- Written by The Herald-News
Sandra Doris (Ramsey) Yellow Hammer, 57, died Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, in Billings.
She was born in Dallas, Texas, to Sidney Sr. and Victoria Ramsey.
She was raised in Cannonball, N.D., on the Standing Rock Reservation where was an enrolled member of the tribe. She attended boarding schools in her younger years up to eighth-grade at Wahpeton, N.D., then she did her freshman year at Flandreau Indian School. She went on to Solen High School for her remaining three years, graduating in 1977.
She met Ronald Yellow Hammer Jr. while attending high school. They were married, Oct. 14, 1977, at the Fort Yates Courthouse. They had six children: Jennifer YH, Elizabeth YH, Lauren YH, Wilma B.H.M., Ronnie YH, Joseph Sr. YH; one niece they raised as their own, Avis Bigtrack; a special granddaughter she was raising, Terrie Bigtrack.
January 1981, Sandra and Ronald moved to Bismarck, N.D., where they both attended United Tribes College. She graduated with her business associates degree.
September 1981, they moved to Brockton. This is where she made her home. She was active playing softball, basketball and volleyball. She enjoyed powwows. She danced old-style jingle and you would find her out in the arena floor at any celebration.
From 1982-2003, she worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Poplar and, during the summer months from 1989-1996, she went firefighting. Her most recent employment from 2006 until her death was with the Fort Peck Tribes Senior Citizens as an assistant cook and janitor.
She was also a war mother, she was very proud of all the veterans in her family; and a descendant of Chief Bighead for Standing Rock Reservation.
Throughout her life, she enjoyed playing Bingo, scratch cards and Keno machines. Besides attending powwows, she could always be found lending a hand at funerals, wakes, Bingos, whatever it may be.
She was a very loyal Brockton Warriors fan. She supported them always and you would always see her at the games.
She is survived by her husband, Ronald Yellow Hammer Jr.; seven children; three brothers, Sidney Jr., Claude of Cannonball, N.D., and Sterling Ramsey of Poplar; sister, Katherine Many Horses of Billings; 22 grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
She was preceded in death by five sisters, Mavis, Harnet, Claudia Ramsey, Linda Many Horses and Elizabeth Parks; and three brothers, Cederic, Terrance Ramsey and Bobbie Many Horses.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Oct. 4, at the Brockton Cultural Center. Interment was at the Yellow Hammer family cemetery located east of Brockton. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel has been entrusted with arrangements.