1932 – 2021
Carol Ann Tobacco White Clay, also known by the Apsaalooke name, Biiabaalaashdeesh given to her by Tilton Old Bull, was called home to her Lord and Savior January 26, 2021 after being a blessing for 89 years. Carol Ann was born a member of the Big Lodge and Child of the Piegan clans on January 2, 1932, at Crow Agency to Thomas Tobacco Sr. and Katie White Fox Tobacco. She received her early education at Crow Agency, obtained her G.E.D, then later enrolled in the nursing program. In November 1949, she married Vernon White Clay Jr. after a traditional courtship and together they built their homestead in the Black Lodge District. From this 59 year union they had 8 children. Her employment included The Carpet Mill, Senior citizens and the Crow Detox center. After her retirement she dedicated her life to being a full time homemaker, a duty she loved. As such, she faithfully kept the family home in meticulous order. She epitomized Proverbs 31, as a virtuous woman. She led her home with integrity, discipline, focusing on honoring her husband, teaching her children, grandchildren and serving God.
Carol was one of the last pioneer members of the Foursquare Church and Kingsman Academy. Over the years she built strong family ties with the James and Dorothy Roper Family. Along with her beloved sisters Eloise and Alice Mae, she taught vacation bible school and sunday school being instrumental in fundraising efforts. Carol was known as a strong woman of prayer, her humble and kind spirit, her mission, and destiny in life was to serve her Lord Jesus Christ. As a true proverb woman and matriarch of the Tobacco family, she led her children, grandchildren and family in her faith often being called upon for prayers and advice.
She was an avid Bulldog fan following the basketball trail, cheering on her favorite player Jonathon Takes Enemy. Throughout the years she enjoyed supporting and watching her children and grandchildren participate in the sport of Rodeo and her great-grandchildren in highschool basketball.
Proceeding Carol in death are; her parents, her husband Vernon White Clay Jr., siblings, Hugh, Peggy, and David Plenty Hoops, Lizzie White Fox, Ruth Tobacco, Eloise White Clay, Alice Mae Tobacco, Laura He Does It, Elvira Alden, Darlene Eastman, Bernard Tobacco, Thomas Tobacco Jr., Phyliss Spotted Horse, Willard Spotted Horse, Paul Spotted Horse, Martin Spotted Horse Jr.;Nieces Regina Stewart, Tsiniana Bigman, Bonnie White Clay, Racheal Beatty, Gladys Jefferson, nephews Howard White Clay, Monte Ray White Clay, son’s Monte Vidal White Clay Sr., and Henry ‘Sargie’ Old Horn; Grandson’s Stephen Beaumont, Micheal Study, and great-grandson Tyler Joe.
Survivors include; her children Verna Koch, Harold (Cheryl), Hugo (Ava), Francis, Richard (Jolene), Vernon (Jolene) White Clay III, Rebecca Buffalo, and Cheri (Mark Winston) Real Bird; adopted children include Jade (Chazz) Bends, Almeda (Dean) Good Luck, Paul (Cindy) Roper, Ruthie (Carl) Brown, Steven Roper, and Orlene Barber, of Arizona; grandchildren whom she raised as her own Autumn, Lissa, Jolee, and Tiffany White Clay, Winonna and Sarcee Real Bird; Grandchildren, Jody and Jay Koch, Dion, Justin, Jordan, Ingrid, Shann, Anthony, Charlie, Jesse, Seth, Destiny, Micah, Kateri, Peri, Peggy, Jaime, Burney, River Jordan, Holly, Frank, and Thomas White Clay; 48 great grandchildren; Nieces, Agatha (Bruce) House, Phylene Bigman,
Claudia (Tim) Bernardis, Veronica White Clay, Joyce and Sherry Lou LaForge, Francine (John) Small, Mary TenBear, Debbie (Mike) Gust, Bobaleen Brien, Valerie (Travis) Brien, Beverly White Clay-Shane, Laura White Clay, Sandra (Myron) Shield, and nephews Tyrone, Ronald, Kenneth, Delano (Alta), Clinton (Kathleen) White Clay, Frederick (Denette), Vernon (Mimi), Larry (Ethel), and Wayne (Racheal) Brien, Ken (Fannie) Plenty, Colleen (Walter) Old Elk, and Larry (Pearl) Tobacco.
Extended Family includes, Tobacco, White Fox, Dawes, Pretty Paint, Bad Bear, Eagle, Adlai Stevenson Family of North Dakota and the Late Mark Real Bird family.
Our family is large, if we have forgotten you please forgive us during this difficult time. The family would like to extend their appreciation to those who provided food, flowers, and prayers. A special thanks to the nursing staff and caretakers at Sheridan Manor of Sheridan Wyoming for their gentle care and extreme kindness four our beloved Mother, Grandmother, and Great-grandmother.
Masks are required and only 10 people allowed at a time for visitation.
Visitation is Thursday, January 28, 2021 from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM and Friday, January 29, 2021 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM at the Bullis Funeral Chapel in Hardin, Montana.
Funeral Service is Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 10:00 AM at the Bullis Funeral Chapel in Hardin, Montana. Burial to follow at the Fairview Cemetery.
Bullis Mortuary is entrusted with the arrangements.