Cecelia Bearchum

Born: Thu., Oct. 18, 1923
Died: Mon., Apr. 18, 2011

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Mrs. Cecelia Bearchum "Kumnay" - 87, a resident of Adams, Oregon, passed away on April 18, 2011 at the Evergreen Health and Rehabilitation Center, Milten-Freewater, OR. Funeral Services will be provided by Burns Mortuary, Pendleton, OR. Dressing will be at Burns Mortuary, Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 2:00 pm. Washat Services will be at the Longhouse, Mission, OR, Wednesday at 7:00 pm. Traditional Washat services to be held at the Longhouse and will begin at 7:00 am, Thursday, April 21, 2011. To be followed by Rights of Accommodation prayers at St. Andrews Mission at 9:00 am. Internment services to be held at Homely Cemetery. Giveaway and dinner afterwards at the Mission Longhouse. Sign the online guestbook at www.burnsmortuary.com She was born October 18, 1923 to Thomas Charley and Sophie Wilson Charley at Cayuse, OR. She is an enrolled Walla Walla member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and of Yakama decent. Cecelia spent her childhood living in the Adams, Oregon and Spearfish, Washington area. Attended St. Andrews school, Adams school and later Chemawa Indian Boarding school, Salem, OR. Cecelia graduated from Chemawa in 1942. She later attended school at Blue Mountain Community college at the age of 64. Cecelia married Benjamin Bearchum, Jr. in 1943. They were married 30 years. She was a very active engaging individual working throughout her life and participated in numerous community activities; St. Labre Indian Mission School, School Board Member, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Housing Authority Board Member, Yellowhawk Health Board Commission Member, assisted with the development of Tamasklikt Cultural Interpretive Center, Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Core of Discovery, Circle of Tribal Advisors COTA, and enjoyed the annual Happy Canyon & Pendleton Roundup activities throughout her life. Her employment included Nurse Assistant in Salam, OR, Busby Dorms Matron, Busby, MT, IGA store, Lame Deer, MT, Dietician Aide, St. Anthony Hospital, Pendleton, OR, CHR, Yellowhawk Clinic, Pendleton, OR, Park Ranger, National Park Service Whitman Mission Park, Walla Walla, WA, Language Teacher, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Education Department, Pendleton, OR. Her three greatest passions in life were her grandchildren, teaching the Walla Walla language, and culture. She also enjoyed traditional dancing and beadwork, Cecelia Bearchum is preceded in death by her parents, Tomas Charley and Sophie Wilson Charley, siblings, Andy Charley, Lester Charley, and Eleanore Houle, son Keith Bearchum, and grandchildren Dewey Little Coyote, Michael Bearchum, Brice Bearchum, and Mariah Bearchum. Survivors include sister Theresa Johnson, children, Brenda Coyote Joe, Ashland, MT, Sophia Bearchum Enos, Pendleton, OR, Bruce Bearchum, Sr. Nikki Hardin, MT, Frances Bearchum Foote, Busby, MT, Benjamin Bearchum Janine, Pendleton, OR, Curtis Bearchum Phyllis, Richland, WA, Eleanor Parker Doug, Irrigon, OR. 35 Grandchildren, 72 Great-Grandchildren, 12 Great-Great Grandchildren and numerous extended family. Cecelia, Kumnay, will be greatly missed by her family and numerous friends throughout the Pacific Northwest.

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