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Susie Belle Shongutsie

Susie Belle Shongutsie

Feb 28, 1920 - Oct 12, 2010
Susie Belle Shongutsie, 90, returned home October 12th, 2010 peacefully at home with family members at her bedside. She was the matriarch of the Shongutsie family and lived the traditional way of life.

A traditional Native-American service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 16th, 2010 at the Rocky Mountain Hall in Fort Washakie with burial to follow at the Sacajawea Cemetery. A wake will be held the previous afternoon at 4:00 p.m. at the family home at #35 St. Clair Spur.

Susie was born February 28th, 1920 to Jacob Annakie and Cora (Pevoh) Shongutsie. She lived her early years in Sage Creek before moving to Fort Washakie/North Fork where she spent the remainder of her life. She was a rancher, a cook for the Shoshone Entertainment Committee as well as a cook for the local Native American Church. She used to enjoy traditional card games, attending pow-wows, traveling to stick games with her grandsons throughout the western United States and Canada. She also was an avid bead-worker and her profits supported her family; she passed the art of bead-working down to her nieces and grandchildren.

She was a strong believer in the Sundance ceremony and travelled to attend sundances in Utah, Idaho and Montana. She taught and helped her nephews and grandsons her knowledge. Susie was one of the ten remaining elders of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe over the age of 90. She loved spending time with her great-grand children Lincey Jr., and Kiauna and loved them with all her heart.

She is survived by nephews Franklin Shongutsie of Fort Washakie and Lindberg Shongutsie of Riverton and niece Anita and husband Harvey Setzer of Green River whom she raised. She also raised her grandchildren, Lincey Shongutsie, Sr. and George Shongutsie, both of Fort Washakie. She is also survived by her brothers Kenneth Pevo of Fort Hall, Idaho, Eddy Amboh and their families; sisters Angeline Wagon, Claudine Perry, Irene Amboh, and Lydia Harris, all of Fort Washakie and their families; nephews Gilbert Shongutsie of LaConner, Washington, Stanford Devinney of Fort Washakie, James Mann and wife Carla of Fort Washakie, Verlon Gould of Fort Hall, Idaho, Kenneth and wife Debbie Pevo, Jr. of Fort Hall, Idaho, Hughes Pevo of Fort Hall, Idaho, Steven Tillman of Fort Washakie, Orville St. Clair of Fort Washakie, Reuben St. Clair of Arapahoe, John and William St. Clair of Fort Washakie, and their families; nieces Drusilla Gould of Fort Hall, Idaho, Venita Devinney , Linda Tillman, both of Fort Washakie, Delphina Gould of Fort Hall, Idaho, Berdleen and husband Dan Sorrell of Arbon Valley, Idaho, Trema and husband Oren Washakie of Fort Hall, Idaho, Alberta and husband Ted Williams of White Swan, Washington, Susan Pevo of American Falls, Idaho, Valeria Arkinson, Cheryl and husband Theodore Goggles, Ula and husband Tim Tyler, all of Fort Washakie, Myra Washington of Fort Hall, Idaho, Naomi Bushyhead of Fort Washakie. Bonnie and husband John Washakie of Fort Washakie, Velma Chavez, Harlene LeBeau, Lucille Fook, Bernadette Oberly, Leota LaJeunesse, Violet LaJeunesse, and Iva LeClair and their families; grandchildren Bradley, Brian, Cheyenne, and Shauntel Setzer all of Green River, Bobbi Lynn Shongutsie of Oregon, Emily Shongutsie of Riverton, and Stacy Nephi, Jr. of Fort Washakie; great-grand children, Lincey Shongutsie, Jr., Kiauna Shongutsie, Katie and Toby Setzer,; great-great and great-great-great grandchildren, too numerous to mention.

She was preceeded in death by her maternal grandparents Pliney and Shone Pevoh, paternal grandparents Shongutsie and Sogoup Shongutsie; uncle Roy Shongutsie, her parents; siblings Henry, Elizabeth, Maud, Madie, Elmer, Aggie, Joseph, Lindberg, Leonard, Henry and Millie; brothers, Austin and wife Agnes Gould, Herbert Wilford Pevo, Charles Soonup, Wallace St. Clair, Sr., Stanford St. Clair, Herman and wife Daisy St. Clair, Finn St. Clair, and Alfred and wife Eva McAdams and many others; sisters Alberta and husband Richard Roberts, Dorothy (Pevo) George, Ruby Gladys Pevo, Vida Stump, Francis and husband Danny Tillman, Bertha Norman, Anna Marie and husband Harrison Shoyo Sr., Gladys Hill, Rose Ruleau, Maud Polly Jorgenson, Iva (St. Clair) Taylor, Delilah Mae St. Clair and many others;; nieces Audrey (Gould) Bearing, Alice McGill, Winona Genereaux, Orbana Cady, Georgina Devinney and many others; nephews Leonard Washakie, Jeffrey Shongutsie, Wallace and Stanford St. Clair and many others; grandchild Faline and husband Alfred Topaum and many others.

She had many other family members, too numerous to mention.