For the Record
OMAK, Wash. — Stephen "Jay" Flores was born in St. Ignatius on May
29, 1961. He was born to a beautiful woman, Marie Antoinette Plant, St.
Ignatius. Jay had two brothers Frankie Martin and William Flores, three
sisters Sharlene (Dan), Spokane, Connie, Omak, and Karen of North
Carolina. He has two living uncles, Joe and Albert Plant of Arlee; two
beautiful living aunts Glenrose Bird, St. Ignatius and Darlene Flores,
Okanogan, WA.; and several cousins, nieces and nephews in Montana,
Washington, Idaho, North Carolina and Mexico.
Jay’s first few years were spent in various
places: Montana, Texas, Mexico and then Tonasket, Wash.
In his pre-teenage years he moved with his family
to Omak, Wa.
where he attended school and started his life. He met Shelley Swayzee
and had two wonderful sons, Christopher and Adam Flores. Christopher
has a son Braden and a daughter Cadence Marie, who is to be born on
Jay had many adventures in Omak and grew to love
the town so much that he never wanted to leave.
Jay loved cars and was very adamant about them
being clean and
running to perfection. Jay was an excellent friend, brother, father,
uncle, nephew, brother-in-law and grandfather. He was blessed with a
large caring family. Jay loved to tease and play practical jokes on
unsuspecting victims like his nieces and nephews. They will never
forget him and neither will we.
Jay passed peacefully in his
sleep in Omak, Wa. on February 10, 2009. He was laid to rest on Friday
February 13 at Omak Cemetery next to Amy, his life’s love.
Rosary and funeral masses were held at ‘Lady of
the Valley’ in Omak by Father Cyprien.
RONAN — Tina Thatcher, 44, passed away at her home on Tuesday, February
Tina was born in Snohomish, Washington on July 13,
1964 to Dean Kenneth and Sharon (Payne) Thatcher.
was employed as a vocational rehabilitation placement specialist in
California until moving to Montana in 2001 where she worked for
Reliacom and Lucky Lil’s Casino, both in Ronan, until she was diagnosed
with MS, which caused her to slow down.
She was preceded in death by her parents and son
Jessie James Thatcher who passed away in 1991.
Survivors include her children Christopher
Thatcher of Ft.
Lewis, WA and Marissa (Francis Pierre, Jr.) Thatcher of Ronan;
grandchildren Andrew and Linden; brothers and sisters, Ray, Liz,
Willie, George, Amy and Linda.
A wake began Friday in the Longhouse in St.
services were held Saturday and burial followed in Snyelmn Sntmtmne
Foster Funeral Home and Crematory assisted the
family with arrangements.
HOT SPRINGS — Dorothy Rose Felsman, 80, passed away February 26, 2009
at Community Hospital in Missoula.
Born to Henry and Angeline (Matt) Felsman on
November 1, 1928 in
St. Ignatius, she was a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai
Tribes. Dorothy was raised on the reservation and finished her
education at Chemawah. She then returned to Hot Springs where she
worked at the Bath House until its closing.
An avid traveler, she enjoyed traveling especially
Southwest. Dorothy was also a good mechanic as several roadside repair
shops found out and she was known to drive to LA from Hot Springs in 24
hours in her truck. She also liked to fish, was a terrific cook
especially for Mexican food and could crochet.
She is survived by her longtime friend Ida
Trujillo of Hot
Springs and several nieces and nephews from the Felsman and Matt
families including Doris Felsman of Ronan.
Visitation was held at the Foster Funeral Home in
on Monday with the Rosary recited Monday evening at the Funeral Home
Chapel. Mass was celebrated at the St. Ignatius Mission on Tuesday with
the burial following in the St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery.
"Oshanee" Cullooyah Kenmille
POLSON — Agnes "Oshanee" Cullooyah Kenmille was born March 16, 1916
near Arlee Montana to Paul and Annie (Lumpry) Cullooyah.
her mother, she was a descendent of Chief Charlo’s band of Salish who
was forcefully removed from the Bitterroot in 1892. Her mother taught
her to bead at a young age. At the age of 13, she was orphaned.
The following year she married Edward Stasso and
moved to Elmo
where she had one daughter, Annie Stasso Antiste. While living in Elmo,
she became a fluent speaker of the Kootenai Language and started her
journey to becoming an expert in hide tanning and beadwork.
Following the death of her husband, she remarried
Mathias, son of Chief Baptiste Mathias, and together they had two
children, Catherine Mathias and Camille Mathias. In 1937, while helping
build Kerr Dam, an unfortunate rockslide killed Joe Mathias.
Her third marriage was to Camille Kenmille and
they had four
sons, Wilfred, Eneas, Laurence, and Donald Kenmille. They later
divorced. She continued to raise her family, working numerous jobs
across the northwest, while continuing to master her beadwork.
Gramma taught language classes along with arts and
Two Eagle River School. She also taught hide tanning at Salish Kootenai
College for many, retiring in 2008. She received numerous, prestigious
honors and awards, including the National Endowment for the Arts and
the Montana Art’s Governor Award. She also received an honorary
bachelors degree from Salish Kootenai College.
