For the Record
Rae Tenas Paul
- Danelle Rae "Babygirl" Tenas Paul, 37, unable to use her Medical
Marijuana Card, passed away needlessly on Thursday morning at St.
Luke's Community Hospital in Ronan.
A member of the
Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe, she was born in Polson on May
15, 1973 to Earline (Harrington) and Danny Tenas. Babygirl was raised
in the St. John's area of North Portland and while in high school
started to return to the area, going back and forth many times.
With an infectious laugh she would travel all
unexpected but appreciated calls to her family and friends whether it
was in Vegas, the Coast or some where in between. A professional "Hell
raiser" she eventually settled down and started a family and married
Harold Paul on December 22, 2009. They made their home in Ronan.
She enjoyed being around family and friends and
was known for
her ability that she had with dogs and strays. She made people laugh
and lived life on her own terms.
She was preceded in death by her father Danny
grandparents Carla and Jiggs Harrington and Elizabeth and Camille
Kenmille; auntie Dorothy Couture; favorite uncle Gary Harrington and
her brothers Darrin Couture and Denny Wayne Johnson.
She is survived by her husband Harold Paul of
Ronan; son Trevor
Gardipe of Polson; her parents Earline and Eddie Couture of Elmo;
brothers and sisters Danette Tenas and husband Donnie Yellow Owl of
Polson, Dana and husband Adrian Hewankorn of Elmo, Dan Kenmille of
Billings, Shelly Olheiser and her husband Calvin of Redmond, OR,
Crystal Houle and her husband Jessie of Wisconsin, Danielle Lefthand of
Ronan, Wendal "Woody" Red Cloud of Pablo, Richie Tonasket of Nespelum,
WA, Terry Hewankorn of Elmo and Jerry Johnson of Plains; sister of the
heart Gaga Burke; and numerous nieces and nephews who loved her very
much and that she loved back as well as a niece that she considered her
A wake began Thursday at the Cultural Hall in Elmo
Rosary being recited on Friday (tonight). Funeral services were held
Saturday in the Hall with burial following in the Dayton Cemetery.
"I love you mom, I'm never gonna forget the
you were the only one I could talk to. I'm going to hold on to the
times we spent cruising around talking" - From your baby boy.
OR - Mrs. Cecelia Bearchum "Kumnay" - 87, a resident of Adams, Oregon,
passed away on April 18, 2011 at the Evergreen Health and
Rehabilitation Center, Milten-Freewater, OR.
She was born
October 18, 1923 to Thomas Charley and Sophie Wilson Charley at Cayuse,
OR. She was an enrolled Walla Walla member of the Confederated Tribes
of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and of Yakama decent. Cecelia spent
her childhood living in the Adams, Oregon and Spearfish, Washington
area. She attended St. Andrews school, Adams school and later Chemawa
Indian Boarding School, Salem, OR. Cecelia graduated from Chemawa in
1942. She later attended school at Blue Mountain Community College at
the age of 64.
Cecelia married Benjamin Bearchum, Jr. in 1943.
married 30 years. She was a very active engaging individual working
throughout her life and participated in numerous community activities;
St. Labre Indian Mission School, School Board Member, Confederated
Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Housing Authority Board
Member, Yellowhawk Health Board Commission Member, assisted with the
development of Tamasklikt Cultural Interpretive Center, Lewis and Clark
Bicentennial Core of Discovery, Circle of Tribal Advisors (COTA), and
enjoyed the annual Happy Canyon and Pendleton Roundup activities
throughout her life.
Her employment included Nurse Assistant in Salam,
Dorms Matron, Busby, IGA store, Lame Deer, Dietician Aide, St. Anthony
Hospital, Pendleton, OR, CHR, Yellowhawk Clinic, Pendleton, OR, Park
Ranger, National Park Service Whitman Mission Park, Walla Walla, WA,
Language Teacher, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian
Reservation, Education Department, Pendleton, OR.
Her three greatest passions in life were her
teaching the Walla Walla language, and culture. She also enjoyed
traditional dancing and beadwork,
Cecelia Bearchum is preceded in death by her
Charley and Sophie Wilson Charley; siblings Andy Charley, Lester
Charley, and Eleanore Houle; son Keith Bearchum; and grandchildren
Dewey Little Coyote, Michael Bearchum, Brice Bearchum, and Mariah
Survivors include sister Theresa Johnson; children
Coyote (Joe), Ashland, Sophia Bearchum Enos, Pendleton, OR, Bruce
Bearchum, Sr. (Nikki) Hardin, Frances Bearchum Foote, Busby, Benjamin
Bearchum (Janine), Pendleton, OR, Curtis Bearchum (Phyllis), Richland,
WA, Eleanor Parker (Doug), Irrigon, OR.; 35 grandchildren; 72
great-grandchildrenl abd 12 great-great grandchildren and numerous
Cecelia, Kumnay, will be greatly missed by her
family and numerous friends throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Funeral Services were provided by Burns Mortuary,
Pendleton, OR. Internment services were held at Homely Cemetery.
