Sarah Josephine “Blue Sky Girl,” Doney, 80, great-granddaughter of the last Assinniboine chief, Chief Nosey, died at her residence at the family ranch on Beaver Creek east of Lodge Pole on Wednesday, May 23, 2007, due to natural causes.
Her wake service will be today at 7 p.m. at the Medicine Bear Lodge with funeral services there Saturday at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at the Doney Family Cemetery at the family ranch. Sarah was born Nov. 30, 1926, to Oscar and Ester (Boy Chief) Gray. She is the last one of a family of eight children. Sarah attended schools in Lodge Pole, Pierre, S. D., and Flandreau, S.D., where she attended all four years of high school and graduated as valedictorian. Sarah worked at Fort Belknap Hospital briefly before meeting Theodore Doney, whom she married on Dec. 29, 1948, in Chinook. They made their home in the Missouri Breaks and started their family there. Later they moved to the Beaver Creek area to ranch. Sarah loved the Lord and was always ready to tell anyone about the Lord. Sarah was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers; four sisters; two grandchildren; son, Theodore Doney Jr.; and her husband, Theodore Doney Sr. In 2001. Survivors include her sons, Delthus Doney, Darrell Doney and Keith Doney, all of Beaver Creek and Rodney Doney of Phoenix; daughters, Karen Reeve of Coburn Buttes and Francine Hawley of Hays; seven grandchildren; and nine greatgrandchildren.