A Glimpse of the Strength, Love and Spirit of A Seminole African Woman

Izola warrior raspberry

September 14, 1924 - September 23, 2011

            
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  Izola W. Warrior (Choach) was born September 14, 1924 in Brackettville, Texas to the union of Lovenia Gleaves Warrior and Carroll Warrior. Both parents and her brother Darwin Warrior has preceded her in death.

Izola was raised by her grandmother Mary Warrior whom she lovingly called Na'na. She attended schools in Tucson, Arizona and Del Rio, Texas. Izola graduated from George Washington Carver in Brackettville, Texas.

Izola married Will Henry Raspberry, a young 9th cavalryman Buffalo soldier stationed at Fort Clark, Texas. Will was a sergeant in the U.S. Army. They married on February 10, 1943 in a double wedding ceremony with her best friend Almeda Hall and her husband Fredrick Shepherd. Nine children were born to this union.

In 1945 Izola and family moved to St. Louis, Missouri, where they resided for 16 years. In 1961 the Raspberrys relocated to the Circle R Ranch in Annada, Missouri. In Annada they farmed the land and raised horses, cows, pigs, goats, chickens and ducks. They also planted big gardens and Izola did lots of canning. Izola sewed a lot, making most of her children's clothing. She was an expert seamstress. She also made crafts for selling, such as; dolls, pillows, crochet dollies, and canning products. She were always busy doing something to help her family and friends.

Izola was a Seminole Negro Indian Scouts descendant. Her brother William (Dub) Warrior in the Chief of the John Horse Band. Izola traveled all over the country educating people on the history of the Seminole Negro Indian Scouts and the Buffalo Soldiers. There were two books written that mentions her, "Our Land Before We Die" and "Fort Clark and Brackettville Land of Heroes".

She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary Post 4610 in Clarksville, Missouri, a lifetime member of the Buffalo Soldiers Ladies Auxiliary; a member of the Historical Society of Fort Clark Springs, Texas; a member of the Seminole Indian Scouts Cemetery Association in Brackettville, Texas; and a member of the Augusta Arkansas Chapter of St. Louis, Missouri.

Izola loved and gave her life to the Lord at an early age. She was a member of the Pleasant Green Baptist Church in St. Louis, Missouri and the  Bethel A.M.E. church in Paynesville, Missouri. During her illness, she recommitted her life to the Lord.

Will passed away in 1999 and Izola moved with her two daughters, Beverly and Lovenia back to St. Louis where she passed away on September 23, 2011. She was blessed to celebrate her 87th birthday with pride and the awareness that she had outlived her ancestors before her, except for her great-great grandfather Tony Warrior who lived to be about 111 years old.

Izola leaves to cherish her memory; four sons, William Jr. (Carol) of St. Louis, Missouri, Roland (Patricia) of Bowling Greene, Missouri, Carroll of Annada, Missouri and Frank (Cindy) of Paynesville, Missouri; six daughters, Ester Milan of Chicago, Illinois, Joyce Richard, Beverly and Lovenia Raspberry, Janice Royston (Eric) of St. Louis, Missouri and Cheryl Webb (Larry) of St. Charles, Missouri; one brother, William (Dub) Warrior (Ethel) of Del Rio, Texas; thirty-three grandchildren, forty-nine great grandchildren, five great-great grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends; two God-daughters, Katarina Wittich and Melvie Tobias; two dear friends, Rose Webb and Dora Carson.

 

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Bennie J. McRae, Jr.
Trotwood, Ohio