Janice Faye Fanman

May 18, 1958 - January, 11 2018

Janice Faye Fanman was born on May 18, 1958 in Clinton, Oklahoma to David “Gunsmoke” Fanman and Annie Maria “Gish” (Allrunner) Fanman of Fonda, Oklahoma. She departed this life unexpectedly on January 11, 2018 in the presence of family members in Phoenix, Arizona. Janice was raised in the Fonda community. Her Cheyenne name was “ Red Wing.” She graduated from Canton High School, then later pursued higher education at Navajo Community College now known as Dine College where she received her nursing degree. After receiving her degree, she later relocated to Phoenix, Arizona. Faye made a home for her family and her adopted sister/companion Donice Hoopaugh in the Phoenix metro area. She lived a fulfilling life being able to sell jewelry, travel to see family, and spending time with her family. Faye enjoyed being the mother to Russell, James and Samantha Fanman. She was most proud of her nieces, nephews, and grandchildren. She always made it clear to them how much she loved them for all their accomplishments and efforts in what they decided to do in life. She liked to watch Oklahoma Sooner football, loved to tell stories, and she enjoyed to gourd dance when she was able to dance, She enjoyed hearing her son James Fanman sing whenever she would ask him. Faye made many friends while she lived in the southwest area and kept close ties with her relatives in Oklahoma. She was a devoted Southern Baptist woman, who paid homage to her traditional Cheyenne values. She was a very strong Cheyenne woman, being one of the few Cheyenne speakers in our tribe with strong traditional values. In her younger years, Faye was part of her father's dance troupe, who performed in the Flagstaff 4th of July Celebration in downtown Flagstaff, AZ. She danced southern buckskin and was also one of the first women’s fancy dancers. She was always there to lend a hand to those who asked her for help and do what she could for others. She had a big heart and loved her family very much. Janice Faye Fanman came from a long line of chiefs from both parents. She comes from a bloodline of hereditary Cheyenne chiefs. From her mother's side she is the granddaughter of Chief Redmoon and Chief Jacob Allrunner, the first known "Little Boy Chief " of the Cheyenne people. On her father's side she is a granddaughter of Chief Tallbull, the last Chief of the Cheyenne Dog Soldiers. Her father David Fanman, Sr. was an Arapaho Chief. Her brother David Fanman, Jr was a Cheyenne Chief. She lived the life of being a daughter of a Chief and a sister to a Chief. Janice is survived by her son, James Fanman; daughter Samantha Fanman; adopted sister/ companion Donice Hoopaugh; sisters Linda Jensen, Rosie Fanman, and Bealuh Fanman; and granddaughters Jasmine Joy and Jordin Lynn Fanman and various nieces, nephews, and grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents David and Annie Fanman; son Russell Fanman; and brothers David Fanman, Jr, James Fanman, Kingsley Fanman and Malcolm Fanman. Traditional wake services will begin at 7:00 p.m., Friday, January 19, 2018 at the Canton Native American Gymnasium in Canton, OK with Rev. Gerald Panana officiating. Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, January 20, 2018 at the same venue. Interment will follow in Cantonment Cemetery west of Canton Lake under the direction of Pierce Funeral Home, Canton, OK. Condolences may be made at www.piercefuneralhomes.com

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