Jo Motanic Lewis

Born: Tue., Sep. 16, 1930
Died: Mon., Jun. 6, 2016


No services to be held


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Jo Esther Motanic Lewis

Jo Esther Motanic-Lewis, 85, passed away June 6, 2016 in LaGrande OR. 

She was born September 16, 1930 in Oklahoma, the eldest daughter of Glenn Lewis Sr. and Esther Lee Motanic Lewis.  She was an enrolled citizen of the Umatilla Tribe.  She grew up in various locations throughout the west as her parents worked for the Indian Service, along with her sister Marianne Lewis, Glenn Lewis Jr., and Bette Paulene Lewis.  She attained her nursing degree in the 1950s, married Richard Thickstun and moved to Chatham, NJ in the late 1950s where they raised their children David, Lisa and Paul and she worked as an ER & Cardiac nurse.  She moved to Oregon in the 1980s, living in Tigard and began her art business, then returned to the Umatilla Reservation where she worked for Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center for 5 years and also served on the Tribal Health Commission.  She was a founding board member of Crow’s Shadow and an accomplished artist in beadwork, jewelry and weaving. 

She is preceded in death by her three siblings, her parents, grandparents and cousins.  Her 3 children, 6 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren remain. 

At her behest there will be no services.

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