Memorial for Rosalie Poolaw Attocknie
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Prayer Service: 7:00 PM Friday, October 28th, 2011
Comanche Community Center

Funeral: 1:00 PM Saturday, October 29th, 2011
Comanche Community Center

Rosalie Poolaw Attocknie


Apache, Oklahoma

Was born January 18, 1926 in Apache to Ella Nahdooahnippah and Bruce Poolaw. She passed away October 25th at her home in Apache surrounded by all those who loved her deeply, and is now resting in the arms of our God.

She was raised by her mother and Voris “Bill” Codopony in the town of Apache and as a girl, attended the Fort Sill Indian School. She later went to the Haskell Institute in Lawrence, KS where she graduated.

Rosalie married Comanche tribal leader Francis Joseph Attocknie, Sr. on September 8, 1945 in Oklahoma City, he preceded her in death on November 19, 1984. Together, they raised six children in the Comanche way. She accompanied her husband and his father, Albert Attocknie, as they represented the Comanche Nation during their frequent meetings with the government in Washington, D.C. She worked at Hillcrest Hospital in Oklahoma City. She and her husband traveled around the country attending many different cultural events involving the Comanche and other tribes, including annual trips with the Comanche Nation to the Shoshone Reunion held in different parts of the country and also to Laredo, TX with the Native American Church.

She was a cultural leader among her people and was adamant about preserving the traditional history and culture of the Comanche people. Rosalie was a member of the Native American Church, the Comanche Indian Veterans Auxiliary, and the Comanche Language and Cultural Preservation Committee. She was also a delegate for the Ladies Guild of the Apache Reformed Church.

Rosalie loved attending pow-wows and socializing with all her extended family and friends. She enjoyed traveling and representing the Comanche Nation. During the years she spent with us, she touched many lives and souls. She had a wonderful smile that could light up a room. Rosalie was a blessing to all of us and her presence in our lives was a gift for which we will always be grateful. For nearly sixty-five years she dedicated her life to all her children.

She is survived by:

5 Children-

Phyllis Ann Attocknie               Apache, OK

Vidala Rose Attocknie          Ft. Cobb, OK

Randlette Cheevers Attocknie          Oklahoma City, OK

Esa Jawea Attocknie               Apache, OK

Richard Ralph Attocknie          Carnegie, OK

1 Sister-

Irene Pardilla Old Town, Maine

3 Brothers-

Jack Lewis Codopony               Apache, OK

Richard Codopony               Minneapolis, MN

Voris Codopony, Jr.               Apache, OK

14 Grandchildren-

Asa Attocknie, Rozanna Mangold, LaVida David, Wuh-yah-keh Satoe,

Hah-Tee Delgado, Alisa Ingram, Dana Attocknie, Mary Alyce Attocknie,

Darla Attocknie, Carla Attocknie, Randi Lynn Santos, Patrick Attocknie,

Anthony Alvarado, Francis Attocknie III

Adopted grandson- Robby Crews

38 Great-grandchildren-

Mame-Neta, Miko, Jeremy, Skye, Annarose, Angel, Arianne, Dion, Dayton, Aaliyah, Corrina, Gerald, Jr., Maiya, Marty Joe, Michelle, Nuh-Nuh Tsee, Sean, Joaquin,

Rylan, Angel, Epimenia, Sonja, Hunter Lee, Anhinga, Alyx, Sha, Tryston, Chantel,

Desire’, Josiah, Rainy, Kaci, Alisa Rose, Drey, Dayla,

2 Great-great grandchildren-

Syanne EllaRae and Payton Oliver

She was preceded in death by-

Her husband, Francis Joseph Attocknie, Sr.

1 son- Francis Joseph Attocknie, Jr.

1 grandson- Tahkony Alvarado

1 great-grandson- Baby Ja (Jaydn) Attocknie

2 sisters- Delores Saupitty and Barbara Coker

A prayer service will be held Friday, October 28th at 7:00 P.M. at the Comanche Community Center in Apache.

The Funeral will be held Saturday, October 29th at 1:00 P.M. at the Comanche Community Center.

Burial will follow at the Cache Creek Indian Mission Cemetery west of Apache under the direction of Crews Funeral Home.

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