June A. Yellowman

Jun 15, 2012 Staff

Fort Washakie native June A. Yellowman, 81, of El Reno, Okla., died Tuesday, June 12, 2012.

Funeral services are at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at the Cheyenne and Arapaho Multi-Purpose Center in Watonga, Okla. Interment will be at the IOOF Cemetery in Watonga.

A wake is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, June 15, at the Oakerhater Episcopal Mission in Watonga.

June Ann Amos was born June 7, 1931, to Frank and Nellie Amos at Fort Washakie. She was the great-granddaughter of Arapaho Chief Sharp Nose. Her Indian name was White Plume Woman.

A highlight of her life was being in the movie "The Far Horizons" in 1955, staring Fred MacMurry as Capt. Meriwether Lewis, Charlton Heston as Lt. William Clark, and Donna Reed as Sacajawea with Barbara Hale and William Demarest in supporting roles. The dress she wore was designed by the renowned costume designer Edith Head.

In 1956, she married Everett Hugh Little Yellowman who preceded her in death in 1988. The couple had five sons Ivan, Gordon, Everett Jr., Orin and Arthur.

Mrs. Yellowman made her home in Watonga, Okla., until her health declined and she moved to Grace Living Center in El Reno, Okla.

Mrs. Yellowman has two surviving sons, Ivan Yellowman of Watonga and his children Carla, Patrick, Michelle and J.B.; and Gordon Lee Yellowman Sr. of El Reno and his wife Connie and children Cristina, Gordon Lee Jr., Mary and Everett. Other survivors include adopted son, Charlie Howlingwater of Thomas, Okla.; adopted daughter Veronica Benally of Gallup, N.M.; close friends Ada Whitebird and Vida Blackwolf; sisters Nancy Amos, Yvonne Amos and Alvena Friday all of the Wind River Indian Reservation.

Sisters Rosie and Verna and brothers Vern, Eugenem and Leonard preceded her in death.

Memorials in her name may be made to the Oakerhater Episcopal Mission in Watonga or Good Shepard Hospice.

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