Marilyn June "Junebug" Strong, Ojibwe name Ginew Anung Equay (Eagle Star Woman) age 58, of Red Lake, Minnesota Journeyed to the Spirit World on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at U of M Fairview Hospital in Minneapolis.
She was born to Frances & Melvin Strong Sr. on June 28, 1955 in Red Lake, Minnesota .
Marilyn grew up in Redby, Minnesota and later moved to Bemidji, Minnesota where she lived until 2010 when she moved back to Red Lake and resided with her son Brent and his family.
She enjoyed going to the casino, going on trips, listening to music, reading, shopping, sitting outside on the deck and spending time with her family.
She had a great sense of humor and loved to joke and laugh. Marilyn was an avid bowler and Bingo player over the years. She was a Fancy shawl dancer in her younger years.
Survived by a son: Brent (Charity) Pemberton Sr., a daughter: Rochelle (Rob) Cook; her mother: Frances Strong; brothers: Melvin (Yvonne) Strong Jr., Rexford (Elsie) Strong Sr., Willy (Earlene) Strong; sisters: Millie (Delwyn) Holthusen Sr., Magi (Joe) Parkhurst, Mavis Strong, Melodie Strong, Merrilee "Buddha" Strong; grandchildren: Darchelle, Delisha, Dasheena, Datonnah Strong and Brenna & Brent Pemberton Jr.; great grandchildren: Karrie Sumner, Rheanna Kingbird and AriYunah Strong; friend: Robert Sykora; uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Preceded in death by her father: Melvin Strong Sr., grandparents: Joe & Isabelle Strong, Mike & Louise Bagley, nine uncles, two aunts, a nephew, great grandparents and longtime companion: Gordon Wright.
Funeral services for Marilyn "Junebug" Strong will be held on Monday, October 21st, 2013 at 1:00 P.M. at The Redby Community Center.
Drum Groups will be "Ojibwe Hymn Singers" and "Redlake Battle River Drum Group Singers"
Interment will follow at St. Antipas Episcopal Cemetery in Redby, Minnesota .
A visitation will be held on Monday, October 21, 2013 from 10:00 A.M. until time of service at The Redby Community Center.
Honorary Casket Bearers will be Eagles 351 Auxiliary, Maelyn Strong, Darchelle Strong, Charity Prentice-Pemberton, Brenna Pemberton, Eve Beaulieu, Barbara Ness, Jean Whitefeather and Sharon Garrigan.
Casket Bearers will be Brandon Strong, Matthew "George" Strong, Brent Pemberton Jr., Rexford "Otis" Strong Jr., Wayne Clark, Joey Parkhurst and Mike Seki.
Alternate Casket Bearer will be Delwyn Hothusen Jr.
The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, Minnesota is serving the family. Online condolences may be made to www.chilsonfuneralhome.com