FORT BELKNAP AGENCY - Beverly Florence Gardipee, 67, Indian name "Baha Toe Weyhs" meaning Blue Hills Woman died on Monday, Oct. 20, 2003, at a Havre hospital.

A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the Red Whip Center with burial following at the Hi-Way Cemetery. Wake and rosary will be at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Red Whip Center.

Beverly was born to Roger and Amy C. (Blackbird) Long Knife, Sr. at Fort Belknap Agency. Her grandparents were Abe and Susie (Red Dog) Long Knife and George and Angela (Deafy) Blackbird, Sr. She attended schools at Harlem and Helena.

Beverly married James Gardipee in Havre on Feb. 11, 1969.

Beverly was a chemical dependency counselor and nurse's aide in Havre, Boulder, Chinook, Butte and Thermopolis, Wyo. She cooked for Head Start, Pow-Wow Committee, Bingo Hall and the summer food program. Beverly also served on the Personnel Committee Housing Board.

She enjoyed visiting and discussing the politics of today. Beverly made sure all visitors left with a full tummy. Beverly had a strong and deep Christian faith. One of "Hills" best qualities was laughter, even at herself. She spent a lot of her childhood with her Gramma Susie and Gramma Clementine.

She was preceded in death by parents, daughter Virginia and infant boy; sister Georgialle (Chena) Doney.

Survivors include her husband, James Gardipee of Fort Belknap Agency; children, Patty (Hugh) Getten of Fort Belknap, Toni Rae Siemans of El Monte, Calif., Jay (Jackie) Long Knife and Alberta Freeman of Independence, Mo., Amy Long Knife of San Francisco, Marcus Long Knife of Havre, Will James (Shanon) Gardipee of Hays, James William (Latana) Gardipee of Browning, Tom (Ella) Gardipee of Hays; adopted-daughter, LaQuenae Gardipee of Fort Belknap; 26 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren; brothers, Roger P. (Catherine) Long Knife Sr., Morris (Vicki) Belgard and Marvin "Sonny Man" Flying Sr., all of Hays; and sister, Betty Jo Long Knife of Fort Belknap.

Arrangements are by Edwards Funeral Home of Chinook.


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