Lucille Blackjack, 29, a member of Seine River Reserve, Ont., passed away Tuesday, Aug. 10, 1999 in Dryden Hospital in Dryden, Ont.
She was the youngest in a large family of 13 born to Mary Friday Blackjack and Tom Blackjack on April 9, 1970. She grew up on Seine River Reserve but in later years made her home in Mine Centre, Ont. and then on Wabigoon Reserve near Dryden.
Lucy followed a lifestyle in keeping with her aboriginal roots. She was a very traditional person who loved attending pow-wows, sweat lodge and healing ceremonies, fishing, hunting, and anything to do with the outdoors.
She spent much time learning traditions and teachings from the elders who took time to share.
Lucy will be remembered and missed by many friends who cared about her and were there to help her along her way, in both good times and bad.
Her optimism and sense of humour will be especially remembered.
Lucy was predeceased by her entire family with the exception of a sister, Doreen of International Falls, Mn.
Also srviving are her maternal uncle, Bud Friday and wife, Aunt Alice Johnson; and numerous cousins.
A wake was held Saturday, Aug. 14, 1999, followed by a traditional burial service at Seine River. Her friend, Garnet Councillor, performed the service for her.
She was laid to rest with her family.
Lucy’s life was not long but she was a free spirit and “did it her way.” May she rest in peace.