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Samantha M. Emery, 63

Samantha M. Emery, 63, of Mahnomen, died on Wednesday, June 13, 2007, at the Mahnomen Health Center Nursing Home.

Traditional Native American services will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Naytahwaush Charter School. Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. Friday at the school and continue until the time of the service on Sunday. Burial will be in the Naytahwaush Traditional Cemetery. Arrangements are with Anderson-Mattson Funeral Home of Mahnomen.

She was born April 10, 1944, to Juel Fairbanks and Ramona Pemberton-Emery in St. Paul. Growing up, she attended grade school in Athens, Greece, and Minneapolis, followed by Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis. She furthered her education at Metropolitan Community College and later at White Earth Tribal and Community College in Mahnomen.

While living in Minneapolis, she worked at Kateri House and was active in the Juel Fairbanks Treatment Center in St. Paul. She also worked for Prairie Island Reservation Social Services. In the early 1990s, she moved to Northern Minnesota and later settled in the White Earth area. During this time, she was an advisor for the University of Duluth Social Work Program, acted as an elder advisor for the Sons and Daughters of the Tradition Wellbriety Movement, actively helped organize the Wild Rice Round-Up and was on the board for the Community Resource Alliance in Detroit Lakes. Over the years, she also instructed many Mask Making Workshops in the Twin Cities, Bemidji and Mahnomen areas.

She is survived by her children, George Xanthes, Joy Neupert, Lisa Xanthes and Nicole Carrington; two grandchildren; brother, Frank Tanji; sister, Teddy Brown; a nephew and a niece.

She was preceded in death by her parents.