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Hazel Portwood Schlenske

Apr 16, 2013 - Staff

Hazel Portwood Schlenske died Sunday, April 14, 2013, at Morning Star Manor in Fort Washakie.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, April 19, at Davis Funeral Home. The Rev. Bob Conley will officiate. Burial will follow at Mountain View Cemetery. A family viewing will be 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at Davis Funeral Home.

Hazel Portwood Schlenske was born Sept. 25, 1917, the daughter of Jess and Esther (Collins) Chamberlain on the Wind River Reservation. She was the oldest of 13 girls. She helped in raising her younger sisters. Her family said that at the time of her death, shewas the oldest living enrolled member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe.

Her family said she loved spending time with her family, and they enjoyed listening to her many stories. She loved working in her yard, camping, fishing,and making dolls. She often spoke of the Indian way and how proud she was of her Indian heritage.

She is survived by her two children, Homer (Dot) Hunsberger and Edee Bennett; sisters Fern, Darlene and Ann; grandchildren, Jason (Janet) Hunsberger of California, Tammy (Bobby) Brown of Montana, Mike (Barbara) Poggis, Denise Poggis, Kristal (Troy) Eckley, Kevin Bennett all of Riverton, Homer Grant (Tina) Bennett of Afton, Robbie (Tracy) Bennett of Laramie, and Denise Hunsberger of Riverton; 22 great-grandchildren; 14 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands; nine sisters; son-in-law Travis Bennett; and grandson Rocky Hunsberger.

Services are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home. Online condolences for the family may be made at www.TheDavisFuneralHome.com.

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