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Frances Dewey

Frances Dewey

May 10, 1940 - May 28, 2018
Frances Dewey, 78, of Arapahoe passed away on Monday, May 28, 2018, at the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper. A rosary will be recited at 7:00 pm on Thursday, May 31, 2018, at 393 Left Hand Spur Road followed by the wake. The funeral service will be at 10:00 am on Friday, June 01, 2018, at 393 Left Hand Spur Road. Burial will follow at the Arapaho Catholic Cemetery.

Frances Dewey was born on May 10, 1940 in Arapahoe, WY to Andrew Raphael and Flora (Goodman) Dewey. She grew up in the Arapahoe area. She attended Flandreau Boarding School in her early education and came back and graduated from St. Stephens Mission School.

She was baptized into the Catholic faith. She was also a member of the Native American Church where she was very active.

She lived in Fort Worth, TX with her twin sister, Joann, for five years before moving to Denver, CO for three years. She then returned home and spent the rest of her days surrounded by her grandchildren.

Frances worked as a nanny for five years in Chicago, IL then worked for Brunton Inc. for ten years. She found her passion teaching the Arapaho language and culture at St. Stephen’s Indian School for twenty years. After she retired from the school she continued to teach the Arapaho language at the TANF program.

Frances enjoyed watching basketball, spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren, going to Pow-Wows, where she watched her grandchildren dance, and going to support her grandchildren in all their sport activities.

She is survived by her daughters, Anna (Lydell) Whiteplume and Rachel Barrios; adopted daughters, Tia Waters and Tracey Waters; god daughter, Yufina Gonzalez; adopted son, John Behan; adopted sister, Zodora Enos; and the families of Ridgley, Semenole, Littleshield, Goodman, Gardner, Willow, Rockaoove, Soldierwolf, Dewey, Crazythunder, and Addison.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Linus, Robert, George, and John Dewey; sisters, Rose Mary Dewey, Lucilla Washington, Joan Buirdshead, Margaret Ann Washington, Madeline Spoonhunter, Margaret Mary Littleshield; son Dean Dewey; daughters Angela Dewey and Jane Behan.

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Services under the direction of Davis Funeral Home.