Written by The Herald-News
Brenda Margaret Hopkins, “Pezi Ska Wiya,” “White Grass Woman,” 57, died Aug. 17, 2013, at the Elder Complex in Enemy Swim, S.D.
She was born July 12, 1956, in Fort Belknap Agency to Cyrus Guardipee and Donna Hopkins Black Eagle. She was raised north of Nashua on the family farm and graduated from Nashua High School in 1974. After graduation, she attended the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute in Albuquerque, N.M.
She met Gabriel Rangel in Oakland, Calif. From this union, they had four children, Gabriel Abel Hopkins, Michael David Rangel, Richard Aaron Rangel and Diana Rose Rangel. They resided in Glasgow, where she worked at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital for several years then later moved to Havre and attended Montana State University - Northern where she aspired to earn a degree in education.
She returned to Nashua to care for her loving mother Donna and helped raise a special granddaughter Brianna Sola Clancy.
She enjoyed beading Native American jewelry, reading, crocheting and sewing star quilts. She was a member of the Medicine Lodge Society of the Assiniboine Nation.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Gary Black Eagle; and sisters, Marilyn Clancy and Elizabeth Hopkins.
She is survived by her brothers, Thomas, Mathew, Mark and Cordell Black Eagle; sister, Kim Black Eagle; half-sister, Hannah Has Eagle; children, Gabriel, Michael, Richard and Diana; and seven grandchildren.