Sign the online guestbook at www.burnsmortuary.com
Mae Inmee Collier
ARLEE ó Billie Mae Inmee Collier was born May 27, 1963 to Eneas
Inmee and M. Josephine Quequesah. She lived life the way she wanted and
left the same way on April 8, 2011.
She was preceded in death by her father Eneas
Betty Jo, Linda and Susan; Brother James Hawk; grandparents John and
Agnes Paul and an Aunt Carol Buck.
She leaves behind her mother M. Josephine
daughters Amber (Lyle) Simmons and Lynsey (Spenser) Inmee; her son
Raymond Collier; her grandchildren Jasmine and Jayden Simmons; sisters
Mary Jane (Dwight) Billedeaux, Mary Ann (River) Jakub, Janice Teigen,
Lola (Davis) Hawk, and Rose (Tino) Samuels; brothers Richard (Val)
Inmee and Eneas (Linda) Inmee numerous nieces and nephews and her
special friend David Allen.
A traditional wake began Saturday at the Longhouse
Ignatius Mass was celebrated at 11 a.m. on Monday in the St. Ignatius
Catholic Mission. Interment followed in the Paul Family Cemetery on
MISSOULA ó Karma Leona Papenfuss Cook was born December 2, 1922 in
Corinne, Utah to Curt and Catherine Papenfuss. She died April 9, 2011
in Missoula at the age of 88. Karma spent her early years in Corinne,
Utah; McGill, Nevada; and St. Ignatius. Her family moved to St.
Ignatius in 1935 where her dad ran a lumber mill and later a general
hardware store. She graduated from St. Ignatius High School in 1940,
after which she attended Missoula Business College training to work as
a bank teller. She later worked as a bank teller and processed loans in
Missoula, Ronan, St. Ignatius, and Lewistown, as well as Springfield,
When Karma was a senior in high school she started
lifelong companion, Robert (Bob) Cook. Bob and Karma were married
January 1, 1943 in St. Ignatius. Her first child, Candace, was born
November 2, 1943. When Candace was about five months old, she and Karma
rode the bus to San Antonio, Texas to put Bobís graduation wings on his
Army Air Corps uniform. A short time later they bought a Ford and
started the long trip back to Montana at a maximum enforced speed limit
of 35 mph. It wasnít long before Bob had to join his flight squadron in
New Guinea. He returned to St. Ignatius in 1946, after which the family
moved to Missoula while Bob learned the dry cleaning business.
Bob and Karma returned to St. Ignatius to start
business. In 1950, Jon was born, followed by Kathi in 1952 and Richard
in 1955. Bob was in the Montana National Guard in Townsend. In 1958 he
was in an airplane accident and broke his back. The dry cleaning
business had slowed down and Bob was no longer able to do heavy work,
so he went back to school at the University of Montana to become a
teacher. During his studies Karma supported the family. After Bob
graduated, the family moved to Lewistown. In 1968 the family moved to
Springfield, Oregon where they stayed until 1982. That year, they
returned to the house that Bob had built in St. Ignatius in 1951, where
she lived until the time of her death.
During the Springfield years, Bob and Karma took
up square and
round dancing, which became a very significant part of their lives.
They danced nearly everywhere they went, from Fairbanks, Alaska to New
Zealand. She and Bob visited all 50 states and 15 foreign countries.
They also enjoyed camping, hiking, and visiting national parks and
their children and grandchildren. Karma was known for her knitted
afghans, given to each grandchild when they graduated from high school,
and knitted kitchen towels shared with family and friends each
Christmas. She loved reading, crossword puzzles, cross-stitching,
sewing, flower gardening, Bridge, and Pinochle. She was a long-term
member of American Legion Auxiliary, St. Ignatius Senior Citizens, and
Good Sam Club.
Karma was preceded in death by her parents, Curt
Papenfuss; brothers John and Robert Papenfuss (in infancy); her sister
Elaine Jaten, and brother Kenneth Papenfuss.
She is survived by her husband Bob; brothers Bruce
(Barbara) and Joe Papenfuss; daughter Candace Drader (Doug); son Jon
Cook (Sandra); daughter Kathi Allen (Dave); and son Richard Cook (Jae
Young); 20 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.
Karma was a wonderful person who will be greatly
those who loved her. She was always attentive to the needs of others
and spoke kindly to all.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 13,
at 1 p.m. at
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in St. Ignatius, where
she was a lifelong member. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or the charity of your
choice. A special thank you is extended to the sisters of the Relief
Society, who are a great source of comfort and beautiful examples of