Virgilena LeClair, 65, of Fort Hall passed away Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012 at the Pocatello Care and Rehabilitation Center in Pocatello, Idaho.
Virgilena was born May 25, 1946 in Pocatello to Leonard and Lydia G. Stone. She graduated from Blackfoot High School and attended Idaho State University in Pocatello.
In the early 1970’s, Virgilena married Lonny LeClair in Fort Hall.
Virgilena worked at the Shoshone Bannock Tribes as the Fish and Game dispatcher from 1981 to 1986 and as the secretary for the Tribal Wildlife Department from 1986 to present. In her free time she enjoyed beadwork, fishing, hunting, horseback riding, reading, ranching and traveling with her husband.
She was a member of the Assembly of God Church.
Virgilena is survived by her husband, Lonnie of Fort Hall; sisters, LouSandra P. Pubigee, Lynn Stone and Elaine S. Hatch, all of Fort Hall; brother, Doyle Punkin of Fort Hall; nephews, Enoch Edmo, Franklin (Mary) Edmo and Marty Edmo; and nieces, Marcine E. (Francisco) Medina and Kelly E. Plentywounds; and extended family from Montana.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Leonard and Lydia Stone; sister, Marcella Stone Edmo; and niece Allene L. Martinez.
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012 at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 South Shilling Avenue in Blackfoot.
After the funeral service, Virgilena will be taken to the family ranch, 5 miles west on Sheepskin Road and remain there until a traditional Native American burial will take place at 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 at the Gibson Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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