Monica Martell-Walking Eagle
Monica Rose Martell-Walking Eagle, 67, of Poplar died March 15, 2023, at Poplar Community Hospital.
She was born March 9, 1956, to Floyd Dominic Martell Sr. and Roberta Louise Martell in Blair.
She grew up in Blair and attended Brockton School. As she grew, she loved to explore and experience living in different cities and states, but was always drawn back home to Poplar where she lived most of her life. She earned her high school equivalency diploma on May 28, 1976.
She attended Police Academy in Bismarck, N.D., and was a certified nurse’s aide along with earning college credits. Throughout her life, she enjoyed working at A& S, Poplar Hospital, Spotted Bull, Poplar HeadStart and, while living in Denver, Colo., she worked as a secretary and CNA for Health Resources and Services Administration. During her employment, she earned many certificates, including most dedicated.
Anyone who knew her knew she was a strong woman, outspoken with an amazing sense of humor and a heart of pure gold. She was always there for everyone and anyone.
In her early 20s, she met her husband Alfred Walking Eagle Sr. She loved and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.
In her spare time, she enjoyed playing bingo, playing machines and fishing. She had a passion for traditional dancing and wanted one day to own an all-buckskin dress so she could show off her dancing skills.
She was preceded in death by her siblings, Floyd “Little Guy” Jr. Martell, Jack Martell and Lori Ann Martell; grandchildren, Samantha Headdress, Robert Pinkerton and Tyler Pinkerton; and great-granddaughter, Mahlani Lezard.
She is survived by her husband, Alfred Walking Eagle Sr.; siblings, Betty Martell, Stanley Martell, Frank Martell, Sophia Youngman and Mildred Friedrich; children, Donovan Martell, Jessica Garcia-Garza, Roberta Not Afraid, Tonetta Cantrell, Alfred Walking Eagle, Buddy WalkingEagle, Jack Walking Eagle, Chili Walking Eagle, Ida Kicking Woman; and numerous grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Friday, March 24, at the Poplar Cultural Center. Interment followed at Riverside Catholic Cemetery. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel was entrusted with arrangements.