HAYS - Theresa Cuts The Rope Werk, 75, "Yo Who Tha" (Hiding Woman), died Aug. 19, 2005, at the Werk family ranch near Hays.
A funeral Mass was held Monday at 10 a.m. in Saint Paul's Catholic Church with burial following at Mission Cemetery. Wake and rosary began Sunday at 7 p.m. at Harold and
Theresa Werk's residence.
Theresa was born on Aug. 10, 1930, to Frank and Matilda (White Plume) Cuts the Rope at Hays. She attended
school at St. Paul's Mission School for 12 years.
She married Harold "Bazoo" Werk Sr. on Nov. 24, 1951, in Chinook. Theresa and Harold raised cattle and horses, and for a brief time she worked for the senior citizens, but her biggest joy was being a housewife and mother to their 11 children.
Theresa enjoyed embroidery, watching her cows, sports and rodeo, especially if her family was competing. She was also a true T-Bird fan. She loved playing cards, fishing, hunting (she was a great shot) with her family, washing clothes and most importantly raising and loving her family, laughing and teasing. Her pride and joy was watching her grandchildren grow.
Theresa maintained her traditional beliefs. She encouraged all her children to excel in their education and was proud of her nine children who graduated from college.
Theresa is survived by her husband, Harold Werk of Hays; children, Francis (Evelyn) Werk of St. Ignatius, Joan (Donnie) Racine of Timber Ridge Road, Evelyn (Austin Healy) Werk of Lodge Pole, Tammy Werk of Timber Ridge Road, Carol "Riggy" (Dale) Doney of Hays, Anne "Butchie" (Daniel) Browning, Maggie (Wayne Bigby) Werk, all of Hays, Harold "Bud" (Shelly) Werk Jr. of Dodson, Jim (Kim) Werk of Malta, Vivian (Paul) Webb of Hays, Toby (Elizabeth) Werk of Werk Ranch Hays; adopted children, Pierre "Smitty" Smith, Raymond "Frog" Laundreaux, Rhonda and Ervin Doney, Wilbur and David Fish, Melvin Boyer, Nancy Cochran, Tuffy Helgeson and Kay Jones; 36 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren; sisters, Cecelia DeCelles, Hazel Doney and Ida Doney, all of Hays; brother, Moses Nez Perce of Hays.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son-in-law, Joe Monteau; brothers, Clarence, Frankie, Jimmy and Andy; and sisters Virginia and Esther.
Arrangements are by Edwards Funeral Home of Chinook.