-Lucille Florence Kirkaldie (Rising Singing Woman - Daw-wah-tsi-nee-byei-ni-thaa), an enrolled member of the Gros Ventre tribe, age 77, went to the creator peacefully on August 28, 2017 surrounded by her family.

    The wake will be held at the St. Paul’s Mission Recreation Center Friday September 1, 2017 with the Rosary at 7:00 P.M. Funeral Mass will be Saturday at 11:00 A.M. at St. Paul’s Mission Recreation Center, with burial in the Mission Cemetery. Condolences for the family may be left at www.kirkwoodfuneralhome.com.

    Lucille was born on October 12, 1939 at Fort Belknap Agency to John Byard Hawley and Philomene (Doney) Hawley. Lucille grew up in Hays and attended school at the St. Pauls Mission graduating in 1957. In 1958 she married her sweetheart and love of her life Joe Kirkaldie on September 3 at Phillips County Courthouse in Malta, MT. She later attended college in Hays at the Urban/Rural Center for two years and then on to Northern Montana College and the University of Montana. Lucille graduated in 1975 with a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education with Cum Laude honors from the College of Great Falls. Lucille pointed out that it was "rough sledding trying to go to school and care for a large family". She always said that she wished her dad was there to see her graduate. Lou, as most people called her, went on to work for the Ft. Belknap Education department for several years focusing on getting student their GEDs and helping others graduate high school. She always encouraged her student to go on to college and be successful in life. Lou received Indian Educator of the Year for her passionate work. Lou also worded with the youth at the Hays youth center. She loved this job most of all. She even had a baseball team. Lucille's hobbies included cooking, canning, going to church, riding horses back in the day, dancing and singing. Bust most of all her favorite was spending time with her family over a good Sunday dinner or any other family get together. She was a very loving person who always cared of how you were feeling an could make you smile when life was tough. She was the best mother, daughter, sister, grandmother, auntie, or mother in law that anyone could ever want. Her family loved her so much and she will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

    Lucille is survived by her mother Philomene (Tootsie) Hawley, of Hays, siblings Dorthy (Micky) Gray of Washington, Phil (Marsha) Hawley of Idaho, Melanie (Dale) Fortin, John (Debra) Hawley, Ed (Ruth) Hawley, all of Hays. Her children, Holly, Joe (Nikki), Dottie (Bean), Lorie, Candy, (Warren) Byard (Tara), Dave (Chrissy), Karissa, Judy, and Lexi. Adopted children, Shelly, Robyn and Tammi. Lou is also survived by 22 grandchildren and 43 great-grandchildren and too many nieces and nephews to mention.

    Lucille was preceded in death by her husband Joe Kirkaldie, father Byard Hawley, brothers Harold Martin Sr., John Byard Jr., Charles "Chase" Hawley, George "Porge" Hawley, adopted children Vivian "Mousey" Manual, Randy LaBrie, and Rena Crasco-Florcik.

Guest Book

From: Linda Hoines

It was with great sadness that I read of Lucille's death. We worked together several years, she in Harlem and I in Havre helping people get their GED's. She was such a fine woman and teacher. We had great times talking while students were taking the tests. I had such respect for her and felt that we were indeed friends. She was a wonderful person and a credit to her community. I know she had some health issues and may she now Rest In Peace.

From: Debra Hatler...Jenner

Was so sorry to hear of your passing.
I will always remember your loving heart!
Peace be YOUR journey my dear cousin.
Love you all so much...

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