Arleata Jewel "Dixie" St. Marks, 63, of Rocky Boy, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, at Benefis Medical Center in Great Falls, of natural causes. Funeral services began at 9 a.m. today at the Chief Cornerstone Baptist Church in Box Elder, and burial will be on her homestead property on Butler Coulee Road. Holland & Bonine Funeral Home has been entrusted with services and arrangements, and you can leave your memories and/or condolences at www.hollandbonine.com.
Dixie was born on March 31, 1950, in Fort Belknap, to Peter J. and Alice (Morsette) St. Marks. She grew up between Rocky Boy and Redondo Beach, Calif. She eventually moved back to Rocky Boy to her homestead out by Williamson Range. She loved it there. From time to time, she would move around the country to places like Minneapolis, Minn., or Salem, Ore., or Asheville, S.C., but always made it back to Williamson Range. Dixie worked different job sites on the reservation. She worked for the Senior Citizens, the CCF (Christian Children's Fund), and as dispatcher for the police department.
Dixie loved to cook big meals for the holidays, birthdays, and Sunday dinners. She would say "This is how to get the family together even if it's just this day," and she was right.
Dixie liked taking rides through the mountains and especially liked camping. She had everything a person needs to go camping with. She would take all the kids with her and they loved it. Dixie was a kind and caring person. Due to her health, all the things she loved to do had come to slow down a great bit, and she became more frail and homebound. She still had her sense of humor. Dixie liked to watch old black and white movies, "Jeopardy," WW Raw, doing crossword puzzles and spending time with her many grandchildren, many of whom would go camp with her. She was Nana to them all.
Dixie was preceded in death by her parents, Peter and Alice St. Marks; her siblings, Peter "Whip," India, John Darrell, Allison and Dorothy St. Marks.; her maternal grandparents, William and Josephine Morsette; her paternal grandparents, Joseph and Mary St. Marks; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
She is survived by her children, Robert, Alicia, Justin and Jennifer St. Marks, all of Rocky Boy; her special friend, Alvin Caplette of Rocky Boy; her numerous beloved grandchildren; and her siblings, Carma, William "Sonny Boy", Cheryl, Russell, Summer and Joey St. Marks, all of Rocky Boy; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins and other beloved relatives and friends.