Bergeron, Helen Yemowat Adams: Walking On

Toppenish, Washington

Funeral services were held for HELEN YEMOWAT ADAMS BERGERON, 98, on October 15, at the St. Paul Cathedral, in Yakima, Washington. Interment followed, next to her late husband. Helen was born July 23, 1913. She passed away October 11, 2011, peacefully, at her home.
   
Helen was one of the oldest enrolled members of the Yakama Nation, and was raised in Ahtanum, Washington. She attended and graduated from Chemawa Indian High School. After graduation, she pursued a career in, cosmetology in Portland, Oregon and owned and operated her beauty salon there as well. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary. Helen enjoyed and looked forward to traditional family functions such as cattle drives in the Closed Area of the Yakama Reservation and branding with her brothers and sisters. She enjoyed camping, fishing and picking huckleberries with her children and grandchildren. She was an avid fan of rodeos, football games and annually participated in helping clean the White Swan Rodeo Grounds in preparation for the Yakama Treaty Day Rodeo, which her brothers participated in. (Yakama Nation Review, October 25, 2011)
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