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DECEMBER 15, 2017
S moke S ignals
Mary Frances Ring
May 19, 1953 – Nov. 22, 2017
Tribal Elder Mary Frances Ring, 64, was
born on May 19, 1953, and joined the heavenly
hosts on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017.
She was the daughter of George and Frances
Ring and was raised in Prospect, Ore. Mary
was the youngest of the Ring children.
She was preceded in death by her parents;
brothers, Michael and Monte Ring; and sister,
Patricia Hoopingarner. She is survived by her
sister, Georgene Shafer, and numerous nieces
and nephews who she treasured.
Mary had a long and fulfilling career in Human Services. She served
as a Social Services director for the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde
and had a private practice as a therapist in Reno, Nev.
Mary was fully committed to contributing to the acceptance of individ-
uals in society. Her history of loving and accepting others is her legacy.
Pearl Hughberta Langley Lyon
Feb. 20, 1912 – Nov. 29, 2017
Tribal Elder Pearl Langley Lyon was born
Feb. 20, 1912, in Tillamook, Ore., to Emma
Zuercher and James Langley. She was their
eldest, having sisters Bernice and Ruby. She
had an older half-brother, Arnold. She was
baptized at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in
Grand Ronde and graduated from high school
in St. Paul.
On March 7, 1932, she married Harley Lyon
of Lafayette in Vancouver, Wash. The happy
couple lived in several communities — Mc-
Minnville, Hillsboro and Newberg — before
settling for the last 51 years in Dayton. They had two children, Janet
and Harold. Having descended from pioneer families of Tillamook,
namely Zuercher and Kodad, and native/French Canadian families of
LaChance and Langlois, there was always much traveling for family
get-togethers. She is a great-granddaughter of Twinisha of Winakske,
aka Nancy of The Dalles.
Pearl was a wonderful seamstress, making clothes for her children and
grandchildren. Within her sewing cabinet is a piece of wax her father
gave her from one of the shipwrecks off the Oregon coast. She always
attributed her sewing abilities to her aunt, Mayme Boutin.
Harley and Pearl were farmers, raising filberts, beans, cucumbers,
strawberries, apples and peaches. Pearl accompanied Harley on hunting
trips and helped her son shoot his first deer. She had fished the coastal
streams with her father, learning to use shot huckleberries for bait.
She canned into her 80s. Her kitchen was always busy and open to all
guests. In later years, she made pies for her daughter at The Pirate’s
Den. She led five generations of family on to the Reservation to iden-
tify and pick native berries, being known as ulali klootchman (berry
woman). She loved to shop at the secondhand stores, always loyal to St.
Vincent de Paul. She was a longtime member of the Fraternal Order
of Eagles and the St. Paul Historical Society.
She worked more than 19 years at Oakwood Glen Care Center in McMin-
nville, also known affectionately as Pearl’s Boarding House. Her one grand-
daughter, one great-grandson, all but one great-granddaughter and three
great-great-grandchildren followed in her footsteps for the love of nursing.
At the time of her passing, Pearl was the oldest Tribal member of the
Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, possibly of all time, being just
three months shy of 106. She is survived by her son, Harold; sister, Ruby
Bigoni; niece, Dianne Locklear; nephews, Richard Bigoni, James Bigoni
and Robert Nagle; grandchildren, Carol (David) Ravia, Mary (Gary)
Wilson, John (Cheryle) Gentry, Michael Gentry, Cindy Gulledge and
James Lyon; 16 great-grandchildren and 32 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harley; daughter, Janet;
sister, Bernice; brother, Arnold “Pete”; and great-grandson, John III.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Tribal gym in
Grand Ronde followed by interment at Evergreen Cemetery in Mc-
Minnville. A memorial dinner will be held at a later date at the Elders
Activity Center in Grand Ronde.
To leave online condolences, please visit www.macyandson.com.
Steven Leslie Hudson
Dec. 25, 1955 – Dec. 6, 2017
Tribal Elder Steven Leslie Hudson, 61, a resident of Grand Ronde
walked on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, at Salem Hospital.
He was born in Salem on Dec. 25, 1955, the son of Herman Kenneth
Hudson Jr. and Ella Joyce Miller Hudson. Steve was a talented mu-
sician, performing with his guitar both near and far. He attended the
2011 Native American Music Awards as a nominee for his music and
songwriting. He served in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the
Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and was very artistic and skilled
in Native American arts and crafts.
He is survived by his daughters, Joleen E. Hudson of Kingston, Wash.,
Sydney M. Hudson of Indianola, Wash., and Tyler M. Sison of Skokom-
ish, Wash., along with grandchildren Taryn, Kaiden, Gavin, Dasher and
Ta-ko-ja. He also is survived by his father, Herman, of Grand Ronde;
sister, Katherine Dunham of Olympia, Wash.; and brother, Tim Hudson
of Boulder City, Nev.
Service will be a private burial ceremony for the family at the Grand
Ronde Cemetery. A celebration of life will be held at the Tribal Com-
munity Center from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, for friends and
family. Please join in celebrating his life and journey.
Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center is caring for the family. www.dal-
Tribal Police plan extra patrols
Between Friday, Dec. 15, and Monday, Jan. 1, the Grand Ronde Tribal
Police Department will be participating in a high visibility enforcement
grant sponsored by Oregon Impact, the state Department of Transportation
and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
During the holiday season, Tribal police will have extra patrols specially
geared toward stopping impaired drivers and careless, reckless and other
aggressive driving habits.
“The Grand Ronde Police Department wants to remind everyone that
driving under the influence of intoxicants, whether it’s alcohol, controlled
substances or prescription medication, is enforceable on premises open
to the public, which includes any parking lot, highway, roadway and/or
street,” Sgt. Rod McAllister said.
The intent of the heightened patrol is to prevent deaths, injuries and
property damage caused by impaired drivers by getting them off the road.
Tribal officers are trained to look for signs of impairment beyond just al-
cohol, McAllister said. The funding to support the enhanced DUII patrols
is provided by a DUII High Visibility Grant awarded to the Grand Ronde
Tribal Police Department from the state Department of Transportation.
To report suspected impaired drivers in the Grand Ronde area, call 503-
879-2123 or anywhere in Oregon by calling 800-243-7865.
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