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Born: August 1, 1963

Death: April 9, 2013

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Gayle Goodleft

    August 1, 1963  -  April 9, 2013
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Gayle Goodleft, 49, Fort Yates, North Dakota, passed away Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at Sanford Health, Bismarck. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, April 13, 2013, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Fort Yates, with Rev. Lindsey Dwarf and Rev. Neal Two Bears officiating. A wake service begins at 5:00 PM, Friday, April 12, 2013, also in St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Fort Yates. Burial will be in St. James Episcopal Cemetery, Cannon Ball.

Gayle was born August 1, 1963, at Fort Yates, to Harvey and Alverda (Chopper) Goodleft Sr. Gayle was raised in the Cannon Ball and Fort Yates areas. She attended schools in Cannon Ball, Fort Yates, Wahpeton, and Flandreau Indian Boarding Schools. Gayle left the Fort Yates area and made her home in Horton and Topeka, Kansas for nearly 32 years.

In remembering moments we spent with Gayle and all of the traits that made her unique; we would like to share some insight of the “Glow” we knew. Gayle was a brave soul, endured many challenges and ventures. Gayle always had funny and crazy stories to share of her many travels and fearless adventures. Gayle was caring and protective of everyone, whether you were her family member, friend, someone she met in passing, stray dogs and cats and one occasion mothered a baby raccoon lovingly naming him “Rocky”. Gayle had a very kind heart and was always willing to help out someone in need and shared what little she had; even though she didn’t have much worldly possessions; she was rich with compassion and generosity; which will be missed by all.

She is survived by two sons, Steven Wakolee, and Walter Wakole, both of Horton, Kansas; her mother, Alverda Chopper, Cannon Ball; grandmother, Saraphine Dogskin, Fort Yates; three sisters, Susie Goodleft-Weed, June Goodleft, and Kimberly (Lindsey) Dwarf; two brothers, Harvey Goodleft Jr., and Darvin Goodleft Sr., all of Fort Yates; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, friends, and her dog “Darvy”.

Gayle was preceded in death by her father, Harvey N. Goodleft Sr., grandparents, Luke and Rose Goodleft, and Grace Rainbow; Uncles: George Goodleft, Sr., Spike Dogskin, Edwin White Eagle, Abe Chopper; cousins, Sylvester Goodleft, Merceline Goodleft, and Rae Lynn Two Horses; and niece, Juanita Two Horses-Standing Crow. We are thankful for all prayers, kind words of encouragement, phone calls and visits our family received during this difficult time, it is greatly appreciated.