Archive for Sunday, March 3, 2002

Norma Jean Whitebird

March 3, 2002


— Drum services for Norma Jean Whitebird, 63, Horton, will be at 5:30 p.m. today at the Kickapoo Community Building on the Kickapoo Reservation, west of Horton. Burial will be Monday in Negonsott Indian Cemetery on the reservation.

Mrs. Whitebird died Friday, March 1, 2002, at St. Luke's Hospital, Kansas City, Mo.

She was born May 2, 1938, on the Kickapoo Reservation, Horton, the daughter of Herbert Sr. and Grace (Anderson) Ross. She attended Haskell Indian Nations University.

Mrs. Whitebird was a residential specialist at Haskell. Before that, she worked at Horton Garment Factory and then as a community health representative for the Kickapoo Tribe.

She was a member of the Kickapoo Tribe, its Drum Religion and the Northeast Kansas Health Board.

She married Leslie J. Whitebird on Oct. 10, 1957, in Hiawatha. He died Dec. 29, 1998.

Survivors include three sons, Arlan Whitebird, Curtis Simon and Leonard Thomas Jr., all of Horton; a brother, Harvey Ross Sr., Horton; 17 grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Three sons, Leslie Herbert Whitebird, Alvin Lee Whitebird and Albert James Whitebird, died earlier.

Friends may call today at Dishon-Maple-Chaney Mortuary, Horton.

The family suggests memorials to be designated later, sent in care of the mortuary, 909 Central Ave., Horton 66439.

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