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SIMON, Esther Joan (nee Backfat)

March 20, 1946 – Calgary, Alberta
August 8, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

Esther Joan Simon (Nit’ainahmahakii) was born on March 20, 1946, at Blackfoot Hospital. She passed away peacefully on August 8, 2019, to be reunited with her beloved husband, Don Simon, hours before their wedding anniversary.

Esther came from a large family, including clans, Ayoungman, Black, Blackrider, Bluebird, Breaker, Catface, Lowhorn, Many Guns, McMasters, Red Guns, Turning Robe, Waterchief, White Elk, Wolf Leg, Young; she also had close friends and family in Maskwacis. Esther was a family-oriented and spiritual woman who was involved in the pilgrimage and cursillo movements. She was a residential school survivor and went on to study business and nursing. Esther practiced traditional medicine that has been passed down within her family for many generations.

Esther is survived by her siblings, Bernice, Julia, Ronald (Linda), Elsie, Clifton (Waylene), Marie, Betty (Ron), Elliot (Tilley), Rex, Romeo, Wilda; and the beloved children she raised, Candace (Natasha) and Freedom. She was deeply loved by all the children in her life, including her grandchildren, Serenity, Diamond, Zace and Everson; as well as many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her godchildren, Fawn, Katrina, Cuba, Carlisha, Antanette. Esther will be reunited with her parents Philip and Jean Backfat; daughter Antoinette; siblings, Homer, Katie, Phillip, Phyllis, Aldina.

Wake Services will be held at the residence of Julia Backfat (Siksika Nation, AB) on Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

Funeral Service will be celebrated at Gordon Yellow Fly Memorial Arbor (Siksika Nation, AB) on Friday, August 16, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. Graveside Service to follow at Canaan Stockenn Cemetery (Siksika Nation, AB). Traditional Feast to follow at Gordon Yellow Fly Memorial Arbor (Siksika Nation, AB). Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Esther Simon, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE SW, Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Marcia Medicine Shield

    Love you family my prayers are with you

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  2. Marianne Wolf Leg

    Love you Auntie Esther ❤️You are so loved. Dad must have given you the biggest hug.

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  3. Norbert Bear Chief

    Rest In Peace aunty.
    Condolences to my relatives

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  4. monica wolfchild

    The lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. ( psalms 23) You once told me that it was your favorite psalms, It s beautiful, I treasure the times we had when you lived in Calgary.I will miss you my dear cousin, Love always Monica

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