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Alameda Addison

Published on March 7, 2018 8:49AM



Alameda was born on July 12, 1959, in St. Ignacious, Mont. She passed on March 4, 2018, in Richland, Wash.

She attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, N.M.

Alameda worked in various jobs throughout the years, including cage Cashier at Wildhorse Resort and Casino, accounts receivable clerk for the CTUIR (1994-95), secretary/occupancy specialist for the Umatilla Reservation Housing Authority (1981-1993), and superintendent secretary at the Bureau of Indian Affairs on the Umatilla Indian Reservation (1997-present).

Alameda was a very talented artist. In her spare time she enjoyed designing custom cakes, in which she would often incorporate tribal designs, for family and friends. She was an avid sports fan and you would often see her at Nixyaawii Community School basketball games or her grandchildren’s sporting events. She also enjoyed attending pow-wows throughout the years and made many friends across the country. She was an outstanding grandmother and an activist. She was also a member of the Kent, Washington Cursillista.

Alameda was preceded in death by her parents Thomas James Addison and Mary Ann Bigcrane; her sister Sally Christine Addison; her paternal grandparents Burdick Addison and Susie Addison; and her maternal grandparents Frank and Josephine Bigcrane. She is also preceded by her paternal uncle Leo Addison; paternal aunts Aurilda Addison and Madeline Addison; maternal uncles John, Louis and Frances Bigcrane; and cousin Steve Bigcrane.

Alameda is survived by her son Jesse Bevis Sr. and partner Nukinka Manuel; her daughter Rachel Bevis; her grandchildren Elijah Bevis, Alayna Bevis, Zoe Bevis, Chloe Bevis, Cashis Bevis, Elizabeth Bevis, Nunika Bevis, Addaius Bevis and Jesse Bevis Jr.; her brother Allen Addison and his wife Luanne; and her sisters Joanne Bigcrane and Amy Addison.

The Dressing will be held at Burns Mortuary on March 7, 2018, at 1 p.m. The Rosary will be that evening at 6 p.m. and Washat services at 7 p.m., both at the Mission Longhouse. On March 8, 2018, at 7 a.m. will be Washat services at the Mission Longhouse, with the burial following at the Agency Cemetery.


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