Viola 'Ann' Smith

Jul 24, 2012 Staff

Viola "Ann" Smith, 67, of Ethete, died Sunday, July 22, 2012, at the Riverton Memorial Hospital.

A rosary will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, at Blue Sky Hall in Ethete. A wake will follow at the home of Robert (George) Smith located at 19 Farmstation Road in Ethete. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 26, at Blue Sky Hall in Ethete. Services are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.

Viola Annabelle Bush was born Aug. 3, 1944, in Fort Duchesne, Utah, to Sam and Mabel (Cornpeach) Bush. She was raised on the Fort Duchesne Reservation in Utah along with four brothers, Adolph, Jeffrey, Samuel and Alfred and one sister, Shirley.

She graduated high school in Roosevelt, Utah. She received her associate degree from Griffin Business College in Seattle and went on to complete her business degree through Central Wyoming College.

She started working for the Ute Tribe when she was 16 years old. She continued to work for the Ute Tribe until she moved to the Wind River Reservation more than 20 years ago. After moving, she worked for both the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone tribes. Her last position was as the executive director for Shoshone Housing Authority.

Her family said that she enjoyed beading, traveling, reading, hunting, fishing, sewing, working on the computer and playing at the casino. She also practiced her Native American ways by being involved with Sun Dance, Pow Wows and the sweats. One of her greatest joys was spending time with her family and especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Robert George Smith; her daughters, Lauriann Yazzie, Rosa Duran and Venora Upshaw; her stepchildren, Jack Lee Smith, Nolan Wallowingbull and Kay Gould; adopted children Spencer Nephi, Andre Nephi, Juliann Nephi, Veronica Wilson, Geraldine Felter and Kathy Underwood; brothers Adolph F. Bush, Jeffrey S. Bush, Samuel J. Bush and Alfred Bush; sister Shirley L Copperfield; adopted brothers and sisters Rose Oldman, Carla Geboe, Roberta Eagle, Priscilla Y Barra and Frank Armajo; sisters-in-law Joyce (Burton) Hutchinson and Erma (Felix) Grosebeck.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Sam and Mabel Bush; her first husband, Joseph Patrick Wallowingbull; stepson Joseph (Magpie) Wallowingbull Jr.; granddaughter Mabeleine Yazzie; great-grandsons Rylin Greyeyes and Liam Greyes.

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