Martina Veronica (Quaempts ) Gone

Born: Tue., Apr. 2, 1935
Died: Wed., Jul. 3, 2013

Blessing Service

2:00 PM Fri., Jul. 05, 2013
Location: Burns Mortuary

Prayer Service

6:00 PM to 12:00 PM, Fri., Jul. 05, 2013
Location: Agency Longhouse

Funeral Mass

9:00 AM Sat., Jul. 06, 2013
Location: St. Andrew's Church

Interment following funeral service

Location: St. Andrew's Church

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Martina Quaempts Gone

April 2, 1935 - July 3, 2013


Martina Quaempts Gone was born in Pendleton, Oregon, April 2nd, 1935, to parents William Quaempts and Annie Hall, and passed away July 3rd at St. Anthony Hospital.

Martina graduated from St. Joseph’s Academy in 1953, and attended Chemawa Indian School her junior year where she was named Chemawa Queen.

She was a devoted housewife and homemaker at her home in Mission, Oregon, which served as the original headquarters for Tillicum Enterprises, where she also worked. She worked for the CAPECO weatherization program in Pendleton, and as a secretary for the Celilo Wyam Board in The Dalles. She also acted as an extra on the late 1980s TV series “Northern Exposure” filmed in Roslyn, Washington.

She served on the Pendleton Round-Up court as princess in 1952. She enjoyed and participated in the Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon Pageant, and camped in the Indian Village every year. In the pageant’s early years she would row the canoe across the landscape. She was a member of VFW George St. Denis Post 140 of Mission.

Martina was a generous woman who donated her limited funds and some clothing to a boarding school in South Dakota. She loved her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, and would give her last $20 to see them enjoy the moment and offer words of encouragement and compliments for their well-being. She especially enjoyed watching and supporting her grandchildren in sports and enthusiastically supported Nixyaawii Community School.

She proudly watched her great-nieces — Shoni and Jude Schimmel — lead the Louisville Cardinals women’s basketball team to reach the NCAA title game.

She enjoyed attending and participating in many Native American pow wows, especially the Gathering of Nations in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and embraced cultural events, arts and traditional religious services.

Her skills involved sewing wing dresses, jingle dresses, making Pendleton long coats, shawls, and yarn belts, writing short stories, and reading many novels.

She is preceded in death by her parents; children William, Catherine and Leslie Paul and stepdaughter Barbara Perry; sisters Rosie Peters, Edna Crane, and Loretta Quaempts; brothers Elias, Louie, Peter and Paul Quaempts; husbands John Barkley Sr., Julian David Gone Sr., and Wilfred Yallup.

She is survived by sons Lloyd, John Jr. and Darryl Barkley, Julian Gone Jr. and Phillip Gone, and Sky Yallup; stepdaughter Della Burget, daughters Jackie Barkley, Verna Johnson, Dorothy Cyr, Ida Yallup and Annie Smith, and sisters Delores Moses and Martha Franklin. She has 44 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

Dressing will be held at Burns Mortuary July 5th at 2:00 p.m., then she will be taken to the Tribal Longhouse in Mission where rosary services begin at 6:00 p.m. Traditional Washat services begin at 7:00 p.m. followed by dinner. On Saturday, July 6th at 7:00 a.m. final Washat services will be held. Burial mass will be held 9:00 a.m. at St. Andrew’s church, followed by interment at the St. Andrew’s cemetery. Conclusion of services — dinner and giveaway — will follow at the longhouse.

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