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Darlene Ann Barbour “Nazhikebinesiikwe” was born on July 5th, 1946 to Annie Murphy and Ned Weyaus in Onamia, Minnesota, Journeyed into the Spirit World January 17th, 2023.

For years, Darlene was a teacher who taught Adult Basic Education at American Indian OIC. She taught many people and helped them earn their GED. Often taking people under her wing, encouraging them to be all that they can be. She was a pillar in the Native Community for many years and the matriarch of our family.

Darlene was a very strong and independent woman who was a great role model and example for us and others. She was a kind and caring person who was led by generosity. Always willing to meet any need one might have. Hungry? She’d feed you. Tired? She’d offer you a bedroom to sleep in. Cold? She’d buy you a new jacket. Not only generous, but a caregiver also. Even as a single grandmother of three she was looking to help moms in crisis by doing respite care, taking care of other children in her home for a few days while their mothers got much needed rest.

Over her life she looked after and took in many of her nieces and nephews and anyone who needed her help. Her favorite pass time was gambling at the casino… and yes, she was a lucky lady. More often than not, she was a winner! Her passing is a great loss for our family and community. She will be greatly missed.

Darlene was survived by her grandchildren: Eddie Lopez, Andrew Barbour, Lili Tiwari and Vinay Tiwari (grandson-in-law); her sister: Elizabeth Peterson, great grandson’s: Jonathan Barbour Jr., and Thomas and Charles Harrison and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents: Ned and Annie; daughter: Bonnie May Barbour; sister: Evelyn Murphy; brother: Walter Weyaus Sr.; and grandson Jonathan Barbour Sr.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 25, 2023 beginning at 6:30 P.M. at Church of Gichitwaa Kateri in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 26, 2023 at 10:00 A.M. at Church of Gichitwaa Kateri in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Shawn Phillips will officiate. Drum Group will be Hoka Hey

Casket Bearers will be Vinay Tiwari, Robert Sam, Les DeCoteau, P.J. Johnson, Joel Sanchez, Andre Amos.

Honorary Casket Bearers will be Elizabeth Peterson, Renee Carreon, Winona Spaulding, Christine Hassard, Eddie Lopez, Lili Tiwari, Jonathan Barbour Jr., Bob Sierra, Semira Kimpson, Juana Davila

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