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Obituaries for week of 7-19-06


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   Lenore Billingsley
   Madras resident Lenore Lucille Billingsley died June 8, 2006, at Mountain View Hospital at the age of 75.
   Mrs. Billingsley was born July 20, 1930, in Union, Neb., to parents Lannie and Lucille (McKernan) Mead. On Oct. 1, 1945, she married Ted Billingsley in Carson City, Nev.
   She was employed by Outwest Sales Company for many years as the office manager. She moved to Madras from Canby, Calif., and was a resident here for 45 years.
   She enjoyed square dancing, going to casinos and loved to travel.
   Survivors include her husband, Ted Billingsley of Madras; mother, Lucille Mead of Mount Vernon, N.H.; children, Gloria Hogge of Madras, Lannie Billingsley of Portland, and Sharon Billingsley of Culver; brothers, Kenny Mead of Tucson, Ariz., and Robert Mead of Mount Vernon, N.H.; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
   A celebration of her life will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, July 22, at the Billingsley's home, at 781 S.W. Colfax Lane, Madras. Arrangements are under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.
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   Roberta Heston
   Madras resident Roberta Joyce Heston died July 9, 2006, at the age of 72.
   Mrs. Heston was born Feb. 9, 1934, in Kent, Ore., to parents Viola (Scholling) and Austin Smith. On Nov. 26, 1960, she married Marvin Heston in Vancouver, Wash.
   She lived many years in Madras. She was a homemaker most of her life, but worked out of the home a little bit in her younger years.
   She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Madras, and enjoyed camping, walking on the beach, and making handcrafts.
   Survivors include her husband, Marvin of Madras; mother, Viola Wilson of Madras; two half-brothers and a half-sister.
   Private funeral services were held with arrangements under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.
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   Madeline McInturff
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   Respected Wasco elder Madeline McInturff passed away at home Tuesday, July 11, 2006. She was a pillar in the Warm Springs community and was one of only three fluent Wasco speakers in the Northwest.
   Mrs. McInturff worked tirelessly with her friend and associate Gladys Thompson in the language program.
   Born June 26, 1915, in Warm Springs, she was the daughter of Judge Jerry Brunoe and wife Sophie. Her father was an integral part of the Warm Springs business council before the Tribes voted to adopt a constitution and become the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs in 1938.
   She grew up on the family ranch helping her mother with the orchard and garden, riding for cattle and carrying out the chores necessary to sustain life in the early 1900's. She was an avid horsewoman and according to one of her grandchildren "totally unafraid of anything."
   She attended school in Warm Springs and Chemawa Indian School in Salem. Chemawa's roots held an attraction for her.
   Her father Jerry Brunoe had attended school in Forest Grove when it was one of the first Indian schools in the United States. As a student at Forest Grove, he and other students helped clear and develop 36 acres that became the home of Chemawa Indian School. Students bought the land and donated it for Chemawa Indian School. Madeline had a deep feeling for the Chemawa land and cemetery because of the contribution made by her father as a young man.
   Mrs. McInturff's working career started at the Indian Health Service hospital in Warm Springs in the 1940s. She remained at the hospital for 38 years, performing the duties of a registered nurse. One task was to indoctrinate the new doctors to the Warm Springs community, familiarizing them with Indian customs and traditions. Over her long career at the hospital she became friends with most of the people on the reservation.
   She retired in 1984 and spent a boring year at home. She decided she needed to become active and never slowed down. She became a member of the Culture and Heritage Committee, traveling near and far to help preserve her tribe's culture. She traveled to Hawaii, Alaska, Key West Florida, San Diego, and many other points in her efforts.
   When the Tribes began efforts to revive their languages, She was one of the first Wasco elders enlisted to help. She taught the Wasco language, helping with all subjects pertaining to the language on KWSO radio and the Spilyay Tymoo newspaper.
   She helped the kids and also taught adult classes as well. As recently as three weeks ago she taught a Wasco class at her home. Only six years ago, she traveled to Kentucky to learn new methodology of teaching languages.
   For 91 years, Madeline Brunoe McInturff made an impact.
   She was a Grand Marshal of this year's Pi-Ume-Sha Treaty Days parade, just two days before her 91st birthday.
   The Tribal Council passed a resolution honoring her contribution and life upon her passing. As her son Ted Brunoe said, "If ever God sent an angel out to do work, she was it. She finished her mission."
   Mrs. McInturff had five brothers and a sister, all deceased. Her brothers were Gilbert Brunoe, Ernest Brunoe, Urban Brunoe, Cecil Brunoe, Frank Brunoe and Ursula Brunoe.
   She was preceded in death by two husbands. Her first husband, Paul St. Germaine died in 1964 and Joe McInturff Jr., passed away in 1993.
   Survivors include her five children; Bruce (Mickey) Brunoe Sr., Ted Brunoe, Carol Ann Cochran, Jerry St. Germaine and Roxanne McInturff; 14 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.
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   Helen Thompson
   Madras resident Helen Marie Thompson died July 9, 2006, at the age of 82.
   Mrs. Thompson was born Jan. 15, 1924, in Niagra Falls, N.Y., to parents Henry Carrington and Gertrude Emily (Nunn) Hawkes. She married Murray Thompson on Jan. 26, 1940, in Niagra Falls, N.Y.
   She was a member of the Kingdom Hall Church. Her special interests including gardening, knitting, crocheting, camping and attending services in Kingdom Hall.
   Survivors include her sons, David Thompson of Sandy, Daniel Thompson of Rawlings, Wyo., Charles Thompson of Madras, Leslie Thompson of Fromburg, Mont., Dennis Thompson of Gateway, Kim Thompson of Pine Grove; three grandsons whom she raised, Kenneth Lewis of Columbus, Mont., Brian Lewis of Cowley, Wyo., and Bobby Lewis of Columbia City, Ore.; daughters, Cindy Ellis of Culver, Mary Ann Thompson of Oregon City, Sally Thompson of Prineville, and Caroline Warner of Shelbyville, Tenn.; 21 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. Her husband preceded her in death.
   Services were held July 15 at the Kingdom Hall Church with arrangements under the direction of Autumn Funerals of Redmond.