Helen Molina, 74, died Easter Sunday, April 12, 2009, at her home in Rocky Boy of natural causes.
Her wake service began at 1 p. m. Monday continuing until her funeral service at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 15, 2009, all at the Rocky Boy Catholic Church. Burial will follow at the Molina Family Cemetery. Services and arrangements have been entrusted to Holland & Bonine Funeral Home. Helen was born Feb, 12, 1935, to Thomas and Rose (Pepin) Sutherland, in Rocky Boy, Mont. An enrolled member of the Chippewa Cree Tribe, Helen’s Indian name was “Sun Woman,” Ki-si-kahw-pi-sim-es-kwaw. Helen was a traditional woman who was a true matriarch of her family. Her wisdom, love and kindness were her true assets in life. Helen loved to cook. She was the best fry-bread maker. She played bingo and attended cultural functions where she enjoyed socializing with everyone. Her greatest joy were her grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Edward “Panther” Saddler, George “Korgal” Sutherland I and Dennis Sutherland; and her sisters, Elizabeth Denny, Rosalie Bautista, Lilly Rania, Delma Sutherland and Geneva Houle. Helen is survived by her six children, Yvonne Molina, Valerie “Delray” Molina, Brian “Barney” (Elise) Molina Sr., George (Mary) Molina, Lionel Dean (Kendra) Molina and Terrance (Gayle) Molina all of Rocky Boy, Mont. She adopted one grandchild, Tyrell Molina of Rocky Boy, Mont., and one great-grandchild, Curtis Cole Molina of Rocky Boy, Mont. Helen also adopted two sons; Alvin Windy Boy and Russell Standing Rock, both of Rocky Boy, Mont.; 19 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. She also raised many nieces and nephews. Her home was always open to anyone.