Geraldine M George

Born: Mon., Oct. 15, 1928
Died: Tue., Jul. 19, 2011

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Geraldine Marie George – PENDLETON – Geraldine went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, July 19th, 2011, at Harbor View Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. She was 82 years old. Funeral ceremonies were held Thursday, July 21st and Friday, July 22nd, 2011, with burial at Tutuilla Cemetery in Mission, Oregon. You may sign the online guestbook at www.burnsmortuary.com. Burns Mortuary of Pendleton was in charge of arrangements. Geraldine was born October 15, 1928, and was the daughter of Alex Johnson and Esther Pond. Her parents lived on the Upper McKay Creek, so when her mother went into labor her father hitched up the horse and buggy, and drove into Pendleton. Geraldine was born on October 155, 1928, in Pendleton, Oregon. She was an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Geraldine was always very proud of her heritage as a Umatilla Indian. She was respected by the Yakama Nation People, the Nez Perce Nation and her own Umatilla people. She was raised on the Upper McKay Creek, and attended schools in Pendleton. She lived in the Pendleton area for the first 30 years of her life, and then moved to the Yakama Valley, where she resided until her death. When she first moved to the Yakama area she worked as a laborer on several farms, harvesting crops like fruit and hops. She then moved to Toppenish, WA, on the Yakama Indian Nation, where she married Gresham Morrison. The two were later divorced. She later married Raymond George. Mr. George preceded her in death several years ago. In Toppenish, Geraldine worked for the Mt. Adams Furniture Factory. Because of her reliability and dedication, she quickly rose to the position of Lead Person. She was employed at the furniture factory for 19 years until her retirement in 1989. Geraldine lived in Toppenish at the Wanity Senior Retirement Park for the past 6 years. She loved her home there. Her hobbies included crocheting, she loved to make bags. In her spare time she also enjoyed canning and watching movies. Geraldine is survived by two sons Thomas Morrison, Sr. of Toppenish, WA, and Evan Morrison of Toppenish, who was her home care provider in her final years, as well as many nieces and nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, whom she loved dearly, and will miss her very much. She was preceded in death by three sons: Gusy Morrison, Paris Morrison, Sr., and Carl Shehan, and one daughter, Lorretta Morrison. Her pallbearers were: Jacob Cree , Burke Farrow, Moon Huesties, Boots Pond, Tommy Morrison, Jr., James Morrison, Chester Morrison, Matt Farrow, Jr., Paris Morrison, Jr., and LeRoy Morrison. Her honorary pallbearers were: Marlene Taylor, Videl Bronson, Rita George, B.J. Huesties, Bertha Miller, Iva Wilson Family, Bill Johnson, Jr. Family, Chuck Axtel Family, all Yakama Nation Seniors, and Yakama Nation Head Start.

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