Karen Simmonds

“Maishu Iduh’ga Wiash” 

(Eagle Leader Woman)

December 12, 1948 – October 31, 2020

Karen Simmonds, “Maishu Iduh’ga Wiash” (Eagle Leader Woman), 71, Garrison, formerly of New Town, died Saturday, October 31, 2020 in a Garrison nursing home. 

Karen Veronica White Owl was born December 12, 1948 to Herbert Sr. and Marie Madeline (Vondall) White Owl in Elbowoods.  She was the 4th child of 12 children, growing up with eight brothers and three sisters.  She was a member of the Prairie Chicken Clan and the Three Affiliated Tribes.

Karen attended school in New Town, walking to school, and then later riding the school bus. She graduated high school in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Karen attended Minot State College where she obtained degrees in Criminal Justice and Public Administration.  She worked for Ward County Sheriff’s Department as a correctional Officer and later as the Tribal Court Administrator in New Town. She also worked for the armored car service with her brother, Skip; at Edwin Loe Elementary, and in Contract Health for IHS.

Karen married to Thomas Yellow Wolf and this union was blessed with a son. Although this union ended, she and Thomas remained friends. She was also once married to Scott Simmonds.  Her son, Thomas, passed away in 2018.

Karen was a quiet person, enjoying her time at home and watching her favorite TV shows like The Young and The Restless, NCIS, as well as cooking and talk show channels programs. She and her sister were in the bowling league for several years and she played softball.  She enjoyed shopping, travelling, and listening to western music.  She cherished time spent with her grandchildren.  Blessed be her memory among us.

Karen is survived by her brothers, Dayved (Gwen), Roger (Sarah), Randy (Noreen), and Wilson (Teresa) White Owl; sisters, Mary Vigen, Lela White Owl, Rhonda Woods (Bill); grandchildren, Adrianna, Taylor, Hailey, and Anaya Yellow Wolf, and Joey White Owl; great-grandchildren, Kayliegh, John and Ruby; adopted brothers, Neal Hale, Cary Enno, Rick Larson, Tony Iverson, Mark Skibsrud, Mylo Spotted Horse, Chuck Wells, Sidrick Baker, Keith Bear, and the Smith Boys; adopted sisters, Jeanne Virag, Rose Cortez, Iris Birdbear Obes, and the Smith Sisters; adopted parents, Art and Izzy Smith; many sons (nephews), daughters (nieces), and extended family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Thomas Yellow Wolf, Jr; brothers, Herbert Jr. “Skip”, Galen “Chip”, Leland, and Ronald Sr; sisters, Ruth White Owl, grandson, Thomas Erlbeck; and son (nephew), Samuel White Owl; daughter (niece), Rebecca White Owl.

In consideration of CDC, North Dakota, and Mandan Hidatsa Arikara Nation COVID-19 guidelines, social distancing will be observed, and masks are required. For the safety of all our families, if you have tested positive for Covid-19, or have been a Covid-19 close contact within the past 14 days, please call 701.862.3321 to arrange a private time to pay your respects.

Family and Friends Gathering:  Wednesday, November 4, 2020 from 2-5 p.m. at Langhans Funeral Home, Parshall 

Prayer Service and Final Reviewal:  Thursday, November 5, 2020 from 9-11 a.m. with the Prayer service at 10 a.m. (Procession to cemetery leaves at 11:30 a.m.)

Graveside Committal: Holy Family US Scouts Cemetery, New Town beginning at 12:15 p.m.