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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Bette L. McLean
   Posted Tue April 19, 2011
Cecelia was a wonderful and gracious lady.Always so friendly and welcoming.

Lillian Spino Family
   Posted Wed April 20, 2011
Our sincere condolence to the family. Your mother was always an active lady, at Adams you kids kept her busy. She will be missed by all who knew her, she touched many lives and left many pleasant memories.

Donald & Louise Paxton
   Posted Wed April 20, 2011
We send our songs and prayers for the family. We extend our sincere sympathy to each of you for the loss of your loved one. Walk in Beauty Donald and Louise Spino Paxton

Clifford Stanger
   Posted Wed April 20, 2011
Aatway Cecelia kunku tac timine haanii, kunku eemaakicnu. titooqatimki weenkiikt wees Wallapasokee, kunku laawtiwa. Continue your journey, and prayers to the family.

Bernice Owens
   Posted Wed April 20, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family in the loss of your mother, we will miss her friendly smile and miss the talks that we used to have. I love you all and may the good lord bless you and warch over you in your time of need. Love you all, Lena Sohappy Owens & Family

Jim Loiland
   Posted Wed April 20, 2011
Remember her Smile, her wit, her strengths, and she will be with you always. Our hearts go out to you in this time of sorrow, Cecelia always knew where to find the rainbow. She will be missed but never forgotten.

Bob Christnacht
   Posted Wed April 20, 2011
My hearfelt condolences to Cecelia's family. Every time I would meet Cecelia at Round-Up she had twinkle in her eye and smile on her face. I will miss seeing her.

Iyat Toka Ikt - Lisa Ganuelas
   Posted Wed April 20, 2011
My condolences to her family and all the people she touched in her various careers, especially her language students and those she taught the traditional ways. I will miss her smile and waves and saying what little I knew in Walla Walla to her when we would see each other. Shuyux Squipa, Shuyux Kalowit, Shuyux Patchway Kumnay!

Ka'Poy - Martina Gordon
   Posted Wed April 20, 2011
My thoughts are prayers are with you during this dark, difficult time. She was a "one-of-a-kind" with a beautiful smile. She will be greatly missed, but she will live on in you and in all the lives that she touched.

Wes and Millie Grilley
   Posted Wed April 20, 2011
Cecelia was a lovely lady in all definition of terms. She will be missed by all. Peace and love....Wes and Millie

Adrienne J. Farrow
   Posted Wed April 20, 2011
My sincere condolences to the Bearchum Family. Cecelia was an amazing lady with a good heart and wonderful smile and laugh. She was in a sense a grandmother to me since her and my grandmother Emma were great friends. They would tell me stories of their upbringing and how things were in the old days which I will forever treasure. She was a beautiful person who will be missed by all... I can only imagine her and my grandma talking and laughing again while they watch over all of us. Love and Prayers to you all. Toeyex - She sings another song

Tammy Knight Moore
   Posted Wed April 20, 2011
A beautiful lady that will be missed. She was a joy to work with and a friendly smile always. Thank you Bearchum family for sharing such a wonderful lady with all of us @ Yellowhawk and the community. Blessings to you, Tammy

Shirley Langenwalter
   Posted Wed April 20, 2011
My sympathy to each of you. Your Mom stayed at my home when Eleanor died. I remember her working on moccasins for Eleanor the first evening for hours. It was an honor to have her and you with us.

We'eke Eykse We'eptes Ayat
   Posted Wed April 20, 2011
A great teacher and role model. Some of my deepest lessons were learned from her. I loved her dearly and will miss her beautiful smile and kind words...even if she was getting after you, she spoke gently but firmly...my deepest condolences to her family.

Ron Pinkham
   Posted Wed April 20, 2011
I will miss a very good and dear friend. We talked often to one another at the Winter Ceremonies. I will miss her laughter and our way of joking around with one another. I will pray for the family left behind as I knew several of her children. With Love and prayers and her journey home will be a wonderful one and those who loved her while she walked on the Mother Earth and who passed on before her will rejoice that she is home. I thank the Creator that we honored one another for being friends.

