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  Lillian “Cissy” Celina Hopkins-Smith, “Medicine Woman,” was called home to the Creator on May 11, 2017, at the age of 85. Lillian’s wake and services will be held Saturday wake 6:00 P.M and Sunday, Services at 2:00 P.M. May 13 and 14 at the Red Whip Center in Fort Belknap; burial to follow on Sunday at Pony Hill Cemetery. Condolences for the family may be left at Traditional memorial feed after burial at the Red Whipp.

    Lillian was born August 23, 1931 to Abel Hopkins and Fola Bigby in a tent, alongside Enemy Swim Lake in Sisseton, South Dakota.

    Per the traditional way of life, Lillian’s older brother was given to her grandparents to be raised, thus placing Lillian into the role of the oldest child. Lillian cared for her siblings as she did her own children.

    With intentions of changing her way of life, Lillian began to work as a nurse’s aide. After discovering her ability and fondness of the caring profession, Lillian decided to pursue a nursing degree. Though, Lillian knew this decision meant hard work. Lillian obtained her GED and raised her seven children alone. Lillian received her four year nursing degree from Carol College and pursued a long career of care and compassion.

    Lillian lived her life both as a traditional Assiniboine women and Christian. Through these teachings, Lillian lived a full, thoughtful and abundant life. Lillian is preceded in death by her parents and eight other siblings.

    Lillian is survived by over forty grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, and her seven children: Larry (Marlys) Hopkins of Glasgow, Bruce (Sande) Plummer of Fort Belknap, Marty Plummer of Glasgow, Alex (Lori) Plummer of Glasgow, Randy (Roxann) Plummer of Glasgow, Lenore (Jim) McGarry of Whitefish, and Toni (Tony) Plummer-Alvernaz of Glasgow.

    For the last six years of life, Lillian lived alongside her youngest daughter Toni and her children, Walter, Lillian, Catherine, Alex, and Michael, while still maintaining her independence. In these later years, Lillian continued to help others by volunteering at a local food bank and giving her to others when needed.

    Lillian enjoyed her long life attending powwows and ceremonies, being outside, cooking, visiting, and spending time with her large family.

    Arrangements are by Kirkwood Funeral Home.

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From: Michelle (Bruce) Miller

I am so sorry for your loss. But I am also so thankful for her place in our lives. So glad that she and my mom were such close friends and that we were all neighbors and shared a great part of our lives together because of their friendship.

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