Anna Jane Pond

Born: Mon., Jan. 2, 1939
Died: Sat., Sep. 20, 2014

Dressing Ceremony

10:00 AM Mon., Sep. 22, 2014
Location: Agency Longhouse

Washat Services

7:00 PM Mon., Sep. 22, 2014
7:00 AM Tue., Sep. 23, 2014
Location: Agency Longhouse

Sunrise Burial

8:00 AM Tue., Sep. 23, 2014
Location: Pond Cemetery

Print Obituary   Home Page All Obituaries

Music by The Piano Brothers


Anna Jane (Wilkenson) Pond, Towiisla

January 2, 1939 - September 20, 2014



Janie Pond passed away on September 20, 2014, at Kadlec Hospital in Tri-Cities, Washington.  She was 75 years old. 

Dressing Ceremony was held Monday, September 22, 2014, at 10:00 AM at the Agency Longhouse in Mission, Oregon, followed by Evening Washat Service at 7:00 PM.  Sunrise Washat service will begin at 7:00 AM, Tuesday morning, September 23, 2014, at the Agency Longhouse, with Burial to follow at the Pond Cemetery. 

Sign the online condolence book at   Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is handling arrangements.

She was born January 2, 1939, at Cayuse, Oregon. 

Janie stayed in Cove, Oregon, growing up before graduating from Hermiston, Oregon, High School.  Janie moved to the Umatilla Indian Reservation after marrying Ronald James Pond on December 31, 1959, the Best Man was Gifford Cowapoo. 

Janie became Whipwoman of the Umatilla Tribe at the age of 20.  She supervised Ceremonies, Memorials, Root Feasts, the July 4th Horse Parade, Indian Namings, Weddings and Christmas Dances.  Janie was a lifetime volunteer for the Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon.  She was a two-time Happy Canyon Princess with Marie (Pond) Brown and Marie “Butch” Alexander-Dick.  She was a Root Digger for the Umatilla and Priest Rapids Longhouses. 

Janie was a volunteer for the Eastern Oregon Spilyay Club, the Oregon State Native Student Club, she volunteered thirteen years for the Washington State Indian Club, and two years at the Salinas, California, Rodeo Indian Encampment. 

Annie Jane was preceded in death by Cyrus and Margaret Wilkenson, Walter and Inez Pond, daughter Nix Tias, son Punky Pond, and grandson Jamestellar Robert Pond. 

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Dr. Ron Pond, sons Amos, Ross and Mitch, daughters Lona and Natalie Pond, plus numerous nephews, nieces and great grandchildren. 


Click to send flowers using our local area florist
Free delivery to our funeral home & save on wire fees
View/Sign the Condolence Book

Click the button to generate a printable document containing all condolences submitted

Condolence Booklet

albert andrews redstar
   Posted Mon September 22, 2014
Ron and Lona, From our family to yours, may all the prayers and songs of our way serve to guide her to that beautiful place. You are a beautiful family. And, may there be strength of heart for you all during this time.

Ross (Roscoe) Pond
   Posted Mon September 22, 2014
My dear mother, I know I can't be there to say goodbye because I'm far away. I'm just so glad the pain is gone that you lived with for so many years. You earned this place where there is no more pain. Rest easy now and make sure you tell my brother Punky hello for me. I'm so glad we talked before you left us. Just like I did with Punky. I'll always have that with me because we laughed together. Peace. Your son Ross (Mitatwaptes)...,

Edward & Brenda Guyll Howard (Class of '58)
   Posted Fri September 26, 2014
Ron, We send our condolences to you and your family at this difficult time.

John and Elaine Baird
   Posted Sat September 27, 2014
Ron--Our hearts go out to you and your family at this most difficult time.

eleventh hour warrior
   Posted Wed October 01, 2014
So sorry for your loss. You are in our hearts and prayers.

Image: prozac1 /

Copyright © 2018 Burns Mortuary of Pendleton. All Rights Reserved.    | Website by CFS |