Melinda Elaine May/Downwind
Melinda Elaine Blue/May Downwind, 77 of Red Lake Nation "Mino Giizhii Gookwe (Indian Name) Awaasisii (Clan).l Born to: Anna Blue & James Needham on July 8th 1935, passed onto the spirit world after a long battle with cancer on Saturday morning, September 22, 2012
Married to: Herbert "Zemo" May until his death in 1987. Re-married to Rupert Downwind Sr. until his passing. Wake Services will begin at 5:00 PM Monday at the Red Lake Center, Red Lake MN. Funeral Services will be on Wednesday, September 26th, 2012 at 2:00 PM. St. Mary's Catholic Church in Red Lake
ACTIVE CASKET BEARER'S: Corey May Sr., Wes May, Rob May, Davis Rosebear, Jason Kingbird, John Mountain, Trevor Lussier, Steve Johnson
HONORARY CASKET BEARER'S: Diane Roy, Joanie Blue, Shirleen Blue, Violet Roy, Jane Blue/Benais, Judy Brummond, Marge Hawk, Edith Norris, Debbie Barrett, Carla Downwind, Debbie Garrigan, Shirley Anderson, Lucille Anderson, Kathy Johns, Rosella Hart.
ALTERNATE CASKET BEARER'S: Willy May Jr. Dan May, Dominick Johnson, Kendall Kingbird, Don Kingbird, Randy Kingbird, Jordan Kingbird, Jeremy Kingbird, Winter Kingbird, Dwight Stately, Daris Rosebear, Marty Raincloud Jr., Arnie Martin, Dallas Martin, Rupert Downwind Jr., Windy Downwind, Harlan Downwind, Dave Downwind, Brad Downwind
SURVIVED BY: Daughters: Karen May, Carol (Ben) Bonga, Ruth May, Laurie (Keenan) May, Roxanne May, Diane May, Sons: Bill (Thelma) May, Herb (Carmen) May, Special grandchildren whom she raised as her own children: Robert May, Jennifer Urrutia and Cora Rosebear. Aunt: Alice Beaulieu, Nephews: Jerry Blue and Clarence "Sonny" Drouillard, Duane Neadeau, Jerry Needham Jr. Nieces: Joanie Blue and Shirleen Blue, Vicky Needham, Marla Needham, Mona Needham, Jennette Needham. 140 grand children, great grandchildren and great-great grand children.
RECOGNITION OF OUT OF STATE GRANDCHILDREN: Taylor May, Shane May and Brett May of Wikwemikong, Ontario; Kaylyn Kingbird, Kendall Kingbird Jr. of Isabella, Michigan; Lilia Kingbird, Lincoln Kingbird and Ioleta Kingbird of Wahpeton, North Dakota; John Kingbird of Nett Lake, MN.; Ali Mae Rodriguez, of Wichita, Kansas,; Ninimoshe Hunter of Moorhead MN
PRECEDED IN DEATH BY: Parents: Anna Blue and James Needham; Husband: Herbert "Zemo" May and Husband: Rupert Downwind Sr.; Brother: Jerry Needham Sr. Sister: Gabriella Stillday, Daughters: Marilyn May, Gloria May, Son: Herbert Simon May Jr. Grandchildren: Allison May, Amy Raincloud and Great Grandson Simon James Pacheco
WORKED AT: Cedar Craft plant in Redby, Red Lake Hospital as a cook and lab technician, Nortech in Bemidji until retirement.
HOBBIES: Main one was rummaging, "1st Original Native Picker,"; Visiting as many second hand stores as she could; Cooking for her family and friends during special holidays/events; Her and Rupert's concession stand