She is preceded in death by her parents Annie and
Cullooyah; husbands Edward Stasso, Joseph Mathias and Camille Kenmille;
companion Mose Auld; brothers Alex, Frank and John Cullooyah; sisters
Mary Cullooyah Andrews and Cecille Cullooyah Ascencio; daughter Annie
Stasso Antiste; and grandchildren Joseph Hamel and Kelly Ann Kenmille.
She is survived by her children Catherine Mathias
Camille Mathias, Wilfred Kenmille, Eneas Kenmille, Laurence Kenmille,
Donald Kenmille and stepson Michel "Mike" Kenmille and numerous
grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nephews
Gramma loved war dances and was the head war dance
the Arlee and Standing Arrow Powwows. Over the years she traveled to
numerous powwows throughout the northwest and Canada. Gramma had many
friends throughout the world and each of them had a special place in
her heart. She had a jolly personality and lived and loved life to the
fullest. Gram was a very firm believer in traditional customs and
beliefs. Gramma believed in hard work. She had a knack for making
people laugh and enjoyed the company of her many friends and especially
the younger generations.
Gramma's other special past times included picking
digging various roots, eating traditional foods, and playing rummy
according to "grammas rules."
It’s been great living with gramma in this day and
age as she
was a walking encyclopedia. She lived an old-timers life and shared
much of it with everyone she encountered. She shared her knowledge of
life and experiences with us all. She was a great teacher and a unique
self-made woman. We will miss her dearly and never forget her as her
teachings and stories remain with us. We realize how lucky we were to
be apart of our lives. As we heard her say, "You got brains!"
A wake began Friday at the Cultural Hall in Elmo,
the Longhouse in St. Ignatius and concluded on Sunday at the Arlee
Community Center; the Rosary was recited on Sunday evening at the
Center. Mass was held in St. John Berchman’s Catholic Church at Jocko
Agency near Arlee on Monday with burial following in the Jocko Catholic
PABLO — "Our loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and
friend, it isn’t going to be easy to say goodbye."
Joe was born in Polson on May 27, 1939 and joined
our creator on
February 11, 2009 at his new home with his wife by his side. Joe passed
away from natural causes.
He served in the U.S. Army in 1958 and returned
back to the Flathead Reservation after his military discharge.
met the love of his life, Suzanne Clemens, and they married on July 2,
1965 in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho. Joe and Sue had 43 wonderful years
together. They had four children, Jacqueline being the oldest and Joe
being the youngest.
Joe enjoyed hunting, fishing and golf. He would
call up his
brothers and say "golf anyone?" Spending time with his family was what
dad enjoyed. Camping at Blue Bay by the lake and having family
get-togethers will be memories cherished by everyone.
Joe is preceded in death by his parents Trinidad
Garcia; brother Jack; sisters Connie Huffman and Clara Bykari; two sons
and a grandson Andrew Sharp.
Joe is survived by his wife Suzanne; daughter
son Joe ( Ronda) Garcia; and six grandchildren: Jon, Samuel Sharp,
Bradlee Garcia, LaShelle Sharp, Koby, Michlyn Garcia; brothers Don
(Sylvia), Plair, Lyle (Maxine), George (Trudie) Garcia; and many
nephews, nieces and great nephews and great nieces.
Visitation was held on Monday at the Grogan
Funeral Home in
Polson. A vigil service was held at the Immaculate Conception Catholic
Church. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, Feb. 17 at the
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Rev. Jim Connor officiating.
Military honors followed the services at the church. Cremation followed
the services and a private interment was held at Lakeview Cemetery in
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ARLEE — Auddie M. Coulson, 49, of Arlee passed away Wednesday
February 11, 2009 at St. Patrick’s Hospital. He was born on February
12, 1959 in Spokane, WA.
Auddie was raised and educated in the Jocko
Valley, by his
parents Jim and Connie. He enjoyed cooking, carpentry, hunting,
fishing, bowling and having barbeques with his family and friends.
Auddie loved dancing the jitterbug and polka, with his sister Becky,
and he enjoyed spending time with his wife and children.
Auddie was a very strong willed person, and will
be missed by everyone who knew him.
He is preceded in death by his parents Jim and
Coulson; sister Linda (Coulson) Dahl; grandparents Ernie and Alice
Moran and Wilbur and Ottie Coulson; and numerous other relatives.
Auddie is survived by his wife of ten years Shawna
three children Nathanial, Noah and NataLee all of Arlee; an ex-wife
Michelle and their three children Jenny and Martin of California and
Rusty of Arlee; three sisters Debbie (Skip) Privett, of Missoula,
Rebecca Dillard of Arlee and Peggy (Bob) Hammond of Wasilla, Alaska; a
brother Chet James of California; and a large extended family of very
good friends including Jim and Clayton Malatare.
A Memorial Mass was celebrated for Auddie last
Saturday in the
Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Arlee with Fr. Andrew Maddock, S.J. as
celebrant. a reception was held at the Arlee Community Center following
Foster Funeral Home assisted the family with