Written by Wolf Point Herald
Betty Black Dog, 73, a longtime Poplar resident, died Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, at MedCenter One in Bismarck, N.D.
One of 12 children, she was born July 25, 1939, in Elbowoods, N.D., to Benjamin and Helen (Black Hawk) Good Bird. She attended school in Elbowoods and Mandaree, N.D.
She carried the Indian name of Ah-gu-gah-weash, “Woman Above,” Angel.
In 1956, she married Delmar E. Red Eagle of Poplar. They had five sons, Emery, Harold, Delmar Jr., Darryl and Dennis, and one daughter, Maureen Ann. They later separated.
In 1979, she met William D. “Billy” Black Dog and they married on Dec. 24, 1991.
She worked for the Poplar Community Hospital/Northeast Montana Health Services for 45 years, retiring in October 2008.
She was a member of the Congregational Church of Independence, N.D. She was also a member of the Knife clan and a child of the Waterbuster clan.
She was raised by her grandparents, George and Gertrude Spotted Wolf, growing up with Marvina, Delia, Christine, Emerald, Nancy, Pete and Sterling Spotted Wolf in her early teen years before moving home with her parents.
She was a humble and gracious woman and made many sacrifices in her life to make sure her children’s needs were met. She loved watching her children and grandchildren excel in sports and academics. She was especially proud of her children and grandchildren who went to college.
She loved traveling, shopping, playing Bingo and Keno and rummaging on weekends. She loved listening to Billy and his brothers, the Black Dogs, since they played all her favorite music. She enjoyed rock and roll, country and powwow music.
She raised her six children, a granddaughter and great-granddaughter, always opening her home to her family as needed.
She was preceded in death by her sons, Emery, Harold, Delmar Jr., Darryl and Dennis; and grandchildren, Issac and Phillip Four Bear, Mandy Red Eagle and Baby Boy Red Eagle.
She is survived by her daughter, Maureen Dionne; adopted son, Marcel Isnana; six grandsons; 10 granddaughters; numerous great-grandchildren; brothers, Gerald Herman Good Bird, Arnold “Olson” Good Bird of Newtown, N.D., and Leonard Good Bird of Linton, N.D.; sisters, Inamae Driver of Mandaree, N.D., Darlene Finley of Newtown, Doris Spotted Bird of Brockton and Marvina Bishop of Williston, N.D.; and many adopted sons and daughters.
A wake was held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the Poplar Cultural Center in Poplar. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at the Poplar Cultural Center in Poplar. Interment will follow at the Fort Kipp Cemetery in Fort Kipp.
Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel of Wolf Point was entrusted with the arrangements.