Violet McGuire

Died: Wed., Oct. 18, 2017


Dressing Ceremony

2:00 PM Mon., Oct. 23, 2017
Location: Burns Mortuary


Recitation of the Rosary

7:00 PM Mon., Oct. 23, 2017
Location: St. Andrew's Church


Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 AM Tue., Oct. 24, 2017
Location: St. Andrew's Church


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Violet Rose (Burke) McGuire 70, a resident of Fairview, Oregon passed away on October 18, 2017, surrounded by her family, at her home in Fairview, Oregon.  She was 70 years old.

Violet was born on May 19, 1947 in Pendleton, Oregon to Videll Burke.  Violet grew up in Pilot Rock, Oregon with Lorena & Gordon Chapman, and family, and graduated from Pilot Rock High School in 1966.  In high school she was active in the pep club, FBLA and was a Majorette in the high school marching band.

After graduation, Violet moved to Boise, Idaho to attend business school.  When she returned to Pendleton she began her career at the Bureau of Indian Affairs, later transferring to Portland, Oregon where she met her husband of 42 years, Brian McGuire.

Violet gave 30 years of service to the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission as the Commission’s Recording Secretary and Human Resources Specialist from the time of its formation in 1977 until 2007.  In this role, she was responsible for compiling and distributing the Commission’s agenda and recording its deliberations and actions.  Her meticulous work strengthened the authority of the Umatilla, Warm Springs, Yakama, and Nez Perce Tribes for co-managing treaty-protected resources under federal court orders and agreements among the tribes, states, and the Federal Government.  As part of her human resources work, Violet was part of the inception of the Northwest Native American Human Resources Association, where she served as secretary.  She will be remembered by her colleagues for her attention to the details of the Commission’s work, her knowledge of the Commission’s history, and her beautiful handwriting, her smile, and her infectious laugh. 

After retiring from CRITFC in 2007, Violet spent time with her family traveling the United States.  Some of her favorite traveling memories were visiting the beaches of Oregon and Hawaii, Graceland, Washington D.C., San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge.  Most recently, Violet took a road trip with her sister to Waco, Texas to see her favorite TV stars, Chip and Joanna Gaines.   

Becoming a Grandma was one of Violet’s greatest joys.  She loved to shop for her grandchildren and often found the coolest outfits and one-of-a-kind toys.  Her grandkids called her an “awesome gramma” and knew she would do anything for them. 

Violet will be remembered by many for her bright smile, kind heart, and keen fashion sense.  She loved to laugh and was very festive during any occasion.  She always put her family first and enjoyed cooking and bringing family and friends together. 

Violet is survived by her husband, Brian McGuire, her mom, Videll Bronson (Virgil Bronson), sister Verna Patrick (Marsha, Aaron, Ryan Ashley and their families), brother Richard Bronson (Bryon, Jesse, Kylie, Billy Bronson and their families), sister Lawanda Bronson (TJ and Bobby Parrish and their families), children: Gary McLaws, Monika McGuire (Vernon Smartlowit), Kyle McGuire and Kaeleen McGuire, her grandchildren Cole Sazue and Summer Smartlowit.  Sister-in-laws, Mary Anne McGuire Hickey, Rosaleen McGuire Flynn (Nora, Brian, Megan, Theresa Flynn and their families), Monica McGuire and many cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and countless dear friends. 

She was preceded in death by her grandfather Richard Burke, grandmother Elizabeth Woods, brothers Ronald Bronson, Wendell Bronson, Vern Bronson, Bryson Bronson and her granddaughter Karlee Rain Sazue.

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