Pecita Minunette Norwood Lonewolf, 82, of Millsboro, Del., passed away in the care of Harbor Healthcare on April 7, 2018. She was an accomplished advocate and servant of the Native American tribes. She was born in Millsboro on Jan. 17, 1936, to the late Robert S. Norwood and Jeanette Mosley Johnson Norwood.
Lonewolf graduated from Harmon School and the Haskell Institute (now Haskell University). She took a position with the Bureau of Indian Affairs as an employment guidance counselor for American Indians throughout the U.S.
She married Donald William Lonewolf of the Kiowa tribe in Oklahoma and raised two children. When he was incapacitated as result of an automobile accident, Lonewolf had to care for him until he passed away in 1972. She went on to become a program specialist for the Department of Health & Human Services, administering Head Start Programs for American Indian children all over the country. Eventually, she became the director of economic development programs on Indian Reservations in the U.S. and foreign territories.
After 32 years of federal service, Lonewolf moved back to Millsboro and was very active in her own tribe, the Nanticokes. She served many offices in her beloved Seventh Day Adventist Church in Millsboro. Her hobbies were service to the community, family and church; Indian crafts; and a love of reading.
Lonewolf is survived by her two sons, Donald Martell Lonewolf and his wife, Laura, of Grants Pass, Ore., and Merril D. Lonewolf of Millsboro; three sisters, Detsy Wright of Millsboro, Jitter Norwood and Splinter Norwood, both of Oklahoma City, Okla.; two grandchildren, Donald Lonewolf Jr. and Sim Lonewolf Sr.; and three great-grandchildren, Aaliyah Lonewolf, Sim Lonewolf Jr. and Quinn Lonewolf.
A funeral service was scheduled for April 15, 2018, at the Millsboro (Del.) Seventh Day Adventist Church, with the Rev. Stephan Boyce officiating and the Rev. Colby Matlock as eulogist. Interment was to follow in the SDA Cemetery, which is beside the church. Condolences may be sent online at www.watsonfh.com.