Eleanora L. Boutwell, 83, Ogema, MN, died Friday, August 2, 2019 at her home.
Eleanora Louise was born February 28, 1936 in Sisseton, SD to Howard and Catherine (Cottier) Robertson. She is a 1954 graduate of Flandreau High School. She had many talents including sewing, beading, making star quilts, and other arts and crafts. She was a great cook and baker. She enjoyed her time going to bingo and playing keno with her family and friends. She was very knowledgeable, and she did a lot of educational and artistic projects with the White Earth Circle School. She taught at the Circle of Life School in White Earth for over 40 years where many students were taught beading and cooking. She and her students helped create a cookbook together.
She was the first language speaker of Ojibwemowin and judged in Ojibwe language contests. She met Bunk at Flandreau Indian School, where she was working as a secretary, and he was a supervisor at the FIS boy’s dorm. Eleanora and Bunk transferred to many reservations, which include Mandaree, ND on the Fort Berthold Reservation, Chippewa Ranch Job Corps Center in Mahnomen, MN, Busby, MT on Northern Cheyenne Reservation, and on the Leech Lake Reservation in Cass Lake, MN and finally to the White Earth Reservation.
During her life she also worked at the Neises Store and for the U.S. Forest Service in Cass Lake, MN.
She was a member of the Episcopal Church where she traveled being a member of the ECW. She met and made Rev. Desmond Tutu a beaded medallion and he gave her an Episcopal Bible. Ellie was also an enrolled member of the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe.
Survivors include three children: Clifford (Judy) Peters of Flandreau, SD, Kathryn Peters of Ogema, MN and Brent (Sharon Fischer) Boutwell of Ogema, MN; five grandchildren; six great grandchildren and three sisters: Wanda Cadotte, Nancy Herrick and Carol Robertson, all of Flandreau.
She was preceded in death by her husband Galen Boutwell, her parents Howard and Catherine Robertson, a younger brother Sonny Robertson, and a nephew and her brothers-in-law Lauren Herrick and Gilbert Cadotte Sr.
Her funeral service was held Thursday, August 8 at St. Columba Episcopal Church in White Earth, Interment in Calvary Cemetery, White Earth.
David-Donehower Funeral Home