Wilhelamenia Davila “Ma”, 66, of Lincoln Creek, entered into rest Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 surrounded by her loving family.
She was born to Frank Clarence Teton and Juanita Dann Teton on Jan. 2, 1947 in Blackfoot. Wilma or Ma as she was known by many, attended elementary school in Blackfoot and graduated from Chilocco Indian School in Stillwater, Okla., in 1966. After high school she worked in Texas and San Diego, Calif.
She married Wayne “Jerody” Dixey in June 1969 and they had four children: Kimberly Dixey, Wendy Dixey, Wanda Dixey and JW Dixey. Together they enjoyed making tacos (which we all loved) on Sunday, salmon fishing, barbecues and spending time with their grandchildren and their various sport activities. They were later divorced.
In May 1991, she married Ricardo Davila. They made their home on Little Indian Road in Lincoln Creek. They enjoyed traveling together, to her class reunions in Oklahoma and to Mexico to visit family. They enjoyed going to rodeos, gardening, raising peacocks and woodcarving.
Wilma was employed at American Linen in Blackfoot for 18 years and 12 years with the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes at the Fort Hall Casino as a surveillance officer. She retired from the surveillance department in September 2012.
Ma was extremely close to her family and practiced the tradition of beadwork and was highly regarded at leather making and sewing. She spent hours with her mother, Juanita, making buckskin dresses and traditional saddles - both of which she displayed at the EISF and in various parades. Ma was a craftswoman and was widely known for her talents, which included making chaps, leather stamping, buckskin gloves and Pendleton purses. She also enjoyed scrapbooking. Ma could be seen at almost every Indian Relay race – whether here or across the Northwest watching her brothers and nephews participate in the Indian Relay races. Born to ranchers, Ma didn’t hesitate when her family needed help branding cows.
Wilma is survived by her husband, Ricardo Davila and children Kimberly Dixey, Wendy Dixey (Alfredo Lopez), Wanda Dixey, J.W. Dixey (Connie Garrity); grandchildren Stacey (Rosa) Lopez, Avery Lopez, Mylez Kniffin, Tayzia Dixey, Jacob Lopez, Kenyon Lopez, Aayana Dixey, and her only great-granddaughter Jaedynn Lopez.
She was preceded in death by her parents; infant brother, Matthew Teton, and her younger brother, Theadore Dennis Teton; nephew Guy Teton and niece Andrea Lynn Chandler.
Services will be conducted on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 at 7 p.m. at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 S. Shilling Ave., Blackfoot. A viewing for family and friends will be held at Denny Teton’s home on Little Indian Road in Lincoln Creek on Saturday until 5 p.m. and all day Sunday. Traditional services will be at Denny Teton’s residence on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, at noon. Ma will be laid to rest at the Lincoln Creek Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org .