Obituary - Jerri Lynn Denny, "Standing in Sunlight"


March 19, 2019

Jerri Lynn Denny, "Standing in Sunlight"

Jerri Lynn Denny, "Standing in Sunlight," 58, passed away due to natural causes on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at Rocky Mountain Care in Murray, UT.

Wake services will begin today, March 19, 2019, and will continue until her funeral service, which will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, all at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church. Burial will follow in the William Denny Jr. Family Cemetery.

Holland & Bonine Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.

Please visit Jerri's online memorial page and leave a message of condolence for her family at

Jerri was born on October 8, 1960, in Fort Belknap to William Denny, Jr. and Roberta Buck. She was raised mostly in Rocky Boy, and graduated from Havre High School in 1978. Following high school, Jerri attended the College of Great Falls, majoring in liberal arts. After college, she began to travel extensively, finding work wherever she went.

She was a creative woman who saw the good in everyone. As a younger woman, Jerri was a fancy shawl dancer at pow wows and spoke eloquent Cree, and she taught herself to play the guitar despite her hearing loss in one ear. She recorded an album with Buddy Russette and the Cree-ations at age 17 which is still played today in Indian Country. Jerri's heart was kind and loving and her personality caused her to always remain positive.

Jerri enjoyed playing her guitar and singing, writing poetry, making pottery, and being around people.

She was preceded in death by her father, William Denny, Jr .; brother Arthur Curtis Buckles; grandparents William and Hattie Denny, Sr., Emma Lame Bull, and Charles Buck.

Jerri is survived by her daughter, Ali Denny of Roosevelt, UT; grandsons, Arthur Webster and John Grey Cloud; mother, Roberta (Ridley Eagle Chief) Wind Chief of Utah; sisters, Wilma (Gil) Tyner of Rocky Boy and Johnna Denny of Nashville, TN; brother Clinton Denny of Fort Hall, ID; special friend Don Ruark of Utah; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and other extended family and friends.


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