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Frances Makeshine

Frances Makeshine

May 23, 1925 - Jul 1, 2007
Funeral Mass for Frances Makeshine will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 5, at St. Stephen's Mission. Interment will follow at the Arapaho Catholic Cemetery at St. Stephen's.

There will be a rosary at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, at the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton. A second rosary will be at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 4, at Mrs. Makeshine's home, 37 Obert Lane. A wake will follow.

Mrs. Makeshine, known as "Grandma Frances" died at her home on the Wind River Reservation Sunday evening, July 1, 2007. She was 82 years old.

Louise Frances Little Ant was born at Arapahoe on May 23, 1925, the daughter of Lawrence Hafic Little Ant and Rena (Redman) Little Ant. Her Indian name was Biitoowu'hisei, meaning Earth Woman.

She attended St. Stephen's School, finishing the eighth grade.

Mrs. Makeshine was a member of the Catholic faith and a lay minister for St. Stephen's Mission. She served on the Parish Council for St. Stephen's, was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society, St. Anne's Sodality, Tekakwitha Conference, and a Deanery member.

She had lived all of her life on the Wind River Reservation with the exception of a year in South Dakota.

She began working at the Arapaho Cannery when she was 14 years old. She later worked as a health care aide at the Fort Washakie Hospital, as a nurses aide at the Riverton Hospital, as a CHR at Arapahoe, at the Boys and Girls Club at Arapahoe, and her family said she was a very loved "Grandma" at the Arapahoe School.

Her family said Mrs. Makeshine enjoyed sewing, crocheting, beading, gardening, bird watching, attending pow-wows, school activities, social gatherings, loved to visit with family and friends at WalMart. They said she completed puzzles and did word search.

Survivors include a son, Bernard "Larry" Makeshine and his wife Vincentina; daughters, Antoinette Harris, Irene Denny and husband Darrell, Nora Tabaho, Charlene Quilt, Gordeena Whiting, and Mary Lou Nephi; 19 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren; two brothers, Noble Little and Patton Brown and his wife Rose Marie; sisters, JoAnn Little and Pauline Lincoln and husband Leroy.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lawrence and Rena Little Ant; sisters, Mazie Little, Nora Little, Alvina Little; an aunt, Jane Warren; grandparents, Cassie and Charles Little Ant, and Adam and Ada Redman.

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