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Obituary: Leota LeSieur Vallely, Shoshone/Bannock Tribes

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Obituary: Leota LeSieur Vallely, Shoshone/Bannock Tribes

Posted: 1270072001000
Classification: Obituary
Surnames: LeSieur, Vallely, Sloss, Shotwell
Herald and News (Klamath Falls, OR) - April 8, 2002

Leota LeSieur Vallely, 92, of Fort Hall, Idaho, died April 6, 2002, at the Regional Medical Center in Pocatello, Idaho.

She was born July 24, 1909, at Fort Hall, Idaho, to Thomas and Minnie (Yandell) LeSieur.

She was a member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and a descendent of Spread Eagle from the Boise Valley band of Bannocks.

She grew up at Fort Hall, and attended local elementary school and graduated from Sherman Institute at Riverside, Calif. She married Russell G. Vallely at Fort Hall in 1932.

She was a member of the Pomo Indian Tribe of Round Valley, Calif.

Mrs. Vallely was an accomplished violinist in her younger years. She enjoyed reading and followed local, national and world news.

Mrs. Vallely was accomplished at beadwork. She specialized in moccasins, gloves and purses. She tanned hides in the old way and continued to sew and do beadwork until the late 1980s.

She is survived by one daughter, Geraldine V. Sloss of Klamath Falls; grandchildren, Sandra Sloss of Salem, Dawn Marie Sloss of Sandy, Jacqueline Sloss of Klamath Falls, and Robert P. Sloss of Fort Hall; great-grandchildren, Aaron, Angela and Ashton Maples of Sandy, Jerry Jr., Dylan and Kevin Phillips and Laurel Dawn Shotwell, all of Klamath Falls, Ross, Robert, Chrisian and Tava Sloss, all of Fort Hall, and numerous nieces and and nephews.

She was preceded in the death by her husband; a daughter, Sandra; sister, Leona Getty; and a brother, Vidal LeSieur.

The family will meet with friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Hawker, Hill Funeral Home in Blackfoot, Idaho. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Church of the Good Shepherd Episcopal Mission in Fort Hall, Idaho.

Burial will be in the Mission Cemetery.

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