Our beloved Jolene Denise Smells, 50, who’s Crow name “Butterfly Woman” was given to her by Robert Flat Lip, passed on to the other camp, Tuesday January 29, 2019 at St. Vincent’s Healthcare Hospital. She was born August 2, 1968, in Crow Agency, Montana a daughter of Joseph and Clara (Rides Horse) Smells.
Jolene was a proud member of the Native American Church and the Catholic Church. She was a “Bilikóoshe” Whistling Water clan and a “Ashkap’kawiia” Bad War Deeds child. Jolene was a of a direct descendent of Chief Plenty Coups on her maternal side and a direct descendent of Chief Bellrock on her paternal side. She received her early education in San Diego, California, Pryor, Montana and graduated from Plenty Coups High School. Jolene grew up the only girl among many brothers, this molded her into becoming a rough and tumble tomboy which lead her to become the only girl on the high school football team. From the time she was young, she enjoyed adventurous outdoor hunting, fishing and camping activities with her whole family. The brothers always voted her the holder of the spotlight during late night hunting trips, but she would have none of that and proved herself to be an excellent marksman alongside her brothers.
In her early years Jolene frequently participated in the Native American Church and was an avid sundancer. She often traveled out of state and to local areas for peyote meetings with her parents. She enjoyed cooking and preparing for peyote meetings that her parents put on or setting up camp at the various sundances the family participated in.
Anyone who knew Jolene knew she was a very free-spirited individual with a big heart. She grew up to be tough, however her brother, Artie still called her “frady cat”, and looked after her because he knew loud claps of thunder always scared her. She loved to laugh, was often mischievous and was always light hearted in everything she did. Jolene knew the importance of her faith and family and was often called to check on or check in with everyone. Although she couldn’t be a part of their daily lives, she loved her children dearly and often said how proud she was of each of them.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her sister Jenny Smells and brothers Timothy Smells, Sr., Carlos Monroy and Nathan Old Dwarf and her aunt Theresa Haun.
She is survived by her sons Jo-Jo and Owen Smells and Joseph Waters; her daughter LouisaJo; her brothers Artie Smells, Sr. Lyndon (Doreen) Rides Horse, Richard Monroy, Darrin (Bobbi Jo) Old Coyote, Gene (Brenda) Sherwood and John (Sherrie) Smells; her sisters Devona Lambert, Jennifer (Ceivert) LaForge, Nicole Lambert, Carla Ann (James) Wilson and Kathy Haun; her uncles George (Johann) Reed, Les Not Afraid, Marlin (Reva) and Garland Not Afraid and Robert Flat Lip; her aunts Peggy (Melton) Spotted Bear, Sr., Sharon Smells, Reed and Snell Women; her nephews Timothy (Tasha) Smells, Jr., Bill( Olive) Smells, Lane Shae Rides Horse, Brandon and Shannon Old Dwarf, Melton (Jolene) Spotted Bear, Jr., Neal Beaumont, Jr., Ethan Lambert, Artie Smells, Jr, Terrell Nez Perce, Lyndon Rides Horse, Jr., Darnell (Cerissa) Not Afraid and Edmond Old Crow; her nieces Autumn Smells, Yolanda Good Voice, Cynthia Smells, Chelsey Not Afraid, Makyla Rides Horse, Patricia LaForge, Ashlee Lambert; adopted aunts Mary (Gale) Three Irons, Geneva Whiteman and Sophia Pretty on Top; her extended family includes the Dust, Crooked Arm, Comes Up, Rides Horse, Big Day, Lion Shows, Howe, Brown, and Not Afraid. Our family is large if we have missed you, pleae accept our apology.
Services for Jolene will be Saturday, February 2nd at 10:00 am in the St. Charles Catholic Church in Pryor. Rosary will be recited at 7:00 pm Friday February 1, 2019. Burial will follow in the Pryor Cemetery. Bullis Mortuary has been entrusted with the arrangements.