It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Emma Red Gun Auxsaki (Shell Woman), of Siksika Nation, Alberta. She was welcomed into the arms of the Lord on June 23, 2020 at Sagewood Care Centre in Strathmore at the age of 105 years. She was born on January 7, 1915, on the Blood Indian Reserve. She is survived by her sons, Lawrence (Joan) Panther Bone, Errol (Marcella) Olds, Dexter (Rosalie) Red Gun, Kendall (Donna) Panther Bone and Christopher (Lori) Red Gun, Daughter Patricia Panther Bone, Daughter-in-law Geraldine and her cherished grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren and great great great-grandchildren. She also leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews and extended family and friends. She will be sadly missed by all that knew her.
Emma was employed with the Federal Government at the Old Blackfoot Indian Hospital till her retirement, where she became a full-time mother in raising and caring for her family. She was also a foster parent to many children who she still saw as her own. She was a devoted Catholic and ensured that she did her daily rosary, even when ill. She was well traveled and made many trips with family and friends (Siksika Elders) throughout Canada and the United States. She enjoyed going to the casinos and bingos which she would make an effort to find no matter where she was at. She loved to cook for her family and would travel to British Colombia for fruits and vegetables that she needed for canning. She loved watching soaps on TV and especially her Animal Planet. Some of her grand children that are now adults continue to listen to music that she listened to while she taught them how to play rummie.
She was predeceased by her husband, Christie Red Gun and her sons, Mevlin Red Gun, Richard Duck Chief and Glenn Schultz and her Daughters, Lorna Duck Chief and Christina Schultz her Parents David and Ida (Weaselfat) Mills Jr.
On behalf of Emma Red Gun, the Red Gun family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Sagewood Care Centre, Siksika Health services (Home Care, Community Wellness and Transportation), Dr. Gooden and Dr. Mclaughlin. Special thank you to Chief and Council, and Sandra Sparvier.
Wake services will be held at the Siksika Nation Arbour on Sunday, June 28, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Trinity Church, Siksika Nation on Monday June 29, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. Graveside services to follow at Little Chicago.
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