It is with great sadness that the family of Amber Standing Alone - Eagle Tail Feathers, of the Blood Tribe, announce her sudden passing on July 28, 2023, at the age of 34.
Although life ended before we were ready, Amber Nicole Standing Alone moved on from this world, to join our ancestors in the Sandhills. Amber was perhaps one of the funniest people we ever met, she was a pleasure to know and hang out with. We know she would want us to live, laugh, crank up the music and tear down the house.
Amber was born at the Grace Women's Hospital in Calgary, AB on August 17, 1988, on a stormy thundering night. She attended the Saipoyi elementary school, Kainai Middle School and High School. She later went on to Adult Upgrading Program at Red Crow College after her three boys were born. Amber became a mother at a very young age, but was the best mom she could be, with the support of her mom and sister, Terry Jane, and all her siblings. On March 15, 2003, she was blessed with her first daughter Tionna Tishan Florine Standing Alone, then four years later she had Johnny (’07), Kass (‘10), Jr (’11), Nicolas (’14) – who when was born, her sister Terry Jane told her “So what, you ran out of names and decided to go with one of yours?” To which Amber replied, “No, there was a magazine right there when we were thinking of names, all I seen was Nicolas Cage and said, Nicolas!” She then had Adonis (’17), and after five boys, she finally got her baby girl, Aailaya in 2019.
As a child, Amber was full of energy and quite mischievous at times. Always getting into someone's purse or room. She was independent at a young age and always wanted to do things on her own. Amber was a great problem solver and always found resolutions to issues that would arise. With her friends and family, she was always there to extend a helping hand in any way she could, she was generous, loving and extremely humble.
Amber was a very caring and kind person, she was always worrying about her friends and giving them a place to stay, sleep, or just warm up. As a younger girl, she would always stick up for her friends and “always had your back.” There's no other way to put it, Amber was tough, it didn't matter that she had two older sisters often it was them telling her to chill out.
Amber had a special relationship with all her siblings, but she had an extra special relationship with her stepfather Del Jr. Amber was his protector, helper, and confidant. She turned to him for help when she was in need and never hesitated to text him when that time came.
Although Amber was baptized Catholic with her children, it was the way of Ihtsipaitapiiyo’p that she followed, she smudged daily and taught all her children how to pray and smudge in the native way.
So even though Amber left us before we were ready, we have to trust that she's with our loved ones that passed before us and they're welcoming her with smiles and hugs, carrying our love back to them while we continue loving her back here on Earth. Amber leaves us with seven children who when we look at, we will always remember our Amber Nick, through them all, especially her daughter Tionna who is a splitting image of her, and Aailaya who carries her personality so strongly, and in her boys, who were her pride and joy, she was so proud of her boys and will be immensely missed by all that knew and loved her.
On Amber’s Standing Alone side, she leaves behind:
Her mother Byrde (Del) Healy; Children, Tionna Tishan Standing Alone, Johnny Anthony Charles Standing Alone, Kass Robert Standing Alone, Victor Ty Running Rabbit Jr, Nicolas Jace Tall Man, Adonis Paul Tall Man, and Aailaya Kenzie Standing Alone; Sisters, Terry Jane (Kerwin) Chaboyer, Lacey (Garon) Standing Alone, and Skye Louise (Troy) Standing Alone; Brothers, Sherwyn Allen (Jesse) Big Throat, Melvin Justin Grier, Myron Horace Grier and Jonathan (Angel) Wells; Nieces Devon Rae-Lynn Yellow Wings, Taylen Dylan Mills, Kiya Jacqueline Byrde Chaboyer, and Mia.
