Cheryl L. Longie

Cheryl L. Longie, “Anpo Inajinpi Wiyan” (Stands at First Light Woman) of Tokio ND began her journey to the Spirit World on Sunday, March 7, 2021 at Altru Hospital, Grand Forks ND.

Pallbearers will be Christopher Stephens, Albin Mathew Georgeson, Gary Longie Jr., Conrad Longie, Elijah Feather, Tyler Redfox, Skyler Georgeson and Benjamin Longie.  Honorary Bearers will be Susan Leftbear and family, Geraldine Redfox and family, Karen Jackson and family, Hilda Garcia and family, Gladys Baerwald, Dennis Smith and family, Roger Yankton and family, Richard Dubois, Sharon Georgeson and family, Joel Redfox, Lisa and Tia Georgeson, Mardell Merrick, Alice BirdHorse, Brenda Joshua, Darcie Lohnes and family, Jamie Dauphinais, Francis Greyhorn and family, Clarence Morin, Belle Lawrence and family, Melvine Reierson and family, Jason LaRock and family, Chrystal Leftbear and family, Genia Jetty, Jolene Crosswhite, Fred Longie Jr. and family, Jolleen St. Claire, Woody Longie and family, Cante GreyBear, Amy Longie and family, Natalie HuntsAlong and family, Brian Alberts, Edward LaVallie, Sherry Neeland and family, Kara Longie and family, Nicole Longie and family, Shanell Paul and family, Brandon Paul, Amanda Jerome and family, Rayanne Jerome and family, Gabe Smith, Bonnie Jerome, Tammie Yankton and family, Curtis Ross, Bonnie Leftbear and family, Miriam Redfox and family, Rochelle Guy and family, Delphine Longie and family, Anabell DeMarce, Tonda Ironshield, Karen Charboneau, Joan Black and family, Jen Black, Connie Rainbow, Hunter Lufkins, Kayla WalkingElk, Talissa Lozensky, Ami Lozensky, Destiny Lozensky, Angie Bull and Lenny Neeland and family, Adrienne Martinez and family, Melissa Brady and family, Tonya LoneWolf and family, the staff at Little Dreamers Childcare. 

Cheryl Lynn Longie was born August 6, 1976 in Devils Lake ND, the daughter of the late Belinda (Bear) Longie and Gary Longie Sr.  She grew up in the Tokio area.  She attended Warwick Public School where she participated in track, cross country and basketball.  Her jersey number was #45.  As a track star, she attended the Nationals in Chicago.  There she was able to see a Chicago Bulls basketball game.  In 2016 she received her GED through the Cankdeska Cikana Community College.  She continued her studies at CCCC and made the President’s list in 2017. 

While making her home in Tokio, Cheryl met Mahlan Redfox Sr. and they had three children, Autumn, Mahlan Jr. and Mariah.  Cheryl worked at Sioux Manufacturing, as a Slot Attendant and Hotel Housekeeper at the Spirit Lake Casino, also worked at Little Dreamers Childcare, Devils Lake Speedway, The Connection, and Early Head Start. 

Cheryl liked to play BINGO, slots at the Casino, cards, dice, Dominos, horseshoes, pool and darts.  She enjoyed hunting, fishing, listening to country music, attending concerts, and going for “cruises”.  She loved spending time with her family and her precious grandchildren. 

Our time on earth with Cheryl was much too short, but we believe in the promises of God and know she is in the arms of the Lord.  Rest in peace dear daughter, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, niece, cousin and friend.  

Cheryl is survived by her loving family.  Her children Autumn (Brett) Yankton, Mahlan Redfox Jr., Mariah Redfox; grandchildren Ariza, Kiley, Jordan, Braxton and Dak Yankton, Mahlania Redfox, Kholby Baker, Eva and Serenity HowlingWolf; her Dad Gary Longie Sr.; nieces Seanna Georgeson, Kiara Lovejoy, Savannah Longie, Braylee Longie, Alaina Redfox and Madison Longie; nephews Benjamin Longie and Skyler Georgeson; godchild Seanna Georgeson; sisters Tina Georgeson, Anna Longie, Synthia Longie and Jennifer Longie; brothers Gary Longie Jr. and Conrad Longie; aunts Donna Stephens, Cedar Rapids IA, Doris Longie and family, Sherry Yvonne Longie and family, Dianne Jackson, Sonya Knox and Anita Bear; uncles Kenny Longie, Alvin Bear and Carl Merrick and many dear cousins. 

She was preceded in death by Mahlan “Mash” Redfox Sr., her mother Belinda Pearl Longie, brother Donald Ray Longie, grandparents Donald and Lucille Longie, Margaret Ross and Henry Bear, aunt LaVonne Feather, uncles Virgil Feather Sr., James Bear and Mike Bear, nephew Anthony Longie, cousins Dylan Feather and Derek Longie. 

We would like to thank the Spirit Lake Ambulance, Spirit Lake Tribal Council, Spirit Lake Tribal Health, the Doctors and Nurses from ICU, 3rd floor and 5th floor at Altru Hospital and CHI, Devils Lake Hospital and Pastor Larry Thiele. 

The visitation for Cheryl will be on Saturday, March 13, 2021 at Dakotah Oyate Lutheran Church, rural Tokio from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. with a prayer service and time of remembrance at 7:00 p.m.  The procession to Tokio will leave on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. from City Plaza, Devils Lake.

Funeral Services will be on Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Dakotah Oyate Church with Reverend Larry Thiele officiating.  Burial will be in the Dakotah Oyate Cemetery in the spring.

Posted online on March 11, 2021