Irene Ella Harris

Feb 12, 2014 Staff

Irene Ella Harris died Sunday, Feb. 8, 2014, at her home in Riverton. She was 71 years old.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at St. Stephen's Catholic Church with Father Phillip Wagner officiating. Interment will follow at Yellow Calf Cemetery. A rosary will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at St. Stephen's Catholic Church with a wake to follow at the family home, 6 Gas Hills Road.

Irene Ella Harris was born July 15, 1942, in Fort Washakie, the daughter of Nelson Wolfchief Sr. and Martha Viola C'Bearing.

She lived at the Arapahoe Ranch for 14 years and in Mill Creek and Riverton.

On Nov. 25, 1960, she married Marvin James Harris at St. Stephen's Catholic Church.

She worked as a custodian for the hot springs pool and for Wyoming Indian schools. She also worked as a caretaker.

She was active in the Catholic church and received communion each week.

Her family said she enjoyed spending time with her family, watching her grandchildren in their sporting activities, and watching movies. She also loved to watch the Wyoming Indian High School Chiefs, attend powwows, travel and Elvis.

She is survived by her sons, Thomas Brown Sr., Ervin Brown Jr., Kevin Brown, Martin Gutierrez, Leland Black and Junior Black; daughters Donna Antelope and Franklin Antelope, Lori Harris, Viola Harris, Brenda Brown, Chandria Trippo and Mary Brown, Vanessa Posey, Anita Harlan, Patricia and Clinton Burnett, Kathleen and Rick Brannon, Tena Beydler and Verdonna Valdez; brothers John Paul Brown (a.k.a. Elvis Presley), Nelson Wolfchief Jr. and Sam Dresser; adopted brother Phil Stevens; sisters Pauline Oldman, Theresa Jones, Rachel Brown, June Brown, Gloria C'Bearing, Chippa Goggles, Kissie Quiver, Evangaline C'Hair, Leta Wolfchief, Pam Wolfchief, Sylvia Dewey and Zette Underwood; grandchildren Natasha, Neecey, Neomi, Tony, William, Ashton, Franklin, Charles, Redskye, Summer, Ethan, Janae and Weston Shakespeare; great-grandchildren Shalayna Harris, Tanayah, Natayah and Celene Burnett, William Harris III and Shantel Ella Rose Joy Duran; godchildren Kerry Underwood, Amber Brown and Rhonda Harris-LeClair.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin James Harris; son William Anthony Harris Sr.; daughter Karen Lynn Harris; parents; sisters Arlene Goggles, Rosemary Brown, Ida Brown, Henrietta C'Bearing, Emma Armour, Karen Noon and Laverne Brown; brothers Donald Wallowingbull, Pat C'Bearing, Albert Paul Dresser and Wilbur Brown; niece Mary Harlan; great-grandchildren Taelynn and Kyle C'Hair and Shaylynn Antelope; and son-in-law Medford Shakespeare.

Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home of Riverton. Online condolences may be left at

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