Geraldine Archie

Archie, Geraldine

Sadly the family announces the passing of Geraldine Archie, 78, of Big Grassy River First Nation on August 31, 2020 at the Thunder Bay Regional Hospital.
Geraldine is survived by her four children Glenn (Yvonne), Daryl (Mary), Tim, (Lisa), Deana (Gerry); her two brothers Robert, Sam; her sister Bridgette (Carl); and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents Bob Archie, Pauline Archie (Bluebird), and five or six beloved aunties.
She has 10 grandchildren: Raven, Hilary, Glenn Jr, Nicholas, Dakota, Jannelle, Karma, Tyler, Reese, and RJ.
She has seven great-grandchildren: Bodhi and Mason (Raven), Leighton (Hilary), Carter (Jannelle), Karson (Karma), Melena and Jade (Tyler).
Geraldine lived most of her life in Big Grassy River First Nation. She was five years old when she was taken from her parents to attend Residential schools in Assiniboia, Manitoba, and Spanish, Ontario. She was a High School graduate, and graduated from Seven Generations Post-Secondary Education Institute.
Geraldine was the first Social Services Administrator for Big Grassy and worked there for almost 36 years until her retirement.
Geraldine loved to play bingo, she loved to laugh, joke around, and usually stayed up late playing at the casinos. She loved to make quilts for everyone until she suffered a debilitating stroke. She really enjoyed visits from her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved going to powwows and visiting with friends and relatives. They often camped out and sat around the campfire, and every year she would attend the Ponemah Minnesota Labor Day powwow with her cousin Susan, or Ida Skead and family.
She was a well-respected elder, she sat on the Elders Advisory Group in Big Grassy, she offered opening prayers, and attended meetings for Grand Council Treaty #3, AKRC, Big Grassy River First Nation, and various other organizations. She also volunteered on many committees for the community and AKRC Tribal Council. She did great things for the community.
A traditional Service was held on Thursday, September 3, 2020 at the Big Grassy River First Nation Community Hall. Arrangements entrusted to Northridge Funeral Home.