Violet McGuire

Died: Wed., Oct. 18, 2017

Dressing Ceremony

2:00 PM Mon., Oct. 23, 2017
Location: Burns Mortuary

Recitation of the Rosary

7:00 PM Mon., Oct. 23, 2017
Location: St. Andrew's Church

Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 AM Tue., Oct. 24, 2017
Location: St. Andrew's Church

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Violet Rose (Burke) McGuire 70, a resident of Fairview, Oregon passed away on October 18, 2017, surrounded by her family, at her home in Fairview, Oregon.  She was 70 years old.

Violet was born on May 19, 1947 in Pendleton, Oregon to Videll Burke.  Violet grew up in Pilot Rock, Oregon with Lorena & Gordon Chapman, and family, and graduated from Pilot Rock High School in 1966.  In high school she was active in the pep club, FBLA and was a Majorette in the high school marching band.

After graduation, Violet moved to Boise, Idaho to attend business school.  When she returned to Pendleton she began her career at the Bureau of Indian Affairs, later transferring to Portland, Oregon where she met her husband of 42 years, Brian McGuire.

Violet gave 30 years of service to the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission as the Commission’s Recording Secretary and Human Resources Specialist from the time of its formation in 1977 until 2007.  In this role, she was responsible for compiling and distributing the Commission’s agenda and recording its deliberations and actions.  Her meticulous work strengthened the authority of the Umatilla, Warm Springs, Yakama, and Nez Perce Tribes for co-managing treaty-protected resources under federal court orders and agreements among the tribes, states, and the Federal Government.  As part of her human resources work, Violet was part of the inception of the Northwest Native American Human Resources Association, where she served as secretary.  She will be remembered by her colleagues for her attention to the details of the Commission’s work, her knowledge of the Commission’s history, and her beautiful handwriting, her smile, and her infectious laugh. 

After retiring from CRITFC in 2007, Violet spent time with her family traveling the United States.  Some of her favorite traveling memories were visiting the beaches of Oregon and Hawaii, Graceland, Washington D.C., San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge.  Most recently, Violet took a road trip with her sister to Waco, Texas to see her favorite TV stars, Chip and Joanna Gaines.   

Becoming a Grandma was one of Violet’s greatest joys.  She loved to shop for her grandchildren and often found the coolest outfits and one-of-a-kind toys.  Her grandkids called her an “awesome gramma” and knew she would do anything for them. 

Violet will be remembered by many for her bright smile, kind heart, and keen fashion sense.  She loved to laugh and was very festive during any occasion.  She always put her family first and enjoyed cooking and bringing family and friends together. 

Violet is survived by her husband, Brian McGuire, her mom, Videll Bronson (Virgil Bronson), sister Verna Patrick (Marsha, Aaron, Ryan Ashley and their families), brother Richard Bronson (Bryon, Jesse, Kylie, Billy Bronson and their families), sister Lawanda Bronson (TJ and Bobby Parrish and their families), children: Gary McLaws, Monika McGuire (Vernon Smartlowit), Kyle McGuire and Kaeleen McGuire, her grandchildren Cole Sazue and Summer Smartlowit.  Sister-in-laws, Mary Anne McGuire Hickey, Rosaleen McGuire Flynn (Nora, Brian, Megan, Theresa Flynn and their families), Monica McGuire and many cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and countless dear friends. 

She was preceded in death by her grandfather Richard Burke, grandmother Elizabeth Woods, brothers Ronald Bronson, Wendell Bronson, Vern Bronson, Bryson Bronson and her granddaughter Karlee Rain Sazue.

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Patti McMahon
   Posted Fri October 20, 2017
As my brother said "Violet lit up every room she entered." A friend from 5th grade on, Violet was always kind, generous, funny and just a whole of fun. The angels have led you into paradise dear friend and may you rest in's hard to imagine a class reunion without you, but we can tell Violet stories and that will bring some laughs and fun....

Pamela Wachter
   Posted Sat October 21, 2017
Monica So very sorry to hear of your mother's passing. I have so many wonderful memories of times doesn't with her. She always made me laugh. She was beautiful and kind. She will be missed.

Charlie Brigham Quaempts
   Posted Sat October 21, 2017
What a beautiful picture of a beautiful heart & soul. Going to miss that smile and her outgoing demeanour. Sending condolences to all her family and friends. You're all in mine and my families hearts, thoughts and prayers. Take care ❤

Mike & Barbara Morehead
   Posted Sat October 21, 2017
Our sincere condolences, sympathy for the family of Violet. We both had the pleasure of attending school in Pilot Rock with Violet. We have fond memories of her that we will cherish always. We are so glad we got to visit with her at the 50th class reunion activities at the class BBQ, participating in the Community Days parade, etc. God's blessings. Mike & Barb Morehead

Carl ruland
   Posted Sat October 21, 2017
So sorry for your loss. I was in foster care with Vi and Verna. She was one of my favorites,
Always smiling and full of life. Please accept my condolences.

Karen Maguire
   Posted Sun October 22, 2017
Dearest Brian and family

My thoughts are with you all at this difficult time. It is never easy to loose someone you love but I hope you will find comfort from memories of the wonderful wife, mum, sister, aunty, daughter and friend too she was too many.

May she rest in peace

Lots of love

Maguire Family (Sligo Ireland)

Mary Murphy
   Posted Sun October 22, 2017
Dear Brian and family;
I don't think Brian could have chosen a more beautiful wife both inside and outside. Violet was lovely and kind, outgoing and friendly. I loved her very much and will miss her. Our grade school reunions (Brian's) were always lit up with her presence. Such a gracious lady. Take care Brian and call me anytime.

Mary Halfmoon
   Posted Sun October 22, 2017
I ask the Creator to be with her loved ones as well friends as they mourn her loss giving his unconditional love to all.

Suzanne Clem
   Posted Mon October 23, 2017
Please accept our deepest condolences! Violet was a founding board member of NNAHRA (National Native American HR Association) and I wanted to let you know that because of her hard work on the board, the association now has over 1200 members and supports hundreds of tribes! Many professionals in HR receive help and assistance from an organization that Violet contributed in creating clear back when it was only in the NW. We will honor her at our next conference. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family.
Sincerely, Suzanne Clem and the Board of Directors of NNAHRA.

Derek Maguidhir
   Posted Mon October 23, 2017
Dearest Brian & all your lovely family, it was great sadness that we learned of Violets passing. From all we’ve read & seen, it is so very obvious how much she was loved by her entire family & friends. We hope that you all find strength from your great memories of Violet & in the knowledge that we all have you in our hearts wishing many blessings upon you all at this sad time.
Heaven has gained another angel.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam

Mise Le meas

Derek Maguidhir agus an clán

Brenda Dolan Flegal
   Posted Tue October 24, 2017
Dear Brian and family,
My deepest sympathies go out to you and the family. I so remember what a lovely woman Violet was. She was so kind to our Mother at her 90th birthday party. Violet radiated beauty and love. What a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother she was. She made a difference in this world.

Marilyn Miller
   Posted Wed October 25, 2017
Dear Family,

So sorry for your loss and offer heartfelt condolences. Be blessed by the many memories of a lovely lady.

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