|Birth: ||Apr. 21, 1921|
|Death: ||May 9, 2012|
Geneva Hess Barlese was born April 21, 1921, in Likely, Calif., to Ed and Ethel Hess. She made heaven her home on May 9, 2012, in Klamath Falls, Ore. with family at her side.
She was raised in the Likely area, the ancestral homeland of her Hammawi people. In her youth, she often worked alongside her mother and aunts, who taught her the value of hard work done well. As a teenager, she attended Stewart Indian School in Carson City, Nev.
Geneva met the love of her life, Robert Barlese, and they were married in Reno, Nev. She was a loving wife until Bob's passing in 1967. Having no children of her own, she often spent time among her sisters, nieces and nephews. Geneva was a loyal, loving sister and a tender, devoted auntie.
Geneva was proud of her heritage and had a strong intention for protecting sovereign Indian rights. A highlight of her life was traveling to Washington, D.C., alongside her sisters to testify on behalf of land rights.
Geneva was a talented seamstress, bead worker, baker and cook. Many people have fond memories of Geneva devoting herself to supporting the Klamath Full Gospel Church or caretaking for elders. Geneva also enjoyed watching basketball, talking about her TV shows, making good use of everything, and visiting with her friends and family.
Geneva is survived by nephews Delwood Wilson, Herman Anderson, Les Anderson and nieces Elaine Brazzanovich and Nancy Torres; great-nieces and nephews Aaron Jr., Alton and Lyndsey Brazzanovich, Angie Wilson, Annie Wilson, Delwood Wilson II, Eddie Anderson, Eddie Wilson, Faith Santillo, John Anderson, Keetah Schonchin, Monica YellowOwl, Morning Martinez, Nathan Wilson, Newmie Wilson, Nisha Wilson, Sarah Anderson, Sharess Sargent, Skylar Anderson, Tammy Anderson, Tashka Qualls and Victor Torres; and best friend Phoebe Chavez.
Geneva was preceded in death by husband Bob Barlese; parents Ed and Ethel Hess; sisters Lavina Anderson, Della Wilson and her children; Glen, Eddie, Kenny and Danny Wilson.
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Record added: May 12, 2012
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