Martha Marie Black Dog, 69, passed away from natural causes on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, at the Billings Clinic.
A vigil service will be held Thursday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. and funeral services will be held Friday, Feb. 21, at 10 a.m., all at the James Black Dog Activity Center, followed by interment in the Fort Kipp Cemetery in Fort Kipp.
She was born Sept. 30, 1944, in Poplar, Mont., the daughter of Thomas Martin and Alves Jones Bird. She lived her life in Brockton and Fort Kipp, attended Brockton schools, graduated and then attended college. She worked for Fort Peck Tribes in the 1960s as a Head Start teacher. Later she worked as a C.H.R., and in 1970, she worked at the Brockton School as a teacher's aid. During the 1980s, she worked as a Fort Peck Tribes Election supervisor many years. She enjoyed spending time with her family and her grandchildren, attending their sporting events, bingo, and making Indian outfits for her grandchildren.
She met the love of her life, Lawrence Black Dog, in the 60s, and to this union two sons and two daughters were born; Bobby, LaDonna, Willie and LaVonne.
She was preceded in death by both parents; one grandchild, Adam Christopher Black Dog; seven sisters, Emily, Donna, Barbara, Carol, Loretta, Karen, Betty Martin; six brothers, Anthony, Eugene Bird, Jake, Allen, Samson and Leo Martin; three aunts, Jesse Walking Eagle, Irene Philbrick and Gladys Lewis; and three uncles, Fred Lewis, Ralph and Steve Jones.
Survivors include her husband, Lawrence Black Dog, of Fort Kipp; four children, Bobby, LaDonna, Willie and his wife, Mary, and LaVonne and her husband, Geoff; 12 grandchildren, Amanda, Chastity, Eric, Mary Lynn, Evan, Sean, Courtney, Emily, Nancy, Tracy, Issac and Quentin; eight great-grandchildren, Brooke Parker, Jazmine, Aidyn, Geoff, Adam, Winter Black Dog, Justin Juarez and Liam Failing; five sisters, Roberta, Connie, Juanita Bird, Bernice Martin and Loretta Martin; three brothers, Vernon Koffman, Victor and Sly Martin; three uncles, Joe Jones, Victor Fast Horse and his wife, Margaret, and Bud Philbrick; two aunts, Gloria Diserly and her husband, Arlie, and Lydia Bearstail; 10 nieces, Lucy, Annie Cantrell, Trudy, A Jay, Kristin, Jennifer, Tiffany, Alyssa, Angie and Kim; three nephews, Albert, Reede and Sam; four adopted sisters, Rosa Boyd, Ethelene White Hawk, Lois Long Tree and Bernadette Wind; seven adopted sons, Bernard Youpee, Tuffy First, Rusty Boxer, Jeff Stump, Tony White Spirit, Robby White Hawk and Donnie Buck Elk; three adopted grandchildren, Madeline Raab, Casey Weston and Loren Ramsey. Also surviving are the families Jones, White Hawks, Walking Eagles, Birds, Fast Horse, Lone Bears, Big Talks, Youngs, Lewis, Melbournes, Cheeks, Four Bears, First, Boxer, Bear Cubs, Long Hairs, White Eagles and Perrys.
Bell Mortuary of Glasgow is in charge of arrangements.