Amber Also leaves behind Great Uncle, Ike (Gerry) Eagle Speaker, the only surviving sibling of our grandmother, Buelah. Amber and her great uncle had a “cool relationship” they would sit, smoke, drink tea and just talk. Uncle Ike would tell her stories whether she was listening, we don’t know. Also, Carman McLenaghan; Aunties, Wanda (Peter) Weasel Head, Yvette (Richard) Quesnelle, Bunny Merrick, Dawn Knight, Dale Marie Standing Alone–Wagner, and Lorrain Black Water. Deirdre Standing Alone, Patricia-Ann (Greg) Soop, Alexis Weasel Head, Gabrielle Weasel Head; Uncles, Allen Marna Jr (Edna) Standing Alone, and Baron (Glenda) Standing Alone, Michael Right Hand, Henry Quesnelle, Karl Quesnelle, Duane Eagle Speaker, Terry Eagle Speaker, and OV Merrick; Cousins, Alana Standing Alone and children, Wanda Standing Alone and child, Melissa (Shane) Day Chief and children, Marvin Garrett Allen Standing Alone, Moses (Jolayne) Weasel Head, Robert Weasel Head, Bryan Allen Cassidy, Katie Eagle Tail feathers and Joseph eagle tail Feathers.
Grandparents, Allan and Beulah Standing Alone (Eagle Speaker); Great-Grandparents, Henry and Louise (Cross Child- Many Fingers) Standing Alone, Michael and Kathleen (Weasel Fat – Davis) Eagle Speaker; Great-Great Aunties, Shirley (Pvt. Louie) Merrick, Byrde Eagle Speaker, Evelyn (Robert) Locker, Marjorie Eagle Speaker, Margaret (Frank) Good Rider, Ruth McLenaghan, and Ada (Jonas) Fox; Great Uncles, Andy Standing Alone and Pete Standing Alone; Aunt, March Gail Standing Alone-Right Hand; Uncle, Tyrone Eagle Speaker; Cousins, Louis Merrick, Shantelle Merrick, Bambi Eagle Tail Feathers, Tiana Eagle Tail Feathers, Tara Standing Alone, Denise Eagle Speaker – Flammond, Emery Healy - Eagle Speaker and Christopher Allen Kolody.
On Amber’s Eagle Tail Feather’s side, she leaves behind:
Amber leaves behind her father, Gary Eagle Tail Feathers and his family; brothers, Chris & Jessie Eagle Tail Feathers; Aunts & Uncles, Verona (Marvin) Tail Feathers, Sonny (Terry) Wadsworth, Toby Wadsworth, Pat (Karen) Eagle Tail Feathers, Annette (Roger) Young Pine, Jason Steele, Lucille (Boyce) White Quills, Dale Day Chief and all their families; Grandmother, Teresa (late Melvin) Wadsworth; Great Uncle, George (late Doreen) Little Shields; Aunts & Uncles; Lucius (Pam) Wadsworth, Sadie Wadsworth, Rose (late Pat) Fox, Doreen (Jeff) Fox; Martha (late Winston) Day chief, Andy (Pat) Day Rider, Leonard (late Dorothy) Day Rider, Ronnie (Cynthia) Scout, and Pete Day Rider.
By her older brother Tony Eagle Tail Feathers; her uncles, Myron Wadsworth, Delray Wadsworth and Ronnie (Nita) Bullshields; Aunts, Shelly, Patsy and Alanna Marie Wadsworth, Dolly and Penny Steele; Cousins, Tia and Deedee Weekusk, Breanna and Levi Steele, Travis Holy White Man and Dakota Wadsworth; Great Aunts, Alma Jeanette Eagle Tail Feathers, Catherine Holy White Man, Elizabeth Thompson, and Darlene Pilling; Great-Great Aunts, Elizabeth (Isaac) Crow Chief, Maggie (Bernard) Eagle Tail Feathers, Frank (Helen) Eagle Tail Feathers, and Eddie Little Shields; Great Uncles, Vincent and Pat Eagle Tail Feathers, Stan, Francis and Joe Scout, Johnny and Tex Dayrider; Great-great uncle, George Scout; Great Grandparents, Walter and Margaret Hindman; Great-great Grandparents, Mortimer & Lily (Mills) Eagle Tail Feathers, Willy & Annie Wadsworth; Great-great-great Grandfather Bobtail Chief. She also leaves behind all her relatives: the Eagle Tail Feathers; Wadsworth’s; Crow Chiefs; Mills.
A Wake Service was held at Old Agency Hall, Blood Tribe, on Friday, August 4, 2023, from 5:00 PM until 11:00 PM.
A Funeral Service was held at Old Agency Hall, Blood Tribe, on Saturday, August 5, 2023, at 1:00 PM. Following the Funeral Service, Amber was laid to rest at St. Paul's Cemetery, Blood Tribe.