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Faye Waheneka

Senior Focus

by: Photo By Susan Matheny - Faye Waheneka

   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.
   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.
   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.
   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.
   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.