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|Thursday, 16 October, 2014|
Eleanor Marie Little
OWYHEE, Nevada — Eleanor Little, 82, passed away October 10, 2014 from a long battle with cancer in Boise, Idaho.
She was born December 8, 1931 in Miller Creek, Idaho in a “moonhouse” to George and Jesse Nipp Little. She attended Riddle Elementary School, Owyhee High School, Haskell and also attended Boise State University. She received an honorary Bachelor’s degree from Great Basin College in Elko, Nevada after serving 32 years on the advisory board.
She married Vernon Racehorse and they later divorced. She then married Charles Yellowjohn and he passed on. She then married Edwin Jones and they divorced. She married Jim Smith and they divorced. She then married Joseph Prior until his death.
She loved the outdoors, enjoyed hunting and fishing, horseback riding, photography, ranch work, gathering plants, camping and traveling. Eleanor and her husband Joe, along with Corbin Harney would travel to various places where their tribal people used to roam.
She was a strong supporter of education and enjoyed returning to the Boise Valley.
Eleanor worked for 30 years as a social worker for the Indian Health Service. She was named, “Outstanding Woman of the Year,” within the Phoenix Indian Health Service in 1990. She came out of retirement to work for eight years as the Director of Senior Citizen Programs for the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes, Duck Valley.
Eleanor was a long-term supporter of Indian people in health, education and welfare. She served on several boards and committees that include: the Shoshone-Paiute Business Council, Duck Valley Housing Commissioner, Governing Health Board of the Owyhee Community Health Facility, and provided several years representing the transit needs of Shoshone-Paiute Tribes on advisory boards of the Nevada and Idaho Departments of Transportation.
Eleanor served as a Board member on Woman of Color Alliance (WOCA) and assisted to address and create a foundation for change on civil and human rights, and social justice, within the State of Idaho.
Survivors include a son Sherwin Racehorse, Fort Hall, Idaho, two daughters Verna Lee Racehorse, Star, Idaho and June Racehorse, Owyhee, Nevada, a sister Beatrice Allen, Schurz, Nevada, 12 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband Joseph Prior, her daughter Marlene Moyle and a son Brian Racehorse. Her brothers Norman Little, Raymond Little, Albert Thomas, Sr., sisters Lillian T. Shaw, Ruth Sope, her parents George and Jessie Nipp Little, along with her grandparents Sam Little and Lena Thomas Little.
Her funeral service was Tuesday, October 14, 2 p.m. at the Human Development Center in Owyhee, Nevada. Burial was at the Miller Creek Cemetery.
Rost Funeral Home in Mountain Home, Idaho was in charge of the arrangements.
Billie Joe Sloss
KLAMATH FALLS, Oregon — Billie Joe Sloss, born May 1, 1930 in Borger, Texas passed away October 8, 2014 at his home in Klamath Falls, Oregon with family by his side.
He was an enrolled member of the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma through his maternal grandmother, Martha Angell Tall Chief.
He is survived by his wife, Geraldine (Jeri); daughters, Sandra, Dawn and Jacqueline; son, Robert; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and nephews and nieces.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to High Desert Hospice, 2210 Shalock Avenue, Klamath Falls, Oregon 97601.
A gathering for family and friends to share memories will be held at 4 p.m., October 25, 2014 at the Shilo Inn Convention Center, Klamath Falls, Oregon 97601.
Davenport’s Chapel of the Good Shepherd, directors, 2680 Memorial Drive, Klamath Falls, Oregon 97601, (541) 883-3458 is in charge of arrangements. Please sign the online guest book at www.heraldandnews.com/obituaries.