Luella E. Gansworth, the oldest woman of the Onondaga Nation's Eel Clan who was living on the Tuscarora Indian Reservation, died Saturday in her home after a long illness under the care of Niagara Hospice. She was 81.
She was born Luella Johnson on the Tuscarora Reservation, where she attended school.
She was a homemaker who enjoyed cooking large family meals and making Indian quilts. She was a great sports fan who especially enjoyed lacrosse, Buffalo Bills football and hockey. She also enjoyed reading and going to Seneca Niagara Casino.
Her husband of 56 years, Albert, died in 2002.
Survivors include four sons, Bruce and Lee, both of the Tuscarora Reservation, Willard of Lewiston and Eric of Niagara Falls; two daughters, Jayne Ferguson and Holly Anderson, both of the Tuscarora Reservation; 17 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Tuscarora Baptist Church, 2208 Mount Hope Road. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery.