Zona Moss

Jul 26, 2012 Staff

Zona Moss, 70, of Ethete, died July 24, 2012, at the Lander Regional Hospital.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 28, at the Blue Sky Hall in Ethete. Visitation will be 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, July 27, at Blue Sky Hall with the service at 7 p.m. The all night wake will take place at 456 Ethete Road following the services at Blue Sky Hall. Services are under the direction of Hudson's Funeral Home of Lander.

Zona Frances Goggles Moss was born March 20, 1942, at home on the Wind River Reservation to Benjamin Goggles Jr. and Frances Whiteplume C'Hair. Her Arapaho Indian name was Nook3onii'ehisei "Golden Eagle Woman."

She attended school at St. Michaels Mission and graduated as the salutatorian from Braneird Indian School in Hot Springs, S.D.

Mrs. Moss was the Keeper of the Sacred Wheel of the Northern Arapaho People and a ceremonial elder for the tribe.

She married Norman Moss July 23, 1960.

Mrs. Moss worked at St. Michaels Mission as a church secretary, houseparent and counselor. She was also a member of the Council of Elders, the Chief Yellow Calf Memorial Club and the St. Michaels Episcopal Church. In May 2007, she received an honorary degree from the Wind River Tribal College, and she was employed by the Wind River Tribal College as a cultural archivist and advisor.

Her family said she loved working with young people, going to powwows, listening to the North Bear Singers and going to the casino. She was an avid supporter of Wyoming Indian High School athletics and a strong Lady Chiefs basketball fan.

Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren said they found comfort in her compassionate and loving ways and knew she was there when they needed help and loving hugs.

She is survived by her son, Jerome Antelope; daughters Debbie Moss, Sandi and Pat Iron Cloud, Avalene and Mylan Glenmore, Aleta Moss, Rickina and William Armour, Aldene and Martin Underwood, Marva Moss and Sara and Tim Robinson; adopted sons and daughters Nelson Moss, Marlin Spoonhunter, Harvey Spoonhunter, Alan Jenkins, Richard Ortiz, Tillie Jenkins and others; sisters Mildred Shirley and George Enos, Merle Haas, Ursula Sankey, Sara and Steve Wiles, Irma Groesbeck and Louella White; brother Alonzo Moss Sr.; grandchildren and great-grandchildren Donavon Antelope, Jarilyn Antelope, Norman and Randee Iron Cloud, Rebecca Iron Cloud, Samuel Iron Cloud, Dontae Antelope, Mylee Antelope, Jermaine Bell, Luke Bell, Angel Barrera, Nathanial Antelope, Sharese Little Coyote, Torrie Little Coyote, Hailee Little Coyote, Jaci Iron Cloud, Chloe Iron Cloud, Amani Iron Cloud, Norman Iron Cloud Jr., Waniyetu Iron Cloud, Cassie Iron Cloud and many other grandchildren and great-grandchildren she took under her wing.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Norman Moss; father Benjamin Goggles Jr.; mother Frances C'Hair; sons Claude Moss Sr., Thomas White Sr. and Kenneth White; daughters Doreen Bell and Roseen Spotted Elk; brothers James Goggles, Thomas White Sr., Richard "Dicky Moss," Harold Moss, Paul Moss, Charles Moss and Raphael Allen Moss; sisters Marilyn Goggles, Gladys Moss, Lucille Ridgely, Rose Marie Moss, Ardeline Spotted Elk, Odelia Sitting Eagle, Victoria Goggles, Gloria Jean Goggles, Ina Weed, Ursula Miranda Goggles and Elizabeth Goggles; and granddaughter Elisa Amour.

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