PENDLETON - Lois L. Broncheau, 65, of Pendleton died Friday, Sept. 25, 2009, at her home following a year-long illness. A dressing ceremony was held at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28 at Burns Mortuary Chapel in Pendleton.
Recitation of the holy rosary was held at 7 p.m. Monday at the Agency Longhouse, followed by a Washat. Mass of Christian burial was celebrated at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29 at St. Andrew's Mission in Mission. Interment was held at Agency Cemetery following mass.
Mrs. Broncheau was born June 21, 1944, in Pendleton to Louis A. and Ruby M. (Townsend) McFarland. She attended St. Joseph's Academy, and graduated from Pendleton High School in 1961. She attended Walla Walla Business College in 1962 and graduated from Blue Mountain Community College in 1963. She was very active during Celilo Days with fishing. She was a past Happy Canyon princess and a longtime participant with the Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon.
She married Malvin Jamison Jr., and that marriage ended. She later married Walter C. Broncheau Sr.; that marriage also ended.
She worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs leasing program for 23 years, and worked as a tribal land acquisition coordinator for more than ten years.
She was a CTUIR Natural Resources Commission member, and she had been a member of the Nicht-Yaw-Way Senior Advisory Group.
Mrs. Broncheau is survived by daughters Julia Jamison Hopkins of Woodburn and Victoria Broncheau Pickernell and Melinda Broncheau, both of Pendleton; sons Malvin Jamison and Walter C. Broncheau Jr., both of Pendleton; brother Edward McFarland of Pendleton; sister Delephine Wood of Pendleton; eight grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter Arlene Broncheau and brother Francis McFarland.
Burns Mortuary of Pendleton was in charge of arrangements.