Claudette M. (Cavanaugh) Cottonwood, “Cante Waste’ Winyan” (Good Hearted Woman), 56, of Fargo, ND, formerly of the Spirit Lake Nation, began her journey to the Spirit World on Thursday, April 9, 2020, at Sanford on Broadway Medical Center, Fargo.

Claudette M. (Cavanaugh) Cottonwood, “Cante Waste’ Winyan” (Good Hearted Woman), 56, of Fargo, ND, formerly of the Spirit Lake Nation, began her journey to the Spirit World on Thursday, April 9, 2020, at Sanford on Broadway Medical Center, Fargo. Visitation will be held at the Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake on Wednesday, April 15 from 12 noon until 4 p.m. As Claudette’s family we so appreciate your prayers and support but due to the COVID-19 restrictions we have limited numbers allowed and limited visitation times at the funeral home. A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday morning, April 16 with a graveside service at St. Jerome’s Catholic Cemetery at 12 noon on Thursday. Social distancing must be followed at the graveside. God Bless You. Claudette Mae Cavanaugh was born on Nov. 13, 1963, at Devils Lake, ND, the daughter of Timothy and Kathleen (McDonald) Cavanaugh. She was reared and educated in the Fort Totten, ND, area, attending Four Winds High School, graduating with the class of 1983. Claudette attended United Tribes and graduating with an Early Childhood Degree. Claudette was united in marriage to Timothy Cottonwood on July 24, 1998. They established their home in the Fort Totten area. Over the years, Claudette had a day care in her home, taking care of many children until her health forced her to retire. By then, dear Claudette had many nephews, nieces, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to take care of her. Claudette was employed at Four Winds working in the Special Education Department for a period of time. She was also employed at Head Start Daycare. Most recently, Claudette and Tim had moved to Fargo to be closer to some of her grandchildren. Claudette loved going to the Bingo’s and rummaging with her cuz, Juanita, and grandchildren. She enjoyed spending time on the phone with all her friends and relatives. Claudette was a member of Seven Dolors Catholic Church and St. Mary’s Society. Claudette’s loving family include; her husband, Tim Cottonwood; adopted mother, Linda Williams; sisters, Cecilia Cavanaugh, Agnes (Cornelle) Cavanaugh and Adeline Cavanaugh; brother, Conrad Cavanaugh; adopted sisters, Darlys IronHawk, Delphine Longie, Holly Perry, Karlita Knight, Florence Masthat, Christi Goulet, Heidi Berlese, Tanya Fox, Marian Howard and Juanita Maye; adopted daughter, Victoria Buffalo; adopted sons, Mike Gabbard, Homer LittleOwl and Shane Stillday; adopted granddaughters, Rosie Agard and Judy Smiley; godsons, Kendall Cavanaugh, Nathan Cavanaugh and Antone Longie; goddaughter, Heather Belgarde. She was preceded in death by; her parents; brother, Patrick Cavanaugh; adopted brother, Dion WhiteBear; grandparents, Michael and Evelyn (WhiteThunder) McDonald, Percy and Elizabeth (TwoHearts) Cavanaugh; and many beloved uncles and aunts. Pallbearers: David WhiteThunder Trottier, Leander Russ McDonald, Ryan Cavanaugh, Montana Chaske, Mike Gabbard, Kelsin Cavanaugh, Emmanuel Medicine Stone, Lestat G. Howard, Nathan Cavanaugh and Jaydean Alberts. Honorary Pallbearers: Cheryl Bull, Paula Corbine, Darlys IronHawk, Delphine Longie, Carol Brown, Kathi Reiter, Juanita Maye, Christy Goulet, Shane Stillday, Ann Wadsworth, Myra Quinn, Ronna Neidlinger, Tony and Vina McDonald, Justin McDonald, Aileen Littleghost, Heather Wakinyanhotonska, Ella Langstaff, Winfield Chaske Sr., Lorna Dubois WalkingEagle, Kay-Lyn Littlewind, Myra Cavanaugh, Susan Leftbear, Janice Feather, Janice Cooley, Louella RedFox and Waylon RedTomahawk.