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English, Murielle Omahkatayaakii

Murielle English Omahkatayaakii “Big Cougar Woman” was born on Dec. 8, 1954 to the late Irene English and William David.
Her siblings are: Bill (Delphine) English, Blondie/Marlene (Balls/Melvin) Provost, Emil (Joann) David and Selene (Blaine) David. She is survived by her loving children and grandchildren: Shareef Yellow Horn (Britney, Wayson, Rayel, Jonas, Surai, Willow), Slade/Niomi (Samuel) Yellow Horn, Shastina/Jarvis (Aaliyah, Alex, Abel) Spear Chief, and Billy/Harry Yellow Horn/Stabsdown.
Murielle is also survived by her many niece and /nephews and their extended families: Cissy Mistaken Chief, Simone Soop, Eldon Soop, Beatle Soop, Terri Girl Laboucan, Amanda English, Miranda Dawn English, Chrissy English, Carol Crow Shoe, Dallas David, Willy and JC David, Jordan David, Tracy Plaited Hair, Jamie and Dion David, Shannon and Kevin Potts.
Murielle also had numerous extended families, including the English and Fox families, and many friends she loved as family.
Murielle was predeceased by her siblings Lucky and Reuben David, Marilyn and Miranda English and special nephew Darby Soop.
Education was her passion, and Murielle attended Matthew Halton high school and graduated from Catholic Central high school. She attended Lethbridge College where she took business. She attended the University of Lethbridge where she initially entered the social work program, but ultimately pursued her Bachelor of Arts and Education, completing both degrees. She later went on to pursue her Masters of Education from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. She always encouraged others to pursue their education.
Murielle worked in numerous areas in her life. As a young woman she was employed at the trailer plant in Fort Macleod, briefly for Children’s Services as a social worker, Service Canada as an agent, and as the director for Napi Friendship Center.
Murielle began her teaching career as a Home Economics teacher for Piikani Nation secondary school. She later took a position as a Grade 4/5 teacher with Kainai Board of Education, where she was employed for 24 years.
As an educator and as a person, Murielle went over and above for her students and colleagues, and anyone she knew. She was passionate about her career, and spent much of her time invested in her students, participating in numerous fund-raisers and field trips over the years.
Murielle was a caring woman, who made numerous friends and connections throughout her years. She made a positive impact on everyone she met, and never failed to be there when she was needed for anyone. She was always up for an adventure, she loved to travel and took numerous trips across Canada and the U.S.
She loved bingo, powwows and hand games, camping, outdoor sports, rodeo and enjoyed beading and sewing. She loved to shop and enjoyed swimming for leisure. She was active all her life, she loved to take pictures and see new things, but mostly she enjoyed having the company of her loved ones. She loved her family more than anything, and was very proud of all of them individually for their accomplishments.
Murielle was a loving mother and grandmother, who supported her family through everything in their lives. She took pride in the knowledge that she worked hard all her life to create a stable loving home for her family. It was evidenced by how immaculate she kept her home, comfortable and welcoming, and her door was always open to loved ones. She will be fondly remembered for sitting in her home visiting with loved ones at family events, watching her TV shows, playing solitaire and games on her computer. She will be forever loved and missed. The family would like to thank everyone who supported the family through this difficult time.
A family service was held Sunday, July 8, 2018, at Eden’s Funeral Home, 2424 Fifth Ave., Fort Macleod, followed by a wake service at Murielle’s residence. A funeral mass was held on Monday, July 9, 2018 at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 2604 Third Ave., Fort Macleod with Rev. Angelo D’Costa officiating.

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