Ferole Mae Pease

Ferole Mae Pease left us peacefully for her heavenly home on February 2, 2018 in Hardin, Montana, just weeks before her 90th birthday.  Ferole, a leap-year baby, was born February 29, 1928 in Crow Agency, Montana to Marjorie Whitehip and George W. Hogan.  Her Indian Name was Turtle Necklace (Basaxaapiash), given to her by Donald Deernose.  Later she was given a new name, Goes To See Her Garden (Ishatchiakuusdeesh) by Lizzy Yellowtail.   She was a member of the Piegan clan, and child of Whistling Water.  She was a member of the Night Hawk Society.  She grew up in Lodge Grass and graduated from Lodge Grass High School.  After High School she attended Billings Business College.  She was a life-long member of First Crow Indian Baptist Church in Lodge Grass. 

On January 17, 1949 she married the love of her life William Petzoldt Pease in Crow Agency, Montana.  To that union, three children were born, Carolyn, Donny Bill, and Marjean.  In addition, they raised their oldest grand daughter, Amy and their great-grand daughters Raeanna and Ferole Cherise.

After their marriage, Ferole worked at the REA in Lodge Grass and later at IHS as a medical records specialist, as an executive secretary at the BIA, and in BIA social services.   She served as Crow Tribal Chairman Patrick Stands’ executive secretary as well.  In retirement she became a Sasco Products (Aloe Vera) distributor, which allowed her to serve many friends and family on the Crow and Northern Cheyenne Reservations; she was known as Aloe Vera Mae.

Ferole loved pow-wows, beading for her family, knitting, bowling, dancing, and was a huge basketball fan.  She loved her Arabian horses.           

In her younger days she taught Sunday School and was a 4-H leader.  She was well known regionally for her sign language performances to the Lord’s Prayer and other sacred songs.  While working at the Crow/Northern Cheyenne Hospital she loved to comfort new babies during her breaks.  Because of this love, she was asked to name many Crow and Cheyenne babies.   She and Bill served on the Sheridan Indian Days Board and hosted many young women that served as Miss Indian America. Ferole survived many serious medical issues.  As a teenager she survived tuberculosis.   She survived open heart surgery and a delayed diagnosis of a burst appendix that nearly cost her life.   Late in life she survived breast cancer as well. She was preceded in death by her parents, George Hogan and Marjorie Whitehip, adopted parents that raised her Donald and Agnes Deernose; her step-mother Lillian Hogan; her adopted mother Fanny Deernose; her husband Bill; her brothers, Adam Birdinground, and George Hogan, Jr; sisters, Ataloa Harris, Edna Ethridge, Alma Snell, Cerise Stewart, Pearl Hogan, Mamie Knows His Gun, Frances Knows His Gun, and Lorena Mae Walks Over Ice; her son, Donny Bill; granddaughter Kaylene Pease; and adopted daughter, Penni Cross.

She is survived by her daughters, Carolyn (David) Lopez and Marjean (Leon) Eagle Tail; daughter in law, Jaki Pease; her brother Adam Singer; her sisters Mary Elizabeth Wallace, and Mardell Plainfeather, and Nellie Singer.   Ten grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous cousins, nephews, and nieces.Her extended Crow family include Pease; Hogan, Whitehip, Greybull, Scott, and descendants of Lizzy Yellowtail, Mary Takes Gun, and Pierre Duchien.We would like to thank the staff at Heritage Acres for the great care they provided, especially Peggy, Clydine, and Dawna White Clay;  Terin Old Elk, and Kelsey Roebling.

Funeral Services Wednesday Feb 7 at 1:00 PM at the Bullis Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow in the Lodge Grass Cemetery.

Leave a Reply