Berniece A. (Ryan) Hall

Born: Wed., Aug. 22, 1934
Died: Mon., Apr. 8, 2013

Recitation of the Rosary

7:00 PM Thu., Apr. 11, 2013
Location: Burns Mortuary

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Berniece Augustine Ryan Hall           August 22, 1934 - April 8, 2013

Berniece was born August 22, 1934 to James and Veronica Guyer Ryan on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. She was raised by her Grandparents, Andrew Barnhart and Jane Kash Kash, whom raised her and her Sister, Mary June in a warm, and loving home full of laughter, hard work and a sense of public service. She attended Chemawa Indian School and graduated in 1953, with distinction from St. Joseph’s Academy, Pendleton, OR. Her first job was at St. Anthony’s hospital in the newborn and delivery area giving babies their first baths and stamping their footprints on their birth certificate. She was the first General Council Secretary (formerly known as the Business Council) for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. She also worked as Enrollment Clerk, validating the 1953 Census for vital statistics, formerly counting every Native on the Umatilla Reservation. She worked over 30 years as a Caseworker for the State of Oregon, division of Adult and Family Services and Senior and Disabled Services. While a State of OR employee she was integral in employing Natives who built Indian Lake. She worked from the age of 16 until her retirement in 1991 to care for her husband.

Berniece will be remembered for her vibrant glow, sharp intellect and her undying compassion. She was very proud of her heritage and was enrolled with the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, with affiliations to the Nez Perce Tribe and the Makah Nation. Her Indian Name was Innahape, “last woman speaker of the Cayuse People”. Berniece served on the 1952 all-Native Pendleton Round-Up Court, serving with surviving princess Martina Gone and ‘atway Diana McKay and Audrey Blackhawk. Berniece was married in 1963 to David “Steve” Hall for 33 years, whom preceded her in death on April 14, 1996. They raised three wonderful children: Carla Deniece Hall of Mission; James William Hall of Thornhollow; and Andrea Kaye Hall of Mission. She is survived by her Sister, Mary June Ryan Parr of Mission and first cousins, Andrew Dumont and Adele Guyer. She was very proud to brag of her six (6) Grandchildren: Veronica Jayne (Carla and Chris Harris), Cedric Stephen (James and Laurie Alexander), Peyton Daneh and Kaeleh Rae (Andrea and Preston Eagleheart); and Devon Sehleya and Dreux Skyhler (Andrea and Kyle Spencer). They loved their Kautsa with her bright, beautiful smile and giving nature. She will be missed as a loving Mother, Sister and Grandmother. She enjoyed her outings at the casino, dinner with family, watching the Seattle Mariners baseball, planting flowers and telling funny stories. She was preceded in death by her parents Veronica Guyer and James Ryan, Grandparents, Andrew Barnhart and Jane Kash Kash.

Her children would like to honor her wishes for direct cremation with a Rosary at Burns Mortuary, Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 7pm with a dinner to follow for close family and friends at a date to be announced by the family.

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   Posted Wed April 10, 2013
My sweetest, beautiful Mom, I love you more than words can express. I keep thinking this is the worst dream I am having and I can just call you and hear your voice. Sadly, I can't. Please know you are the best mom ever and I hope I made you proud. Thank you for Everything you have taught me and for being my Etsa.

   Posted Wed April 10, 2013
I will Miss You so much Kausta, you always had a great warming smile. You're My Hero <3 I'm going to Miss every single moment spending time with you. I Love You So Much. Please don't forget that.

Patricia Hansen Ahern, Oakley. Ca.
   Posted Thu April 11, 2013
Dear Carla, James, Andrea and families..I send you my sympathy for the loss of your wonderful mother...She was such an important part of my family as i grew up..I am remembering our camping, fishing and swimming at Meachem Lake..picking huckleberries where your Mom said she had picked them with her Grandmother in earlier years..The innocent fun times that she, Arlene Lavadour, Sylvia Brown and I had together as teens...After I moved away, I would come home to visit my parents and we always got together and it was as if we had never been apart..I will never forget her wonderful laugh (giggle?)...Later you Dad was added to the family and when Carla was born, my parents stayed with your folks for a week to help with the new baby. She was a wonderful woman, mother and friend..I hope all your wonderful memories will comfort you as they do mine.
.I sent this to your mom when your father died..
Carry me in regalia of bygone days,
Plumed by the morning breath of Appaloosas,
I'll drum, I'll Sing
HOld me without bruising, as in embrace,
Carpeted in palms of loving hands,
Move through the camps from west to east,
For my sun rises, DOES NOT SET.....
I'll drum , I'll sing (Nez Perce)

   Posted Thu April 11, 2013
Dear Hall Family,
How sorry I was to hear of your mother's passing. I know this is hard for you right now, but I assure you things will be better. I can sympathize all to well as it seems like yesterday my precious went home and it has been almost 14 years ago.
I always thought Bernice was a beautiful woman. She reminded me a lot of my own mother, Annie Vincent, whom was Arlene's cousin, and also a good friend of your mother's when they were all young woman. I called my uncle Justin Vincent(Salem) to tell him of Bernice's passing and he was saddened to her the news as he and his wife, Marie, were good friends of her, as well. Aunt Marie stayed with Arlene and Bernice when they had an apt. in town when they were young women.
When I was a young girl I would walk to school, pass the state offices and Bernice would look out the window and wave hello and often times come out and be sure to say hello to my mother. She said she could always tell that I was Annie's daughter. I thought many times she could pass as mom's sister.
Remember that Bernice is not gone, but in eternal life. This body is done, but her spirit is alive and well and I pray she is with Jesus enjoying everything He had planned for her from the beginning. I know my mother is and I hope she was at the gates welcoming her home! Oh what a happy day for her.
Don't lose heart and remember that this life is short for us all and that Jesus is the answer to every problem we face here on earth.
We were put here for a purpose and your legacy to the Lord and your mother is to live life for God's glory and to end the race with "Well done my good and faithful servant." I believe your mother did this. Live your life well, too, and one fine day you will see her again...forever and ever and that will never end!

God bless, Shawna Weiss

Nancy Penn Elliott
   Posted Thu April 11, 2013
To the Hall Family... I worked with Berniece in the 80s and 90s..We were very good friends.. usually when you saw Berniece I was not far behind. We went to trainings together, had lunch together..laughed and talked. She helped me thru some difficult times in my life. Berniece was wise and when she talked I listened. and in the end she was always right. She was so generous beyond belief..always ready to help me. We had some great times at work and also at the Casino..I remember her laugh. Carla, Andrea and James my prayers and thoughts are with you tonight. Nancy Penn

Susan Sams
   Posted Thu April 11, 2013
Dear Hall Family, You are all in our thoughts and prayers. We are so very sorry for your loss. May you all find comfort in the times and memories that you share. God Bless, Grandma Sue

Your Daughter and Grandbabies
   Posted Mon April 29, 2013
Momma, I am listening to your words and doing my best to move forward in your honor. I will always cherish our time together and know we'll be okay. Stop worrying now and be free. You are with me now forever, in my thoughts, dreams, and wishes.

I Love you with everything inside of me. I will make you proud.

All Our Love, #1 Kautsa and Boo-Boo!!

Andrea, Peyton, Kaeleh, Devon and Dreux

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