Doris Jean Fox “Mixes Medicine” Xu’baarii Ma’giasha’heesh, 61, went to be at peace with our Lord, November 13th, 2020. She left this earthly life at Abbott Northwestern Hospital Minneapolis, MN.
Doris Jean Fox “Mixes Medicine” was born to Arthur and Isabelle Smith on March 7th, 1959 in Watford City, ND. She attended Mandaree Public Schools and graduated May 19th, 1978. She was an avid basketball player and enjoyed running. Music was her escape through good times and bad, her favorite artist of all time was John Cougar Mellencamp. Doris also loved horses, and that remained throughout her life. Her house in the village is filled with statues and pictures, it made her feel close to home.
After graduating high school, Doris went on to marry Paul Lee Fox, Sr. “Wolf Howling” and from this union, three children were born; Paul “Chaske” Lee Fox Jr. “Comes Singing”, Dillon Gabriel Fox “White Horse/Comes Singing”, and Shaun Floren Fox “Wolf’s Voice”. They moved to Bismarck and both attended United Tribes Technical College. After completion, they returned to Mandaree, ND.
In the mid 90’s, Doris and her family moved to Hopkins, MN; where she worked various jobs and was always busy. Her door was always open to friends and family at any given moment. Her sons had numerous friends who knew her and took her for their mother.
In 2002, Doris and her family moved home to Parshall, ND. She began working for the tribe, she would work various jobs assisting the elderly. She loved visiting and learning the stories from them and learning her traditional Hidatsa language.
In 2006, she began her favorite life journey; welcoming her grandchildren, Skylar Jacelyn, Treven Chace and Paxsyn Jett. They were grandma’s sidekicks. She loved them all equally, but of the three, the one that never left her side was Paxsyn whom she affectionally called her “Bucksy”. Every time she would go to Minot to see them and prepare to return home, Bucksy would come out to her truck with a backpack saying “I’m gonna stay with you, grandma.” When his mom would agree, Bucksy would stay for a few weeks. Then when his mom would call him home, and he’d get very upset.
In 2017, Her eldest son Paul “Chaske” Fox Jr. departed this world. She was broken by this, but persisted, nonetheless. She and Dillon diligently planned and fundraised for his memorials.
Throughout her life, she had a hand in raising her nephew Kenneth “Dude” Smith Jr. He would always come and spend summers with her when she lived in Hopkins. She was incredibly proud of him when he joined the Navy. They would talk every day and discuss what they were going to do when he would return from Virginia. When he came home for honorings, he would stay with her at her home in the village.
Doris was always on the go, always keeping busy. She loved tending to her garden, decorating it for the various holiday seasons. She loved driving to the Smith Ranch and walking, remembering her childhood fondly. Doris loved to spend her weekends going to garage sales and finding forgotten treasures. She was a diehard Minnesota Vikings Fan. Fun fact, she never took ice in her drinks, and she REFUSED to eat pork. She could also play a wicked hand of 500.
She was a devout catholic, always praying the rosary with her sidekick Brenda Smith. She and Brenda would spend hours visiting and laughing, sneaking away to Minot or Bismarck to get out of town. One of her favorite times was when she had all her children under her roof, and she could cook for them. Just spending quality time watching movies or listening to music. She loved just being around all her friends and family.
Her final trip in 2020 was taking her baby Shaun & Buscksy to Long Beach, CA. On the drive back, they checked out Las Vegas and swam in the ocean. They got on the road to beat the fires before they started closing the roads. Doris lived a strong and happy life, full of surprises and adventures.
She is survived by her sons, Dillon and Shaun; Adopted sons, Jeremiah Hart, Jake Dyer Mills; Grandchildren, Skyler, Treven, and Paxsyn.
Siblings: Kenny, Mike, Patsey, Brenda, Barb, Tote Greyhawk, Leon Old Elk Stewart, Rod and Marcel Isnana, Val Hogan, Claudia McGrady
Nieces & Nephews: Willow Smith, Lorne Walking Hawk, Cody Seaboy, Alfred Seaboy, Jared Seaboy, Cedar Jacome, Traycee Walking Hawk, Kenneth (Dude) Smith, Jr., Wyatt Smith, Kolby Lonebear-Smith, Tanner Lonebear-Smith, Shane Lonebear-Smith, Coy Lonebear-smith, Isabelle Tiokasin, Valerie Lonefight. And her numerous grandsons and granddaughters.
She is preceded in death by her husband Paul Fox, Sr.; Son, Paul Fox Jr.; Adopted son, Jeremiah Sage; Parents, Art and Isabelle Smith; Grandparents, Alfred Sam and Gertrude Smith; Grandfather, Arthur Smith; Mother, Doreen Johnson (Sioux Valley, Manitoba, Canada); Sisters, Janice Marie and Valerie Joann; Aunt, Leticia Stewart (Crow Agency, MT); Uncles, Eugene, Neil, and Vernon Smith. Brothers Ronald J. Smith, Tracey Arthur Smith, Lyle Andrew Walking Hawk; Nephew, Ronald James Smith Jr.; Grandson, Jesse Storm Lonefight, and Granddaughter, Jade Paul. And her beloved pug Sporty.
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