Alice Nenemay Camel
RONAN — On Sunday, July 25, 2010, a guardian angel came to take Alice Nenemay Camel, of Ronan, Montana, back to her God in Heaven. Before she left, she said, “Do not cry for me for I am, at last, at peace.” Alice passed away from natural causes at the St. Luke’s Community hospital. She was 90.
Alice was a mother, grandmother, a great- and great-great-grandmother, aunt, homemaker, friend, a Salish and Pend d’ Oreille language teacher, and a member of the Salish and Pend d’ Oreille Cultural Committee.
Alice, one of nine children, was born to Alex and Elaine Nenemay on January 16, 1920 at a home near Dixon, Montana.
Alice attended the Dixon Elementary School. After the majority of her children went out on their own, she went on to complete her general education degree, associates of arts degree in Native American Studies in June 1998 and Bachelor of Arts degree in Native American Human Services in June 2001. All degrees were received through the Salish and Kootenai College in Pablo.
To her children, Alice was generous, non-judgmental, supportive, and a strong role model. She taught her children to know what was truly important in life and to never take anything for granted. This, in turn, made her children strong, determined and have the ability to succeed in whatever they chose to do in life. We will miss her amazing strength and sense of humor.
The wake began Tuesday, July 27 at the St. Ignatius Long House. The rosary is scheduled for Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. and closing will start at 9 a.m. on Thursday, July 29 with the funeral at 11 a.m. in the St. Ignatius Catholic Church. Interment will follow in the Ronan Cemetery.
She is survived by 12 children, Katherine Fairbanks, Charles Camel, Thomas Camel, Helen Camel, Patricia (Issac) Kelly, Marvin (Norma) Camel, Paula (Terry) McDonald, Florine (Todd) Clifford, Kenneth Camel, Terry (David) Camel-Brown, Robert (Janet) Camel, and Renee (Robert) Van Gunten. She is also survived by 28 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren and a vast extended Nenemay family which resides in the Spokane/Cusick, Washington area.