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Faye Waheneka

Senior Focus

by: Photo By Susan Matheny - Faye Waheneka


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   How long have you lived in Jefferson County?
   I was born in the Simnasho area, which is in Wasco County in 1931. In 1942, we moved to Portland where my mom (Fannie) worked as a welder in the shipyards. Dad took us to New Mexico, then we returned to Warm Springs in 1945, where my mom was the girl's matron of the BIA school.
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   What's the best aspect of living here?
   The beautiful reservation. I enjoy the beauty of the land. It was a beautiful place to live and grow up. There are Indian foods here for us and roots and berries.
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   What's your favorite way to spend a day?
   With my family and grandchildren, sharing stories from days gone by -- the hardships and all the positives.
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   What are your hobbies and interests?
   I like crocheting, I collect frog figurines, and enjoy cooking and sharing with other people. I enjoy life to the fullest. The most interesting thing to me is meeting people. I could go almost any place and get acquainted quickly.
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   How many kids and grand kids do you have?
   I have eight children, Ken Miller, Sharon Miller, Robert Smith, Julian Smith, Eldred Smith, Pamela Smith, Kevin Smith and Robin Smith; 20 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren, and they're all healthy.