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YOUNGMAN, Alma

(Slow Victory Woman – I’kiino’motstaaki)
May 6, 1928 – Blackfoot Reserve, Alberta
April 30, 2016 – Calgary, Alberta

Alma Youngman of Siksika Nation, passed away on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at the age of 87 years.

Alma was one of the few remaining Traditional Elders of Siksika Nation, and was respected within the whole of the Treaty 7 Nations. Alma played a major role alongside her late husband, Traditional Life Time Chief Leo Youngman. Her role as a life time first lady has been recognized by Chief’s and members of the Treaty 7 area up to the present day. Alma’s contributions to the community extended to the major roles she played in reviving our culture and traditions through her knowledge and teachings. As a cultural advisor in the early seventies, and through the direction of the Elders she worked with, she advocated strongly towards re-implementing our ways through the Cultural Retreats which have evolved to the Sundance we have today. Alma was also instrumental in the research and planning of the Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park and Interpretive Center. Throughout most of her adult life, Alma – alongside her husband Leo – had participated as Teepee owners at the Calgary Stampede. As an original member of the Motokiks, Alma continued to do her part in keeping our culture alive, and had since been a grandmother to the members of this society.

Alma is survived by her children, Marie (Arthur), Leo Jr. (Maureena), Deanna (Bruce), Rufus Sr. (Yvonne), Debbie (Dwight), Louise (Jason), Leanne (Jon); granddaughter Delores (Mitch); sister Isabel Olivier; adopted children, Greg Smith, Rachel First Rider, Fred Saunders, Dave Stratus, Marcella Olds, Pauline White Grass, Kelly and Spike Crow Chief, Fiaz Vira, Yvonne Black Horse, Harley Young Man; in total 144 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren and many extended families, Crow Chief, Sitting Eagle, Black Kettle, Good Eagle, Three Sun, Big Snake, Little Chief, Many Fire, Drunken Chief, Calf Robe, Bear Robe, Rabbit Carrier, Bear Shirt, Sleigh, Weasel Head, Weasel Moccasin, Rides at the Door, Tail Feather and Beebee. The family apologizes if we missed anyone.

Alma was predeceased by her husband, Chief Leo Youngman; parents, George and Delores Crow Chief; sons, Harvey and Andy Pretty Young Man; daughters, Lena and Faye-Ann Pretty Young Man; sisters, Delphine Black Rider, Cecilia Crow Chief; brothers, Hugh, Ralph and Raymond Crow Chief.

Wake Services will be held at the Alma Youngman’s Residence on Friday, May 6, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Trinity Church (Cluny, Alberta) on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. Graveside Service to follow at Little Washington Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

The family would like to thank the Siksika Elders Lodge Staff and the Foothills Hospital – Unit 82 for all their care and support.

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

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  1. Mom, love you so much. You’ve taught me so much. You gave from yourself without expecting anything in return. Missing you, missing you, so much. Miss seeing you at my house every week, already miss picking you up, miss seeing you on ‘Grandma’s Chair’, drinking your tea and watching powwow. Mom, you always told me you loved me, and I told you right back! Will forever feel the gentle hugs that you so readily gave me. You will always be in my life, and I know this, because Dad is still with me despite his passing so long ago. Now I can picture you with Dad, with your gentle smile, your silly humorous ways, happy! Thank you so much for all you’ve left me, all the teachings, all the precious memories. I love you forever…

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  2. Brenda Roland

    My heart is with you during this time of loss.

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  3. Laura BigTobacco

    God bless you grandma on your journey home to be with grampa and my dad. You will always be in my heart and memory haven you for my grandma …..I’ll be miss you

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  4. Michele Yellow Family

    My deepest and sincere condolences going out to Alms’s family. Your mother was a wonderful, beautiful lady. She is now in the arms of her husband Leo and our precious Jesus Christ. You are all in my prayers…R.I.P Alma

    Michele Yellow Fly & Family

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  5. HUGH & PAULINE Dempsey

    Our deepest sympathies to the family of Alma Pretty Youngman. She and her husband, Chief Leo Pretty Youngman were stalwart members of the Indian Village at the Calgary Stampede and made their mark in keeping alive the culture of the Blackfoot nation. Hugh and Pauline Dempsey

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  6. HUGH & PAULINE Dempsey

    Our deepest sympathies to the family of Alma Pretty Youngman. She and her husband, Chief Leo Pretty Youngman were stalwart members of the Indian Village at the Calgary Stampede and made their mark in keeping alive the culture of the Blackfoot nation. Hugh and Pauline Dempsey

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  7. Mrs. Myrna Young Man &Fsmily

    God Bless you all at this very difficult time grama was a great woman n she loved us all

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