Tami McCullough
   Posted Thu April 21, 2011
Eleanor & Family, Please accept our condolences for the loss of your mom. She always brightened the day whenever we saw her. Thank you for sharing her w/us. Love, Tami & Family

Linda Pretty Weasel Covers Up
   Posted Thu April 21, 2011
Losing our connection to Mother Earth is always a big loss. My prayers are with all during this time. The Creator will mend your hearts and provide all your needs as you call upon Him daily. God bless.

dolores shoulderblade
   Posted Thu April 21, 2011
Brenda, Francis, Eugene and the Bearchum families. Sending you heartfelt condolences. I remember your mother/grandmother when she was here in Lame Deer. She was a kindhearted woman. I know you will miss her. Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this time.

Bernard Red Cherries
   Posted Thu April 21, 2011
She will always be my Aunt, may her "journey" home be a Sacred one. You will all be in my prayers..

MaryEllen Snell Birdinground
   Posted Thu April 21, 2011
It is truly a great loss for the people of the Three Affiliated tribes of The Umatilla. Francis& family please accept my condolences on the loss of your beautiful mother. I still have pictures of her when she came to the Chief Joseph Battlefield, the year they brought the appaloosa horses for the ceremony. Sincerely, Maryellen Snell Birdinground Fort Belknap, Montana

Andrita Harris
   Posted Thu April 21, 2011
Sorry for your loss. She will be missed. Frances and Brenda be strong for the family. God Bless

Rhoda
   Posted Thu April 21, 2011
You have been in my prayers and thoughts daily since I heard that Aunt Cecelia was in the hospital. I loved her dearly and always reminded me of mom, Josephine. So sorry I could not make it her services. My phone number is 406-592-3554, call me when the going gets tough. I know the heartbreak of losing a mom and dad. Love you all! Love, Punks

Claudette Eckiwardy
   Posted Thu April 21, 2011
Sorry we could not make it to Auntie's funeral but our hearts are with you all and we will miss her, she is so kind and as my brother Sonny said, she had a beautiful smile and I agree with that. Prayers with your family, Love, Claudette, Sonny, and Bev and families

Rebecca Bishop
   Posted Thu April 21, 2011
Eleanor so very sorry to hear of your mom's passing. She was such a gracious woman and I loved staying at your home when we were in high school. It was peaceful and safe. I wish I could be closer to be there for you and your family. I remember at Darlene's funeral and looking up and seeing you standing there, I thought I was having a vision at the time and there you were as always to give me support. My heart cries for you at your loss but my spirit knows that she is in a good place and will be there for you and yours helping and loving you in the spirit. Love you! Becki

Carrie Lou
   Posted Thu April 21, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this time. Your Mom was one of a kind and I loved her very much. She was such a generous, knowledgeable, beautifully gifted and intelligent woman--but we all already knew that--and so--we shall each wait our turn until we too journey to The Next Camp and we see her again. My heart hurts for you El and Brenda.

Kevin Curley
   Posted Thu April 21, 2011
I will miss her..when I would see her..she would talk about when my mother Evelyn Curley and Josephine Glenmore would travel out there to visit..my condolences to your family from me and my daughter Kylee E'vel..

John & Karen Old Elk
   Posted Thu April 21, 2011
I want to express my deepest sympathy and condolence to Cecelia's family. I remember the many good happy times when she came to visit my Mom Evelyn Old Elkin Crow Agency.

John & Karen Old Elk
   Posted Thu April 21, 2011
I want to express my deepest sympathy and condolence to Cecelia's family. I remember the many good happy times when she came to visit my Mom Evelyn Old Elkin Crow Agency.

Jackie Cook
   Posted Thu April 21, 2011
It was an honor to mourn with the family at the Longhouse and Church. This Elder was very dear to me--a true example. I will miss her smile, good words, and support. Thank you to the Bearchum family for sharing this wonderful person with me.

Michael & Marian Sioux
   Posted Thu April 21, 2011
It is sad to loose such a great person. We will miss her. It was an honor and privilege to have known this special lady. Our deapest sympathy is with all of you. Michael & Marian Sioux

Vern Sooktis and Sister Rubie Jade,Kaleb Kamrynn and baby Kaira
   Posted Thu April 21, 2011
a wonderful and peaceful lady, glad to see her on her last visit to Lame Deer,Mt, love and peace and our prayer's to the family,

