Elaine Summers

Elaine R. Red Elk Summers, 76, died Aug. 16, 2018, at Faith Home in Wolf Point.
She was born on July 13, 1942 in Seattle, Wash., to Josephine C. Red Elk (DeMarce) and James H. Red Elk.
Her parents stayed in Seattle for awhile, welcoming the rest of her siblings, and then they moved to Poplar. While living in Poplar, she was selected to be Oil Discovery Princess for the Oil Discovery Celebration. She graduated from Poplar High School in 1963.
After high school, she attended vocational school in Cleveland, Ohio, where she learned to be a seamstress. While attending training, she met her future husband James H. Summers, from Eagle Butte, S.D. She and James had a son together, James “Jimmy” H. Summers Jr. in 1969. After completing school, Elaine and Jim moved to Los Angeles, Calif., where Jim passed away in 1973.
She moved back to the reservation in Wolf Point where she devoted her life to raising her son, Jimmy. She was cherished and blessed in her art of quill and bead work for which she was popularly known for. She also attended Fort Peck Community College where she was on the honor roll and received her associate of arts degree.
She was also preceded in death by sister, Linda Red Elk; and brother, Russell Red Elk.
She is survived by her son, Jim; sisters, Lois Red Elk Reed and Iris Red Elk All Runner; and three grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Aug. 21, at the Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel. Interment was at Chelsea Cemetery. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel was entrusted with arrangements.