“Missy”, Carol Sue Saloway joined her ancestors on July 22, 2023, after a long battle with health issues. Missy was born on September 4, 1963, to Marvin Sr. and Sadie Saloway and was raised on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Elmo, MT.
She attended schools in Polson, MT, Chemawa Indian School, Salem, OR, Salish Kootenai College, Pablo, MT, and University of Montana’s Vo-Tech, Missoula, MT. Missy found her calling in the Salish Kootenai College’s Building Trades Carpentry program. She was an accomplished Cabinet Maker and gained employment with a local cabinet company, “The Cupboard”. Missy held an adventurous array of jobs which included employment in Alaska, Hawaii, and Canada. She was an excellent Beader, Cook, and Baker, and loved sharing the fruits of her talents with others.
Missy was a beloved Daughter, Sister, Auntie, Titi, Papa, and most of all Best Friend. She was an advocate for many and was always assisting those in need.
Missy married Russell Letcher and together they enjoyed gardening, landscaping, and the outdoors, and taking family, especially their nieces and nephews, camping, huckleberry picking, swimming, and fishing.
Missy truly loved entertaining her nieces, nephews, and papas. She stayed in close communication with those she cared about, always calling her friends and relatives to catch up on the latest, but most of all to check up on them.
Missy joins her parents Marvin Sr. and Sadie, her sister Tracy, her cousins Darrin Couture, Leslie Kallowat, and Suzette “Girlie” Kallowat. Her uncles: Archie Saloway, Buddy Saloway, Victor Phillips, Douglas Phillips Jr. Art Trahan, Aunts: Sally Phillips, Gloria Trahan, Susie Gorrie, Mavis Mitchell, and May Cannon.
She is survived by her brother Marvin Saloway Jr. (Michelle), her sisters: Jeris Fred (Nelson Racehorse) and Dorothy Berney, Aunt, Angela Paradis (Paul), Uncles: Wayne McCoy and Jim McCoy, her cousins Cleo Kenmille (Bob Wynn), Catherine Eneas (Eldon Bigbeaver), Gale Eneas, Brad Eneas, David Pepion, Michelle Pepion, Matthew Mitchell, Les Mitchell Jr., Crystal Houle (Jesse), Michelle Trahan-Usher (Joe), Paul Phillips, Victor Phillips, Orsino Walker, Robin Kallowat, Phillip Kallowat, Howard Kallowat Jr. her nephews Ambrose Saloway (Niche) and Ashten Rivard, her nieces: Kayin Racehorse, Josie Usher, Nicole Eneas, Selina Kenmille, Shavonne Kallowat, her grandchildren and best friends Eilah and Xander, and dear friends: Kiowa Incashola, Iris Caye, Pammy Antiste, Molly Long Time Sleeping, Al Hewankorn and numerous other relatives and friends. Missy’s presence will be deeply missed by all.
Missy will be brought out to the Elmo Hall on Tuesday July 25, 2023, at 4:00 p.m. Funeral services will be on Wednesday July 26, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. Burial to follow at Elmo Cemetery.