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Obituary - Minnie G. Sangrey


December 29, 2017

Minnie G. Sangrey

Minnie G. Sangrey of Rocky Boy, age 100, passed away at Northern Montana Care Center Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, surrounded by family.

Wake services will be held Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, at 2 p.m. and will continue until Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, at 10 a.m. when a funeral service will be held, all at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Rocky Boy. Burial to follow at Rocky Boy Cemetery.

Holland and Bonine Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.

Please visit Minnie's online memorial page and leave a message of condolence for her family at http://www.hollandbonine.com.

Minnie was born June 15, 1917, in Rocky Boy to John Gopher and Horn Woman Buffalo Coat. She was raised in Rocky Boy and attended school at the Fort Belknap Boarding School. After school Minnie met and married Sam Sangrey Sr. and she had 13 children. Sam passed in 1952 and the family relocated to Helena, where Minnie worked as a house keeper for Gov. Tom Judge. Minnie and her family returned several years later to Rocky Boy where Minnie worked in natural resources for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. At the age of 65, Minnie went back to school to earn her GED, taking classes at Stone Child College; later she received an honorary degree.

Minnie enjoyed attending ceremonies, her favorite were sun dances, and driving from place to place to participate in stick games. In her spare time, she played bingo and keno. Minnie's true joy in life came from spending time with family, especially with her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Sam; sisters, Delia Dogsleep, Agnes Daychild, Isabele Gopher and Mary Jane Gopher; brothers, Joe Gopher, Jack Gopher, Jim Gopher and Raymond Gopher; daughters Charlene Sangrey, Inez Sangrey, Rena Gardipee and Sybil Sangrey Colliflower; son Dennis Sangrey; daughter-in-law Connie Sangrey; sons-in-law Henry Gardipee Sr. and Ivan RainingBird; grandsons Kenneth, Bobby, and Billy Gardipee, Simmer RainingBird, and Christopher Tendore; and adopted grandson Shawn Parker.

Minnie is survived by daughters Patsy RainingBird, Madeline Gardipee, and Ramona (Odin) Henderson, all of Rocky Boy; sons Samuel (Harriet) Sangery of San Diego, CA, James "Buzzy" Sangrey, Richard Sangrey, and Mike (Delphine) Sangrey all of Rocky Boy; adopted sons, Vernon The Boy and Richard Morsette, both of Rocky Boy; son-in-law John Colliflower III; and numerous grand, great-grand, great-great-grand, and great-great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and all of her extended Chief Goes Out family.


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