Rose Ellen

Rose Ellen Drapeau

May 28, 1931 – November 29, 2022

Rose Ellen Drapeau, 91, passed away on November 29, 2022, in Garrison.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, December 3, 2022, at the White Shield Complex. Burial to follow at the Arickara Congregational Cemetery.

A Wake Service will start at 5:00 PM on Friday, December 2, 2022, at the White Shield Complex.

Rose Ellen Fox – Drapeau was born May 28, 1931, to Fred Fox Sr. and Hannah Wash- Fox in Elbowoods, North Dakota.  Rose met William Paul Drapeau in Butte, Montana in 1955.  Rose and Bill married in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Rose was blessed with twin girls, Clarinda Ann and Clara Ann.  Sadly, Clara Ann passed away at the age of 3.  In 1959, the family relocated to Los Angeles, California, where she was blessed with 3 sons, Jim born in 1958. He passed away in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 2021 with Covid.  Melvin was born in 1961. He passed away in Los Angeles, California in 1987. and Robert was born in 1969. 

During Rose’s childhood, her friends were Greta (Young Bird) White Calfe and Virginia Thorson Fox, (Mark Fox’s) mother.  Rose’s best friend was her older sister, Gladys.  They were always together.  You never saw one without the other.  They were together until Gladys left to be with her husband George, parents and siblings in heaven.  Rose enjoyed horseback riding and loved horses.  She learned how to sing Arikara songs at a young age.  She sang with her nephews, the Howling Wolf Boys.  Rose loved to box.  She taught her nephews, Sonny-o (John Jr.) and Keith Fox.  She was so very proud of them when they became golden Glove Boxers.  She grew up with them, Sonny-o and Keith, because she was not much older.  When Rose was 17 years old. She went to Arizona to stay with her brother Bob and sister-in-law Naomi.  When grandma Hannah and Grandpa Fred put her on the train, she said she had the most frighten look she was scared the conductor said, “Does she have to go!”

Rose and her family lived in California for about 33 years.  She left California and lived in Oklahoma for 2 years.  Shen then moved home to North Dakota.  While in California she worked as a care giver until her son, Melvin got very sick.  Rose cared for him until he passed away in 1987.  Rose ‘s hobbies were fishing, going to the swap meets and garage sales.  She loved going to the Santa Monica Pier to go fishing with Family.  Rose and Gladys would go shopping at the swap meets on the weekends and go to garage sales.  Rose loved to sing the Arikara songs and told the old stories.

Rose lived in Garrison for around 17 years before she moved to Bismarck with her son, Robert.  When Rose started to get sick, Clarinda and Robert took turns caring for their mother. She was in the Good Samaritan in Mandan, North Dakota for a 1 year.  Clarinda brought her home where she died peacefully at home where she wanted to be. 

Our Mom, Grandmother and Aunt loved all her children, grandchildren, nephews and nieces.  There were times when she would say, “You are my favorite,” but, we were all her favorite.  She loved her son-in-law Frosty; she thought the world of him. 

Rose is survived by her children: Clarinda (Wallace) Hosie, Garrison, ND.  Robert (Guadalupe Shepard Bismarck, ND.  Grandchildren: David (Daria ) Nolan, Hawaiian Gardens , CA.  Robbie Nolan, Parshall ND.  Stephanie Shepard Bismarck, ND.  Great Grandchildren:  Cresselda Nolan, Hawaiian Gardens, CA and Jesse Nolan, Bellflower, CA.  

Rose is preceded n death by her husband: William Drapeau, Children: Carla Ann, Jim and Melvin, Grandson Donald Moore Jr, Parents: Fred Fox Sr. and Hannah (Wash) Fox, sisters: Carrie, Melvina and Gladys, Brothers: Charlie, Lawrence, George, Joe, Alfred, John, Robert, Matthew and Fred Jr, and many other family members.

Rose was a wonderful, beautiful Mother, Grandmother, Great-grandmother and Auntie.  She will be missed by so much by those who love her.  

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Wake and Prayer Service

Friday, December 2, 2022
5:00 PM

White Shield Complex

White Shield, ND

Funeral Service

Saturday, December 3, 2022
11:00 AM

White Shield Complex

White Shield, ND

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