Clara Louise (Calling Thunder) Thayer

Apr 4, 2017 From staff reports

Clara Louise (Calling Thunder) Thayer of Ethete passed away suddenly at her home surrounded by her loving family March 26, 2017. She was 73 years old.

A rosary was Monday, April 3, 2017, followed by an all-night wake at the family home. Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at Blue Sky Hall in Ethete, with Tony Sawick officiating, followed by interment at the Friday Cemetery.

She was born Feb. 5, 1944, in Fort Washakie, the daughter of Cleone Iron and William Calling Thunder Sr.

She graduated from Fremont County Vocational High School and Billings Business College and also attended Central Wyoming College.

"Clara was an amazing woman with many awesome talents," her loved ones said. "She loved to create beautiful projects like the vests she made for her Whiteman brothers, always saying her brothers had to be the best dressed."

She also enjoyed cooking and baking for her family.

"She especially treasured her time with her youngest great-granddaughter, Zayariah," her family said. "She always had her word search puzzles on hand. Clara Louise always had a smile and a kind word for everyone."

She is survived by her brother, Richard Thunder; her sons Travis Thayer (Lisa), Tremayne Thunder Sr. (Annette), Chief Thunder (Missy), Richard Brannan (Kathleen), Rondell Guina Sr. (Amberlee), Marvin Hill, William "B.K." Carpenter, James Bell and Carl Sleeper, Richard Brannan and Charles Chavis; her daughters Tammi Pongah, Lisa Sailors and Sherri C Bearing; sister-in-law, Verna Thunder; nieces Marvene and Clarinda Calling Thunder (Alfred), Janell and Rhonda, Debra, Dawn and Robin Thunder; nephew, Lydell Thunder; grandchildren Cleone Guina, Breanna Brown, Dunnie Pongah, Toorey Hill, Stanleda Hill, Tearlee Hill, CrowChief Hill, Jade Antelope, Ryan Thunder, Tremayne Thunder Jr., Wakiza Thayer, Gabriella Thunder, Josiah and Antonio Thunder, Billie Thunder, Jose Schamp, Preston Schamp, Muriel Espinoza, Rylee Guina, Zayariah Guina, Jaydakay Albright, Paris Barrara, Jarryd Washington, Xavier Guina, Santana Martinez, Rondell Guina Jr., Mario, Latasha and Dustin Smith, LaKeisha Sailors, Keira, Iziah, DeAundre Oropeza, Tracy and Torry Burson, Christina Lott, Kent Carpenter and Brad Harris; and the families of Smith, Harris, Burson, Wanstall, Large, Martel, Hungary, Revere, Hamilton, Sleeper, Lumpmouth, Yellowhair, Fletcher, Willey, Pedro, Franklin, Weeks, Trosper, Whiteman and Potter.

The family apologizes if any of her additional survivors were not listed.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Cleone and William; brother, William Thunder Jr.; sister, Grace Thunder; sons Thane Thunder, William "Booey" Thunder and Robbie Bell; nephews William Thunder III and Preston "Tony" Brannan; and grandchildren Dodi Harris, Evan Smith, Marcus Thunder, Bryne Friday, Billie Carpenter, and Taylor Harris.

An online condolence guestbook is available at

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