Joan A. Spoonhunter

Nov 12, 2013 Staff

Joan A. Spoonhunter, of Riverton, died Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation-Wind River. She was 71 years old.

A rosary will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, at St. Stephen's Catholic Church. A wake will follow at the Spoonhunter home, 897 17 Mile Road. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, at the church with burial to follow at the Spoonhunter Cemetery.

Joan Audrey Spoonhunter was born Jan. 31, 1942, in Arapahoe, the daughter of James Francis and Marguerite Agnes (Warren) Spoonhunter.

She was a member of the Arapaho Tribe. She attended St. Stephen's School through 12th grade, the Carroll College in Helen, Mont., for two years, the University of Wyoming where she received her bachelor's degree, and the University of Utah where she received her master's degree.

She began working for the Pima County Government in Tuscon, Ariz., taught at the University of Wyoming and Arizona State University, was a social worker on the Wind River Indian Reservation and in Fairbanks, Alaska, and Fort Belknap, Mont.

She also served on the Riverton Memorial Hospital Board.

She was a member of the St. Stephen's Catholic Church and was active in the Cursillo Movement while living in Montana.

Her family said she loved to travel, collect antiques, sew and cook.

She is survived by three brothers, W.J. George Spoonhunter, Martin (Jackie) Spoonhunter and Jeffrey (Kristin) Anderson; sisters Agnes S. Logan, Delores Cuch, Marg St. Clair and her husband Reuben, Charleen Hoover, Frances Spoonhunter and Kathie Kelley Morsette; aunts Anita Portwood and Geraldine Brown; uncles John A. Warren Sr. and Robert Warren; nieces Celia M. Logan, Leslie Spoonhunter and children, Jessica Guffey and children, Claire L. Spoonhunter and children, Misty D. Spoonhunter, Laynell Spoonhunter, Cynthia Shakespeare and family, Sandra Shakespeare and family, Toni Williams and family, Becky Maldonado and her son and Colleen Tigue and family; nephews Tom Logan and Paige Loveland and sons, James Logan and children, Adam Logan and Kortni and daughters, Ransom Logan and Jill and girls, Reed Logan and Angie and children, Warren Logan and Kayla and sons, Jacob Logan, Roy Logan, George J. Spoonhunter and children, Terrill Spoonhunter and Kathlene and sons, John Spoonhunter and children, Phillip Spoonhunter and girls, Jared Spoonhunter, Skye Willow, White St. Clair Sr. and Mollie and children, Gerald Shakespeare, Sergio Maldonado and children, Victor Maldonado, Aaron Guffey and daughters, Kelly J. Spoonhunter and sons, Orrin Spoonhunter and son, Garland Spoonhunter and daughter, Jackson Clair and Tanya and children.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James F. and Marguerite A. Spoonhunter; brothers Phillip R. Bob Spoonhunter, Theodore A. Spoonhunter, Carl Starkloff, S.J.; sisters Marian Spoonhunter and Geraldine Shakespeare; brothers-in-law Ray Logan and Alfred C'Hair; grandparents Roy and Angela (Lone Bear) Spoonhunter, Ben Sr. and Pauline (Underwood) Warren; nephews and nieces Winston Spoonhunter, Julian J. Maldonado, Anthony Medicine Cloud, Kara and Jamie Guffey, Kai Leigh St. Clair, Esther Spoonhunter and Jerome Carl Spoonhunter.

Memorials may be made to the St. Stephen's Catholic Church, Breast Cancer Research, or the Alzheimer's Foundation in care of Davis Funeral Home, 2203 W. Main St., Riverton, WY 82501.

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

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