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Shirley Ann Nicholson White


May 29, 2019

Shirley Ann Nicholson White went to be with the lord suddenly on May 17, 2019 at the Billings Clinic from natural causes.

Rosary was Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 7:00 P.M. at St. Paul's Mission, Hays, MT. Funeral Mass was Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 11:00 A.M. at St. Paul's Mission, Hays, MT.

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Shirley was born April 25, 1939 to Annie Sleeping Bear and Murry Nicholson in Cleveland Montana. Shirley grew up in the Hays Montana area. She attended Mission Grade School and then Helena boarding school.

Shirley met Thomas Cochran Sr. In 1957 and married. They had nine children together, Charlene, Roseann, Henrietta, Mary Agnes, Lewis, Raymond, Robert, Michael, and Jennie Cochran. They were married for 17 years and later divorced. She met Max White Jr. and married they spent 37 years together.

Shirley was a homemaker; she loved taking care of her children and later her grandchildren. One of Shirley's funniest past times was being in the Bones Gang. There was Shirley Nicholson, Frances Mann, Ilene Jones, Thelma Jones and Naomia Turntoes. They were known to be really tough; Ha-ha, and liked to beat up men.

Shirley had loved to play bingo. She made it to all the big bingos. She also loved to play machines at the Ft. Belknap casino. She liked to play crib and Yahtzee with whoever was down to play against her. Shirley also liked to watch her granddaughter Mulleeah Stiffarm play basketball she made it to all her games. Shirley will be greatly missed by many and forgotten by none.

She is survived by her husband, Max White Jr .; Sons: Raymond (Claudia) Cochran, Robert (Christina) Cochran, Michael (Joe) Cochran, Lewis (Gena) Cochran, Jeannie (Willie) Buffalo and Roseann Cochran. Adopted Grandchildren whom she raised Leann Cochran, Lori Ereaux, Robert Tims, David Tims, Shirl Tims and Michael Tims. Shirley loved all of her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She had 113 grandchildren and great grandchildren all together. 1 great great grandchild and expecting 2 more great grandchildren.

Shirley was preceded in death by parents Annie Sleeping Bear, Murry Nicholson. Children, Charlene Cochran, Hennetta Cochran, Mary Agnes Cochran, grandchildren: Terry Ann Cochran, Constance Marie Hawley, Max Bear, Jazmine McConnell. Brothers: Daley Carrywater, Benjermen, Ezra, Jimmy Carrywater. Sisters: Nelly Doney, Joannie Favel, MaryAnn Keizer Carrywater.



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