Whitney Lorraine Pretty On Top, 30, of Bismarck, North Dakota, made her way to the Other Side of the Camp on October 11, 2020.
She was born in Crow Agency, Montana on March 29, 1990, to Jackie (Cadotte) St. Claire, and Norman Lee Pretty On Top, Jr. She was affectionately known as, “Wigz and “Padrooz,” a name that stuck with her into her adulthood. It was given by her younger brother Tyler, who was at a young age that could not say, “Whitney.” He eventually begin to call her “Wigz,” then later became “Padooz.” Her Lakota name is Itokab Yanke Win Sits in Front Woman.
She attended first grade at Newman Elementary in Billings, Montana. She spent her middle school years at Theodore Jamison and Wachter-Middle Schools, in North Dakota. She graduated in 2008, from Marmot High School. She held numerous employment positions as a housekeeper and caterer. Her highlights were when she was a part of catering for the Dumal-Wedding (Josh and Fergie). She was so excited to be a part of the catering crew and taking photos. She bragged about how she was taller than’’Fergie.” With the photo in hand she was always happy to show anyone the proof of her celebrity encounter. Whitney loved to travel and spend time with her family and friends. She was outgoing and adventurous and was always willing to try something new. She had a contagious laugh, with a big heart. She loved and cared for everyone that was dear to her. Her pride and joys were her babies Ruby Dawn, Leland Christian Charles and Brayden Ashton Joshua. She did everything and anything for them. In her younger years she was a part of the dance group, “Lil Nations,” where she and her siblings danced in their traditional outfits. Whitney danced in her Jingle Dress. She was also a part of a traveling basketball team called the “Ball Hogs.” The team traveled in the North and South Dakota areas winning first and second place trophies. Whitney’s favorite college teams were the North Carolina “Tar-Heels” and the Texas “Longhorns.” You could find her rooting every Sunday for her “Raiders.” She was a loyal fan to each team. Whitney belongs to The Mad Bear Clan on her Lakota side. She was also a member of the Big Lodge Clan and child of the Big Lodge Clan on her Crow side.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her brother Tyler Cadotte-Pretty On Top; her paternal grandmothers Donna (House) Pretty On Top, Linda Whiteman, Grace Mae Singer-Hummingbird, Rosie House Fighter, Grace Franchin, Thora Ann House, Nancy Jefferson, Ruth Alden, Irene House-Reed and Vera Ann White Clay; her paternal grandfather William “Jakie” House; her maternal grandparents Don and Ruby (Howard) Cadotte, Bev, Howard, Mary Good Eagle, Teddi “Sixkiller,” Stan and Karen Cadotte, Delores Walters and Greg Holy Bull.
She is survived by her niece and nephews whom she took as her own Ruby Dawn, Leland and Brayden Cadotte; her special friend Franki Whiteowl; step-father Travis St. Claire; sisters Lexi Cadotte, Kayla (Kevin) Rutter of Homer, Alaska, Normanda (Cameron) Black Eagle, Norriah (James) Dust, Norveda (Christon) Stewart, Norrisa and Normae Pretty On Top, Amy (Shane) Brady, Sr., Kana Tucker, Kaneeta Wutttunee and Arena Plenty; brothers Norman (Jaimielynn) III, Ross, Jr., Kelby (Sophia) and Donavin Pretty On Top, Julian Brien, Gunner Plenty, Keenan and Beaux Wuttunee; aunts Randi Cadotte of Dallas, Texas, Lori (Ralph) Conklin of Cottage Grove, Oregon, Wenelle (True) Clown, Jr. of Bismarck, North Dakota, Cheryl Belgrade of Spirit Lake, North Dakota, Brenda and Monica Bone Club of Wakpala, South Dakota., LaDean and Carmen Bruce of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Laurie Ann Smith, Jo Von Plenty, Leslie Birdinground, Shana Ten Bear, Carey and Rachel Whiteman, Norma Yellowmule, Sherry Birdhat, Lucinda Small, Remi Half, Allison and Anna Pretty On Top, Arlee Fisher, Janet Fitzpatrick, Kallie Pretty On Top, Willimina Old Crow, Rena House, Thora Iron, Valerie Plain Bull, Teri Good Luck, Clydine White Clay, Verna Jefferson, Donna Nelson, Gladys (Woodrow) Brien, Susan (Aaron) Red Star, Jana Alden, Rebecca (Calvin) Jefferson, Theo Dean (Elias) Hugs, Ora Mae Shane, Laurie Madille, Shirley (Norris) Davis, Mary-Kay Rogers all of Crow Agency Montana, Jaime Fredricks of Bismarck, North Dakota and Julie (Don) Cain of Belcourt, North Dakota; uncles Ross (Carissa) Pretty On Top, Sr., Barry (Adree) Whiteman, Lennie (Paula) Plenty, Kenny, Jr. , Darrin, Kenny, Shawn, Avery and Brewster, Jr. Pretty On Top, Groover Deputee, Lance (Renita), Steven (LeighAnn), Clinton (Sherry) and Billy House, Dennis Madille, Shelby Iron, Boss (Rebecca) White Clay, Buddy (Marie) Rogers, Ben Bone Club, Wakpala, South Dakota, Adrian (Beryl) Stands, Sr. of Oklahoma and Keven (Edith) Finley of Newtown, North Dakota; maternal grandparents Virginia Weaselboy of New Mexico, Freida Holy Bull-Condon of Cherry Creek, South Dakota and Julie (Don) Cain of Belcourt, North Dakota; paternal grandparents Norman, Sr., Tom (Beverly), Kenneth (Hannah), Brewster (Veronica) and Randy Pretty On Top, Raymond, Bruce (Agatha) and Sarah House, Fannie (Kenneth) Plenty, Mary (Edward) Iron, Lizabeth Pretty On Top, Frances (Alta) Charging Cloud, Leroi (Bernice) Laundereaux of Cannonball, North Dakota, Gary (Colleen) Buckley of McLaughlin, South Dakota and Dawson Buckley of Ft. Rice, North Dakota. Our Family is very large, if we failed to mention you please forgive us in our time of grief.
Graveside services Thursday, October 22 at 10:00 AM at the Crow Agency Cemetery. Viewing Wednesday, October 21 from 1:00 – 4:00 PM at the Bullis Funeral Chapel. Masks are required and only 10 people at a time for visitation.
Bullis Mortuary is entrusted with the arrangements.