Remembering Doris Seki, the 'First Lady of Red Lake Nation'
July 19, 2021
RED LAKE -- "Grandma Doris" was remembered by family and loved ones as a prolific educator, generous giver, "Mom" -- even from those with no blood relation -- a stellar cook and the "First Lady of Red Lake Nation."
Doris Dale "Waakowazh" Seki, 66, died last week on July 8.
According to those who knew her best, she lived a life full of traveling adventures, family time, cooking and good music. Those offering condolences after her passing described her as hardworking, kind and generous.
Doris was born on July 12, 1954, in Red Lake to Susan Downfeather Johnson and Harry Johnson Jr., and lived her whole life in the Ponemah area. She was remembered best by her family -- her husband, Darrell Seki Sr., who is the current chairman of Red Lake Nation, her four children and her many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Doris and Darrell Sr. were married on July 1, 1972, and just celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary.