Lorraine Marcia Not Afraid Bear Cloud, Baachiile (Blessed), her Crow name given by her uncle Oliver Hugs Sr. was a member of the Piegan Clan and a child of the Greasy Mouth Clan. A resident of Crow Agency, she was called home to be with her Lord Jesus Christ on July 19, 2020 after blessing everyone whom she came into contact with for 78 earthly years. “Baby Lorraine” as she was affectionately known was born to Edward and Ethel Morrison Not Afraid, but was fortunate to be raised by her maternal grandparents, Alvin and Marcia Curlew Morrison Sr.
A “Grandmother’s Grandchild”, Lorraine spent her summers with Garnett Watan, Lavern Williamson, Alvin Oliver Yarlott, the late Williamson brothers; Melvin Paul and Garlon, along with the late Gail Morrison Red Wolf at the Buffalo Pasture in the Big Horn Mountains, returning to the Morrison homestead in Black Lodge to prepare for the school year.
She received her education in Hardin, Flandreau Indian School, and Lodge Grass High School where she was a majorette on the drill team graduating with the class of 1962. She attended Montana State University-Northern in Havre where she enrolled in the nursing program. She married her high school sweetheart Joseph Bear Cloud in 1963 and selflessly became a homemaker while Joe worked as a ranch hand on various ranches in and around the Crow Reservation. The couple made their home in Crow Agency and celebrated 57 years of marriage. She was a “Jill of All Trades”, holding employment at the Crow Tribal Housing Authority, Crow Headstart, Crow School, U. S. Automatics, and most recent at the Crow IHS as a ward clerk and certified nursing assistant.
Lorraine was known as an expert markswoman, outshooting men at turkey shoots and hunting wild game to help provide for the family. In honor of this skill, she named her oldest grandchild Destiny, Bia ilápiitche (Woman Sharpshooter). She took pride in her beadwork, beading for her husband and children, then passing her knowledge to her daughters and granddaughters. She enjoyed watching and supporting her grandchildren as they participated in sports, rodeos, powwows, and parading at Crow Fair. Lorraine loved to hunt, fish, and camp in the Big Horn Mountains where she spent the majority of her childhood. This led to a strong family heritage that she passed to her children and grandchildren. Lorraine was overjoyed to have a great-granddaughter Eleanor Lorraine as her namesake. Throughout the years Lorraine opened her home to many whom she loved and immediately took in as her own children. She was a member of the Pentecostal church and evangelized with her husband and was one of the founders of the Crow Hymn Ministries. As a prayer warrior her favorite scripture was 2 Timothy; 1:7, “For God did not give us the spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind”, and she stood firmly on it through the many trials and miracles in her life.
Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, grandson Colton Chase Bear Cloud; son’s Ryan Harjo and Frank Nomee; siblings Shirley Ironhorse, Gail Redwolf, Georgine Little Nest, Melvina Jefferson, Bertha Nomee, Adella Spotted Horse, Victoria Cooked Arm, Charlotte Spotted Horse, Elsie Leider, Linda Ten Bear, Charles Yarlott, Franklin Redwolf and Edward “Artie” Not Afraid. Her aunts Mary “Babe” Carpenter, Maude Yarlott, Gloria Medicine Crow and Lorraine Williamson; her uncles Tom, Alvin, Floyd, Art and George Morrison, Leo, Joe Jr., Cedric, Cyril Not Afraid and Arthur Plenty Hawk.
Survivors include her husband Joseph, children Jolene (Vernon) White Clay III, Cindy (Melvin Small) Bear Cloud, Martha (Aaron) Alden, Joseph (Tillie) Bear Cloud Jr., Bill Old Crow, Clay (Nicole) Spotted, Dee Nomee, Armand Bird, Sherri (Clinton) House, Annie (Cyrus) Leider, Mikki (George) Riddle, Georgine Falls Down, Latonna (Sharone) Old Elk, Destiny White Clay, Kristy Alden, Rochelle (Garey) Whitehip, Sharon Whiteman, Beverly (Brian) Limpy, Tyler Rivera, Tina (Comrad) Alden, Johnny (Erlis) and Donnie (Merlene) Harjo, Kingston Cole, Rocky Bear Cloud, Deborah Smith, and Sorn Jessen. Sisters Garnett Watan, Mary Bonko, Rozella Stewart, Delmeryne Yarlott, Tori Half, Marcia Brown, Olive Yarlott, Roberta Spotted Horse and Regina Yarlott. Brothers Alvin Not Afraid Sr., Alvin Oliver and Aaron Yarlott. Aunts Caroline Morrison-Mountainsheep and Agatha (Bruce) House. Grandchildren Tiffany and Micah White Clay, April Hogan, Yolanda Flatlip, Marcel White Fox, Fred and Taylan Alden, Tanisha Pickett, Joshuanna, Joelle, Joniece, Bronson, Jolauna, Hughes, and Jolee Bear Cloud, Kirsten DeCrane, Tianna Littlelight, and Annie Horn; she was blessed with 26 Great grandchildren. Extended family includes Not Afraid, Morrison, Red Wolf, Yarlott, Williamson, Medicine Crow, Backbone, Pretty on Top, Medicine Tail, Goes Ahead, DeCrane, Alden; Fredericks, Chase, Hall, and Youngbird Families of North Dakota, the Shakespeare Family of Wyoming. Please forgive us if we have forgotten anyone during our time of grief. The family would like to thank the Awekuulaawache Staff and St. Vincent staff in Billings for their excellent care and kindness. Also a special thank you to those who provided food, monetary gifts, flowers and prayers during this difficult time.
Graveside service Friday July 24, 2020 at 11:00 AM at the Lodge Grass Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday 1-4 and Thursday 1-4