Written by The Herald-News
Faye Louise (Shegonee) Perry, 70, died Dec. 26, 2013, at the Faith Lutheran Home in Wolf Point.
She was born to Gilbert Ahn-Wap-Nah Harrison-Shegonee and Melvina Wewasson Shegonee July 22, 1943, in Crandon, Wis. As a child, she was raised in the woodlands of the central United States. She attended school and graduated May 11, 1966, from Neilsville High School in Neilsville, Wis., and later moved to Chicago, Ill.
She is a tribal member of the Prairie Band of Potawatomi Indians in Kansas, but lived majority of her life in Poplar, which she considered her home.
On July 20, 1968, she married Victor Perry in Chicago, Ill. The couple moved to Poplar and, for the next 14 years, they raised their daughters, LeeAnn, Lisa and Vicki Perry.
The couple later separated and she remained single, devoting all her time and energy on raising her girls. She was also a second mother to Louis Montclair. She took him as her adopted son.
She was a dedicated and hardworking employee throughout her life. In her early years, she worked as a sewer at A & S Tribal Industries, a teacher’s aide at Fort Peck Head Start and also worked at numerous daycare centers in Poplar. Her last job was at the Poplar Schools, working with the special needs children in the elementary school. However, due to heart surgery in 2007 and a stroke in 2009, she was forced to retire.
In 1994, she became a college student and enrolled at Fort Peck Community College. During her first year, she joined the FPCC Knowledge Bowl team and placed second at the annual American Indian Higher Education Consortium. The next year, she helped carry FPCC to first place.
She loved taking care and teaching all children whether it was at home, a daycare center or at school.
Her second love was reading and many times she would finish a novel in a day. She also really enjoyed “rummaging.” Whether it was a yard sale, a second hand store, a community clothes dig or the flea market this is where she had the most fun. You could always count on her to be one of the first ones there and she made sure she got “treasures” for everyone.
She is survived by daughters, LeeAnn, Lisa, and Vicky Perry; adopted son, Louis Montclair; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a brother, Loyal Shegonee of Albuquerque, N.M.
She was preceded in death by brothers, Delbert and Joseph “Joby” Shegonee and an infant brother who died at birth; and sisters, Catherine “Cathy” Shegonnee Rockman, Laura E. Shegonnee Marquez, Barbara A. Shegonee Marin and Verna M. Shegonee.
Her funeral service was held Monday, Jan. 6, at the Activity Center in Poplar. Interment was at the Poplar City Cemetery. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel of Wolf Point was entrusted with the arrangements.