Morris Big Lake / Heeleenbaaátchilash

Thursday, April 29, 2021
Morris Big Lake / Heeleenbaaátchilash

Morris Big Lake Jr. left to the Other Side Camp on April 19, 2021.

He was born March 22, 1964 in Crow Agency, Montana to Morris Big Lake Sr. and Lavern Williamson. His Indian name Heeleenbaaátchilash / Fortunate Among the Others was given to him by Gale Three Irons Sr. Morris was a member of the Piegan Clan and a child of the Bad War Deeds Clan.

Morris learned the cowboy way of life from his grandfather/dad Dexter Williamson Jr. and his uncle Melvin Paul Williamson Sr. He grew up in the Lodge Grass area and attended school in Lodge Grass. He earned his Heavy Equipment Operator’s Certificate and worked at various construction jobs. He was also a skilled carpenter.

He married the love of his life, Cecelia Reed in Hardin in 1994 and the couple made their home south of Hardin. They were blessed with six children Leah, Edith Keishia and Tymer Mo, Chase Williamson, Heather Rides the Horse and Sunny Round Face.

Morris loved the life of a cowboy riding and breaking horses. He met everyone with a smile and was a kind and caring husband, father, son, brother and friend. He was a great barterer and was known for making the best trades. Morris was a fluent Crow speaker and was proud of his traditional Crow customs. He held his late father-in-law, Sonny Joe Reed, in great respect and valued the lessons he learned from him.

Morris was raised in the Pentecostal Church and later converted to the Catholic Church. He participated in Peyote Meetings, the Sundance and Sweat Lodge Ceremonies as a member of the Native American Church. He respected all religious beliefs.

He is preceded in death by his father, Morris Big Lake Sr; his paternal grandparents, James and Edith (White Clay) Big Lake; his maternal grandparents, Dexter and Lorraine (Morrison) Williamson Jr.; his grandmother, Alice Mae White Clay Laforge; his father-in-law George Reed; his brothers-in-law, George and Crawford Reed and Dean Pretty on Top; his Godmother, Laura He Does It; his uncles, Gar lon, Melvin and Virgil Williamson, Arlin Stewart, Thomas, Delbert, Archie and Vernon Big Lake; his aunts, Ramona Left Hand, Jeanean Turns Plenty, Dorothy M. Hair, Marcella and Lorraine Big Lake, Olive Yarlott and Ada Horn; his sisters, Rena Pickett, Sharon Stands and Loretta and Antionette Big Lake; his brothers Gary Big Lake, Emerson Pickett and Joseph Buffalo Jr.; his special nephews he grew up with Ruben Stewart Todd and Allen Old Elk.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Cecelia; his children, Heather Rides the Horse, Leah Ryder, Edith Keishia and Tymer Mo Big Lake and Sunny Round Face; his mother, Lavern Williamson; his grandmother, Veronica White Clay; his grandchildren, Kai, Maliyah, Kiel, Jr. Gray and Liam Parker, Nechia and Nishan House, Landen Real Bird and Curtis Rides Horse III; great-grand daughters, Aubribella and Aunalise White Wolf; his sisters, Janet (Elton Backbone), Maria Pretty Weasel and Edie Big Lake, Gloria (Porgey) Old Elk, Hannah (Shawn) Fitzpatrick, Kari Covers Up, Leah (Mike) Hill, Tammy (Chris) Dillon, Loretta Stewart, Lavern Takes Horse, Paula (Vernon) Fisher, Rose Williamson; his sisters-in-law, Ruby Peterson and Tina Pretty on Top; his brothers, Chairman Frank (Jade) White Clay, Conklin, Ronnie and John Big Lake, Kenneth (Pork Chops), Harding Turns Plenty, Mark (Rosanna) Denny, Emery and Jade (Tashina) Three Irons, Chase and Straton Williamson, JD Pickett, Champion Takes the Horse, Ron Williamson and Chris Horn; his brother in law Henry Reed Sr.; his uncles, Tom Dooley LaForge, Paul Morning Sr. and Dino (Gene) Hernandez; his paternal aunts, Clarice (Spencer) Denny, Loretta Three Irons, Myra Left Hand; his maternal aunt, Senora Jean Tushka; his nieces, Sandra Stands and Marny Old Elk; his nephews, Tatum Pretty On Top, Keen White Wolf, Adrian Stands Jr., Jon Gary Old Elk, Weston and Todd Weigand and Lamar Backbone.

His extended family include the Morrison, Yarlott, Not Afraid, Williamson, Medicine Crow, Old Horn, Hugs, Goes Ahead, DeCrane, Humphrey, Alden, Fredericks, Hall, White Clay, Big Lake, Shane families and the children of Alice LaForge.

Funeral Mass was celebrated on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at the multi-purpose building. Burial followed at the Fairview Cemetery in Hardin, Montana.

Bullis Mortuary is entrusted with the arrangements.