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Gloria Diserly

Gloria Freda Diserly (Wambdenica Owayanka Wiyan, Girl Who Looks for Orphans), 73, of Poplar, died Sept. 20, 2018, at Billings Clinic in Billings.

She was born at home in Riverside to George and Julia (Ireland) Fast Horse on July 31, 1945. She was raised in the Riverside and Brockton area, moving to Poplar in 1972, where she lived the rest of my life.
She attended grade school and high school in Brockton and also attended college at Missoula and Billings Business College. She was one of the first six graduates from Fort Peck Community College in 1982 in business science.
She worked for the Fort Peck Gun Factory, Fort Peck Housing, Fort Peck Headstart, A&S Industries and Fort Peck Community Service Program for 17 years. She resigned to go back to college to further her education at FPCC, graduating again with two college certificates in computer technology and bookkeeping/accounting. She tutored college algebra while attending FPCC.
She started back to work with DataCom Science assisting the probate department at Poplar BIA, and, in November 2001, was employed with the BIA (Probate Dept.) for 15 years before retiring. She also worked at the Tribal Elders Program for 19 years before retiring. Within the last couple of weeks, she resigned from the Fort Peck Tribes Enrollment Board where she served for two years.
On July 3, 1963, she married Melvin Birthmark and, to this union, were born four children, Marvin, Kevin, Melvine and Randal. Melvin died in 1971. On Sept. 8, 1972, she married Arlie Diserly and they had three children, Diana Tuttle, Dina and Frank Diserly. She raised three grandchildren, Amanda Fast Horse, Rita Deserly and Daniel Diserly, whom she adopted.
She was a devoted Catholic and a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Poplar.
Survivors include husband, Arlie Diserly; sons, Marvin Fast Horse, Randal Birthmark, Frank Diserly and Daniel Diserly; daughters, Diana Tuttle and Dina Diserly; sisters, Angeline Iron Road of Cannon Ball, N.D., Henrietta Starr of Williston, N.D.; 35 grandchildren, plus all of her extended grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by son, Kevin Alfred Birthmark; daughter, Melvine Jewel Birthmark; grandchildren, Angel Diserly and Isiah Birthmark; sisters, Cecelia, Irene, Lucille Martin, Georjane, Floria, Bridget and Joanne Fast Horse; and brothers, Leo Jasper, Dave Victor FastHorse, Lorance Fast Horse, Mike Fast Horse, Thomas Martin, Clifford Wise Spirit and George Fourth.
Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, Sept. 29, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Poplar. Interment was at Riverside Catholic Cemetery in Riverside. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel of Wolf Point was entrusted with the arrangements.