Dulcie (Phillippena) McClammy Wolf, Ozhaawindibekwe/Pahá Zí Wįyą, 89, of LCO, a member of the Ft. Peck Assiniboine Tribe and matriarch of the Wolf family, started her journey accompanied by the thunderbirds in the early morning hours of Sept. 3, 2019 in Hayward.
She was born Dec. 1, 1929, in Poplar, Montana, the daughter of William “Bill” A. and Phillippena “Phil” Knapp McClammy, the youngest of nine children. Everyone in town called her “baby sister.” She was united in marriage to Raymond Wolf Sr. on March 12, 1949 at the Presbyterian Church in Poplar.
In their early years of marriage, the family followed construction across the United States. Dulcie planted flowers each time they stopped and set up camp, knowing she might not be there long enough to see them bloom, but made a pretty garden for the next people. In 1962 they settled in Oregon, where she and Ray were members of the Portland American Indian Center and in 1970 they were founding members of the annual Delta Park Pow Wow and Encampment in Portland, which is in its 49th year! In Oregon City she organized a group of friends and founded FISH (Fellowship in Serving Humanity), a volunteer organization to help families and elderly. The family moved in 1974 to Phoenix and Prescott, Arizona, then later Ray accepted a promotion in Washington, D.C. In 1988 he retired, and they moved back to LCO to his ancestral home. Dulcie, being a new elder, marveled at how well elders were treated by the tribal culture. Besides being a domestic engineer, she was a talented artist and loved making beautiful things. Her talents included gardening, sewing, knitting, crocheting, beading (she could bead on anything!), ceramics and making silver and turquoise jewelry. She attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, to learn jewelry making. Each summer Dulcie and Ray would return to Poplar and Wolf Point, Montana, in time for the Wild Horse Stampede. They loved reunions, dances and rodeos with old friends and relatives.
Dulcie was involved in many social and non-profit organizations throughout her life, most recently as a charter member of the LCO Elders Association and previously with Great Lakes Native American Elders Association and the LCO AmVets Auxiliary. Dulcie was always community-minded and wanted to keep elders engaged in activities despite her own physical limitations from crippling rheumatoid arthritis. She served on the Reserve Elderly Nutrition Advisory Board, where her sister-in-law Darlene Hudren was director. She was engaged in helping organize activities for the elders of LCO. For a time, she was part of the Senior Companions and the Elder program at the LCO K-12 School and helped children with their reading assignments. She also worked with Dorothy Tate to sew regalia for students so they could participate in school pow wows. She and her buddies (Liz Schmock and Dorothy Tate) would then head to the Grindstone Casino on Fridays after school. Bingo and slot machines were some of her favorite pastimes and she made many friends at the casino.
After Ray passed in 2002, Dulcie started an annual “Grandparents Day” picnic that included jam sessions with local musicians for the elders. The event grew too big for the family home at Wolf Point (LCO) so the next year it was moved to the Pavilion in front of the clinic, then the year after that to the Bass Lake Town Hall building. She loved listening to WOJB’s Honky Tonk program, French-Canadian fiddling, bluegrass, Chicken Scratch, Mariachi and Cajun music, along with old time country western tunes. Dulcie loved playing cards and would say, “deal ‘em out!” when family came to visit. She went through many decks of cards, three sets of “Golden Girls” series and burned out five DVD players. She almost wore out Highway 2 going back and forth to check on her brothers in Poplar, and then back again to LCO to check on her machines . . . oh, and kids!
She is survived by daughters, Dulcie Rae Wolf (Bryan Chance), Dr. Iva GreyWolf (David Clark) of Roseburg, Oregon, Phyllis Emma Wolf, Mary Irene Wolf and Utina Malnourie; sons, Robert Lee McClammy, Robert Sander Jr., all of LCO; cousin, George Sanders of Poplar, Montana; brothers-in-law, Richard and Donald (Shirley) Wolf of San Diego California; sister of the heart, Susi Holecz of Oregon City, Oregon; daughters of the heart, Elaine Miller, Kathy Huskey and Beverly Smith; grandchildren, Romee (Scott) McAdams, Dulcie Nicole (Ernie) Bear Don’t Walk, Raylene (Jake Hensen), James, Anangookwe, Michael, Mark, Tristen, Mariah, Eliana and Agnes and many more from marriages and adoptions; many great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild, Raelyn Wellman; nieces and nephews, and special friend Ellen Martin.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Phillippena “Phil;” her husband, Raymond; sisters, Iva “Kate” Katherine and Mary Mae; brothers, Daniel A., Wm. “Tolly” Tolliver, Willis, John Q., James H. and George S.; niece, Mary Mae; adopted son, Warner Huss; granddaughters, Krystal Wellman and Sherry Lynn McClammy; and great-grandson, Lain Self.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at Hayward Funeral Services, with Rev. Tauno Joe Mike officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Dulcie’s final resting place is the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, alongside her husband, Ray, a World War II veteran.
Honorary pallbearers will be George Sanders, Robert McClammy, Dave Clark, Bryan Chance, Jim Miller, Jerry Smith, Will McClammy, Vernon Martin, Jim Strunk, Charlie Carufel, Wayne Jensen Sr. and Harold J. Culbertson.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Arthritis Foundation1355 Peachtree St NE, Suite 600, Atlanta, GA 30309.
Online condolences may be shared at www.bratley-nelsonchapels.com.