Ruth Josephine Fevig
Ruth Josephine Fevig
November 26, 1927 - November 8, 2015
Ruth Josephine Jourdain Fevig whose Ojibwe name is "Zha-won-wai-wii-da-moak", which means Sound from the South, age 87, of Redby, MN died Sunday, November 8, 2015 at her home.
Graveside services will be at 2:00 pm Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at the St. John's Episcopal Cemetery in Red Lake, Minnesota, under the direction of the Cease Family Funeral Home of Bemidji with Father George Ross officiating.
Ruth was born November 26, 1927 in Red Lake, MN, the daughter of Joseph and Margaret (Johnson) Jourdain. Fluent in the Ojibwe language, she was raised and educated in Red Lake and lived there all her life except from 1954-1982 when she lived in Minneapolis. While in Minneapolis, she worked at the Indian Health Board and at the Division of Indian Work with Vernell Wabasha. She returned home to take care of her mother. She worked for many years as an Elder Advocate, served on the Mental Health Board, and was a member of the St. Antipas Episcopal Church in Redby. She was a charter member of the Ojibwe Hymn Singers.
Her lessons and greatest wish were for all of us to enjoy life, and be of service to others. Ruth wanted us to keep our faith strong and not worry because everything will work out. To many, she was a pillar of the Red Lake Nation community. She was a woman known for her love of music, and her kindness, courage, wisdom, humor and strength.
She is survived by her daughters-
Kathryn "Jody" Beaulieu,
special daughter- Judy Northbird,
sons- Gerald J. Beaulieu,
Royce D. Sayers
29 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren, 13 great great grandchildren and a special granddaughter- Krissy Edwards,
She was preceded in death by her parents, Maggie and Joe Jourdain, brother- Roger A. Jourdain, sisters- Alice Tatum, Gladys Graves, children- Marilyn Adele Beaulieu, William Joseph Beaulieu, Randal Charles Sayers, Sr., and husband – Royce H. Sayers.
Active Casketbearers will be Vaughn Bull Lodge, Al Downwind, Sonny Downwind, Derrick Jourdain, John Paiz, Jordan Paiz, Randy Sayers Jr., Damian Stevens, Mike Tatum.
Honorary Casketbearers will be Jimmy Oakgrove representing the Ojibwe Hymn Singers, Mylen Brummond, Ruth Ann Donnell, Roland Graves, Elaine Johnson, Mitch Johnson, Ruth Neadeau., Judy Northbird, Kim Pickering.