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 Amelia “Merle” Lefthand

Amelia “Merle” Lefthand

Birth
Death 9 Nov 2012 (aged 72)
Ronan, Lake County, Montana, USA
Burial Elmo, Lake County, Montana, USA
Memorial ID 100490711 · View Source
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RONAN – Amelia Lefthand passed away Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, after a long illness. Amelia was born July 4, 1940, to Basil Lefthand Sr. and Coomsah (Morigeau) Lefthand. She was a proud member of the Kootenai Nation.

Amelia worked as a staff cook with Kicking Horse Job Corps, Tribal Forestry Fire Control, Green House and as a tree planter. She also worked for the Tribal Health program as a shift worker for the detox program, the TLC and a CHR. Amelia also worked for the Head Start program and Polson schools as a Kootenai language instructor. She also was employed with the Kootenai Culture Committee.

Amelia especially enjoyed doing beadwork for her family and friends, including Billy Ray Cyrus. She also enjoyed the days when her grandson Isacc Lozeau would sing her favorite traditional songs to her. She will be remembered by many for her beautiful singing voice.

Amelia was preceded in death by her parents, Coomsah and Basil Lefthand and Mitch and Adeline Mathias; sisters, Theresa and Hariette Lefthand; brothers, Samuel Lefthand, Victor Lefthand and Joseph Mathias; and nephews, Gene Lefthand, Lawrence Bufton and Duane Friedlander.

Amelia is survived by her siblings, Saraphine Bufton (Big Arm), August Lefthand (Polson), Nicolas Lefthand (Nirada), Basil Lefthand Jr. (Nirada), Anastasia (Ruby) Finley (Wellpinit, Wash.), SuSan Dowdall (Polson), Mary (Pooyah) Lefthand (Polson), Diana Andrew (Pablo) and Margaret Friedlander (Dayton); her children, Natalie Kenmille (Ronan), Kevin Kenmille (Pablo), Gregory Kenmille (Pablo), Samantha Kenmille (Polson), Danielle Lefthand (Pablo), Sara Leutes (Ronan), Coomsah Clairmont (Pablo), and Jerilyn Clairmont (Pablo); and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Amelia will be greatly missed. Her presence will always be in our hearts.

-Source: Missoulian, 10-15 Nov 2012.


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  • Created by: Annie Duckett Hundley
  • Added: 10 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100490711
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Amelia “Merle” Lefthand (4 Jul 1940–9 Nov 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100490711, citing Elmo Cemetery, Elmo, Lake County, Montana, USA ; Maintained by Annie Duckett Hundley (contributor 47394373) .