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December 18, 1937 – Monday, November 6, 2017

Service Information
Prairie Island Elder Center, Prairie Island, MN
Friday, November 10, 2017
10:00 AM

Visitation Information
Prairie Island Elder Center, Prairie Island, MN
Wednesday and Thursday
Beginning at 7 PM Wed. & 6:30

Roberta Ann Shohn, age 79, journeyed to the Spirit World on November 6, 2017. She was born on December 18 1937 in Red Lake, MN on the Red Lake Indian Reservation, the daughter of Robert Oliver (White Earth, MN) and Louisa Redcloud (Red Lake, MN). Roberta was a loving and strong woman with a big heart and contagious smile. She enjoyed powwows, traveling and visiting with loved ones. Roberta was an advocate for welfare rights and Indian issues; she was the first director of the Kansas City Indian Center, Kansas City, MO. In 1977, Roberta and her family moved to Minneapolis, MN where she was also active in the native community. Roberta retired from the Schapiro Center for MS after 17 years. She always had a smile on her face and will be missed dearly by all she has encountered and loved.
She is preceded in death by her parents and two grandchildren, Santiago and Kadence.
She is survived by five children: Maynard Needham (Helle) residing in Denmark, Robert, Karen and Steven (Julie Grey Eagle) Needham all of Minneapolis and Verlin (Ben) Wells of Welch, MN; 12 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; and step-grandchildren living both on Turtle Island and in Europe. Further Native social relationships extend from relatives residing on teh Red Lake Indian Reservation and elsewhere on Turtle Island. All of these people were blessed with knowing her, caring about her and being loved and cared for by her.
All who knew her were welcomed into her home, fed, coffeed up and sent on their way with good energy and usually a smile on their faces. Many people who knew her, such as co-workers and Facebook friends, were blessed with contacts easily renewed even after the passing of years. Having fought for so many people through the years including not only Native issues, but social issues, it is with the deepest gratitude that the family wishes to thank all of those who sent spiritual prayers and energy for her well being.
As we send her on her next travels it is without regret because we know her relatives and ours are there to help her on her way.

So…..”LISTEN UP” If I neglected to mention you, please forgive me and remember her, not me.

1 Guestbook Entry

  1. Brenda & Larry

    Rest In The Happy Hunting Grounds Momma Bear!😢
    We loved you dearly and until we see your beautiful smile again.
    Sending our sincere condolences for Maynerd,Scott,Karen,Steve and Verlin.😢


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