Ignatius Dae’rie Lovato-Jefferson
Thu, 01/04/2018 - 5:00am admin
Upon spending his first and final Christmas with his Mom, Poppa, brothers and sister, Ignatius Dae’rie Lovato, 51 days, of rural Lodge Grass departed this world on Dec. 25, 2017 in his mother’s arms.
It is with great comfort to the family that he was lovingly greeted by his Kaalé Dara Lovato; Grandpa Bernard Jefferson Sr.; Great-grandpas Carmen Lovato Sr., Maurice Mountainsheep Sr., Belo Alden and Wayne Smells; Great-grandmas Genevieve Old Bull-Smells, Mary Jane Lovato, Theresa Haun and Marissa Mountainsheep; Aunt Molly JoVi Smells; and numerous other family members whom will be happy to receive and care for him.
Ignatius Dae’rie Lovato, named after his Poppa Joe and Kaalé Dara, was lovingly welcomed on Nov. 4, 2017 in Billings, a son of Jolynn Lovatoa son of Jolynn Lovato and William Paul Jefferson.
Ignatius was a member of the Piegan clan and a child of the Piegan clan. In the small amount of time he spent with us, he enjoyed spending time with his mom, dad, siblings, aunts and kaalés, cooing while admiring his surroundings, being the boss, always getting his way, giving and receiving snuggles, and spending time with his poppa Joe in grandpa’s chair.
Ignatius was baptized into the Catholic Church on Nov. 19, 2017 by Father Jim Antoine and was blessed with his godmothers Amberle Blaine and Nina Smells. Survivors include his parents Jolynn Lovato and William Paul Jefferson Sr.; brothers Dominic Gardner Jr., Shylen and William Paul Jefferson Jr., Baby Derek Jefferson, Arthur and Latrell Grant, Baby Joe Reed, Tavian Torralba, Tyon and baby Colby; sisters Lilly Jefferson, MJ and Gina Killsnight, K’lee and Kalyssa Jefferson, Velma and Leticia Grant, Amarie and Mckenzie Reed, Tavia Toralba, Cheryl and Jaylee Deputee; aunts Olive (William) Smells, Nina Smells, Mari (Arthur) Plenty Hawk, Bernadine (Daryl) Grant, Nancy (Joe) Reed, Thomasa Blaine, Mercedes Gros Ventre, Maranda (Quindell) Bulltail, Tessa (Jonathan) Deputy, and Kelly and Lila Mountainsheep; uncles Bernard Jefferson Jr., Terry (Terri) Mountainsheep, JC (Taneisha) Pretty Paint, John (Cheyenne) Smells Jr., Kelby Pretty on Top, Taylon Mountainsheep and Colby Gros Ventre, kaalés Seravine Jefferson, Mavis Covers Up, Aurora (John) Kohn, Roanne (Harold) Hill, Prudence (Jeff) Yellow Owl, Letha (Dan) Gun Shows, Lois Sharp, Donna Backbone, Natalie Real Bird, Tina and Ardy Covers Up, Alpha Birdinground, Regina Gros Ventre, Billie Jean Old Bull, Cheryl Jefferson, Clarise Medicine Crow, Roxanne Old Crow, Lauren Medicine Horse, Jennifer, Rebecca, Verna Jefferson, Lydia Hill, Verna Mae (Warren “Red”) Koch, Carol and Kim Bear Below, and Opal Mountainsheep and Patsy Whitebear; grandpas Joseph Lovato, Maurice Mountainsheep Jr., John (Sherrie) Smells Sr., Lorenzo (Teresa) Mountainsheep, Eric (Casey) Birdinground Sr., Manuel (Linda) Covers Up, Darrin (Bobbijo) Old Coyote, Ben Gros Ventre, John Amanda Gros Ventre and Arnold Jefferson; greatgrandmothers Rose Alden, Sophine (Fred) Bishop, Mary Helen Medicine Horse, Myra Gros Ventre and Annette Bird; and great-grandfather Fred Oyebi.
Extended families include the Mountainsheep, Old Bull, Plays and Lovato families of New Mexico; and Bright Wings, Little Light, Bends, Deputee, Moccasin, Froze, Old Elk, White Fox, Pretty Paint, Old Crow, Hill, Beaumont, Plainfeather, Stray Calf, Crooked Arm, Bird Hat, Fighter, Dawes, Lincoln, Takes the Enemy, Hugs, Pretty on Top, Stops, Yellowtail, Red Star, Old Bear, Medicine Horse, Takes Gun, Brien, White Hip, Roundface, Smells, Dust, House, Not Afraid, Big Man, Gros Ventre, Covers Up, Bad Horse, Real Birds, Good Lucks, Jefferson, Birds and descendants of Pretty Eagle.
The family would like to thank Dr. Sanchez and the emergency room staff of the Crow/Northern Cheyenne hospital, responding paramedics, BIA Officer Tim Smells Jr., and anyone who offered prayers, kind words or gestures in our time of great sorrow. Rosary was held 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 at Bullis Funeral Chapel. Mass of the Angels was celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2017 at Our Lady of Loretto in Lodge Grass. Burial was held at the Lodge Grass cemetery. Bullis Mortuary has been entrusted with the arrangements.