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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Shawna Weiss
   Posted Mon November 27, 2017
Dear Moses Family, Gus and Judy,
I remember your sister and her immense beauty and sweet smile. I remember the first time I met all three of you girls when I was young and thought to myself how could there be a family that has so many beautiful woman and men? Truly blessed! Sis was beautiful inside and out.

You can take solace that she is doing everything God ever had planned for her from the beginning.

She has no more pain and she would want you all to rejoice in her homegoing knowing that you have her in your future not in your past!

God bless you all. ~Shawna

Louise M Thompson
   Posted Tue November 28, 2017
Dear Moses Family,

So sorry to hear of your loss of Lillian. She was a classmate of mine at PHS for whom I had great admiration. Her quiet smile and her carriage of great dignity only added to her glowing beauty. Lillian's accomplishments highlighting the history of our Indian culture helped move forward a growing interest. Her will and determination to "be there" for as long as possible for her family says it all. May peace be with you.

MELISSA DAVIS JOSEPH
   Posted Tue November 28, 2017
Dear Moses Family:

I was on the Pendleton Round Up court the year that Lillian was a Happy Canyon Princess. She was so much fun to be around - so beautiful and out going. We had a great summer and spent a lot of time together that year. I will remember her always as a lovely person and will cherish my photo album of our "Court" year that we spent together.

Ron Halfmoon
   Posted Wed November 29, 2017
To the family of Sis Moses: We are saddened by news of her passing, and had not realized she had been in marginal health for so long a time. I knew Gabe Moses, her dad, as they lived on site at Saint Andrews in that lil house. The Moses and Quaempts were family of our parish on the rez. Lots of good times and fond memories of sports and church. May she rest in peace. Prayers for grace and blessings for family and loved ones. from Chet n ron halfmoon.

Harold Halfmoon
   Posted Wed November 29, 2017
I would like to offer my condolences to the Lillian Moses Family. I knew this family from afar. I grew up among the people and parish of St Andrews Church. It is sad to know that one more member from those days gone by has left this earth. Rest In Peace.

Rosie Jackson
   Posted Wed November 29, 2017
To the Family of Sis Moses: My Love, Prayers & Condolences to the Family. I remember Sis always had a cheerful smile and acknowledge you where ever she was at. Enjoy chatting with her and How proud she was of her Grandchildren. R.I.P. Sis & No more pain....

Adrienne J. Farrow
   Posted Wed November 29, 2017
My dear sweet family... I’m so very sorry to hear of Sis’s passing. I know she was a fighter until the very end. She was always so loving and caring. The last time I saw her was around Up year before last. I had a nice visit with her and always loved her warm hugs. She will be missed. My love, hugs, thoughts and prayers to all of you.

Marci Davis Bailey
   Posted Wed November 29, 2017
Dear Moses Family, My sincere condolences on the loss of your family member. I spent time with Sis and Tito at Talmaks. We had a lot of good times. She was a beautiful person inside and out. Prayers for her journey and the family as they prepare her final resting place.

Leona A. Ike-Smith
   Posted Thu November 30, 2017
My son's Julius, Mario and Jonathan and I send our sincere love and condolences to the family, we are the widow and son's to autwai Kanim Smith Sr. Our hearts are with the family in Pendleton.

June Smith (JoAnn Moses Family)
   Posted Thu November 30, 2017
So sorry for your family's loss. Prayers for your family and friends. She was a nice lady. I met her a few times over the years. My sister Jocelyn knew her family well and would visit her whenever she was in Pendleton. Condolences to those left behind from our family to yours.

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