Colorado AIM Elder, Mrs. Lillie Fobb, Passes to the Spirit World
It is with heavy hearts that we must report the passing of one of our most revered elders, and staunchest AIM members, Mrs. Lillian Fobb. We will miss her dearly, and will always remember her advice, her wisdom, but most of all, her example.
Lillie Mae Fobb(Spencer) was born in Seminole, Oklahoma to Yoney and Betsey Spencer. Lillie’s parents both died before she reached the age of 8 years of age. She grew up in the Little and Hitchitee Methodist Indian Church area. Lillie, 83, resided in Denver for the past forty-five years. Her family moved(except for Terry) to Denver through the Bureau of Indian Affairs ’Relocation Program’. She has seven children, four daughters and three sons (one son, Harold, is deceased). Lillie retired from the Veterans Hospital in Denver and remained actively employed at the Denver Indian Center. Lillie was highly respected as an elder by the many Indians in the Denver area. She was a member of the Elders' Council of the American Indian Movement of Colorado. Many refer to her as ’Momma Fobb’ or ’Mrs. Fobb’. She will always be known for her humor, hard work, caring attitude, and an outstanding cook.
The picture above, actual size-eight feet tall, has been hanging on the campus of the University of Colorado for many years. Just recently, it was taken down and presented to Mrs. Fobb in a special ceremony at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Mrs. Fobb always exemplified her pride as a tribal member of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma.