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Thelma Jean Goodwin


December 21, 2022

Thelma Jean Goodwin

March 10, 1948 ~ December 18, 2022 (age 74)

Thelma Jean Goodwin, 74, of Bemidji, MN passed away on December 18, 2022, at her home. She was born in Cass Lake, Minnesota to Clifford and Frances (Smith) Jones on March 10, 1948. Thelma was a member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, Wolf Clan, and was a ceremonial pipe carrier. She lived in various places in Minnesota while growing up. Thelma graduated from High School in Minneapolis and later graduated from Augsburg College and Bemidji State University with a double major in Social Studies and Political Science. She worked as a financial aid worker for Beltrami County HHS. Thelma loved going to the casinos, watching the Minnesota Vikings, spending time with family, friends, and grandchildren. She enjoyed playing back gammon and road trips.

She is preceded in death by her husband James Goodwin, Parents, sisters; Karen Tuttle, Margaret Larose, and Bonita Jones: Brothers Charles Jones, Clifford Jones, Granddaughters Jeanie and Breyannah. Thelma is survived by her children; Wayne (Angie) Pederson, Karen Jones, Bonita Armstrong, grandchildren; Richard, Anthony, Jimmy, Charles, Patrick, Jesse, Tavin and Brittany, great grandchildren; Brenda, Bianca, Brittanya, Camille, Mary, Noella, Ayden and Brandon. Honorary Pallbearers for Thelma will be Charles Jones, Anthony Jones, Archie LaRose, David Jones Sr, Anthony Dvorak, Taylor Tuttle, Joe LaRose, Pam Mitchell, Mindy Ruby, Susie Cloud, Jessica Cottrell, Julie Jones, Kathleen LaRose, Alisa Goodshield, Julia LaRose, Karley Raisch, and Hallie Dvorak. Her active pallbearers will be Clifford Jones, James Jones, Richard Jones, Patrick Pederson, Jesse Waldvogel, and Thomas Cloud.

A Traditional Wake will begin on Wednesday, December 21, 2022, at 2:00 PM and continue until the 11:00 AM Traditional Funeral Service at the Veterans Memorial Building. Cass Lake, Minnesota. A private burial will be at a later date. Arrangements are by Whispering Pines Funeral & Cremation Service. Walker, Minnesota.  


Traditional Wake


December 21, 2022

2:00 PM

Veterans Memorial Building, Cass Lake, Minnesota

Traditional Funeral Service


December 22, 2022

11:00 AM

Veterans Memorial Building, Cass Lake, Minnesota


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