Written by The Wolf Point Herald
Loretta Helen Adams-Heck, 53, of Poplar, died Friday, March 29, 2013, in Poplar.
The daughter of Clarence and Loretta (Abraham) Adams, she was born Sept. 17, 1959, in Poplar. She graduated high school in Brockton.
She was a champion fancy dancer throughout the U.S. and Canada. She also was a Kahomini champion along with her brother, Buddy, in the U.S. and Canada. In 1978, she was the Oil Discovery Celebration princess.
In 1979, she married Jeff Jefferson. To this union, a son, Brandon, was born. They later divorced. In 1992, she married Keith York. To this union, her daughter, Tiffani Joy, was born. They also divorced. She then married Gene Heck. To this union, a son, Dustin Wayne, was born. They later divorced, but they remained friends.
She was a strong believer in God. She enjoyed attending rodeos, playing Bingo in Las Vegas, Nev., dancing at powwows, listening to country western music, visiting with family and friends and especially spending time with her grandchildren.
Throughout her life, she lived in many places such as Las Vegas, Nev.; Sidney; Williston, N.D.; Wood Mountain, Sask., Canada; and Rapid City, S.D.; before moving back to Poplar in 2010.
She is preceded in death by her brother, Leo Walking Eagle Jr.; and sisters, Lynda Lethbridge and Sandra Shanta.
She is survived by her children, Brandon Jefferson of Poplar, Tiffani Joy Lethbridge of Fort Kipp and Dustin Wayne Heck of Rapid City, S.D.; three grandchildren; sisters, Clarice Perry of Fort Kipp, Leona Adams of Poplar, Edith Adams of Poplar and Claudia Reese of Tola Rosa, N.M.; brother, Harold “Buddy” Adams of Fort Kipp; adopted sisters, Lorna Martin, Rena Williams, Noreen Four Bear, Violet Comes Last, Francine LeMay, Floreen LeMay, Charlene Drum and Jo’e Youngman.
A wake will be held 7 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at the Cultural Center in Poplar. A funeral service will be held noon Friday, April 5, at the 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.