|Birth: ||Oct. 4, 1948|
|Death: ||Feb. 22, 2008|
Kathleen Marie "Kitty" Barnaby Conko, 59, started her journey home while surrounded by family on Friday, Feb. 22, 2008.
A member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, she was born in St. Ignatius at what is now Tallman Park to John "Bud" Barnaby and Martha Curley on Oct. 4, 1948. Kathleen was raised on the Flathead and Coeur d'Alene reservations.
A kind and loving mother and wife, she married young and started her family. She first married Peter Omingo and they had a son, D.J. She later married Eneas Conko Sr. and they had two children, Nicolette and Eneas Jr. Eneas Conko Sr. passed away in January.
Kathleen lived numerous places throughout her life, most recently in Ronan. She was sober 29 years. She graduated with high honors at Salish Kootenai College, where she received her human services and got her B.A. degree. She was employed by CSKT. She was a drug and alcohol counselor who helped lots of teenagers and a BABES coordinator.
She enjoyed playing stick game, bingo, baby-sitting her grandkids and spoiling her nieces and nephews. She lived a traditional lifestyle doing sweats, medicine dances and teaching her kids to dry meat. She was Miss United Nations' first runner-up.
Also preceding her in death were her sisters Valdena LittleCrow, Mary Barnaby and Allison "Ponce" Meshell.
Kathleen is survived by her mother Martha Curley Gardipe and father John "Bud" (Hazel) Barnaby; three children, Eneas Jr. (Vanessa), Nicolette (Patrick) and D.J. (Monica); her loving grandchildren Ravyn, Kathleen, Shane, Delicia, Trevor, Trentin, Josiah, Tashina, Kristina, Mariah, Larrs and Dominque; and siblings Philip (Jackie), Leo, Martin (Sharon), Tony (Sandra), Victor (Delores), Louie, Larry, Joe Butterfly, Sam (Aide), Tonto (Edie) Barnaby and Sonny Boy (Drenda) Lozeau. Kathleen also cared for her nephew Charlie LittleCrow and his children Chrystal and Dakota. She also leaves behind her NuNu's Domnick (Ida) Curley, Milton Nomee and John "Bear" Malatare; aunt Sophie Tellier; as well as a large extended family from the Flathead and Coeur d'Alene reservations.
Burial will follow in Camas Prairie.
Camas Prairie (Saint Ignatius)
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Rest in peace.|
Added: Feb. 25, 2008