Shirley Yvonne McCloud, 78, of Devils Lake, ND, passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 14, 2018, in Buxton, ND, in the loving care of her daughter Mary and Red River Hospice.
Shirley Yvonne McCloud, 78, of Devils Lake, ND, passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 14, 2018, in Buxton, ND, in the loving care of her daughter Mary and Red River Hospice. A Memorial Service, Rosary and Scripture Service for Shirley will be held on Friday, June 22 at 6 p.m. at Gilbertson Funeral Home Chapel with visitation from 5 until 7 p.m. A private burial will be held on Monday, June 25 at St. Mary’s Cemetery, north of Dunseith, ND. Shirley was born at the family home in Bottineau County on June 10, 1940, to Collin Joseph and Agnes Mable (Houle) McCloud. The second oldest of 17 children, she attended boarding school in Wahpeton, ND, and Flandreau, SD, graduating from Flandreau Indian School in 1958. She met her husband to be Phillip ‘Skip’ Longie at Flandreau, eventually marrying in 1960 and making Chicago, IL, their home for the next seven years. During this time, two children were born to them, Phillip Duane ‘Skip Jr.’ and Nancy Cheryl. In 1967, Shirley and Skip moved to Devils Lake where a third child, Mary Kay was born. They ended their union in 1972. Shirley chose to remain in the Devils Lake area to raise her children and spent most of her adult life here apart from two brief stints in the Belcourt and Dunseith areas to care for an aunt and her mother during their declining years. In 1992, Shirley began a relationship with special companion, Edward ‘Eddie’ Larson, where they shared a life and brought together two families until Eddie’s passing in 2003. She remained close to Eddie’s children and their families up to the time of her passing. Shirley had a varied work career with the most tenure at Sioux Manufacturing Corporation, Turtle Mountain Corporation and lastly with Devils Lake Public Schools working at the Central Middle School, where she eventually retired from in May 2017. She also worked part-time at the KC Hall every Tuesday for Taco Night. Shirley was a hard-working individual who had many friends and was always willing to help anyone that needed a hand. She was always willing to volunteer her time and was one of the cornerstones of her large family, often being the organizer of the large family gatherings. She loved and was especially proud of all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, always interested in their lives and accomplishments. Even close to the end, it was her grandchildren and great-grandchildren that would lift her spirits either through pictures, videos or in-person visits. While Shirley will be missed greatly by all she touched, she will be especially missed by her close siblings and her three children. Shirley’s loving family include; her children, Phillip ‘Skip Jr.’ (Cheryl) Longie of Phoenix, AZ, Nancy (Hyllis) Dauphinais of Phoenix, and Mary (Kevin) Longie-Bailly of Buxton; eight grandchildren, Jonathan (Brittany) Dauphinais, Alyssa (Craig) Longie, Brett Gaspard, Orion (Melissa) Dauphinais, Jordan Longie, Hyllis Dauphinais, Jr., Alexander (Sarah) Rask and Zoya Longie; three great-grandchildren, Isabelle Anderson, Quinn Goo and Harper Dauphinais; siblings, Ernest (Sally) McCloud, Peter McCloud, Sylvia Haakenson, Donna (Kenneth) Johnson, Leland McCloud, Clayton (Marilyn) McCloud, Clinton McCloud, Kenneth McCloud, Bonnie McCloud, Dale McCloud, Collin (Germaine) McCloud, Jr., Colleen (Arthur) Cartwright, Byron (Lynn) McCloud, Kevin (Louella) McCloud and Ann (Tom) Cartwright; as well as many nieces & nephews. Shirley was preceded in death by; her parents; her toddler sister, Viola; and her special companion, Edward Larson.