Obituary of Terry Lynn Scout
Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies, and whoever lives and believes in me…..will never die.” John 11: 25-26
It is with great sadness and sorrow that we the families of Terry Lynn Scout announce his sudden death on May 18, 2021 by his home at Fish Creek Community near Hillspring, Alberta.
Terry was born September 17, 1969 at the Blood Indian Hospital to our parents, the late Leo and Sophie (Hunt) Scout.
Terry resided at his home at the Fish Creek Community alongside the Belly River on the Blood Reserve located between Hillspring and Mountain View all his life. To Terry, Fish Creek was home where he lived the comforts, adventures and love of his many families. Terry loved gatherings of friends and families whether it be barbeques, weddings, graduations, visiting or drives to Waterton Lakes.
Terry enjoyed life despite his sickness which began at the age of 4 years and spent many months at the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary. He had many adventures with his families, friends and relatives during his younger years to the present. Before most got married, there would be many gatherings of his relatives and friends who would hang out at the house to visit with Terry and Morgan. Their hobbies were mechanical and restoration of vehicles, camping, fishing and hunting at the Timber Limits. This occurred almost every weekend for years and it happened in all seasons. Mom and Dad enjoyed all who came and they would ensure that all the boys were fed. We got so used to the boys when they would all come. It was like a huge family who never left. Our house was their house, even to this day. Sadly, a lot of the boys have left us such as Kyle, Bentley, Frankie, Simon, Kristian, Corey, Garth, Kevin, Keith, Cameron, Benedict and others. Out of the group of boys JR, Kelsey, JL, Dwight, Rocky, Ross, Jason, Mike, Matthew, Scott, Tenneil , Brett, BJ and many others remained close to Terry and would check on him from time to time.
Terry was always positive and although he was in constant pain, he remained optimistic and would never openly complain about his debilitating illness. Terry had great faith in our God/Creator. He deeply believed in the Catholic religion and our Native Spirituality including the Horn Society. Our great grandfather Bobtail Chief lead the Horn Society for many years.
There were so many stories of great times and adventures which family shared after his passing such as the time when him and his younger sister Audi both went sliding south of the house along the creek and hills. They were sliding down the hills with their sleds for awhile then some time later Audi slid down first when she noticed a cougar sitting near the bushes just watching them. She was afraid and went up the hill and quietly told Terry that they needed to go home. Terry was resisting and wanted to keep sliding but Audi coaxed him to go telling him that mom was cooking and they had to go home to eat. Terry reluctantly went home but Audi had to hurry him along and help him with his sled. A higher power was with them that day. There were other times when Audi, Terry and Morgan would go south on the creek or river then would skate home or glide home with the strong winds. Terry was an exceptional skater despite his condition and would jump and crouch down over the frozen ripples of the water like speed or luge skaters.
Terry was extremely cared for and loved by his family. Nadine cherished the times when her and Terry would stay up late to watch movies or sit on the patio. Terry loved looking at the stars and would often wonder where our deceased loved ones have gone. Morgan would take Terry on drives, park along the river and listen to music while telling stories. With Terry around, all felt secure and safe. With anyone who was around him, he would always lend a listening ear and offer sound advice. No wonder why all the boys would hang out with them in their younger years.
Although Terry did not have the opportunity to have his own family, he adopted nieces and nephews as his own. He cared for them all equally and enjoyed their company when they came to visit. Terry knew and associated with nieces and nephews through all family activities and they loved him dearly.
Terry received his education at Levern School, Cardston, St. Mary’s School and Red Crow Community College. He and Mike also took a business training course at the Piikani Reserve. Terry aspired to further his education but due to his illness, it was difficult to do so. He had the opportunity to attend the old Red Crow College with his older cousin/sister the late Beatrice Big Sorrel Horse. He would often assist her down the stairs. As one friend said: “Terry was very ambitious person.”
Terry is survived by his loving families: Siblings: Christine (Ray) Scout-Vaivada, Kelli (Vincent)Scout-Wells, Karen, Nadine, Morgan and Audrey L. (Joey) Scout, Aunts: Sheila Hunt, Pearl Long Time Squirrel, Barbara (Donald)Cotton, Nieces and nephews: Brian and Steven Vaivada, Shauna (Cody) , Dwight (Lloyda), Marisia, Lacey, Tenneil, Brett, JL, Jarrett and Lorina; Great nieces and nephews, Peyton, Brooke, Derek, Sara, JJ, Sophie, Corbin, Kenzie, Heyden and Kylie.
Terry was predeceased by his parents: Leo and Sophie (Hunt) Scout, nephew Kyle N. Wells, Cody Scout, Kaley Wells, Grandparents: Emil and Elizabeth Scout and Bob and Lostbird Hunt, Aunts & Uncles: Bill, Ross, Frank, Ben, George, Annie, Agnes, Emil, Louie and Wallace Scout, Jim, Bernard and Pete Hunt.
The families of Terry Scout would like to acknowledge and thank all those who came to support us in our time of grief. All the food donations, lunches, phone calls and visits from loved ones, friends and relatives, are greatly appreciated and may our Creator bless each and every one of you. You gave us kindness, love, strength and courage.
We would also like to thank the Blood Tribe Police, Blood Tribe Ambulance, Blood Tribe Victims Services and Blood Tribe Dep’t of Health Home Care – John, Keegan and Paul. All your dedication and service was exceptional --above and beyond. God Bless you all!