Harlene F. St. Clair

Harlene F. St.Clair, 80, of the Wind River Indian Reservation passed away peacefully on Sunday November 29th at her home in Ethete with family by her side. Visitation will begin 5:00 pm; Thursday, December 3rd at the family home located 696 Ethete Road, Ethete. Funeral Service will be 10:00 am Friday, December 4th at St. David’s Episcopal Mission in Fort Washakie. Burial will follow at Sacajawea Cemetery. She was a lifelong resident of the Wind River Reservation, first attending Fort Washakie School and then Haskell Indian High School in Lawrence, Kansas, in the class of ‘53. She started her work career first as a Librarian in the Fort Washakie Branch, and later worked with the Shoshone Tribe CHR program in the dental office. She then worked for the Indian Health Service as a dental assistant and retired after 31 years, receiving recognition for her service from President Obama and First Lady Michelle in 2013. Harlene was also very active in her community with the Richard Pogue Post 81 as a member of the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary; a member of the Episcopal Church where she served many years on the Bishop’s committee as Senior Warden and Lay Reader; a member of the North American Indian Women’s Association; served as a 4H club leader and Girl Scout troop leader; charter member of the Red Riders snowmobile club; traveled to Shoshonean Reunions in the region, and attended local powwows and native ceremonies. Harlene was an avid sports fan cheering on her children while they grew up playing sports, as well as the Denver Broncos and Wyoming Cowboys. Some of her best memories were watching her favorite players, Tahnee Robinson and Shoni Shimmel as they gave so much hope to the native communities. She truly enjoyed spending time with her family, siblings, children, and grandchildren. After her much-earned retirement, she enjoyed visiting casinos. Harlene is survived by her children: Robert Sorrels, Letha (RJ) Shakespeare, James (Robyn), and Jamie Sorrels, all of Fort Washakie; grandchildren: Andrea Sorrels of Longmont, Colorado, Nathanial Sorrels of Tucson, Arizona, Starla Rae Sorrels, William (Rikki Jo) Hereford, Jacob Sorrels, all of Fort Washakie, and Vanessa Sorrels of Laramie, Wyoming; and many great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren; Sisters: Velma Chavez, Lucille (Frank) Foote, Bernadette Oberly, Bonnie (John) Washakie, Violet (Leo) Lajeunesse, and Iva (Tex) Le Clair, all of Fort Washakie; Brothers: Reuben (Marge) St.Clair, William St. Clair, and John (Melody) St. Clair, all of Fort Washakie; Brother in-law Gary LaJeunesse of Fort Washakie, God Daughters: Debbie Smith of Lander, and Lily St.Clair of Fort Washakie, as well as numerous relatives: cousins, nephews, and nieces. She was preceded in death by husbands, Elmer D. Sorrels and Earl LeBeau; son Elmer J. Sorrels, Jr. ; grandson Scott Ryan Sorrels; sister Leota LaJeunesse; brothers Wallace St. Clair Jr., Stanford St. Clair Sr.; and her parents, Wallace Sr. and Winnie Welsh St. Clair. The family would like to thank Hudson’s Funeral home for arrangements. Harlene was awesome! #county10 #obits