Mervalene Eastman

Thursday, December 12, 2019
Mervalene Eastman

Mervalene Eastman


Mervalene Eastman, 53, passed away on Dec. 6, 2019 at Billings Clinic surrounded by her family.

She was born on Jan 9, 1966 to Mervin and Darlene (Bad Bear) Eastman. Her Indian name, Star Woman, was given to her by Mae Old Coyote. She was given her second name, Red Paint Woman, by Arlen Shoyo.

She was a member of the Piegan Clan and a child of the Whistling Water Clan.

Mervalene grew up in the Crow Agency area and attended high school at St. Labre and graduated from Hardin High School in 1985.

She was a member of the Native American Church and was recently baptized in the Catholic Church. She participated in traditional ceremonies, including Sundance, peyote meetings and the sweatlodge.

She loved to cook and bake; her family especially enjoyed her cakes, pies and bread. She was an excellent seamstress and made many shawls and vests for handgame teams. She was a long-time member of the Black Lodge Native X handgame team. She loved and supported the River Road Relay team.

She made every effort to attend her son’s, nieces’ and nephews’ basketball games no matter where they were playing for what the weather was like.

Mervalene worked as a dispatcher for the Crow Agency Police Department and the Big Horn County Sheriff’s Office. She retired after 20 years of service.

She is preceded in death by her parents; aunts and uncles; brothers, Mervin Lei and James Cummins; sister, Gloria Cummins; and niece, Heather Eastman.

She is survived by her son Perry Kyle (Phoenix) Eastman; daughter, Teffany Megan Eastman; her precious only grandson, Mervin Jeremy James; her granddaughter, Carlyssa Darlee Eastman, her pride and joy; sisters, Debbie (Larry) Cady, Angel (Danny) Becker, Carly Eastman, Pam Little Light, Sharon Rides Horse, Sue and Caroline Eastman, Terry Anna and Cresentia Cummins, Shirleen Hill, Victoria and Thomasine Bad Bear, Nellie Little Light, Janice Bad Bear, Valerie, Bobaleen and Barbara Brien, Sherri Don’t Mix Brien, Barbie Brien, Cathy Birdinground, Anita Larance, Julie Ann Yarlott, Georgette Old Crow, Sheila Not Afraid, Audie Wilkinson, Tammy Sue, Alma and Edwina Bad Bear, Wendy Dean, Theresa Aragon, Jonella, Tina, Angela, Agnes and Rachel Hill, Alma Real Bird, Rihannon Cummins, Bernadine Real Bird and Polly Chase; brothers, Billy Ray (Karen) Sr., Carl (Mary Ann) and Edward (Dorci) Eastman, Curtis (Nadia) Bad Bear, John (Carla) Lei, Conrad, Orrie and Carl Alden, Tilton Old Bull, Kenneth, Curtis, Danny, Eric, Harold Jess, Vernon, Harold, and Larry Dean Brien, Larry Brandon Eastman, Wendall, Kenny, Clayton and Byron Bad Bear, Jon Jon, Barney, Leroy, George, and Thomas Cummins, Thomas Bad Bear III, and Timothy and Perry Eastman; adopted children, Dessie Deputee and Chrystal Bad Bear; uncles, Harold “Buster” Brien, Ronnie Bruce Eastman, Arlen Shoyo, Johnson Roan HorseEarl Johnson, Marvin Eastman, John Cummins, David Bad Bear Jr., Same and Jimmy Takes Horse; aunts, Mary Louise Laforge, Bernie Shoyo, Jean St. Germaine, Carol Ann White Clay, Julie Spang, Bertha Freeman, Sue and Karen Takes Horse, and Shirley Bad Bear; and special friends, Drew Ann Little Light, Carol Old Elk, Laura Rides Horse, Linda Stops, Kaylene Tushka, Emmeline Brown, Amy Yellowtail, and Lori Pretty Paint.

Mervalene was a very special auntie mom to all her nieces and nephews who she claimed as her own.

Her extended family includes the Bixby, Whitewolf, Johnson, Shoyo, Robinson, Pease, LaFever, Gun Shows, Bird Hat, Plain Feather, Cummins, Hill, Bad Bear and Lafranier families.

Funeral Mass was held on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019 at St Dennis Catholic Church in Crow Agency. Intermit followed at the Crow Agency Cemetery. Bullis Mortuary was entrusted with the arrangements.

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