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Martina Robertson

Martina “Candy” Carmel Robertson, “Cante was’te kici waunsida Winyan” (Good Hearted Woman with Compassion), 65, of Fort Totten ND passed away on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at her home surrounded by her family.

Martina “Candy” was born on August 15th, 1955, daughter of Norma and Richard Cavanaugh. Martina and her siblings grew up in the Crow Hill and Fort Totten areas. Candy graduated from Ft. Totten High School in 1974, with honors of Salutatorian, and after high school she worked at a variety of places such as Dakota Tribal Industries, an Early Childhood Educator for 20 years, and a foster parent for over ten years. In 1975, Candy gave birth to her first born child, her son Russell “Tonch” Cavanaugh and they have always had a close bond. Candy met the love of her life, Mark Robertson, in 1983 and they were married in 1984. Together, Candy and Mark had two daughters, Norma and Markie Robertson; sons Joseph Robertson, Shobie Hawk Shaw Sr. (adopted) and James Lovejoy Jr. (adopted).  Candy and Mark have had many foster children over the years.  Due to illness in 2016, Candy could no longer work but she enjoyed her time at home and loved her time with her grandchildren, listening to their basketball games on the radio and hearing about their football games.

Candy was very close with her siblings and often told stories of she and her brother Rudy, either playing basketball or riding horse.  Candy had the most generous heart and would often give without expecting anything in return.

Candy had a deep love and devotion to all her grandchildren, Eric “Herbie” Hunt, Kohlby Charles Cavanaugh, Nathaniel “Pengy” King, JaeShawn “Big J” Shaw, Vincent “Vinnie” Shaw, Shobie Jr., Howard, KeShawn, LeOndro and Yuriah Cavanaugh, Cheryl Carmel Keo, Mitchell Keo Jr., Arionna and Tawny Shaw, Damien Shaw, Lawrence Shaw, Rhianon Shaw, Adrienne Feather, Jaylynn Lovejoy, and her wild little sidekick Athena Jules Shaw. Candy could not go without saying how proud she was of all her grandkids.

Throughout Candy’s life she made many close life-long friendships and had many best friends. Her most favorite was Lynsanna “Zanna” Littlewind.

Candy’s loving family includes her other half, her husband Mark Robertson, daughters Norma “Julius” Robertson, Markie Robertson, Joseph Robertson, Russell Cavanaugh, Shobie Hawk Shaw Sr., James “Shayleen” Lovejoy Jr.;  siblings Janice “Vincent” Cavanaugh, Connie “Ronnie” Rainbow, Margaret Cavanaugh, Tammy “Richard” Rainbow, Bernadette “Daryel” Bergrud, Myron Sam Lambert and Sharon Rainbow; Godson Tyler John Rainbow; adopted traditional sons Vernon Spottedbird Sr. and Timothy Cloud; close cousins Blanche Lambert, Kimmie Cavanaugh, Art Carmona, and Lindsey Onebear; uncle Vernon “Velma” Lambert Sr.; aunt Pam Rainbow; many beloved nieces and nephews and their families.

Candy was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Rudy Cavanaugh, Julius Rainbow Jr., Bernard Rainbow, Richard Cavanaugh, Howard Cavanaugh, Russell Cavanaugh, Victor Rainbow; sister Allura Karen Rainbow, Stepdad Julius Rainbow Sr., nephew Vincent “Suma” Shaw; children Rustine Jamie Littleghost, Rustin James Littleghost, Lizzie CrowEagle, Mark Jr., and Richard Martin.

Visitation will be Thursday, November 12th, 2020 at 5:00PM followed by a Rosary Service at 7:00PM all at Seven Dolors Catholic Church, Fort Totten, ND.

Procession to Seven Dolors will meet at 4:30PM at St. Jerome’s Road off of Highway 57.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, November 13th, 2020 at 10:00AM at Seven Dolors Catholic Church, Fort Totten, ND.

Burial will be at the St. Jerome Catholic Cemetery, rural Fort Totten, ND.

Posted Condolences:


  1. Condolences to her family and all who loved her. I loved how she was so soft spoken, and each time we visited she had such a calming effect on me. She will be missed and may we all carry her good ways with us.

  2. Sincere Condolences to the family of Martina aka Candy. I knew Candy all my life and she was a very kind & loving Lady. Many Prayers for her husband, children and grandchildren. And may she have a Beautiful Journey Home.
    Rest In Peace. Valerie & Family..💗

  3. My condolences to Martina (Candy) family. I have known Martina for many years. She was very friendly and always had a big smile on her face. Prayers for her husband, children, grandchildren and all her friends. Martina will be missed dearly. Rest in peace.

  4. Our deepest condolences go out to Candy’s family. Prayers for strength and healing during your time of loss. We hope it gives you comfort knowing she is now resting peacefully with her loved ones in heaven. RIP Candy

  5. I am saddened to read about Martina’s passing. It was an honor to know her and her family. She provided so much love and education to children when we worked for the Head Start Program. I will always remember her warm smile and laughter. Prayers for healing for her family. May you find strength in remembering fond times.

  6. Martina was one of the first Head Start teachers I met when I started working at Four Winds. She had a love and dedication to children and I enjoyed working with her. She will be greatly missed!! Godspeed and condolences to her family and friends.

  7. Condolences to Martina(Candy’s) family. May she RIP. I remember when we would have some good visits over the phone at times. Always about kids, grandkids, whom she loved & cared for so much. I enjoyed those times i got to talk to her. RIP Candy.


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