Lillian Mae Chavez (Red Leaf Woman, Biiciis Bee'eesei) of Ethete died Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, at her home. She was 92 years old.
Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. Monday, Aug.7, at Blue Sky Hall in Ethete, with an all-night wake to follow at the family home, 8 Farm Station, Ethete.
Funeral services begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8, at Blue Sky Hall, with burial to follow at Saint Michael's Mission Cemetery.
Lillian Mae Oldman was born to Josiah and Lucille Oldman on April 10, 1925.
She attended elementary school at St. Michael's Mission and high school at Flandreau Indian School in South Dakota, where she graduated.
Many knew her as "Old Grandma." She was a lifelong homemaker.
She enjoyed spending time with family especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
"Old Grandma was a strong believer in our Arapaho traditional ways," her loved ones said.
"She supported her children and grandchildren in every way she could.
"She will always be remembered as a loyal Chiefs and Lady Chiefs fan and always counted down the days to when basketball season would start."
She is survived by her daughters, Myra Watt and Arline Trosper; sons Bill Watt, Martin, Keith, Clarence and Isaac Chavez; numerous siblings, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, "Papa Joe" Chavez; sisters Willena Chavez and Winifred Big Road; daughters Kathryn Chavez, Vera Trosper, Pauline Kniffin, Iris Oldman; sons Donnie and Bruce Chavez, James and Duane Oldman, Michael Hat.
Arrangements by Hudson's Funeral Home (www.HudsonsFuneralHome.com).