March 7, 1949 – Thursday, January 26, 2017
Upper NW American Indian Center – Minneapolis
Monday, January 30, 2017
9 a.m. – 12 noon
Lois Jean Fairbanks, Giiwebinoikwe, “Woman of the North”, passed on January 26, 2017 at the age of 67 years old.
Lois Jean was born on March 7, 1949 on the Red Lake Reservation. Lois graduated from South High School in 1968. She continued her education in Nursing School in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She finished her degree at Saint Mary’s Junior college in science. Jean worked as a Registered Nurse for 40 years.
Lois Jean was a champion fancy dancer in her younger years and a champion old style jingle dress dancer. She traveled to many pow-wows in her lifetime. She has made many friends and adopted family throughout Indian Country.
Lois Jean is preceded in death by her oldest son Brian Lee Chee; grandparents Archie and Susan Fairbanks; uncle and aunt Calvin and Inez Johnson; Aunt Roseadelle Johnson.
She is survived by her son Tyson Vail Fairbanks; daughters Nadine Fairbanks and April Fairbanks; a granddaughter Priscilla Jayde Fairbanks; adopted sons Kenny Merrick Jr., Richard Street Sr. and Johnny Johnson; sisters Elsie Strong and Darlene Thunder; brothers Toady Thunder, Steven Thunder and Richard Thunder; special brother Earl Fairbanks; many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held on Monday, January 30, 2017 at 10:00 AM at the Upper Midwest American Indian Center in Minneapolis. Skip Churchill officiated.
Honorary casketbearers Cheryl Yellowbird, Vi Reyes, Sandra Blackbear, Sandy White, Anne Star, Sandra Victors, Dianne Desrosiers, Mary Toal, Rayna Churchill, bonnie Clairmont and Doris Seki.
Casketbearers were Earl Fairbanks, Dan WhiteEagle, Hokie Clairmont, Darrell Seki, Johnny Johnson, Justin Churchill and Nigel Ladd Sr.
Chilson Funeral Home, Winsted, MN assisted the family with arrangements.