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Laura  Shakespeare

Laura Shakespeare

Dec 19, 1935 - Nov 13, 2016
Laura M. Shakespeare, 80, of Arapahoe, died at her home on Sunday, November 13, 2016. A rosary will be recited on Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 7:00 pm, at Great Plains Hall with the wake to follow. A funeral service will be at 10:00 am on Thursday, November 17, 2016, at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church will interment to follow at the Arapaho Catholic Cemetery.

Laura Maria Spoonhunter was born on December 19, 1935 in Arapahoe, WY to Ward and Margaret (Gambler) Spoonhunter. She was given her Indian Name of Neitoowuunebei’ meaning First Women Singing. She grew up in the Arapahoe area where she spent her life except for her schooling. She attended St. Labre Indian High School in Montana and then went to college in Kansas City, Missouri where she studied nursing and received her LPN.

She was baptized into the Catholic Faith and also practiced the Arapaho Ways.

She worked at both the Riverton and Lander Hospitals over the years. She then became an active part of the Arapaho Immersion Program where the youth are taught the Arapaho language and encouraged to use it on a daily bases.

She is survived by her sons, Edd Shakespeare Jr., Loren Shakespeare, Mattew Whiteplume, Alfred Spoonhunter Jr., and Stanford Shakespeare; Daughters, Avinita Oldman, Karena Black, Karen Black, Angela Black, Angel Bell, Elsie Shakespeare-Charging Crow, Sandra Paulsen, Ramona Shakespeare, Wardina Moss, and Madonna Oldman; brothers, Harvey Spoonhunter, Marlin Spoonhunter, and Theron Spoonhunter; sisters, Alice Moss, Sarah Black, Mary Cowboy, Sarah Belt, Bernice Miller, Florence Trosper, Martha Brown, Tillie Spoonhunter and Alrita Talksdifferent; grandchildren, Jori T. Lamebull, Travis Harris, Trinity Shakespeare, Keina Duran, Gage Duran, Michelle Shakespeare, Mallori Shakespeare, Whitney SunRhodes, Tony Duran and Adam Spoonhunter; great grandchildren, Ward Spoonhunter, Janeisa Whiteplume, Madyson Harris, Isiah Spoonhunter, Adamay Ghostbear, Uriah Whiteplume, Tyson Whiteplume, Alyiss Whiteplume, Shadow Eagle, Josh Miller, Marcus Thunder, Jr., Alfred A. G. Shakespeare “Jr. Bear”, Tasha Shakespeare, Katilyn Shakespear, and Dinawind Ghostbear.

Preceded in death by her husband, Edd M. Shakespeare: sons, Ward Michael Spoonhunter and Alfred Shakespeare Sr.; parents, Ward and Margaret Spoonhunter; sister, Shanna Lissert; brothers , Alfred Shakespeare, Charles Gambler, Howard Shakespeare, and Stanley Spoonhunter; grandchildren, Wardina Spoonhunter and Dwight Spoonhunter, Sr.; nephews, Lyle Black, Dean Moss, Jerry Moss, Howard Spoonhunter, Stanly Spoonhunter, Darwin Spoonhunter, Jay Spoonhunter, and George Shakespear, III; and nieces, Nancy Spoonhunter and Lucy Moss.

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Services under the direction of Davis Funeral Home.