Edward James Azure
Born: Oct 04, 1951
Died: Oct 01, 2014
Edward James Azure, 62, passed away on October 1, 2014 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona after a long struggle with cancer. Wake services will be held Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 6:00 pm at the Red Whip Center in Fort Belknap. Arrangements have been made with Edwards Funeral Home of Chinook.
Edward was born on October 4, 1951 at Fort Belknap Agency to Norman Azure Sr. and Evelyn Bigby. His Assiniboine name was (shunk-sha-pedea(x) tiya) flaming red horse. Ed was raised in the Harlem area and attended Harlem Schools, but graduated from Chilocco Indian School in Oklahoma. In 1972 Ed married Darlene Azure, and they were blessed with five children. Throughout this time frame, Ed attended Barnes Business College in Denver, CO where he completed a one year program. He began working for Fort Belknap tribes and performed a variety of duties including administrative, planning, land and water development. Ed and Darlene divorced in 1992 and he relocated to Arizona in 1994, where he began his work for various tribes such as Pascua Yaqui, Ak-Chin, ViKoam Soak, Tohono Odham, and Gila River.
In 1997 Ed married Valerie (Titla). He also was a firefighter and worked construction.
Ed is survived by his wife Valerie (Titla) of San Carlos, AZ and step daughter Cindy Noline of Phoenix. AZ. Ed is also survived by his five children Robert Azure (Shauna) of Havre, MT, Justin Azure, Derek Azure and Winona Azure of Harlem, Torrie Friede (Justin) of Missoula and Evan Azure (Nikki) of Renton, WA. Surviving grandchildren are: Jordann, Hailey, Kateri, Grace, Alex and Kendrick. Surviving brothers are Wayne (Linda) Azure, Robert W. Azure, and Buddy Horn (Davie Lee) of Fort Belknap. Surviving sister is Maxine Rutherford of Harlem. And other beloved survivors are numerous aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews and cousins.
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