It is with broken hearts that we announce matriarch and Alexis Nakota Sioux Nations Social Services Community Leader, Doris Velma Cardinal, “Waheeba Weya” passed away April 1, 2021 at the University of Alberta Hospital. She was born on January 15, 1949, the daughter of Helen and Adam Letendre. She had a big heart, and in the end, that is what took her life as she died of cardiac arrest.
She is survived by her dearly beloved husband of 52 years, Phillip P. Cardinal and her children, Jennifer, Reg & wife, Rebecca, Tina and Timothy and wife, Candace; her deeply adored grandchildren, Colton, Jenna, Eska, Julia, Nakota, Josiah, Nitanis, Iktome, Payton, Cipenuk and Eliza and greatgrandchildren: Ava, Tyreese, Kylee and Piper.
“Mama” cherished her family, and helped many without families or support, fostering numerous young people from Alexis. She was the eldest living sister of her Letendre family with 15 beloved siblings and countless nieces & nephews. She was the first person at Alexis to get her diploma in social work and went onto lead the nation as Director of Social Services for over 40 years where she is well known and respected for her deep compassion and love for those in need, her tireless commitment and strong personal integrity. She had a deep love for hockey and was known to hit up to 3-4 rinks any weekend day throughout the city and surrounding region to watch her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren play hockey where she never held back a screech, holler, or cheer. Her beauty was beyond compare both inside and out.
A wake will be held at the Alexis Nakota School, Sunday, April 4th at 5pm until the Funeral Services on Tuesday, April 6th at noon, burial and feast to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Alexis Nakota Sioux School.
*Please note: Safety measures to prevent covid19 will be honoured, please bring a mask and if you don’t have one, there will be some provided at the door. We thank you for your patience and understanding with this process.