Traditional Native American Funeral Services for Roberta Lynn Sanchez, 25 of Rocky Boy and Fort Belknap, will be 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Paul's Mission Rec. Center at Fort Belknap with burial to follow the St. Paul Mission Cemetery. Traditional Native American Wake Services will begin 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Rec Center at Fort Belknap.
Roberta was born June 1, 1988, in Havre to Dorothy Sanchez and Robert Champagne. She was raised in Fort Belknap and Flandreau, South Dakota, by her Uncle Roberto Sanchez and Aunt Birdie Ukestine.
She attended the Anaconda Job Corps, where she learned welding and brick laying. Roberta was the administrative assistant for Rocky Boy Transit. She enjoyed being a mother to her sons, Quint and Aiden, and spending time with her nieces, nephews, friends and family.
Roberta was an outspoken, feisty woman, with an amazing sense of humor where she would joke and laugh about everything. She was known for her excellent bead work. She loved to attend powwows, and she loved her Sally-Ann's shopping.
Roberta was preceded in death by her mother, Dorothy Sanchez; grandmother, Ruth Ironman; grandfather, Joe Ironman; aunts, Vivian Anderson and Mary Ann Murry; cousins, Charlis Doney and Janika Doney.
She is survived by her sons, Quint Small and Aiden Bull Chief; her significant other, Nacona Stump; her father, Robert (Wynema) Champagne of Havre; her adopted parents, Roberto Sanchez of Flandreau, South Dakota and Birdie (Loren) Ukestine of Havre; her grandparents, Emory Champagne of Havre, Deanne Ironman, John Henry (Froggie) and (Vera) Ironman of Poplar; her sisters, Clarissa (Drew) Newfield of Havre, Miranda Pablo of Arlee, Shelbi (Jesse) Shortman of Flandreau. South Dakota and Kennedy Sanchez of Flandreau, South Dakota; brothers, Anthony Sanchez of Harlem, Ricky Champagne of Great Falls, Vincent Pablo of Havre and Mannie Sanchez of Flandreau, South Dakota. Also many numerous uncles, aunts, cousins, co-workers and lifelong friends.
Pallbears are Thomas Champagne, Bobby Brockie, Martin Koop, Willi Joe Skidmore, John Henry, Moses Champagne, Vinny Pablo, Mannie Sanchez.
Honorary pallbears are family and lifelong friends