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Marilyn Jane Stillday


Marilyn Jane Stillday

Born: Mon., Feb. 20, 1967

Died: Mon., Oct. 12, 2015


10:00 AM Sat., Oct. 17, 2015

Location: Ponemah Boys and Girls Club

Traditional Native Service

10:00 AM Sun., Oct. 18, 2015

Location: Ponemah Boys and Girls Club

Marilyn Jane Stillday, "Manidoo Ikwe" which means "Spirit Woman", age 48, of the Kingfisher Clan journeyed to the spirit world on October 12, 2015 from Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Marilyn was born on February 20, 1967 in Red Lake, MN, to Isaac Whitefeather and Violet Stillday.

Marilyn enjoyed gambling at the casino, she was always listening to R&B and 90's hip hop music, liked taking long drives just to take time for herself, dancing, walking along the lake, beading with her daughters and visiting her mother. She always socialized with her friends on Facebook, liked shopping at Walmart, going to high school basketball and summer league softball games. Marilyn was always willing to take care of or help anyone in their time of need. She loved taking care of kids, especially her nieces and nephews. She always found time to go ice fishing and it didn't matter if it was 20 below. She would give loving advice, even if you didn't want to hear it. Marilyn worked many different jobs, she was part of the house keeping staff at the Seven Clans Casino in Thief River Falls, she worked at the fishery and the nursing home in Red Lake as well as at the Ponemah Outpatient Clinic and the Boys and Girls Club.

She has been reunited with her father Isaac Whitefeather, grandparents; Clarence Sr. and Sybil Stillday, sisters; Sheryl Ann and Carol Louise Patterson and Rosanna Whitefeather, brother; Randall Whitefeather, nephews; Clarence Jesse James Patterson, Sr. and Lowell Kingbird, aunt; Carmella Raincloud and uncle; George Stillday.

Those left behind to cherish her memory are her husband; Alvie Stillday, Sr. of Ponemah, her mother; Violet Patterson Stillday of Ponemah, daughters; Celeste (Gary) Thomas, Colette 'Cole' and Branigan Patterson, Morgan, Shyla and Simone Stillday, Keisha Hurd, Tatianna, Kiersten, Anayka and Celaina Whitefeather all of Ponemah, sons; Anthony Patterson, Avery (Gracelyn), Alvie Jr., Andrew and Ashon Stillday, Malique, Alex and Marques Whitefeather all of Ponemah, grandchildren; Deionte, DeVaughn, DeAngela, Dezmond, Gary Jr. and Anthony Jr., special grandchildren Shia, Cade, Benny, Keon, Taylor, Izaiah, Rian, Jamisson and Chance, sisters; Sharon Columbus, Ruby and Bonita Whitefeather, brothers; Ronald Patterson, Leland, Ronald and Roderick Whitefeather, uncle; Eugene Stillday, aunt; Alfreida, special niece; Athena Cloud, special cousin; Roberta Raincloud, many nieces, nephews and numerous other relatives and friends that loved her dearly.

An overnight wake for Marilyn will begin at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, October 17th and continue until her traditional funeral services at 10:00 a.m., Sunday, October 18th all being held at the Boys and Girls Club in Ponemah. Steve Jackson will be her spiritual leader. Helping to lay Marilyn to rest are Ronald Patterson, Anthony Patterson, Avery Stillday, Gary Johnson, Sr., Corey Whitefeather, Bruce Taylor, Kevin Patterson, Mario Iceman, Jeffery Barrett, Terry Sayers and Brandon Raincloud. Alternate casketbearers are Shadow Whitefeather and James Cloud III. Her honorary casketbearers are her best friends Noni Johnson, Julia Iceman and Valerie (her childhood friend from the cities), Misty Dow, Jami Chaboyea, Alexandra Dow, Tammy French, Shannon Roberts, Lisa Whitefeather, Cynthia 'Candy' Thomas, Michelle Stately, Rose Mills, Harold Raincloud, Leon Kingbird, Jerry Kingbird, Robert Raincloud, Keena Raincloud, Tharen Stillday and Arlys Stillday. Interment will be in the Stillday Family Burial Grounds at Ponemah following her Sunday service.

Marilyn's care has been entrusted to Northern Peace Funeral Home of Walker. Online condolences for the family may be left at


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