Viola R. (Penny) Wocatsie

Born: Sun., Feb. 12, 1922
Died: Mon., Mar. 25, 2013

Recitation of the Rosary

7:00 PM Wed., Mar. 27, 2013
Location: Agency Longhouse

Farewell Ceremony

9:00 AM Thu., Mar. 28, 2013
Location: Agency Longhouse

Graveside Service

11:00 AM Thu., Mar. 28, 2013
Location: Agency Cemetery

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Viola R. Wocatsie, a resident of Adams, died Monday, March 25, 2013 in The St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton.  She was 91 years old.

Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be conducted Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 7:00 P.M. and will be in the Agency Longhouse in Mission, Oregon.  Final Drum Ceremonies will begin at 9:00 A.M. on Thursday, and will also be in the Agency Longhouse.  Burial with Military Funeral Rites and Honors accorded by George St. Dennis V.F.W. Post 140 will follow in the Agency Cemetery in Mission.  Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements.  Sign the online condolence book at

Viola was born February 12, 1922 in Pendleton.  She was the daughter of David and Mollie (Minthorn) Penny.  She was raised and educated in Pendleton, and graduated from Pendleton High School.  After High School she attended Kinman Business College in Spokane, Washington.  After graduating from business school, she had worked in Salem, Oregon, and later returned to Pendleton. She had served her country as a Pharmacist’s Mate in the United States Navy during World War II, from August of 1945 until her honorable discharge in June of 1946. After her discharge she returned to Pendleton where she married Charles Wocatsie. She had worked as a stenographer for the Board of Trusties of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation for several years, and then later had worked as a clerk for the Yellowhawk Tribal Health Clinic.  She later retired. 

She greatly enjoyed travel and had traveled to The Holy Lands and many other destinations.  She had also been active in the Tekawitha Catholic Conferences.   She was a member of the St. Andrews Catholic Church in Mission as well as an auxiliary member of the Eagles Lodge #28 of Pendleton.  She had also been a Past Commander of the George St. Dennis American Legion Post 140 of Mission.

She is survived by her first cousins; James Penny, Antone Minthorn, Katherine Minthorn, Douglas Minthorn and Peter Minthorn, niece, Joan Burnside, nephew, Sam Penny, caregiver, Kimberly Minthorn, as well as many other nieces, nephews and grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Charles Wocatsie, siblings; David, Ramona, Ira Sam and Ernest, and an uncle George Penny.

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Eleanor Bearchum Parker
   Posted Sat March 30, 2013
To Kim and Family: It was sad to hear of Viola's passing. She always had a smile and said Hello where ever I saw her. Take care, always, Eleanor

Eleventh Hour Warriors
   Posted Mon April 01, 2013
May God be with you during this time. You are in our hearts and thoughts.

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