Gustine Marie Old Bear, 68 of Benteen Flats, Montana was called home by her Lord and Savior July 2, 2020. She was born November 6, 1951 in Crow Agency, Montana. She was raised at Second Bridge and grew up and resided in Benteen Flats until her passing. She was given her Indian name “Iilaasannialiash” by Louise Old Bear. Gustine was an enrolled tribal member but also proudly represented her Southern and Northern Cheyenne blood. She was a Big Lodge and child of the Big Lodge. She was a member of the Night Hawk Society and came from the Reno District well known as our “Reno Cowgirl” by many district members. She was a part of the Crow Hymns Ministry group. Gustine was an active and faithful member of the First Crow Indian Baptist Church in Lodge Grass, Montana currently serving as the Business Council Treasurer-Secretary, she was a very strong Christian woman always anxious to share the love of Jesus Christ and serving the Lord with all her heart until her last breaths and now rests peacefully in the arms of her Lord.
Gustine graduated from Hardin High School in 1970 but was a strong and loyal Lodge Grass Indian Fan. During the summer of 1968 she went to Upward Bound. She attended Haskell Indian Nations University graduating in 1971 as a cook. While attending Haskell she considered herself being cupid as she united numerous couples that then went onto marriage. She went to Charles Cook Theological School in Tempe, Arizona graduating in 1989 with a certificate in Youth Ministries, while in Tempe she became good friends with Lorraine Tootsie and became a part of their Hopi family and she was a God Mother to Lorraine’s grandson Nathan. Also the Indiana Church Group that comes to the FCIBC every year became her family, Bette White, and Larry Page were very special and dear to her.
Gustine worked at many various places starting in her early years she worked at the Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone Park as a reservation clerk and a cook, at the Arts & Crafts center in Lodge Grass, camp counselor at the Native American Indian Youth Camp in Tempe, AZ. She worked at the Lodge Grass High School as a cook, teacher’s aide, and the bilingual program. Director of the Victims Assistance program, advocate for the Domestic Violence program, family advocate for the Headstart program her current job she was at was the Crow Nation Recovery Center where she started in 2007 to current she worked various positions while working for the program, she loved to help people with any kind of problems they had. Gustine was a very smart skilled and tireless worker, always being complimented for her work ethics and often encouraging coworkers on how to improve their work ethics as she was always working to improve her work skills.
Gustine had served on many boards and participating in many committees and other numerous activities or events, she had a passion for everything she involved herself in and worked until the job or task was done, her way. She was a very social butterfly leading her to many lifelong friends who eventually became family. Gustine was kind, caring and generous person to everyone she came across family or friends she either greeted people with kinds words or teased with her jokes, offered her helping hands if needed. If anyone needed anything she helped them, or prayed with them, or gave them words of her wisdom even telling them right from wrong because she had a special place in her loving heart for everyone that was blessed to be in her life. She had an adventurous spirit and taken advantage of every opportunity to learn or travel. Gustine always had the desire to go volunteer in Kodiak AK at the Kodiak Mission.
In 1995 Gustine was blessed with her daughter Monica whom she said was one of her biggest blessings God bestowed to her to love, protect and cherish. She took a lot of pride in her daughter and raised her to the best of her ability and their bond remained very tight. Gustine became a Kaale to Her “King” Stephen and he was the best highlight of her life she loved him almost more than anything and they shared the greatest bond you could ever witness, as in the Crow way Stephen was her first grandchild so he belonged to her. She always made sure her 2 babies were very loved and blessed.
Gustine is proceeded in death by her parents Gus and Annie Old Bear Sr.; grandparents Ned (Monica Chief At Night) Old Bear, Harry (Alice Blackree) Long Sioux, Hertbert, Philip, Lena, Rose Old Bear, her adopted mom Mel Patterson; her uncles Fred, Arthur, Charles, Warren Old Bear Elmer Sr., Eugene, Victor Yarlott, Clarence Long Sioux; her aunts Jessie, Louise, Agnes Old Bear, Louise Fisher, Marietha Charette; her brothers Edward Sr., Stephen, Fredlyn, Bert, Loris Old Bear, Rico Harjo; her sisters Lois Jean Old Bear, Elretta Parker, Charlotte (Paul) Spotted Horse; her nephews Jared Littlewhiteman, Louis Old Bear. Nieces Kalsey BirdinGround, Raelyn Old Bear and Phyllis Spotted Horse.
Survivors include her uncle David Yarlott Sr., aunt Carolyn Morrison; her daughters Monica (Cayoz Fisher) Chief At Night, Adrianna Fayedra Toineeta, grandkids Stephen Chief At Night, Wake, Natalie Parker, Madison Little Light. sons Charles, Vincent Jr (Maria) Parker, Robin Old Bear; brothers David, Lee (Mary), Loren (Roselyn), Gus Jr. Old Bear, Vincent Parker, Thomas, Marlon, Elmer Jr, Oliver, Aaron, David, Eugene, Curtis Yarlott, Benito, James Morrison, Thomas Bonko Sr., Ty, Thomas Sr. Ten Bear; sisters Effie (Paul) Beartrack, Te-Atta, Lori, Roberta and Tela Old Bear, Lydia (Eugene) BirdinGround, Angela Russell, Magdalene Bonko, Francine, Davine, Linda Morrison, Laura (Hanks) Rides Horse, Rosella Stewart, Delmyrna, Charlotte, Charlene Yarlott, Marcia (Benito) Brown, Tori Half; nephews James, Lee, Lephi, Quannah (Elizabeth), Gus III, Edward Jr, Dean and Aaron Old Bear, Patrick Jim Amyotte, Jess, Zac (Whitney) BirdinGround, Leonard Gardner, Larry James, Eric Morrison, Hanks Martin, Frank Rides Horse; nieces Masiela, Davida, Lorna, Tela, Annie Mae, Miesha, Jessica, Tamara and Heather Old Bear, Jana Amyotte, Rona, Lynn Gardner Martika (Reginald Flat Mouth) Pretty Paint, Paulette (Terry) Birdinground, Carolyn (Leon) Pretty Weasel, Bethany Rides Horse, Bridget Morrison, Brenda Timber, Daneeta, Elizabeth Fisher; grandkids Orlena and Orlanda BirdinGround, Mandale, David and Tim Spotted Horse. She had many grandkids and a few great grandkids whom she all loved dearly. Special friends are all of the people she had met on her many endeavors and the people she worked with developing great friendships with all of them. Extended familes; include Yarlott, Morrison, Wilson, Kindness, Smart Enemy, Hogan, Old Coyote, Big Hair, Bear Cloud, Rising Sun, Two Moons, Knows His Gun, All Runner and Long Sioux. Gustine had many family and friends if we have forgotten you please accept our apology as this has been hard on us all. Bullis Mortuary has been entrusted with arraignments.