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For the Record
April 2011

Danelle Rae Tenas Paul
RONAN - 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 over, dropping 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 Tenas; 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 granddaughter Nevaeh.

A wake began Thursday at the Cultural Hall in Elmo with the 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 memories. Sometimes 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.

Cecelia Bearchum
ADAMS, 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. They were 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, OR, Busby 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 grandchildren, teaching the Walla Walla language, and culture. She also enjoyed traditional dancing and beadwork,

Cecelia Bearchum is preceded in death by her parents, Tomas 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 Bearchum.

Survivors include sister Theresa Johnson; children Brenda 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 extended family.

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.

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Billie 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 Inmee, sisters 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 Quequesah; her 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 in St. Ignatius Mass was celebrated at 11 a.m. on Monday in the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission. Interment followed in the Paul Family Cemetery on Post Creek.

Karma Leona Papenfuss
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, Oregon.

When Karma was a senior in high school she started dating her 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 their new 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 and Kate 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 Papenfuss (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 missed by 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 loving service.