1968 – 2021
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Cheryl Lynn (Big Day) Nedens, 53, of Hardin went to the Other Side Camp on January 3, 2021. Her Indian name Aakkee hiish (Made it Across) was given to her by James Door. Cheryl was a member of the Big Lodge Clan and a child of the Piegan. Cheryl was born on February 3,1968 in Crow Agency to Raymond Big Day, Sr. and Lynette Not Afraid. She was raised in the Soap Creek area and graduated from Pretty Eagle Catholic School. Then she went on a placement program in Oregon until she later returned to Montana.
Cheryl was a very quiet, humble, loving and caring woman; she loved to laugh with friends and family her laugh was contagious her smile that would brighten your day. Cheryl never hesitated to help when called upon even if the call came in the middle of the night. She had a very big heart was always there for everyone. When she was not out visiting, she was constantly on her phone talking with friends and family. Cheryl really loved her children and grandchildren, Carly and MJ. She did whatever she could for them, they were her whole life. She participated in powwows and handgames and played with the Big Horn District when they won the 2018 championship. This was a really happy time and Cheryl took pride in making her outfits and helping other team members with theirs. She even got her husband, Carl to help with the project. She loved to shower her friends with gifts and loved to parade her sisters in law out of love and respect for her brothers.
In 1990, she took a position with the Indian Health Services in the Triage and Medical Records Department. In 2000, Cheryl worked for the Crow Tribe working for various departments before retiring in December 2020. Cheryl enjoyed community events throughout the Crow and surrounding areas. Cheryl was a devoted Lodge Grass Indian fan before she became a Hardin Bulldog basketball fan. She enjoyed watching her own children, nieces and nephews participate in sports. She traveled throughout the country participating in Women’s Walks. Cheryl loved to travel. She and Carl went to the Bahamas for their honeymoon. A real highlight was traveling with Carl to Seattle to watch the Seahawks and the Giants play but was disappointed when her Giants didn’t win.
In 2009, Cheryl met the love of her life, Carl Nedens and on September 1, 2012 they married. The couple made their home in the Hardin area and were a part of the Nedens Farm Corporation. She took to pride in her farm wife role. Cheryl was the happiest she had ever been and looked forward to making many memories with Carl, her grandchildren and her many friends. Cheryl made many friendships throughout her life and always maintained those friendships. She respected and loved the Nedens family and held them in a special place in her heart. Cheryl touched many lives and often travel to Oregon to visit the Tobey families. She had so much love for them.
She is preceded in death by her children Jeremy “Squish” and Heather Eastman, her parents Raymond Big Day, Sr. and Lynette Not Afraid; grandparents Elizabeth Spotted Door, Cyril Not Afraid, Henry Big Day and Minerva Ball Big Day, Ted and Martha Bear Cloud and Meta Bear Cloud Stewart; Goddaughter Tenieele Big Day; brothers Collins Big Day; aunts Elizabeth Stewart and Maude Door; niece Brandy Big Day; uncles Marlon Big Day, Dale Spotted, Garland Door, Mervitt Door; her mother in law Nancy Nedens.
Cheryl is survived by her husband Carl Nedens; uncle/dad Heywood (Mary Lou) Big Day; daughters Teffany Eastman, adopted daughters Amberly Shigley and Arcionna Hogan; adopted son Louis (Crystal) Jefferson, Godson Peyton Big Day, special niece Joley Spotted; grandchildren Carly and MJ Eastman; sisters Billie (Hubert) Two Leggins, Mary Big Day, Micheal Lynn (Irving Afraid of Bear) Nanto, Suzette (Frank) Spang, Cindy Bear Cloud, Martha (Aaron) Alden, Indy (Harold) Hill, Jr., Donna Jefferson, Geraldine Big Day, Renafe Blaine, Jolene (Vernon) White Clay, Carla (Gary Jo) Real Bird, Agnes Leider, Desirae, Ailsara, Stellar BullTail, Hattie Spotted, Sarah and Farah Door; brothers Raymond Big Day, Jr., Jace (Tammy), Derek, Heywood (Veronica) Jr., William (Kay) Big Day, Norman (Roberta) Other Medicine, Kenny Joe (Jennifer) and Clay Spotted, Buddy and Caleb Door, Joseph Bear Cloud, Jr., Aaron (Devon) Leider, Sr. and Jimenio Leider, A.J. (Denean) Not Afraid; her aunts Doris Plainfeather, Linda BullTail, Harriet Little Owl, Allie Bird Hat; uncles Joe Bear Cloud, Sr., Buster Leider, Sr., John Bullinsight, Kenneth (Barbara) Spotted, Donald and Garrett Door; grandparents Agatha and Bruce House. Her special friends Tammy Big Day, Georgia Walks, Kari Jaden, Tai BullTail, Donna Back Bone, Sophie, Libby, Will, Kyle, Nicole, Dalton, Aubrey, Kale and “Red Bull” Nedens, Wesley Jefferson and Gerald Black. Her extended family includes Big Day, Spotted, Iron Horse, Bear Cloud, Leider, Not Afraid, Door, Bullinsight, Bird Hat, Left Hand, Cummins, Onegoose, Blaine, Dreamer, Deer Nose, Rock Above, Stewart, Mullenberg, Fredricks family of North Dakota Black Lodge Family, the Tobey family of Oregon and the George family from Idaho. Our family is large, please forgive us if we have forgotten you in our time of grief.