Edwina “Midge” George passed away on June 15, 2017, in Omak, Wash. She was 83.
Edwina was born in Pendleton, Oregon, on November 9, 1933. Edwina was the daughter of Edward Sheoships and Betsy Cowapoo. She was raised in Mission, Oregon, just north of St. Andrews Church on the Umatilla Indian Reservation.
Edwina attended St. Joseph’s School, Chemawa Indian School and Pendleton High School. While she attended Chemawa Indian School, she met Hank George, who later became her husband. Their courtship was interrupted during the Korean War, where Hank served in the U.S. Army. In 1953, Hank returned to the states and in a civil ceremony in Toppenish, Wash., married his girlfriend, Edwina Sheoships. A few years later, after his service in the U.S. Army, they were formally married in a Catholic Church wedding ceremony at St. Mary’s Mission. They settled in Omak, where they raised their nine children and numerous foster children.
Edwina is a member of the Cayuse and Walla Walla tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Edwina was a full time loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother to her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. While small in stature, she was no doubt the matriarch of the family. Edwina was very passionate, loving and caring person to all who knew her and she was a friend to all who knew her.
Edwina and her husband Hank had a passion for the outdoors and loved to watch their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren in all their activities, and celebrate in their success or offer word of encouragement. In her younger days Edwina was an avid jitterbug dancer and later an avid bingo player. Edwina’s stories of her youthful adventures were truly amazing, rich and full of laughter, and it was an experience we all treasured.
Edwina was preceded in death by her husband, her mother and father, her sister Gladys “Macy” Saluskin and many childhood friends. Edwina is survived by her sons Gary (Kelly)of Pendleton, Henry ‘Bobby’ and Steve of Omak; daughters Elaine (Kenny) Clark, Jeanne Miller, Brenda (Albert) Clark, Kim (Raymond) Gunn, Deanna (Tim) Sargent, and Wanda of Omak; grandchildren Jeremy, Jamie, Adrienne; Bryan, Sarah, Ashley; Joseph, Mari; Bradley; Henry, Rex, Brianne; Hank, Christopher; Stephanie, Tiffine; Jordan, Jade, Timmy, Faith; Quincy, Dillon, Megan; great grandchildren Layla, Zyrel, Kelton, Edwina, Rayen, Naloni, Kayla, Lawrence, Dominic, Chelsea, Saffire, Saylor, Jesse, James, Edward, Ivan, Baby Joe; Aiyanna, Madison and Little Brian.
We will dearly miss her loving touch, her gentle yet reassuring guidance and her quiet vocal support for our sons, daughters, grandkids achievements; and more importantly her love of her husband, their children and their grandchildren’s children