Florence M. Halfmoon

Born: Thu., Jun. 8, 1933
Died: Fri., Dec. 26, 2014


1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Mon., Dec. 29, 2014
Location: Burns Mortuary

Recitation of the Rosary

5:00 PM Mon., Dec. 29, 2014
Location: Burns Mortuary

Memorial Mass

10:00 AM Tue., Dec. 30, 2014
Location: St. Andrew's Church

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Florence Marie Dishion Halfmoon

Pendleton, June 8, 1933-December 26, 2014

Florence Marie Dishion Halfmoon, 81, of Pendleton passed away on December 26, 2014, in Walla Walla.

Florence was born June 8, 1933, to Richard and Hilda Faye (Zehner) Dishion in Weiser, Idaho. She was the oldest sister of Hope Honeyfield, Richard Dishion, Vicky Lycan, Darrell Brown and Ann Fullenwider. She attended school in Weiser, Slickpoo Mission and Sacred Heart School. While working at St. Joseph Hospital in Lewiston, Idaho, she met her future husband, Alphonse Halfmoon.

She moved to Nixyaawii and was readily accepted by the community and the Halfmoon family, helping out whenever she was asked. Her family grew to include 8 children, but considered 2 others as her own. She was a homemaker for most of her life, taking on a few jobs here and there outside the home, and eventually moving to where her husband’s jobs took him. She became involved with St. Andrews Church and school, helping the nuns plan parties and activities for the school children. Family dinners were large and included extended family. Her daughters were taught to cook for not only the 10 in the family but possibly 10-15 more people depending on who was visiting. Holidays were always special to her and her husband, a tradition that they want continued on by their offspring.

Florence worked with Joan Burnside, Janie Pond, Lillian Spino and Ina Bruillard to identify the need for housing at Nixyaawii. They surveyed, met and presented their findings to members of the then current BOT, but were told that there was not a problem here. Henry Bushman advised the group to get on the BOT agenda, which they did and the issue was brought to light. Action would finally be taken to address our needs. This group was formally organized at the Blue Mountain Economic Development Council. It included attorneys, businessmen, farmers, ranchers and housewives.

Florence had many interests, reading at the forefront. She read cookbooks from cover to cover, loved history. She would say if you can read you can do anything, go anywhere, and learn anything. She was an excellent cook and baker, crafter. She learned the native ways of food preservation and preparation, hide tanning, moccasin making. The skills and talents of her and her husband were passed on to their children.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Alphonse Halfmoon; brothers Darrell Brown, Ron (Chet) Halfmoon, Harold (Elsie) Halfmoon, and Lee Clure; sons David (Ramona) Halfmoon and James Halfmoon; daughters Hilda (Randy) Alexander, Kateri (Wally) Cochran, Cindy Halfmoon, Gretchen (Rex) Sauvie and Susan (Virgil Tsosie) FastHorse; grandchildren Kyle Daley, Sunni Alexander, Fawn Eiford, William Halfmoon, James Joshua FastHorse, Rebecca Rivera, Midnight Brockie, Georgia Koski and Alaska Koski; great-grandchildren Kiona Rivera, LaRiah and Nicolas Alexander, Violet, Helen, Clare and Mary Ann Eiford, Weptas and Demitri Brockie, Layla and Liberty Wallahee; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Viewing and rosary was at Burns Mortuary on December 29th. Memorial Mass at St. Andrews Church at 10:00 a.m. December 30th. At her request she was cremated.

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Andrea Hall
   Posted Mon December 29, 2014
Prayers and Love from Hall Family

Joan Deroko
   Posted Tue December 30, 2014
Dear Hilda,

So Sorry to hear about your Mother. I will say a prayer for Her.


Carmalita Michelle Chalakee
   Posted Tue December 30, 2014
Thoughts and Prayers to the Family. Love you Auntie!!!

Yvonne & Galen Hornbuckle
   Posted Wed December 31, 2014
Your mothers passing is felt deeply in not just my family but by anyone who knew her. I so wish I could have attended her service, but was unable to due to Galen's health. Know that you ALL are in my thoughts & prayers.
Love you all so much

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

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