Esther Regina Cree

Born: Fri., May 12, 1961
Died: Sun., Nov. 11, 2012


1:00 PM to 1:45 PM, Tue., Nov. 13, 2012
Location: Burns Mortuary

Prayer Service

7:00 PM Tue., Nov. 13, 2012
Location: Agency Longhouse

Concluding Service

6:00 AM Wed., Nov. 14, 2012
Location: Agency Longhouse


6:30 AM Wed., Nov. 14, 2012
Location: Agency Cemetery

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Esther R. Cree

May 12, 1961  -  November 11, 2012

Esther R. Cree - a lifelong resident of Pendleton, Oregon, passed away Sunday, November 11, 2012, in Pendleton.  She was 51 years old. 

A Dressing Ceremony will be held Tuesday, November 13, 2012, at 1:00 PM at Burns Mortuary Chapel in Pendleton, followed by a procession to the Agency Longhouse in Mission.  A Washat service will be held Tuesday evening at 7:00 PM in the Agency Longhouse.  Sunrise services will begin at the Longhouse at 5:30 A.M. Wednesday morning November 14th, with burial at 6:30 AM at the Agency Cemetery.  Arrangements are in care of Burns Mortuary of Pendleton.  Send condolences online at

Esther was born May 12, 1961, in Pendleton, Oregon, to Leonard and Lucille (Tias) Cree.  She was raised in Pendleton where she attended schooling.  She was an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.  Esther was a homemaker primarily.  She dedicated her time caring for her grandchildren.  She also enjoyed basket weaving.  She was a member of the Washat and Sundance religions. 

Mrs. Cree is survived by her son Gerald Wesley Cree of Pendleton, OR, her brothers Raymond Cree of Pendleton, OR, and Robert McCoy of Pendleton, OR, a sister Mona Cree of Auburn, WA, her nephew Jacob Cree of Pendleton, OR, and four grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents Leonard T. and Lucille Cree, her sister Deborah Cree Speedis and her husband James Carl Smith.

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