By HDN staff
LILLIAN (LODGE) DESJARLIAS NA-WO-THA (FISH WOMAN)
HAYS Lillian (Lodge) Desjarlias, Na-wo-tha (fish woman), 76, died Saturday, June 12, 1999, at the Northern Montana Care Center in Havre due to natural causes.
A wake will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 15, at the St. Pauls Mission Recreation Center and funeral mass will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 16, 1999, with burial following in the Mission Cemetery.
She was born to Fred and Pauline (Big Horse) Lodge at Calumet, Okla., on Dec. 26, 1922. She attended schools at St. Pauls Mission in Hays.
Lilly enjoyed beading and making dance regalia which included sequin work. She also constructed porcupine roaches and shawls. She was an expert seamstress. She made quilts and did embroidery work.
Her family moved from Oklahoma when she was 4 to Hays. She made her home in Havre, Great Falls and moved to Spokane, Wash., in 1972 where she resided for 26 years. She moved to the Northern Montana Care Center in October of 1997.
She had a great sense of humor, loved teasing people and talked about the old days with them. She enjoyed attending pow-wows and listening to pow-wow music.
She loved the Lord and was saved in 1966. She enjoyed reading her Bible and shared her personal testimony on several occasions.
She is survived by adopted son, Tommy Cochran of Fort Belknap; sons, Gordon Lodge, Douglas F. Cochran, Leon Lodge, Marvin Lodge, all of Spokane, Wash., and Edgar Franklin of Medford, Ore., Percy Ray of Bova, Wis.; daughters, Valmarie Carry Water of Hays, Delphanie Cochran, Gloria Fox, Leta Lodge, all of Spokane, Wash., and Stormy of North Carolina; sisters, Birdie Mae Shortman, Annabelle Thomas, both of Hays; brother, Benjamin Lodge of Havre; 50 grandchildren, 75 great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, three sons and one daughter.
Arrangements are by Edwards Funeral Home of Chinook.