Louella Jane Farrow

Born: Sun., Sep. 16, 1951
Died: Wed., Dec. 3, 2014

Dressing Ceremony

2:00 PM Thu., Dec. 04, 2014
Location: Burns Mortuary

Prayer Service

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Thu., Dec. 04, 2014
Location: Agency Longhouse

Washat Services

7:00 PM Thu., Dec. 04, 2014
Location: Agency Longhouse

Graveside Service

Fri., Dec. 05, 2014
Location: St. Andrew's Cemetery

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Louella Jane Farrow

September 16, 1951 – December 3, 2014


Louella Jane (Tewee) Farrow “Wasuuskaya” died December 3, 2014 at her home in Thornhollow, Oregon.  She was born September 16, 1951 to Montee Tewee and Ella Jane Colwash in The Dalles, Oregon.  She was the eldest of fourteen children.  She was an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon and was raised on both the Warm Spring and Yakima Nation Indian Reservations by her parents and grandparents.  Louella was raised in the tribal longhouses practicing the Washat religion, gathering the traditional First Foods and medicines, and was a longhouse cook.

Louella graduated from Eastern Oregon University where she met her late husband Michael J. Farrow.  She and Michael were married on the Yakama Reservation in a traditional ceremony and resided there for a short time until moving to the Umatilla Indian Reservation, where Michael was from.  Both began working for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in the 1970s, Louella worked in the Education Department, holding various positions and working her way up to Assistant Education Director; she worked there until she became ill, hospitalized and could no longer work in April 2012. 

Louella was an advocate for Native American higher education, adult basic education, and early childhood development.  She was a strong supporter of the Nixyaawii Community School and was always helping with fundraisers for the students.  She helped start the Basketball Against Alcohol and Drugs (BAAD) basketball tourney, held annually during Spring Break, at the Mission gym and worked at the tournament every year.  She had a very big heart for all people and enjoyed watching sports.

She is survived by her son, Jeremiah Farrow and grandson, Dresden Farrow of Thornhollow, Oregon, brother Curt Jim, Jr. of Warm Springs, Oregon, sisters Leila Tewee of Mission, Oregon, Annette Jim, of Warm Springs, Oregon, and Alice Jim, of Wapato, Washington and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, brother-in-laws and sister-in-laws.  She is preceded in death by her husband Michael, son Gideon Farrow, mother, father, and several brothers and a sister.

Funeral arrangements are December 4: Dressing at 2 pm at Burns Mortuary, transport to tribal longhouse, 6 pm open prayer services, 7 pm Washat services.  December 5: 7 am Washat, burial at St. Andrews Cemetery, dinner at tribal longhouse.  Send condolences online at www.burnsmortuary.com  Burns Mortuary of Pendleton handled arrangements.  

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Martina Gordon
   Posted Wed December 03, 2014
May our creator surround each and every one of you that has been left behind. Louella was an amazing person and strong fighter. She helped me tremendously in my Summer Youth and College days.

Don and Louise Paxton
   Posted Wed December 03, 2014
Our prayers for comfort and strength to the family of Lou Farrow. What a
caring and giving person she was and we will miss her. Deepest sympathy
to all of her family, friends and loved ones.

Don and Louise Paxton

Glen Renner
   Posted Wed December 03, 2014

SHADES OF ELEGANCE was sent by Dudley Beck.

Go well. Be well. Love, Dudley, Glen, Eli & Spencer

Joan Deroko
   Posted Thu December 04, 2014
Dear Farrow Family,

I will be praying for you.

Joan Deroko

Jackie Cook
   Posted Thu December 04, 2014
Peace and prayers for the Farrow family.

Chandra Hampson
   Posted Thu December 04, 2014

GRANDMOTHER'S GARDEN REMEMBERED was sent by Chandra Hampson.

From Hawaii, D.C. and down the river in Portland our love is with you, across the ocean, over the mountains and through time, we are with you. Our hearts are broken. Our memories of her are strong. Her warmth, kindness, wit and resilience were unmatched. She could light a room with that smile and laugh. To be beside her was to feel at home. She fought a good strong fight. May the tears wash away your pain and the songs bring you peace, peace that is now hers forever. We hold you close. Colin, Chandra, Tom and Woesha

Diana LaSarge
   Posted Thu December 04, 2014
To Louella Farrow's family,
My prayers and thoughts are with you at this time of grief. Lou was a special woman who always made me feel welcome and a part of her family. We will all miss her.

Janet Johnson and Family
   Posted Thu December 04, 2014
Our condolences reach out to the Farrow Family. We will carry fond memories of her, and she is the one who made it all happen for me regarding my future (college). Sorry we cannot make it to her services due to road conditions... But our thoughts and prayers will remain with the family always.

Leah Sue Aleck
   Posted Thu December 04, 2014
Creator watch over the family, my love, hugs and prayers.

Jennifer Karson Engum
   Posted Thu December 04, 2014
To Jeremiah, Dresden, Teara, Keysha, and all of the Farrow family,
May you find comfort and strength in each other and in the love you all shared for this beautiful lady. Thinking of you, Jennifer

Rosie Jackson
   Posted Thu December 04, 2014
Lou you were such an amazing & caring person, no matter what the age.
You help my son get comfortable into a new school when we first moved back to the reservation and also always busy with the student activities at NCS, we will be forever grateful for that. We will miss you and our deepest condolence to the ones left behind.

eleventh hour warrior
   Posted Fri December 05, 2014
So sorry for your loss you are in our hearts and prayers.

Marjorie Waheneka
   Posted Fri December 05, 2014
Nephew Miah...my heartfelt prayers go out to you.. you are special to me for the recognition you give me. May the Creator surround you with His love, protection, guidance and strength to look ahead. You have memories to keep your loved ones close; you have a son who adores you and you have to be strong for him. She has been in my prayers for some time now as you know we were closely related through my Father Grant. I am here if you need to talk or just have someone to lean on. My love and prayers.

BranBrandy Herigstad
   Posted Wed December 10, 2014
our prayers are with you she was a wonderous person and was well loved

Bobbi Haley Seaborg
   Posted Thu December 11, 2014
Our thoughts fondly reflect on Lou as we grew to know and care for her over the past year or so here at Vibra. She was a friendly, considerate and thoughtful woman with a fun and spunky personality and it was a pleaseure getting to know her and care for her. She is missed!

Andrea Hall
   Posted Mon December 29, 2014
Prayers for Lou Lou, Gid and Jug...be at peace!!

Love to Miah and Dresdon from Hall Tribe

eleventh hour warrior
   Posted Fri January 02, 2015
We are so very sorry for your loss. You are in our hearts and prayers.

Michelle Kordatzky
   Posted Wed January 07, 2015
Dearest Auntie Lou,
You were, and always will be, a beautiful woman inside and out. Thank you for everything you are and will always be to every life you touched.

Sending much love to you and the rest of the family Miah.

Michelle Kordatzky

Dean and Luella Azule
   Posted Fri January 23, 2015
The Oregon Indian Education community took another big hit with the passing of Lou Farrow on December 3. Due to the bad road conditions in the gorge, we were unable to attend her services. We visited with her at OHSU and Vibra when she was in Portland. We are happy she got her wish to return home before she walked on. Her family, tribe, community, and education lost a pillar who will be greatly missed by all.

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