Sandra Tidzump

Apr 9, 2013 Staff

Sandra Tidzump died Saturday, April 6, 2013, due to a sudden illness. She was 60 years old.

Traditional Indian funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, at Rocky Mountain Hall in Fort Washakie with Arlen and Harrison Shoyo Jr. officiating. An evening service and wake will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, at Rocky Mountain Hall. Interment will be in the Aragon Family Cemetery at Kinnear.

Sandra Tidzump was born July 25, 1952, in Fort Washakie, the eldest daughter of the late Walter Hebah Tidzump and Pauline "Bunky" (Aragon) Tidzump.

Her grandfather Pete Aragon gave her the name "Nungachee" as a little girl. She lived up to her name, and later everyone just called her "Noge." She was raised among the Owl Creek Mountains on a ranch with her family and extended relatives of the Aragon and Smith families. In her younger days she learned to ride horses and was an excellent horseback rider.

After attending various schools, she graduated from Wind River High School. She worked during her teenage years for various youth employment programs at Fort Washakie, and for the past 14 years she worked for the Shoshone and Arapaho Headstart Programs, first with the Early Headstart Program and as a cook for the past three years. While working for the Headstart program, she adopted many children as her grandchildren and kept in touch with them throughout the years. She also worked for the Eagle Staff Runners, the Eastern Shoshone Recovery Program, women's and men's sweats and the Eastern Shoshone Entertainment Committee.

Her family said she enjoyed life to the fullest and made many friends and was known for her humor and laughter. She enjoyed being with her family and friends and enjoyed camping, cooking, family gatherings, powwows, rodeos, sweats and sundances. She was known for her breakfast burritos and her hot sauce.

She is survived by her children, Thad (Phillina) Tidzump of Browning, Mont., Chip Tidzump of Pavillion and Ashley Tidzump of Johnstown Valley; nine grandchildren; one great-grandson; sisters Regina Sage of Plunkett Road and Delane and Sheri Tidzump of Johnstown Valley; brothers Dick (Shine) Tidzump and Reed Tidzump of Johnstown Valley, Dion (Laurie) Tidzump of Diversion Dam, Harold Ouray of Fort Washakie, Manny (Deanna) Romero of Johnstown Valley, Marvin (Violet) Aragon of Plunkett Road, Sherman Sage of Ethete, and Marvin Hill of Fort Washakie; goddaughter Braxton Tidzump; aunts Katharine Dorrance of Anton Chico, N.M., Dorothy Aragon of Kinnear, Dolores Tidzump, Delane Gould and Donna Wesaw of Fort Washakie, Theresa Whiteman of Boulder Flats, and Norma (Bernie) Medina of Thorton, Colo.; uncles Wesley Tidzump and Oliver Aragon of Fort Washakie; grandmothers Mildred Weeks, Pansy St. Clair, Katharine Shakespeare, Zethel Hill, Francine Shoyo and Arnella Oldman, all of Fort Washakie; grandfather Verlon Timbana of Boulder Flats; Indian sisters Wanda (Justin) Miller, Monica Aragon, Vonnie (Mel) Tso, Rolanda Smith, Tonya Washakie and Connie George; Indian brothers Alex (Marvene) Smith, John Smith, Clarence (Estelle) Smith, Chuck Aragon Sr., Glenn Aragon Sr., and Larry Tavegia; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother Taddy Romero; sisters Rowena Hebah, Alysia Musalem and Julie Tavegia; grandparents Luke and Bessie Tidzump, Pete and Lucinda Aragon, Thad and Annie Tidzump, Walter Wallace and Dolly Hebah, Jesus and Juanita Aragon, and John and Julia Hereford; great-great-grandparents Chief Washakie and Crow Woman, and John and Maggie Timbana; uncles Pete, John, Lawrence and Don Aragon, James Brawley, Ivan Tidzump and Alex Smith Sr.; aunts Julia Smith, Marjorie Aragon and Brenda Oldman; and grandchildren Jaylyn Garza and Jamie Guffey.

Services are provided by Wind Dancer Funeral Home.

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