July 1, 1922 – August 8, 2012
Nora Ayoungman Sr. (Iinaksistsiiksiina) of the Iiksisakoyiiks (Meat Eater) clan of the Siksika Nation, was called home by our Creator on Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at the age of 90 years and we are sure was greeted by her late husband Rev. Arthur Ayoungman Sr. with whom she had shared sixty precious years of marriage.
Nora is survived by her sons, Matthew (Georgina), Teddy (Lucille), and Enzio (Anita); her daughters, Rosella, Elaine (Rod) Clifton, Vivian (Philip Jr.) Beaumont, Angeline, and Tina; and daughters-in-law Louise Minde and Lorraine; and adopted family: children of her late sister Martha (Blackhorse) Medicine Traveller, children of her late friend Margaret Wolfleg, Larry Waterchief, Dolly and Peter Doenz, Berna Seeseequasis, Stan and Gloria Cowley and Muriel MacArthur. Many others from all walks of life lovingly called her Mom and Grandma. She is also survived by beloved grandchildren and their friends, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, as well as numerous extended family members of her siblings including Waterchief, McMaster, Peacemaker, Blackhorse, Poor Eagle, Old Woman, and in-laws from the Back Fat, Ayoungman, Weasel Child, Gladstone and Sinclair families and many others from the Siksika Nation and other Blackfoot Tribes.
Nora was an entrepreneur to the end owning a school bus as well as ranch horses. She was a positive influence to her community. She and Arthur were the pillars of the St. John the Divine Anglican Church and she also actively supported Siksika Spiritual Societies and ceremonies. She served on committees and supported not only her own family to complete school but encouraged others. She will be remembered for her kind-hearted, humble, encouraging and generous nature.
Nora was predeceased by husband Reverend Arthur Ayoungman Sr.; children Randy, Arthur Jr., Jonathan, Violet Spotted Eagle, Floyd Old Woman; granddaughter Pearl Runner; parents Mary and William Water Chief, her siblings, James, Arthur, Ernest, Ada, Ida, Catherine, Annie, Martha, Arthur, James and Elizabeth and In-laws. Wake Services will be held at the St. John the Divine Anglican Church, Siksika Nation on Friday, August 10, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at Siksika Community Centre on Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at Canon Stockton Cemetery. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
In living memory of Nora Ayoungman, a tree will be dedicated at Siksika Nation, AB by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200.