Mabelle Nokomis (Sequoyah) McDonald

Born: Fri., Jan. 6, 1922
Died: Thu., Apr. 26, 2018


7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Sat., Apr. 28, 2018
Location: Long House Funeral Home

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Sun., Apr. 29, 2018
Location: Long House Funeral Home

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Mabelle Nokomis Sequoyah Ivey McDonald, age 96, of the 3200 acre tract located in Whittier, NC passed away Thursday April 26, 2018 at the Cherokee Indian Hospital.

She was born January 6, 1922 in Cherokee, NC to parents Ammoneeta Sequoyah and Ollie Otter Jumper.  

In her earlier years she enjoyed Bead Work, Splitting, Carving, and Dying by hand materials for her basket weaving.  One of her baskets was hand delivered to President Jimmy Carter while still in office.  She was a cast member of “Unto These Hills” for over 30 years.  While in “Unto These Hills” she traveled and visited schools to teach children the ways of her native people.  The care and treatment of children and the elderly was a important part of her life.  She made appearances in several movies which include Follow the River, Last of the Mohicans, The Lost Capone, Voices in the wind, The witness and a few documentaries.  She eased her mind with trips to Florida to fish and visit family.  She loved fishing !  Mabelle was considered a remarkable and courageous woman.  She had met the challenges in her life head on and was always there for those who may need a little help to meet challenges of their own.  She had learned a lot from her experiences and the experiences of those around her.  Mabelle was happy with what life had given her, especially her greatest joy, the ability to attend Bingo as often as possible, all the way up till 2 months before her passing.  She had said that when the day comes that she no longer lives among us, she hopes to be remembered for the love and time she had to give to those who were at times, less fortunate than herself.

Mabelle is survived by her children, Alice Dyer, Bonnie Merritt (Husband Alan), Charles Ivey (Wife Debbie), and Jacob Ivey (Wife Phillis); 18 Grandchildren; 33 Great Grandchildren; 19 Great Great Grandchildren; 2 Sisters, Annie Arch of Cherokee and Lizzie Hull of Whittier.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Fred McDonald; one son, Bill Ivey; two daughters, Edna Mae Ivey and Shirley Kirkland; one sister, Leona Eller.

A special thanks to the Yellow Hill Singers, Bo Parris, and all who took time to drop by visit and help in any way possible.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 7 pm until 9 pm at Long House Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be held on Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 2 pm.  Pastors James “Bo” Parris and Gil Breedlove will officiate.  Burial will follow at the Ivey Homeplace Cemetery in Whittier.  Pallbearers will be grandsons.

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Rhoda Bigmeat
   Posted Fri April 27, 2018
Mabel will be greatly missed! Not only by me, but many. She was loved at Tribal Bingo and she had her own family at Tribal Bingo, which many loved her and always looked for her and admired her. She was a very bright, sharp, spontaneous woman. She loved her bingo and loved her bingo family. I think she came just to see her bingo family, and we are happy she did. She brought a lot of smiles and laughs to a lot of peoples lives during her life. Rest in Peace sweet Mabel! We will miss you dearly.

Johnny and Betty Eller and Family
   Posted Sat April 28, 2018
We are all so sad to hear of the passing of Aunt Mabell. Out Thought and Prayers are with the family. R.I.P Mabell

Kenny Eller
   Posted Sat April 28, 2018
You are now with Mom in heaven. RIP Aunt Mabel.

Felecia and Stan
   Posted Sat April 28, 2018
Jacob and other family members. We are so sorry to here about your Mom. She was a very special person and we’re so glad we met her. She said Stan and I were just like her Maw and Pa, and that’s what she called us. She will be missed. Bingo won’t be the same without her. I wish we could be with you but Stan is down in his back and can’t travel. We are with you in spirit.

Thomas Patrick-Joseph Hanks
   Posted Sun April 29, 2018
I just happened upon Mabelle's obituary today. If I had known earlier I would have attended her funeral with my family. I'm sure I don't have to tell you what a wonderful woman she was, but she was a wonderful friend, both to me, and to my wife, Adele. We will both miss her. The last time we parted, I told her, see ya later. And I trust that one day I will see her again in the sweet by and by!

   Posted Fri May 25, 2018
Dear Family,
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your Dear loved one. Our loving Creator never planned for death to be part of his original plan. There is such a loving scripture found at Revelation 21: 3 & 4 which reads:
With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say " Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, And they will be his people, And God himself will be with them, And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be any more. The Former things have passed away. "
I hope these words help you find comfort and also give you hope for the near future.

   Posted Tue December 18, 2018
I’m so sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of meeting Mabelle when I visited Cherokee many years back while we were traveling with our youth group from Oklahoma. She welcomed me with open arms and was so happy we made it “home”. I took to her because she reminded me so much of my Granny by her warmth. We visited for hours and she didn’t mind me asking all sorts of questions. Her stories of her movie experiences were so intriguing. I will always remember her asking me what I missed most from my Granny’s cooking and I told her bean balls. The last day of the trip she asked our sponsors if we could make a stop to see them before we left for OK which we did. She came to me and handed me an aluminum pan to my surprise she had made what I had longed for all wrapped in corn husk! We said our “til we meet agains” and told each other we would find each other again someday. She whispered to me that I didn’t have to share to which I didn’t! I will always remember the warm welcome made it home! Wow, what a lasting impression! Until we meet again Nokomis

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