Karen M. Sam

August 13, 1968 ~ December 6, 2021 (age 53)


Karen M. Sam August 13, 1968 – December 6, 2021 Karen Marie Sam 53, of Pendleton died Monday, December 6, 2021 at her home. She was born August 13, 1968 in Pendleton, Oregon to Richard Sam Jr. and Irma (Kishwalk) Sam. She grew up in the Pendleton area and attended Weston-McEwen High school. Karen worked at the Domestic Abuse Safety house as a caretaker and also worked as a Nurse’s aide. She was a Champion fancy Shawl dancer, enjoyed going to the mountains to camp and gather foods and dig roots. She always enjoyed the Pow-Wow dances. She is survived by her parents Richard & Irma Sam of Pendleton, Her brothers and sister Richard Sam Jr. of Pendleton, Morris Sam of Pendleton, Dana (Adell Phalan) Sam of Mandrea, ND, Randy Sakm of Dickinson, ND, and Christina (Ross) Simmon, Cayuse, OR and Her longtime partner Russell Edwill of Toppinsh, WA. She is preceded in death by her sisters Regina Sam and Leaha Sam. Dressing Service will be held Thursday, December 9, 2021 - 2:00 pm Burns Mortuary. Open Denomination service will be Thursday, December 9, 2021 - 6:00 pm at Agency Long House followed by Washat Service at 7:00 pm. The final Seven at Seven will be held Friday December 10, 2021 - 7:00 am Agency Long House, followed by Burial at Agency Cemetery.

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Dressing Ceremony
December 9, 2021

2:00 PM
Burns Mortuary of Pendleton

Open Denomination Service
December 9, 2021

6:00 PM
Agency Long House (Agency Cemetery)

Washat Services
December 9, 2021

7:00 PM
Agency Long House (Agency Cemetery)

Final Seven
December 10, 2021

7:00 AM
Agency Long House (Agency Cemetery)


Agency Cemetery
Confederated Way
Mission, Oregon 97801

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