Kerri Benzel
   Posted Thu April 21, 2011
I am so sorry to hear of your loss of such a wonderful, dynamic mother/grandmother. I met her one time while we were growing up, but heard countless stories from Suzanne & Claudette. It is always hard to lose someone so close to us but the legacy she left will live on through the generations. You are all in my thoughts & prayers are with your entire family. I love you--John, Suzanne, Claudette, Gene, Vanessa, & Sophia. Love & Prayers, Kerri Benzel-Simmons

June Mohrland
   Posted Thu April 21, 2011
My prayers are for healing, hope and peace for each of you. Cecelia will indeed be missed by so many of us; she was a truly wonderful lady. I knew her first during the time she worked at St. Anthony and we never lost contact. June

Jackie YellowTail
   Posted Thu April 21, 2011
Another of Creators' Angels has gone home. What a beautiful woman she was, and a dear friend of the YellowTail family in Crow Country! Condolences to all of her family from all of our family. Our prayers are with you in this time of sorrow.

Georgianna Old Elk
   Posted Fri April 22, 2011
She gifted many of us with her friendship and love. It was great to listen to her stories. A beautiful person we will truly miss. Our condolences to the family Georgianna and Clayton Old ELk

Gail Stearns Bird
   Posted Fri April 22, 2011
Cecelia was a very classy lady. Her kindness and love will be missed.

Elizabeth M. Fisher
   Posted Fri April 22, 2011
Sophia & family: My mom, Louise Fisher & family send our condolences in the passing of your mom, grandma, aunt, friend. You are all in our prayers for today and the days to come.

KnoxAnn Armijo
   Posted Fri April 22, 2011
I have seen this beautiful woman before and seeing this Memorial want to only say that she will be missed by all who knew her and for all her relatives I offer my sincere condolences. She was blessed to have so many family and friends who loved her. She is truly a beautiful woman. Montana was a better place for her being there.

Dawn Rasmussen
   Posted Sat April 23, 2011
I am so sorry for her family's loss. Cecelia was an amazing woman; I had the opportunity to get to know her when she and I were at a travel tradeshow in London in 1999. She was one of the most kind and generous people I've ever met. It was an honor to have had the chance to meet her and share a friendship together.

Christine Medicine Bull
   Posted Sat April 23, 2011
Cecelia always had a smile for me and a friendly visit. She was a gentle and wonderful person. I know that she will be missed dearly. To Eleanor, Brenda, Frances and to the rest of the family my condolences to you. Remembering you in my prayers.

Ellen Swaney
   Posted Sun April 24, 2011
Cecelia was always so kind to me. It was great to have met her. I enjoyed seeing her at the various pow wow's in Montana and meeting the rest of the Bearchum clan. She will I know be terribly missed. As I traveled across the US to various Education conference, I always met people who knew her and venerated her for who she was and her work with the language. My thoughts are especially with my nephew and niece, Jacob and Sydney, and their father Ben and Ben's brothers and sisters.

Bill & Carla Timentwa
   Posted Mon April 25, 2011
We will miss her friendly smile and her determination to carry on all our traditions, culture and language

Fyant Family
   Posted Tue April 26, 2011
The Fyant family will miss her greatly as we always enjoyed her visits whether it was on her way to Crow fair, or any other travels she was on. RIP

Peggy Funk Simpson
   Posted Fri April 29, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I enjoyed visiting with your mom out at the Whitman Mission when she was there. We would love to visit with you. My email is simpsong@wwics.com Take care, Love, Peggy and Guy

Clarene Walters
   Posted Sat December 24, 2011
My deepest condolences to you and your family for the loss of your mother. When I heard my heart fell and memories of yesterdays came to mind. A traditional woman she was as my mother is. Although this gets to you months later I've always considered you a friend. Mothers are a precious treasure from God. I'll say a little prayer for you and your family tonight. God bless. Let's keep in touch.

Jan Milleer
   Posted Wed June 03, 2015
Sophia,
My name is Jan Miller. I taught with you at the Busby School from 1972-1976. I just saw your Mom's obituary and wanted to send my condolences. Your mom beaded a Umatilla cradleboard when I was expecting my first child, Sarah. It hangs on my wall still, a visual reminder of my years on the N. Cheyenne res. And Sarah is 38!
Your mother was a gentle and strong woman, and I always appreciated her friendship and sense of humor.
I would love to see you again...I live in White Salmon and come to Umatilla on my way home from Montana each year. I think of our days as a 4-5-6 team and count it as one of fondest memories. Hope to hear from you.
Jan Miller

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