Lora Lee Penney

Died: Thu., Apr. 26, 2018


Recitation of the Rosary

7:00 PM Fri., May 04, 2018
Location: St. Andrew's Church

Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 AM Sat., May 05, 2018
Location: St. Andrew's Church

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Lora Lee (LaCourse) Penney of Mission, Oregon, 88 passed away of heart failure on Thursday April 26, 2018 at St Mary’s Hospital in Walla Walla Washington. After a brief rally, it became clear that it was her time for the last and final journey where she found her victory.  She will be remembered for her loving and caring nature and quick smile and laugh.

She collected stamps and coins, enjoyed bowling in her younger years and had many a good time in the bingo hall and enjoyed the occasional slot machine.  She did beautiful needlepoint, and loved calligraphy. She had the most beautiful and memorable handwriting, it was an art form in itself.  She stayed busy enjoying her family and had a hand in raising each of her grandchildren.

She worked for 39 years at the Bureau of Indian Affairs and after retirement was appointed to the Gaming Commission where she served for 16 years.   She always enjoyed work and getting out there making a valuable contribution.

She is survived by her husband James C. Penney, and son, Greg Penney, daughters Stephanie (John) Olsen, and Candice (Bill) Settle.  Grandchildren, James Penney II, Travis Olsen, Jennifer (T.J.) Brom, Jakob (Sara) Settle, Michele Settle, Tony Pacheco, Brenda Bare, eight great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews all of whom held a special place in her heart. 

She was preceded in death by her parents Maude and William LaCourse, brothers, Eldon “Boots” LaCourse, Delbert LaCourse, sisters Florence Carden, Nita Johnson and Rita Safford.  She was the last surviving sibling of her family unit.

Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be held on Friday May 4th at 7:00 p.m. and Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday May 5th at 10:00 a.m. both to be conducted at St. Andrews Catholic Church in Mission.  Burial to follow at St. Andrews Cemetery.  Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements.

This is but a brief snapshot of this wonderful woman who even though had a long life still feels way too short for those of us left behind.  As we learn to live our new “normal” without her we ask that you share your memories, we look forward to and welcome all remembrances.  Thank You.

There will be a luncheon immediately following burial.

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The Nein Family
   Posted Fri April 27, 2018
My love thoughts and prayers are with you. If there is anything you need please let me know. Love you guys. And so sorry about gma.

Hilda Alexander
   Posted Fri April 27, 2018
Lora Lee was a leading force in my career development. She was my first summer youth supervisor at BIA. She took me under her wing and always encouraged me. My thoughts and prayers are with her family. Condolences to all.

Brandon Case & Family
   Posted Sat April 28, 2018
Prayers and condolences to Lora's family and loved ones. Love and mercy.

Ron & Debbie Bates
   Posted Sun April 29, 2018
We offer our heartfelt condolences. We always enjoyed Lora Lee and her love of pens.
Such a pleasant lady....

Ronald Halfmoon
   Posted Mon April 30, 2018
Lora Lee Penney was an original member of the Umatilla Tribal Education Board (UTEB). The UTEB was a powerful force for tribal education programs, planning and advisory to BOT about education needs and priorities. Lora Lee was on the subcommittee reviewing application for scholarship assistance. Suffice it to say she was a strong advocate for tribal members seeking higher education.

Harold Halfmoon
   Posted Thu May 03, 2018
I offer my condolence and sympathy to JC and his family. May Lora Lee Rest In Peace.

   Posted Thu May 03, 2018



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