Louella Jane Farrow

Born: Sun., Sep. 16, 1951
Died: Wed., Dec. 3, 2014


Dressing Ceremony

2:00 PM Thu., Dec. 04, 2014
Location: Burns Mortuary


Prayer Service

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Thu., Dec. 04, 2014
Location: Agency Longhouse


Washat Services

7:00 PM Thu., Dec. 04, 2014
Location: Agency Longhouse


Graveside Service

Fri., Dec. 05, 2014
Location: St. Andrew's Cemetery


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Louella Jane Farrow

September 16, 1951 – December 3, 2014

 

Louella Jane (Tewee) Farrow “Wasuuskaya” died December 3, 2014 at her home in Thornhollow, Oregon.  She was born September 16, 1951 to Montee Tewee and Ella Jane Colwash in The Dalles, Oregon.  She was the eldest of fourteen children.  She was an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon and was raised on both the Warm Spring and Yakima Nation Indian Reservations by her parents and grandparents.  Louella was raised in the tribal longhouses practicing the Washat religion, gathering the traditional First Foods and medicines, and was a longhouse cook.

Louella graduated from Eastern Oregon University where she met her late husband Michael J. Farrow.  She and Michael were married on the Yakama Reservation in a traditional ceremony and resided there for a short time until moving to the Umatilla Indian Reservation, where Michael was from.  Both began working for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in the 1970s, Louella worked in the Education Department, holding various positions and working her way up to Assistant Education Director; she worked there until she became ill, hospitalized and could no longer work in April 2012. 

Louella was an advocate for Native American higher education, adult basic education, and early childhood development.  She was a strong supporter of the Nixyaawii Community School and was always helping with fundraisers for the students.  She helped start the Basketball Against Alcohol and Drugs (BAAD) basketball tourney, held annually during Spring Break, at the Mission gym and worked at the tournament every year.  She had a very big heart for all people and enjoyed watching sports.

She is survived by her son, Jeremiah Farrow and grandson, Dresden Farrow of Thornhollow, Oregon, brother Curt Jim, Jr. of Warm Springs, Oregon, sisters Leila Tewee of Mission, Oregon, Annette Jim, of Warm Springs, Oregon, and Alice Jim, of Wapato, Washington and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, brother-in-laws and sister-in-laws.  She is preceded in death by her husband Michael, son Gideon Farrow, mother, father, and several brothers and a sister.

Funeral arrangements are December 4: Dressing at 2 pm at Burns Mortuary, transport to tribal longhouse, 6 pm open prayer services, 7 pm Washat services.  December 5: 7 am Washat, burial at St. Andrews Cemetery, dinner at tribal longhouse.  Send condolences online at www.burnsmortuary.com  Burns Mortuary of Pendleton handled arrangements.  

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