Phoebe Spotted Elk

Phoebe One Bear Spotted Elk Mene’a’e “Doll Woman” has made her journey over the Milky Way to the other camp.  She was born at home on Rosebud Creek to James and Maggie (Seminole) One Bear on October 31, 1939.

Phoebe had very special gifts that she shared with everyone that came into contact with her.  She had an accepting personality and a warm, generous heart.  Her free spirit and laughter were her greatest attributes.  As a young lady, she could always be seen dancing to her heart’s content at the Lame Deer 4thof July, Memorial Day and Ashland Labor Day Powwows. During this time, she was one of the last dancers to leave the arena, sometimes she even outlasted the drum group. Another gift Phoebe had was her love for young children.  She was the best babysitter anyone could ask for because she cared so much for young children.  She had a special great granddaughter she cared for and because of this inseparable relationship, her granddaughter was given a friendly name “Little Phoebe”.  She will be missed dearly and there will never be another soul to replace her.

Phoebe pursued a career in nursing and was nearing the end of her schooling when she was in a terrible car accident.  Phoebe was also proud of being a direct descendant of Chief Dull Knife.  She participated in retracing the walk of Chief Dull Knife and other Fort Robinson Outbreak survivors. She did this with Ruby and Vernon Sooktis and other members of her family. 

Phoebe was lovingly cared for by her sister Barbara and Barbara’s family for the last 31 years. Barbara knew her mother Maggie worried about who would assume care of Phoebe upon her death. Out of respect for her mother, Barbara made a death bed vow to her that she would always care for Phoebe.  Assisting with her care were her nieces Robyn and Judy Spang and her nephew Alan Spang, her great granddaughters Keely, McKenzie, and Brighty and her granddaughters Aysia, Catlin and other members of Barbara’s family. She will be greatly missed by this family. 

Phoebe was blessed with her own children who she adored and took very good care of, her son Garland Manley, her daughter Juanita Spotted Elk and her youngest son, Sam Spotted Elk, Jr. She married the love of her life Sam Spotted Elk in a Cheyenne traditional ceremony in Lame Deer in the summer of 1970.  

Phoebe is preceded in death by her parents James and Maggie One Bear, her husband, her son Sam, Jr., her sisters Louise BearComeOut, Carol One Bear Trujillo and Dolly Hiwalker, her brothers Robert “Bob”, Wayne “Mickey” and James “Jimmy” One Bear Jr. 

She is survived by her son Garland (Francine Collins) Manley, her daughter Juanita Spotted Elk, her grandchildren Tamika Manley, Tristian Chan Lewis, Juan, Jordan, Faith, Israel, Sarene, and Joshua Spotted Elk, step grandchildren Denver Carlson, III, Dallas Carlson and Wyatt White Dirt, her sisters Barbara One Bear Spang and Henrietta One Bear.  She also is survived by three great grandchildren Athenia, Alicia and Omar Martinez and her twenty Crow great grandchildren. “We love you Mom and we miss you.”

Phoebe’s extended family include the Seminole, One Bear, Glenmore, Lone Bear, Sooktis, Little Wolf, Wolf Name, Evans, Eagle Feathers, Ridge Walker, Stands in Timber, King, Hiwalker, Shoulderblade, Elk Shoulder, Brady, Spotted Wolf, Waters, Yellow Robe, Bailey, Rising Sun, Flying families and the Dull Knife family of South Dakota.  Our family is large so please forgive us if we have missed family members.

The services for Phoebe will be held Tuesday Jan. 29that 11:00 in the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Lame Deer with interment to follow.  A wake will be held Monday Jan. 28thin the Lame Deer Mennonite Church beginning at 7:00 pm.  Bullis Mortuary has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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