Bernadine J. Bear-Shields, 65, died Aug. 11, 2023, in Billings.
She was born to Leonard Bear Sr. and Bertha Bluestone Bear on Jan. 26, 1958, in North Hollywood, Calif.
She married Arlin F. Shields for 37 until his death Aug. 12, 2020. She attended school at Bell Gardens in California, Poplar High School and Fort Peck Community College. She loved creative writing.
She was a Sunday school teacher at the Pentecostal church for the preschool for a few years. She had many jobs throughout the years. She worked at Prime Time Video, Tribal Express, Cherry Tree Inn and the Riversage Hilltop Inn in Billings.
She enjoyed spending time with her youngest grandbaby, David Hapa; doing scratch cards, singing, dancing and spending time with her son Hunter Shields and her many friends. She raised Haston since he was a baby and loved raising him as their own son, Baby Bob.
She spent the last nine years of her life in Billings with her family.
She had a lot of faith in the Lord and taught her children to pray and to say that we love each other.
She is survived by her daughters, Debra Hapa, Antoinette Shields Johnson, Jennifer Montclair and Cinthia Haugen; sons, Karl D. Haugen, Hunter Shields and Ashlei Glesick; sisters, Tanya Bear, Debra Bear, Leslie Ricker, Brenda Baldry, Dela Brown, Paulette Pipe and Connie Price; and numerous grandchildren.
A memorial service was held Monday, Aug. 21, at the Pentecostal Church in Poplar. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel was entrusted with the arrangements.