On January 28, 2022, during the Moon of Hard Times (Wiotekika Wi), our beloved Annalese “Maste Win” (Sunshine Woman) Red Shirt made her journey across the stars.
As our sweet girl made her transition from this world into the next, she was surrounded by her sisters, who stood in place for their parents, her nieces and nephews, and her children that she loved with her whole heart and soul. The hospital staff honored our sunshine by lining the hallways to pay their respects to her life, as she chose to give life. All the while, Anna was brave and beautiful.
Even in Anna’s passing she was able to bring joy to those around her. Although, her leaving of this earthly walk has broken our tiwahe’s (family’s) hearts, she has brought joy to others. Even in death, she had the power to change lives. To uplift others. To make others happy. To bring joy. To bring peace. To make everything better, just like she has been doing her entire life.
Just as Annalese chose to follow her Lord in Savior, as she bravely chose to serve her country in the United States Marine Corps, she also chose to be an organ donor. It is because of these choices that our relative was able to save the lives of four other individuals.
- A 41-year-old woman received her heart.
- A 63-year-old man received her liver.
- A 39-year-old man and a 50-year-old man received her kidneys.
Waiting eagerly for our precious Anna in the Spirit World are our grandmothers who helped raise her, her grandfather, and her niece, Morning Star. At this reunion of relatives, we are sure there was love, happiness and peace.
We want to thank our relative, Annalese Maste Win, and the many others for choosing to donate life so that others may live.
– THE FAMILY OF ANNALESE RED SHIRT