Mile Road, Arapahoe.

Mrs. Dodge died Friday morning, July 15, 2011, at her home. She was 79.

Estelle Anita Friday was born in the Mill Creek area of the Wind River Indian Reservation on April 7, 1932, the daughter of Chester Owl Friday and Winnie Effie (Trosper) Friday.

She lived all her life on the Wind River Reservation and attended school at St. Michael's Mission. She was Ethete Pow Wow Queen in 1950.

She married Albert Benjamin Dodge, Sr., on March 20, 1958, in Ethete.

Mrs. Dodge was an educator, working as a cultural teacher in the Headstart program at Ethete and Arapahoe until her retirement in 2007. She also cooked at the Wyoming Indian School (formerly Mill Creek School) for three years.

She served as an election judge for the Arapaho Tribe for some three decades.

Her family said Mrs. Dodge enjoyed her grandchildren, pow wows and sundances, liked to travel, especially to Yellowstone National Park, enjoyed camping, liked to listen to Indian music, enjoyed Indian dancing, and doing word search puzzles.

Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Albert B. Dodge, Sr., of Ethete; sons, George J. Groesbeck of Ethete and Albert B. Dodge, Jr., and his wife Lanette of Arapahoe; daughters, Lynell L. Addision and husband Bill of Casper, Rose Dodge and Bill Whiteplume of Lander, Winnie Dodge, Huberta Dodge of Ethete, and Cora Dodge Lamebear and husband Charles Lamebear, Jr., of Ethete; 13 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren; brothers, Hubert Friday and his wife Elizabeth, Duane Friday, Brian, Merton, Sr., and Milton Trosper, Sr. and Daniel Brown; sisters, Linda Hurtado and husband Howard, Zette Underwood, Harriett Trosper, Julia (Quiver) Whiteman, and LaVerne (Quiver) Hutchinson; members of the families of Friday, Thunder, Trosper, Sage, Goggles, Wolfrang, Dodge, and Quiver.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Chester Owl and Winnie Effie Friday; daughter, Kristy Marie Dodge; brothers, Chester B. Friday, Jr., Harry G. Friday, and Dean Alan Friday; sisters, Theresa Friday, Irene Mountain Sheep, Corrine Revere, Elaine Hill, and Maggie Friday; grandchildren, Sasha Kristin Ridgley, Elizabeth Dodge, and Mark Joseph Dodge.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation or Amedisys Hospice, in care of the Davis Funeral Home, 2203 West Main Street, Riverton, WY 82501.

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