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Myrtle Oldman

Myrtle Oldman

Aug 6, 1939 - Mar 1, 2011
Funeral services for Myrtle R. Oldman of the Wind River Reservation are at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 4, at Great Plains Hall at Arapahoe. Rosary is 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 3, at Great Plains Hall, followed by a wake at the family home, 296 Left Hand Ditch Road.

Mrs. Oldman died at the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper on Tuesday, March 1, 2011. She was 71.

Myrtle Roselle White Antelope was born at Fort Washakie on Aug. 6, 1939, the daughter of Robert M. and Odetta (Brown) White Antelope. She was a life-long resident of the Arapahoe community, being raised by her grandmother, Lena Brown. She, attended the Arapahoe School and St. Michaels Mission and earned her g.e.d. and attended Central Wyoming College.

She married Joseph Oldman in Riverton on Jan. 24, 1957.

Mrs. Oldman was a member of the Arapahoe Language Culture Commission and her family said she held a strong belief in Native American religious ceremonies.

The family said she enjoyed doing crafts, sewing beadwork, going to pow-wows, visiting friends and relatives, was a great storyteller, was very knowledgeable about her culture, language, and songs, loved to travel, and cooking traditional foods.

She had been an Arapaho language and culture teacher, school board member for St. Stephen's and Wyoming Indian School District, a community health representative, dental hygienist for Indian Health Services, an Arapaho immersion teacher at the Arapahoe School and St. Stephen's School.

Survivors include children, Ron Oldman and his wife Carman, Joseph Oldman and his wife Joanna, Melvin Oldman and his wife Alvinita, Lydell Whiteplume and his wife Anna, Raymond Dewey and his wife Jane, Dale and Dana Eagle; Lucy Harris and her husband Vernon, Susie Villa and husband Don, Donelle Villa, Robin Russo, Colleen Ragan, Mary Means; numerous grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren, and numerous adopted children; brothers, Mervin and Lyle Black, Burton Hutchinson, Ed Trujillo; sister, Louise Antelope; sisters-in-law, Pauline Oldman, and Rose Oldman; brothers-in-law, Stuart Oldman, John Oldman, and Daniel Oldman; numerous relatives from the Shoshone-Gros Ventre and Northern Cheyenne tribes.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Joseph, on Feb. 24, 2009; children, Marlene, Odetta, and Gregory Alan Oldman, and Jerry Moss; brothers, Howard, Robert M. and Willie White Antelope, Marcus, Alton, and Butch Harrison, and Earl Black; sisters, Stella Addison, Florence Iron, and Laverne Brown; adopted sisters, Irene Warren and Gertrude Bell; aunt and uncle, Joseph and Margaret Duran; grandmother, Lena Brown.

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