Irene Elizabeth Duran was born May 28, 1974 in Crow Agency, Montana. She earned her wings on March 29, 2018. She was raised in the Black Lodge area and was a member of the Big Lodge Clan and child of the Whistling Water Clan.
Irene attended Hardin High School. She loved going to the library for wi-fi so she could watch Netflix and sci-fi movies. She was looking forward to the opening day of Buddy Burgers where she supervised the hamburger grill for her uncle Buddy. She loved helping him during his busy times at Native Days, Camp Meetings and Crow Fair. She worked briefly at 3 Brothers when they first opened. Irene’s favorite past times were singing, dancing and taking selfies.
She is survived by her mother Mary Kaye Rogers, father Joseph Duran, her companion David Old Bear; her children Melvin (Rain) Duran and Jennifer (Chris) Duran; her grandchildren Ruby and another due in July; her brothers Kenny (Elena) Rogers, Vince Blackhawk, William Bends, Wallace Begay and Micah Falls Down; her sisters Nicolette and Precious Rogers; her nephews Vincent (Bobbi) Blackhawk, Rio Blackhawk, Mario Castro, Tony (Shannon) Abril and Dakota Abril; her nieces Lugenia Blackhawk, Annie Castro, Violet Littlelight, Erica (Casey) Abril, Morgan Rogers and Brittney Castro; her uncles Bryan (Marie) Rogers, Alex (Ethel) Madill, Dennis Madill, Jay (Laura) Rogers, Clinton (Sherry) House, Alex (Gina) Reed, Frank Caplett, Ivan (Dorothy) Morning; her aunts Lorrie House, Florida House, Lou Old Coyote, Annie Stops, Clydine Whiteclay, Dawna (Robert) Nelson, Verna (Franklin) Jefferson, Rebecca (Coolidge) Jefferson and Rebecca Lee Whiteclay; her grandpas Bruce (Agatha) House, Raymond House, Norman Pretty On Top, Larry Old Elk and Clifford Birdinground; her grandmas Fannie (Kenneth) Plenty, Mary (Edward) Iron and Sarah House. Irene took all her cousins, as brothers and sisters.
She was preceded in death by grandmothers Irene Reed, Ruth Alden, Grace Hummingbird, Rosabelle Fighter, Vera Whiteclay, Donna Pretty On Top, Franchen and Thora House; grandpa’s Sonny Reed, William House, Thomas Medicine Horse and Bryan Rogers Sr.; as well as her extended family including the FogInTheMorning, Three Irons, Big Medicine, Blackbird, Goes Ahead, Bird Hat, Black Hawk, Old Crow, Bulltail, Wallace, Black Eagle, Ironman, Jefferson, Top Sky, Standing Rock, Stump, Weasel Boy, Denny, Windy Boy, Benny, Guardipee, Big Sky, Ironmaker, Brockie, Saddle Back, Big Ox, Beaver Muskrat, Hangs up the Meat, Crooked Face, Ten Bear, DeCrane, Comes Up, Bad Bear and Reed families. Our family is large; if we have missed you, please accept our apology.
Funeral service is Thursday April 5, 11:00 AM at the Spirit of Life Foursquare Church in Crow Agency. Interment will follow in the Crow Agency Cemetery.
Bullis Mortuary is entrusted with the arrangements.