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ROSIE SPENCER Ahqwakonayahsheek

With great sadness, the family announces the sudden passing of Rosie Spencer, 73, of Atikokan, Ont. on Friday, Jan. 19, 2018.

Rosie was born on Aug. 20, 1944 to the late Jack and Rose Spencer.

Rosie as predeceased by her parents, Jack and Rose Spencer; siblings, Hilda Yerxa, Robert Spener, and Margaret Spencer; daughter, Cynthia Spoon; son, Greg Spoon; and granddaughter, Danielle Spoon.

She is survived by her siblings, George, Dave, and Steve (Susan) Spencer; sons, Darren Spoon (Wendy), Monte Spoon, and Marcell Spoon (Carla); daughters, Janet Spoon, LaVern Spoon, and Valerie Mainville (Eugene); and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Rosie spent most of her life living in Seine River, married, and had eight children. She attended college in Regina, Sask. and graduated with a bachelor's degree in social work.

She worked a long and rewarding career as a social worker for her community until her retirement.

After retiring, Rosie raised and took care of her grandson, Darius Morrison. She always ws there to help and support her family when needed.

She was a loving, caring, welcoming, compassionate person with an easy-going personality and a great sense of humour.

Rosie was fluent in her native language. She loved her culture and traditions, and would travel to area pow-wows to watch her grandchildren dance. She also spent time sewing regalia, and making moccasins and beading.

She enjoyed travelling and taking road trips. She often travelled to the Dakotas to attend NAC (meetings/ceremonies) and enjoyed spending time at Mudge's Camp.

She also enjoyed going to garage sales, value village, and “Sally Ann” to search for treasures.

A traditional ceremony was held on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018 at the Seine River First Nation gymnaisum. Elder Andrew Johnson officiated, with interment in the Seine River First Nation Cemetery.

The pallbearers were Rosie's family and friends.

Online condolences may be offered at www.greenfuneralhomefortfrances.com