Debra Kay Cavanaugh, 67, of St. Michael, ND, entered eternal rest Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, surrounded by her loving family.
Debra Kay Cavanaugh, 67, of St. Michael, ND, entered eternal rest Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, surrounded by her loving family. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 24 at St. Michael Catholic Church with Fr. Paul Schuster celebrating mass. Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. followed by Rosary at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23 at St. Michael Catholic Church. Burial will take place at St. Michael Catholic Cemetery in the spring. Meal will be served at the St. Michael Wellness Center following mass. Procession to the St. Michael Catholic Church will be leaving the Fort Totten High School parking lot at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23. All Drum groups are welcome. Debra grew up in the St. Michael area. She went to school at Little Flower in St. Michael and Maddock. Debra received her GED later on. Debra met the love of her life, William Cavanaugh SR (Billy) when she was just 14 years old. Billy moved away to California, and later returned. Debra married Billy when she was 18 years old. They were married on Jan. 14, 1971, in St. Michael on the coldest night of the year. They renewed their wedding vows on Oct. 20, 2019. Their 49th wedding anniversary was celebrated on Jan. 14, 2020. Debra worked hard all of life. Some of the places she worked included: The Ranch, Two-Spot, SMC (20 years), St. Jude’s, the Good Samaritan nursing home, Spirit Lake Casino (16 years), and her last place of employment was at the Dollar Tree. She loved her job at the Dollar Tree, but was forced to stop working at the time of her unexpected illness in June 2019. When Debra was diagnosed with cancer, she decided that she would leave it all in God’s hands. She wasn’t afraid. Debra had a lot of faith in God. She fought hard until her very last breath. Debra’s hobbies included: spending time with her family, especially her sisters and friends and her husband, playing candy crush, cookouts at her house, bingo, “taking off” to different casinos with her sisters, but nothing was better than being surrounded by family and friends. Her grandbabies meant the world to her. Debra was very proud when her great-grandson, Aijdan, was born on her birthday. She loved everyone in her life with an unconditional love. Debra was a proud mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, friend, and a loving wife. She was the rock of our family and she will be missed dearly by all! Debra is survived by; her husband, William Cavanaugh (Billy); only daughter, Laci Cavanaugh; sons, Trent Anderson, William Cavanaugh, Jr and Aaron Cavanaugh; adopted son, Gary Jacques; grandchildren, Scottie, Erika, Justice, Kansas, Peyton, Stevie, Monica, Cj, Devin, Drew, Johnny, Kaylee, Jamison, Alanis, BJ, Bianca, Avianna, Jersey, Jace, Jalissa, Rylie, Madison, Lunden, Preslie, Aj, Zyler, Jaymison; great-grandchildren, Channing, Kyrie, Aijdan, Adonis, Mia, Armano, Adriano, Spencer, Audrina, Maliaha, Elaina, Dale, Braxton, Lawrence, and Parker; sisters, Melody Christianson, Rena Anderson, and Loreen (Wiggs)Anderson; sisters-in-law, Ida Cavanaugh, Edna McCaslin-Cavanaugh, Darlene Wadsworth and Lila Anderson, who was also her best friend; adopted sister, Doll Smith; uncle, Eugene Hedine; aunt, Pauline Greywater; many cousins, nieces, nephews, family members and friends. Greeting her when she got to the other side include; her parents, John and Delores Anderson; son, Christopher Cavanaugh, Sr; sisters, Patricia Anderson, Sharon Anderson, Sherry Anderson, Tracy Anderson; brothers, John Anderson, Chris Anderson, Blaine Anderson; nephews, John Wanataan, Little Larry Schweitzer; nieces, Heidi Jo Anderson, Aimiee Anderson, Clarice Brown, Melody Lee Anderson; great-neice, Debra Kay Dogskin. Pallbearers: Scott Bull, Christopher Cavanaugh, Jr; Devin Cavanaugh; Drew Cavanaugh; Johnny Littlewind; Peyton Azure; Titus Anderson, Rodney Aguilar, Johnnie Gaking, Scott Chase, Afrim Beciraj, Terell Thomas, Leland Bullhead, Isaiah Strouse. Honorary Pallbearers: Belinda Murphy, Rhonda Greene, Diane Jackson, Kristi Gaking, Connie Rainbow, Chris Burd, the Baker family, Sandra and Jane Lamrose, Brent and Tammie Putnam, Elaine Robinson, Jerri Longie, Sonta Dauphinais, Lisa and Merle Greywater, the Hassett family, the Herman family, the Richotte family, the Matheny family, the Lovejoy family, Jennifer Gaking, Jody Gaking, Peggy Cavanaugh, Linda Lang, Linda Somerville, Rene and James Lenoir, Florine Harrison, Marlene Hanson, Vicki Lyn Anderson, Boy and Faye Jetty, Skip and Darlis Longie, the late JB and Ruth Cavanaugh family, Tammie Pforr, the Belile family, the Pacheco family, the Larson Family, the Greywater family, the Mercer family, Bob and Alfreida Charboneau, April St. Pierre, Connie Rainbow, Yvonne Thompson, Fred Longie JR, the Stella Cavanaugh family, Lois Leben, Audrey Belgarde, Lonnie Owlboy, Darwin Brown, Jerry Cook, Paul and Robin Lawrence, Challsey Scallon, Nakia Trottier, Jeannie Fournier, all of her casino customers and friends that she made along the way, her SMC co-workers, and Dollar Tree co-workers, Tony and Vina McDonald, Dorthea Olson, Meda Cavanaugh. If we forgot to mention any names, please forgive us in our time of sorrow. We know she had many friends that she loved very much. The family would like to give their sincerest appreciation and thank you’s to; her best friend Lila for opening up her home to Debra and all the family during this time; Debra’s nieces, Brandy, Nicole, Rainie, Kelly, Megan, Tracy (Buzz), Jaidelynn, and Layla, and her granddaughters Stevie and Erica for taking care of Debra day and night; the hospice nurses, Susan, Cassandra, and Amy; Tribal Health Staff, Cheri, Gail, LaShawnda and Jimmi. We would also like to thank everyone who came to visit Debra or brought food or gifts. Arrangements are pending with the Nelson Funeral Home of Maddock, ND. Online condolences may be left at www.thenelsonfuneralhome.com.