Written by The Wolf Point Herald
Mavis Joyce Scott Hernandez, 58, died at her residence in Poplar on Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012.
She was born to Melvin Dale “Toby” Scott, Sr. and Artie Josephine Crazy Bull Scott on Sept. 2, 1954, in Poplar.
Her Indian name, “Good Hearted Woman,” was given to her by her grandmother Lillian Ogle. Another Indian name, “Good Hearted Eagle Woman,” was given to her by Benny White Hawk. The two names she passed to her daughter, Elayne, and granddaughter, Lillian.
She graduated from Poplar High School, attended college at Fort Peck Community College, University of Montana and NAS.
In 1972, she and another girl went before the Congressional Congress in Helena to get the Indian language and culture taught in public schools in Montana. Years later, they were recognized for their efforts.
She was preceded in death by sisters, Evelyn Scott Loves Him, Elizabeth Youpee and Urena Lynn Scott; brothers, Sam and Alvin Savior; and son, Chad Hernandez.
She is survived by her children, Orlando Hale, Elayne Scott and Margaret Hernandez, all of Poplar; Michelle Aims Back of Fort Totten, N.D.; adopted children, Melvene Birthmark, Diana Diserly and Randy Birthmark, all of Poplar, and Betty White of Wolf Point; sisters: Verbena Savior Jackson, Faryl Pedraza, Neva Loudermilk and Annabelle Scott, all of Poplar, Carmella Scott of Nebraska; adopted sisters, Gloria Diserly, Anne Lester, Yvette Todd and Jonelle Menz, all of Poplar; brothers, Matthew Scott Sr. of Poplar; adopted brothers, Reginal “Reggie” Scott, Robert Olson Sr., James Little and Robert Little, all of Poplar; and 14 grandchildren.
Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, at Our Lady Of Lourdes Catholic Church in Poplar. Burial followed at the Poplar City Cemetery. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point was entrusted with the arrangements.