ISLE -- Brenda Joyce Moose Boyd, longtime resident of Isle, began her journey into the spirit world on Friday, Dec. 17, 2004, after a short struggle with cancer. She is preceded in death by her parents, Alex and Annie (Davis) Moose; four brothers, Paul, Basil, Robert, and Freddie; two sisters, Bernice and Nancy Alice; and niece, Paula Graikowski. She is survived by her sister, Helena (Moose) Graikowski; daughter, Dawn (Boyd) Chosa; sons, David Boyd and Robert Moose; granddaughters, Toni Weous and Terri Boyd; nieces and nephews, Corwin (Julie) Graikowski, Isle, Jay (Maki) Graikowski, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Gilda (Tracy Burr) Graikowski, Onamia, Emma Gagnon, Green Bay, Wis., Jenny Moose, of Brainerd, Minn., and Kevin Moose, of Aitkin, Minn.; close cousins, Charlene Smith and Edna Day, Minneapolis, Marge Anderson and Frances Boswell, Onamia, and former husband, Russell Boyd, Onamia.
Brenda was born in Cloquet, Minn., on Dec. 18, 1940. She grew up in Isle, Minn., and attended Isle Public Schools where she graduated in 1958. Later she married and had two children, Dawn and David. For 20 years, Brenda worked in the Isle Public School system and around the community. Upon her daughter's graduation, Brenda moved her family to Anchorage, Alaska, where she worked on the North Slope of Alaska for two years in the early 1980s. Brenda settled back in Isle and took a position with the Mille Lacs Band as Director of Tribal Operations, where she diligently pursued historical facts. During her tenure with the Mille Lacs Band, she received her college degree in history from St. Cloud State University. Brenda was part of a small group of Mille Lacs Band members who testified before the Supreme Court during the treaty lawsuit.
Brenda was an avid hunter and a great shot. While in her late 50s she was still in the woods with the guys from the hunting party. Brenda was proud of her culture and traditions and often told entertaining stories about her family life while growing up. She often took the time to teach family members and others about what was taught to her by her family.
Brenda is a wonderful mother, sister, aunt, and grandmother. Brenda touched the lives of all people she met during her life and will be greatly missed.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2004, at the Chiminising Community Center near Isle. Interment will follow at the Faith Lutheran Cemetery near Isle. Arrangements are with Peterson-Johnson Funeral Home of Milaca.
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