Shenia Tannese Stearns, aka: "Shania," "Sha-nay-nay"


February 9, 2022

We will celebrate her life at a gathering on her birthday, February 13, 2022. It will be held at 104 4th Avenue S.E., Harlem, MT. Pastor Henry from the Assembly of God Church will officiate at 1 p.m. It will be hosted by her mother, Shari Sterns. Shenia's funeral service, along with her grandparents, will take place this summer in Nasha, MT.

Shenia was born February 13, 1996 in Havre, MT to Shari Stearns and John Kern. When Shenia was born the doctor had to use forcepts to deliver her. This procedure left Shenia handicapped and she had to deal with this all her life. Currently she was working on her GED at Aaniiih Nakoda College, Fort Belknap, MT.

In 1999 Shenia attended "Horse Therapy" for 2 years through Quality Life Concepts in Havre, MT. She loved this and it really helped her mobility and independence. Shenia enjoyed playing basketball, playing her guitar, singing, especially karaoke, and spending time with her sisters and brothers. She loved people and quickly befriended anyone she met. Shenia loved social media and became friends with many people. She played online games, listened to music, watched videos and kept up with her friends.

Shenia's first school was the Ft. Belknap Head Start. Her Stepdad, Robby moved to Townsend, MT and Shenia started grade school there where she met her life long friend Jacob and they always kept in touch. Later the family moved back to Harlem, MT, where Shenia continued her schooling. Shenia was a member of the basketball team, was in choir and attended Special Olympics, winning many medals. Growing up, Shenia loved to swim, ride her bike and go camping. She loved the outdoors. Her family was most important to her. Robert Bell was Shenia's Step-dad and helped Shari in raising her. Shenia was very kind hearted, generous and loved to laugh, making others happy. Her smile was contagious and she had beautiful brown eyes. Her siblings would call her "Sha-nay-nay", they lovingly teased each other and had a very strong family bond in which they supported each other.

Grandma Stearns had a special bond with Shenia. They went to concerts, attended special events and did some traveling. No matter where Shenia was, she talked to grandma daily.

Shenia is survived by her Mother Shari Stearns, Father John Kerns, Sisters, Sade Stearns, Lacey Bell,

Trinity Bell, Brother, Kellen Stearns, Step-sister, Britny Gorder, Step-brother, Evan Zuck and half-sister, Nevaeh Kern, Step-Grandmother, Roberta Bell, Uncle Steve Stearns, Aunt Tami Stearns, Uncle Scott Stearns, Aunt Amber Stearns and Nieces and Nephews.

She was preceded in death by her Step-father, Robert "Robby" Bell, Grandfather Gary Stearns, Grandmother Karen Stearns, and Grandfather John Kern, Sr.


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