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EAGLETAIL – Eliza Marie

May 27, 1938 – April 1, 2010

Eliza beloved wife of Fred of Tsuu T’ina Nation, AB passed away in Calgary on Thursday, April 1, 2010 at the age of 71 years.

Eliza (known to her Cree family as NahNi) led a very active life with her family. She was involved in the community in various capacities. She was a very loving and caring person, who enjoyed picking indigenous plants and berries with family. She was a teacher of culture, and positive life virtues and attended Blue Quills Residential School, located near St. Paul, AB. Eliza became an NA, and worked at the Calgary General Hospital for many years. She was an avid reader and encouraged all of her children to continue their education through college and university. She also enjoyed bingo and attending her children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events as she travelled to watch her children participate in Pow Wows. Wife of keeper of the Beaver Bundle that is sacred to all Athabascan speaking people. A mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother to many. She is also a sister, auntie, and a friend. She is a mother to Aaron (Bernie), Bella (Allan), Corrine (Jerry), Darlene, Glen (Stacy), Hal (Aimee), Ivan, Joanne, Kyle (Vanessa), Lenny (Tanya). She is a sister to Frank Large (Florence) and Mike Meguinis. Adopted children, Terri Crane, Brett Big Plume and Marilee Whitney, Kenny, Claire, J.R., Kurt, and Michael Large. Grandchildren, Leevon (Jeanette), Simone (Mason), Stephanie, Naomi (Kelsey), Mariah (Robbie), and 22 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren and numerous others. Special sisters Bella Shenfield, Nancy Waskjawich, Florence Yahowlinski and brother Charlie Woods.

She was predeceased by Jean Marie Large (Father), Louisa Large (Mother), and brother Wilfred Large, Sister in laws, Mary and Marcie Large, Amelia Meguinis, her son, Randy, grandchild Hope, great grandchild, Matthias. Paternally predeceased by Maggie Big Belly and Inisista (Yellow Lodge Woman). We apologize for anyone we missed during this sad time.

Our special thanks to the nurses, Veronica and Kirsty at the Tsuu T’ina Health Centre and the Tsuu T’ina First Nation Community.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, Tsuu T’ina Nation, AB on Wednesday, April 7, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at Tsuu T’ina Cemetery. Feast at the Sarcee Seven Chiefs Sportsplex following the service. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Eliza Eagletail, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403) 243-8200.

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  1. Annuik Family - Mike, Mary, Julia and Michael :

    Mr. Eagletail, we were saddened to hear of Eliza’s passing. Our hearts and our prayers go out to all of the family. May God’s loving arms surround you all in your time of sorrow.

    Mike, Mary, Julia and Michael Annuik

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  2. Aaron, I am sorry for your loss. I met you and your parents 30 years ago. I was the one who built your engine for your Chrysler. I was totally impressed by your Dad. Want to go huntig? Please call me at 403-247-2615.
    Ron Kerns.

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  3. Phyllis Britton :

    Dear Freddie,
    It is with great sadness for you and your family that I just read of Eliza’s crossing over. Hopefully she and Cyril have found time for a reunion in the next world. Cyril died 3 yrs. ago so I have a slight understanding of the emptiness that may surround you at this time.
    You and Eliza had over 50 yrs. together and may remembering the good times bring a smile to your saddened heart.
    I have so many great memories of the old days with you and Eliza, camping, round-up time, the time Aaron was so fascinated with my hair dryer at our home, etc. The spirit quest blanket you and Eliza gave us the last time we met has been a treasured gift over these years but as I gazed at it yesterday I have the feeling it is time for it to be passed on. It was that thought that made me enter your name on the computer today and see Liza’s obituary.

    I know your children and grandchildren are very loving and protective of you but I would love to hear directly from you or one of them.

    With all my love and condolences.
    Phyllis (Britton)
    250-832-4987

    Box 197,
    Canoe, BC VOE 1KO

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