Mary Frances Councillor, 57, of Northwest Bay First Nation, Ont., passed away Thursday, Feb. 11, 1999 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.
She was born July 1, 1941 in Seine River, Ont. to the late Earl and Elizabeth Chiefson.
Mary had lived at Northwest Bay for 34 years. She was employed with the Solvent Abuse Camp in Kenora, and had worked at several tourists camps in the area.
She also was a homemaker and caregiver for the elders at Northwest Bay First Nation.
She loved travelling to pow-wows, was a jingle dress dancer, and also was a translator and helped in traditional ceremonies.
She is survived by her husband, Garnet Councillor; and four daughters, Verna and husband, Manuel Lucio, of Enderland, N.D.; Tina, Melvina, and Gina and husband, Curtis Smith. Also surviving are 14 grandchildren; one sister, Rita Potson Boshkaykin and husband, George; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by one son, Harvey Chiefson; one stepson, Austin Councillor; and her parents, Earl and Elizabeth Chiefson.
A traditional burial ritual was held Monday, Feb. 15, 1999 at noon at the Northwest Bay First Nation Community Hall.
A funeral wake was held Sunday, Feb. 14, 1999 from 4 p.m. at the Northwest Bay First Nation Community Hall.
Pallbearers were Darryl Councillor, Curtis Smith, Manuel Lucio, Edwin Snowball, Bruce Black, and Gary Councillor.
In memoriam donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, Box 444, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8.