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Genevieve Poblano


Genevieve Mary (Porter) Poblano, whose adopted name is Joyce Critt, “Miskogiizhigookwe” which means “Those Red Clouds When the Sun is Setting,” age 85, of Mahnomen, Minnesota and the White Earth Band of Ojibwe journeyed to the spirit world on Friday, March 13, 2020 from the Mahnomen Health Center in Mahnomen. She was born in Onigum, Minnesota on December 13, 1934 to Florence Porter and Frank Molash.

Genevieve was a very happy and social woman who enjoyed being around other people as often as she could. She was an amazing teacher of arts and crafting, teaching sweet grass and birch bark basket making and beading. She enjoyed gathering and netting, but she loved being in her garden. At the age of 14, Genevieve was honored with the title of Leech Lake Lifetime Princess, which she was very proud of. Genevieve was an incredibly strong and courageous person which helped her battle three bouts with cancer. She leaves a legacy few will forget.

Those left behind to cherish her memory are her children: Judy Northbird, Sandy Hernandez, Lenny Usher, Gordy Usher, Roxann Pinal-Trujillo and Tammy Usher; some of her 14 brothers and sisters, five generations of grandchildren, too many nieces and nephews to list and other relatives.

Family that she is reunited with are her children: Kathy Hoagland, Edward LoneEagle, Wilma Wind, Linda Usher and Albert Usher; some of her siblings and several more relatives.
An overnight wake for Genevieve began Monday, March 16 and continued until her traditional service on Tuesday, March 17 all held at the White Earth Community Center in White Earth, Minnesota. Michael Dahl was her Spiritual Advisor. Pallbearers for Genevieve were Alfonzo Macias Pulido, Jesse Thompson, Freddie LoneEagle, Arturo Gomez, Lasaro Cortez and Dylan Magney.

Genevieve’s cremains will be scattered, with her children who have passed on, in the spring.

Genevieve’s care has been entrusted to Northern Peace Funeral Home of Walker, MN. Online condolences for the family may be left at www.northernpeace.com3-18

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