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Anna W. Rock

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Anna W. Rock, whose Indian name is Omaayawibiikwe, 90, of Waubun, died Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009, at MeritCare Hospital in Fargo, N.D.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Old Pine Point School in Ponsford. Visitation will begin at 4 p.m. today at Old Pine Point School and continue until the time of the service Monday.

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David-Donehower Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.

She was born May 19, 1918, to Dan G. and Mary (Dunn) White in Cass Lake. She was raised in the Leech Lake area. She married Reuben Rock Dec. 31, 1934. They made their home in White Earth where her husband was the priest at Breck Memorial Episcopal Church in Ponsford. She adopted Christianity and was baptized at Episcopal Church at Pine Point. She was a member there until her husband died. She later moved to Waubun. She was employed by the White Earth Band as a community health worker for many years. She enjoyed working with everyone and made friends from the contacts through her employment. She retired, but missed work so much she came out of retirement and worked until she was 79.

She was a member of the Ojibwe singers. She provided support and courage to many families during times of grief. She was a member of the White Earth elders and attended elders conferences.

She enjoyed jingle dress dancing, attending powwows and dancing. She also enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her children, Samuel Rock of Waubun, John (Hanna) Rock of Bemidji, Mary Rose (Andrew) Favorite of Waubun, Stella E. Rock of St. Paul and Anna (Tom) Magoris of Park Rapids; 14 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; sons, Reuben and Melvin, two grandchildren; two great-grandsons; three brothers; and sister.

Online guest book is at www.daviddonehower.com.

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