It is my wish in writing
down these things my grandmother shared with me not to project her
lifestyle and decisions as a roadmap or way for any woman to live her
life. It is simply a recording of events in my grandmother, Lizzie's life.
Really, she lived much as many women today live as single mothers but a
generation before them.
Maybe she gave me this
material and wanted me to know of her pain. By knowing her sorrows I
would be encouraged to do something different with my decisions, which I
Certainly, as I review this
material it gives me a moment to think about the things I will wish to
leave with my granddaughters. Will I be able to be as honest and matter of
fact in sharing information with them?
Elizabeth Little Cook's
Great granddaughter, who recently was killed.
Elizabeth Leigh "Cookie" Pensoneau, beloved daughter and mother, passed
from this earth on Oct. 23, 2003, at St. Francis Hospital in Wichita, Kan.
She was 30.
Ms. Pensoneau was born on
June 19, 1973, in Albuquerque, N.M.
She was preceded in death
by her husband, Jeffrey Denetsosie Sr. of Blanding, Utah; her brother,
William Clyde "Sha-Sha" Pensoneau of Ponca City; and her maternal
grandparents, McDougal Sr. and Betty Coyote of Colorado.
She is survived by two
darling children of the home, Leighton Denetsosie, 7, and Sierra Dawn
Denetsosie, 6; her father, Steve Pensoneau of Ponca City; her brother,
Mark Pensoneau of Ponca City; and her mother, Marilyn House, stepfather,
Darwin House and sister, Marilynn House, all of Towaoc, Colo.
Prior to coming with her
two children to Ponca City to live with her father, Elizabeth was employed
by the Ute Mountain Ute Casino in Towaoc, Colo. Cookie, as she was known
by friends and family, enjoyed being a homemaker for her children and
father. She enjoyed taking her children to Washington Elementary School
every morning and picking them up at 3 p.m. She will be greatly missed by
numerous relatives and friends in Ponca City and Towaoc, Colo.
Services are being arranged
by Ertel Funeral Home of Cortez, Colo.
Casket bearers will be Mark
Wing, Eric Coyote, Michael Coyote, Marvin Coyote and Johnson Taylor Jr.
Honorary bearers will be
Johnson Taylor Sr., Alex Youker, Darrell Clark, Derek Billy, Buck Jones
and Jack Hernandez.
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