Celina Mossett

Celina (Young Bear) Mossett “White Juneberries” departed this life on Tuesday evening, August 28, with her family by her side at Medcenter One in Bismarck.

Posted Sept. 7, 2012

Celina Young Bear was born on October 26, 1929 to Frank and Ruth (Standish) Young Bear at the family home near Saddle Butte east of present Mandaree ND. She was given her traditional name “White Juneberries” by her grandmother Iron Woman. She grew up with along the Little Missouri – Missouri Rivers and enjoyed her childhood with a large extended family. She and her siblings attended grade schools at Wahpeton ND, Pierre SD and Marty SD. She attended the Catholic Indian Mission School at Elbowoods ND. She graduated from high school at Elbowoods and attended Haskell Indian School at Lawrence KS for a time. On November 12, 1950 Celina married Cliff Mossett, Sr. at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Elbowoods, ND. They lived west of Twin Buttes and were self-employed in ranching and recreational development on Lake Sakakawea. Celina worked with the Twin Buttes School as a cook and teacher’s aide. She also worked for the Three Affiliated Tribes serving many years as the Community Health Representative for the Twin Buttes area until she retired in the late 1970s. She and her husband Cliff enjoyed their retirement years spending time with their children, grandchildren and their many friends and relatives who came to visit them out in the Little Missouri River badlands.

Celina was a member of the Waterbuster Clan and a child of the Knife Clan. Her Senior Pallbearer is Arthur Smith of Mandaree, ND.

She is survived by her sons Cliff Mossett Jr, John (Noreen) Mossett, and Jim (Wanda) Mossett, all of Twin Buttes; her daughters Marlien Gillette and Amy Mossett, both of Twin Buttes; Dee Dee Mossett (Kelly Spotted Bear) of Mandaree; and Kathy Mossett (Virgil Eagle) of Halliday; 28 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren; her youngest sister Sadie Young Bear Mann of Four Bears-New Town, many loving nieces and nephews, her clan relatives, and a large extended Mandan/Hidatsa family. She was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents, husband Clifford Mossett, Sr; first born daughter Ruth Ann Mossett, grandson Cole Mossett, sisters Gertrude Sillitti, Inez Murphy, Eva Beaks, Gabriella Katie Dubois, Rosella Mandan, Mercedes Young Bear, Maxine Harrison, and her brother Curtis Young Bear Sr.

Wake services began at 5:00 p.m. Friday. August 31 with funeral services at 11:00 Saturday, September 1 with Fr. Stephen Kranz and Fr. Paul Aberle officiating. Both services were held at Twin Buttes Memorial Hall.


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