Shirley Yvonne (Favel) Celley, Ke Shay Quay Up-Rainbow Woman, 59, passed away Thursday, April 18, 2013 at Rugby, N.D.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, April 23 at White Bear Community Hall, Saskatchewan with interment in Standingready Cemetery, White Bear, Saskatchewan.
Shirley Yvonne (Favel) Celley was born on February 8, 1954 in Arcola, Saskatchewan to Walter N. Favel and Virginia (Bigstone) Favel. After losing her mother at the age of six, she was raised by her grandmother, Agnes Favel. Shirley was an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa as well as a member of the White Bear First Nations in Canada. In 1985 Shirley attended Jamestown College in North Dakota and studied, psychology, history, political science and addiction counseling then graduated in 1990 with high honors. In 1993, she was the first female Native American to become a licensed addictions counselor in the state of North Dakota and as an addiction counselor; she served and helped many people in the Turtle Mountain and Spirit Lake area of North Dakota. She also served as a foster care case manager for the Spirit Lake Tribal Services and as an advocate for Native American women. Shirley volunteered much of her time helping others through her participation and knowledge in the spiritual and cultural activities such as talking circles, sweat lodge ceremonies and sun dances. Traveling, visiting her children and grandchildren, round dances and pow wows were among some of her favorite activities. Her spirituality brought love and light to everyone she encountered. She often left you feeling grateful to be in this world because of her humbleness and infinitely loving attitude. The love for her family is what keeps her family together and strong. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
She is survived by her husband, Brian Celley; children, Travis Favel, Chad McLeod, Tara McGregor; grandchildren, Ian Favel, Trent Favel, Alyssa Favel, Amberly McLeod, Alora (McLeod) Robertson, Genesis McGregor, Autumn Rain; numerous brothers, sisters, cousins, nephews, nieces, aunts and uncles.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter & Virginia; siblings, Bruce, Robert, Roderick and Walter Jr. Favel, Janice (Favel) Houle, Orville Bigstone; grandchildren, Tanner (McLeod) Moore, Ayden Foss-McLeod.