Eva Mary (Shippentower) Watchman

Born: Sun., Apr. 20, 1919
Died: Tue., Apr. 29, 2014


1:00 PM to 2:00 PM, Thu., May 01, 2014
Location: Agency Longhouse

Recitation of the Rosary

6:00 PM Thu., May 01, 2014
Location: Agency Longhouse

Washat Services

7:00 AM Fri., May 02, 2014
Location: Agency Longhouse

Mass of Christian Burial

9:00 AM Fri., May 02, 2014
Location: St. Andrew's Church

Interment following funeral service

Location: Agency Cemetery

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Eva S. Watchman

April 20, 1919 – April 29, 2014


Eva Shippentower Watchman (Kata putnay) passed away on April 29th, 2014.  She was 95 years old. 

A Dressing Ceremony will be held Thursday, May 1, 2014, at 1:00 PM at the Agency Longhouse in Mission.  Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be held Thursday evening at 6:00 PM followed by a Washat Service at 7:00 PM, both at the Longhouse. 

Final Washat Service will begin Friday morning, May 2, 2014, at 7:00 AM at the Longhouse.  Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday morning at 9:00 AM at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church followed by burial at Agency Cemetery.  The dinner following will be held at Agency Longhouse. 

Sign the online condolence book at www.burnsmortuary.com   Arrangements are with Burns Mortuary of Pendleton.

Born on April 20th, 1919 in Pendleton, Oregon, she was nearly the eldest enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

She celebrated her 95th birthday a week ago on Easter Sunday with family and friends at her home on Mission road.

Her parents were Anderson Shippentower and Alice Barnhart

Children include Bertha Case, Lewis Carter, Eugene Carter (deceased), Ray Watchman, Bernadine Watchman-Cook, Annie Watchman-Sinclair (deceased), Francis Watchman, and John Bevis. In total 13 children, 21 grand-children, nearly 50 great-grandchildren, and 4 great great-grandchildren.

She was married/widow to Lewis Carter and Daniel Watchman.

Eva attended Chemawa Indian School in the 1930s then moved to Nespelem, Wa where she was cared for by a member of Chief Joseph’s band. She then moved back home and has lived on the Umatilla Indian Reservation for the past 75 years. 

Eva was a hard worker proven by her 28 years of dedicated service as a laundress at St. Anthony’s hospital, often walking the 2-mile to work.

She also harvested peas and wheat in the local fields in the summer time.

Her hobbies were playing pool, bingo, crochet, gardening, beading, keno, watching science fiction shows, knitting, going on senior trips, attending the round-up, playing the harmonica, swimming, riding horses and cooking her favorite dishes such as lukameen, and baked yeast bread. 

She often told stories of Celilo, catching eels and picking berries at Mount Adams.

She was a member of the health committee that helped build Yellowhawk clinic. 



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Ray&Barbara Sims
   Posted Wed April 30, 2014
Bert, sorry for the loss of your mother she was a great lady

Theresa Guardipee
   Posted Wed April 30, 2014
Sorry for your loss, Aunties, Uncles, Cousins. I'm unable to tend the funeral, Got no transportation I'm aways from home. I will keep all you in my prayers. Love all you.

Bruce Campbell
   Posted Fri May 02, 2014
I will not be able to attend Eva's services, but my thoughts and condolences are with Eva's family and friends. My memories include the positive influence she had in molding the Yellowhawk health program as a member of the Umatilla Tribal Board of Health.

Harold Halfmoon
   Posted Fri May 02, 2014
I would like to offer my belated condolences to the family of Eva Watchman. Bertha, Eugene and Lewis were school mates of mine many years ago. Eugene and me were good friends, he always had a good word for me when we met. I would say he learned to be this way from his mother Eva. My memories of this family, including Alice are many, I will pray for Eva and her family.

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