Lillian 'Sis" Moses

Died: Thu., Nov. 23, 2017


Recitation of the Rosary

7:00 PM Thu., Nov. 30, 2017
Location: St. Andrew's Church


Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 AM Fri., Dec. 01, 2017


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At the age of 66, beloved daughter, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, Lillian “Sis” Arlene Moses, passed on November 23, 2017, Thanksgiving Day.

Sis was born in Lewiston, Idaho on October 7, 1951, to Gabriel and Delores Moses. Her siblings include brothers Phillip Moses and Gregory Moses; sisters Judith Moses and Theresa Willis.

Sis’s children include Rick Schimmel, Michelle Moses, and Cecilee Moses. Grandchildren include Shae Schimmel, Michael Schimmel, Dani Blodgett, Cicily Moses, Shoni Schimmel, Ken Mayfield, Jude Schimmel, Isaiah Moses, Job Schimmel, Milan Schimmel, Mick Schimmel, Lark Moses, Magi Moses, Saint Schimmel, Sistine Moses, Bear Moses, Sun Schimmel and Michael Moses. Great grandchildren include Jalen Schimmel, Laila Schimmel, Nila Mayfield and baby.

As a young child, Sis moved to Mission, Oregon and was an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and is a descendent of the Nez Perce and Yakama tribes.  She attended St. Andrew’s School, graduated in 1969 from Pendleton High School, attended Eastern Oregon College and Santa Fe Art School (NAIA). Sis worked as a legal secretary and later as one of CTUIR’s first Tribal Administration employees. Other jobs included Early Education program teacher for the tribe, Youth Ministry and CCD teacher for St Andrew’s Church.

Sis was one of the first winners of the Junior American Indian Pageant, a winner of the American Indian Beauty Contest and served as a 1968 Happy Canyon Princess. She was a candidate for Miss Indian America.

Sis’s artistic ability was one of her many talents, creating magnificent ledger paintings. Other talents included fashion design, interior design and creative cooking. Her hobbies included singing, dancing, sports and friendships. Sis adored her Samoyed puppies Kashka and Star

What a lot of people don’t know is the fact she survived 20 years of dialysis. A path that lasts on average 3-6 years. Out of immense love, Sis chose to endure this for her children and grandchildren. Even while enduring constant pain herself, she held you when you hurt and made you smile. The love Sis had for God, her family and friends, was heaven in itself. Her will and strength was truly powerful.

Even in death, Sis fought to stay here with her family, yet she was unafraid to go. She left Earth surrounded by her loved ones, her daughters and all her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father, brothers, sister-in-law, nephew and grandson.

Services will be held at St Andrew’s Mission, 48022 St Andrew’s Road, Pendleton, Oregon.  Rosary will be Thursday, November 30th at 7:00 pm.  Funeral Mass will be Friday, December 1st at 10:00 am followed by burial services and reception.

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