Thelma was born in 1901.
Once married, she apparently preferred the name "Thelma" over her given name "Gina." The 1940 census gives her middle initial as "B." Her clan name is given as NoGeWinKah, which is for Nojíwįga, "She Who Hits a Tree," a personal name in the Thunderbird Clan. It is from no, an older form of ną, "tree, wood"; ji, "to strike, hit"; -wį-, a feminine gender infix; and -ga, a definite article suffix used in personal names. The name refers to the propensity of the Thunderbirds to strike trees with lightning.
Her first union was to Howard White (Whitethunder) (b. 1897), and with him she had one daughter:
The censuses from 1920 to 1925 show that she lived with her parents, and only in 1926 did she move in with Howard and Virginia. She left them in 1929 to marry Harry Funmaker. In her marriage to Harry Funmaker, she had at least the following children:
For unknown reasons, Ken Funmaker does not appear in the 1937 Indian census.
She passed away in 1943 and was buried at Decorah Prairie Cemetery, Galesville, Trempealeau County, Wisconsin, USA. (Find a Grave)
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