Matilda Marie Bushyhead

Jun 5, 2013 Staff

Matilda Marie Bushyhead died Thursday, May 30, 2013, at Lander Valley Medical Center. She was 65 years old.

Funeral services were Thursday, June 6, at St. Stephen's Catholic Church with Father Phil Wager officiating.

Matilda Marie Bushyhead was born Dec. 12, 1947, in Fort Washakie, the daughter of Louis T. and Christina (Pine) Underwood. She was raised by her adopted parents, Peter Monroe and Victoria Warren SunRhodes. She was a lifelong resident of the Wind River Indian Reservation.

She attended school in St. Stephen's, graduating in 1966. She also graduated from Haskell Institute in 1968, and in 1971 she became a certified teacher's aide from Central Wyoming College.

On Jan. 25, 1974, she married John M. Bushyhead in Riverton.

Mrs. Bushyhead worked as a teacher's aide at Head Start for seven years, at St. Stephen's Indian School for seven years and at Arapahoe School for 10 years.

Her family said she enjoyed going to the 789 Casino and watching her favorite TV programs such as "The Price is Right," "The Young and the Restless" and "Little House on the Prairie."

She is survived by her husband; sons John M. Bushyhead Jr. and his wife Cheryl Blackburn, Thomas Bushyhead, Josh E. Miller, Dereck Gould, Gabriel Dodge, Steven Harris and Harold CrazyThunder; daughters Teresa M. Bushyhead and Kristina R. Bushyhead; brothers Raymond Underwood, Harold and Irvin O'Brien, Alfred and Hubert Redman, Marty, Pat, John and Jerome Underwood, Harley Hungary, Bobby Shakespeare, George West Shakespeare and Vincent Blake; sisters Julianna M. Miller and her husband Ben Miller Sr., Audrey, Patricia, Kay, Alicia and Geri Underwood, Jody Jorgenson, Karen Trosper, Rebecca Underwood-Miller, Alvena Oldman, Anita Hungary, Lucy Willow, Lucy Warren, Dee Cuch, Marge St. Clair and Agnes Logan; sisters-in-law Amy Underwood and family, Florence Redman and family and Naomi Bushyhead; brothers-in-law Stanford Bushyhead Sr., Stan Brown and Mervin Bushyhead; nephews Don Brown and family, Ricky Blackburn and family, Jay Monroe, Erron Monroe, Ben Miller Jr., Russell Underwood and family, Tony Underwood and family, Troy, Jerrad and Eric Underwood; nieces Laureen Brown Case, Dee Brown and family, Nancy Wahtomy and family, Maggie Miller and family, Myrtle Underwood and family, Diane Underwood and family, Donita Standing Elk and Family, Elaine, Berta and Gina Monroe and Ericka Engavo; grandchildren Amanda J.M. Bushyhead, Katelynn T. Antelope, Dane A. Antelope, Clara Lynn Bushyhead, Fontessa J. Bushyhead, Aaorn D. J. Hill, JuJuan L.J. Bushyhead, Jade M.J. Bushyhead, Starr Miller Sr., and Kasia Monroe; great-grandchildren Harmony Duran and Starr D. Miller Jr.; close friends Debbie Shakespeare, Cherri Evans, Cheryl Bowman, Rowena Ridgely, Alberta Little, Sonja Smith, Rose Apodaca, Dominic Littleshield and Ann Shakespeare; godchildren Jerome L. C'Hair, Lanreen D. Brown-Case, Elaine L Monroe, Ben Miller Jr., and Dane A. Antelope; and extended family Goggles, Blake, Underwood, Warren, Bushyhead, Stacey, Gardner, Spoonhunter, Redman, Shakespeare, Hungary, Monroe and Willow.

She was preceded in death by her parents, both biological and adopted; brothers Lawrence Underwood, Vincent Underwood, Thomas E. Underwood III, Wesley Underwood, Eugene Monroe and Dennis Monroe; sister Agnes L. Brown and her unborn baby Bushyhead; godchild Nathan N. Monroe; nephew Lloyd Brown; brother-in-law Joseph Bushyhead; sister-in-law Margaret Washington; aunt Regina Pine Arthur and Josephine Redman; and uncle Martin Underwood Sr.

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