Miriam R Smith

(“Eeca Hishi” (All Red))

September 7, 1932 – April 1, 2021

Miriam R Smith, “Eeca Hishi” (All Red), 88, of New Town, departed this world on Thursday, April 1, 2021 at a Minot hospital. Miriam was born on September 7, 1932 in Elbowoods, the daughter of Solomon Ray and Sarah (Yellow Wolf) Bird Bear; she was raised in Independence. She was a member of the Knife Clan, also child of the Knife Clan.  She was baptized in the Catholic faith. Miriam attended school at Independence, Sahnish, and graduated from Flandreau Indian School in 1952. She enjoyed nature, riding horse, helping her father in the garden, and enjoyed her animals. Soon after school, she married Jefferson “Buddy” Smith II and together they raised their 6 children. 

She always stayed busy by working various jobs in New Town, including Northrup, Four Bears Motor Lodge, and the tribal daycare. As her family grew, she took up more part-time jobs, but always worked hard supporting her family. 

Miriam had an adventurous spirit, she loved to travel, and she often talked about the time she visited her daughter who was stationed in Germany. She also loved to play bingo, solitaire, find rummage sales, attend powwows, and she was an incredibly good baker. She was very well read and had a large collection of National Geographic and Western Horseman magazines. She was very humorous and loved to tease her family and friends. She also spent a lot of time with her good friend, Trilby Deserly, having coffee, and speaking Hidatsa together. In her later years, she devoted herself to her grandchildren, Molly and Marc Jr.  She nurtured them, spending all her time with them, and taking them on adventures. She made regular visits to her grandchildren in Maine, New Mexico, and Arizona whenever she could. 

Miriam is survived by her children, Kathleen De La Rosa of Albuquerque, NM, Gloria Huff of New Town, Keath Smith (Joan) of New Town; Marc T. Smith of New Town; and adopted daughter, Margie White Owl of New Town; 20 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jefferson “Buddy” Smith II; sons, Jefferson B. Smith III (Junior), and Kelly N. Smith; sister, Annette Packineau Benson; one infant brother and two infant sisters. 

Kevin Finley served as the Senior Pallbearer

Her Family and Friends Gathered Monday April 5, 2021, from 4-7 p.m. at Langhans Funeral Home, Parshall. 

Her Funeral was held Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. 

Burial:  Memorial Congregational Cemetery, rural Parshall.