Velina Rebecca “Becky” Sage Quiver died in Lander, Wyoming at the age of 63 on Thursday, April 2, 2020 due to complications of Asthma. COVID-19 was not related to her death, as her test results had all come back negative. She was a lifelong resident of the Wind River Reservation and Fremont County.
Traditional graveside funeral services were held on Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 10:00am at the Sage-Redman Cemetery in Ethete, Wyoming with Patrick Goggles and Deacon Tony Sawick officiating. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions in place, there were no evening services held and the funeral was closed to immediate and close family friends. There will be a Memorial Feast and Giveaway April 2021 in Ethete, Wyoming for Becky and will be open to everyone, especially those who were not able to attend during this time.
Becky Sage Quiver was born on March 28, 1957 in Lander, Wyoming, the daughter to Joseph Sage Sr. and Hazel Trosper Sage. She attended schools at Mill Creek School, St. Mary’s School in Springfield, South Dakota, Wyoming Indian High School in Ethete, Wyoming, and Fort Wright College in Spokane, Washington.
She married Ralph E. Curry on October 27, 1979 in Ethete, Wyoming and raised three children with him; Redstone, Reinette and Rex. She spent her adult lifetime being employed at the Bureau of Indian Affairs-Wind River Agency in Fort Washakie, Wyoming as a Realty Specialist. She started work at the BIA in 1982 and at the time of her death was the longest serving employee at the Agency, which would be a total of 38 years of service. She was very committed to her career and spent countless hours traveling, participating in training/workshops to stay up to date with all the many changes over the years. She built many friendships and gained “work family” that she cherished throughout her lifetime. They were all a big part of her career and personal life.
She remarried on March 28, 2012 to Wesley “Hoss” Quiver in Fort Washakie, Wyoming.
The family said she enjoyed technology, particularly facebook which helped her stay connected to all the family and friends she had across Native Country and beyond. She enjoyed playing games on her phone and watching TV. She really enjoyed spending any extra time with her family and friends at their family functions, especially 4th of July and birthday dinners. The family said you could always expect her to be traveling and on the road to watch her grandchildren as they participated in their sports. She was a true “Sports Grandma” and was their #1 fan. She found pride in all her children and family and enjoyed being right by their side through everything. She was always the one in the family everyone turned to for support. She was a member of the Anglican Catholic Church-Church of the Morning Star and strongly believed in the traditional and ceremonial beliefs of the Northern Arapaho Tribe.
She is survived by her children, Reinette (Lee “Giz) Tendore of Laramie, Wyoming, Rex Curry (Michaeleen Brown) of Mill Creek, Wyoming; The father of her children and friend, Ralph E. Curry of Crowheart, Wyoming; Grandchildren Hudda, Mariah, Rylee, Sundance, Joseph, Rhaelle, Riquell, Connie, Khiyann, Cambree, Redfire, Summer Rose and Alicia May; Sisters, Smyrna “Cindy” Sage-Winn (Chet), Arydenne Sage of Ethete, Wyoming and Joetta Armour (Ron) of Albuquerque, New Mexico; Brothers, William “Bill” Sage (Joan), Byron Sage (Janis) of Ethete, Wyoming. She is also survived by many others who she took in as her own grandchildren, daughters, sons, sisters, and brothers and built relationships with each and every one of them and they were all just as special to her. Becky is also survived by the Trosper, Sage, Goggles, Thunder, and Friday Families.
Becky was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph & Hazel Sage, her son Redstone O. Curry, her husband, Wesley “Hoss” Quiver; her sisters, Vernita & Veeda Sage, Rosalie Sage LeBeau, and her brothers, Allison Sage Sr., Joseph Sage Jr., and Gerald Sage Sr.; Aunts and Uncles, Bill and Verna Thunder, Chris and Caroline Goggles, Chester and Effie Friday, Ben Friday Jr., Jimmy & Bridgette Trosper; and her nephews Ethan Hereford and Gerald Sage Jr.
Services were provided by Wind Dancer Funeral Home of Fort Washakie, Wyoming.