|Birth: ||Jan. 16, 1948|
|Death: ||Sep. 23, 2005|
Warm Springs resident Geneva Marie Charley died Sept. 23, 2005, at the OHSU hospital in Portland at the age of 57.
Mrs. Charley was born Jan. 16, 1948, to Verbena Tohet Greene and Russell Charley Sr., and was raised by her grandparents Alec and Blanche Tohet. She was a member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.
She was a longhouse leader as well as a food gatherer. Tradition and religion were important to her and she passed the information down to her children, nieces, nephews and grandchildren.
She enjoyed crocheting and weaving yarn bags to give as gifts, doing beadwork for her children and grandchildren, and spending time with her family.
She worked for the Head Start program for 22 years, was a bus driver, parent/teacher coordinator and teacher of 3-year-old students. During summers in the early 1980s, she directed the Naami Tamanwit Culture Camp. She cared for her mother from 1994 until her passing in 2000. She was serving on the Health and Welfare Committee when she passed away.
Survivors include her sisters, Celia Greene, Ramona Baez, Myrna "Paullee" Greene, Delsie Greene of Warm Springs, and Sarah Greene Gonsalez of Salem, Rosalind Sampson and Melissa Charley of Warm Springs; brothers, Michael, Daniel, Roscoe, Timothy Green and Chris Requa, all of Warm Springs; her children, Alexandria Smith and Jamesina Viveros of Salem, Joseph, Rhonda and Gary Smith of Warm Springs; grandchildren, Angelina Perez and Karina Tapia of Salem, and Shirley Geneva Wainanwit of Warm Springs.
She helped raise her niece Veronica Baez, nephews Ramon Greene, Luiz Baez of Warm Springs, Jefferson Greene of Portland and Gabriel Greene of Salem. She is also survived many other relatives.
Dressing ceremonies were held Sept. 26, at the Agency Longhouse, and burial was Sept. 27, at Dry Creek Cemetery in Warm Springs.
Dry Creek Cemetery
Created by: Carrie and Allen
Record added: Nov 06, 2008
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