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Lucetta (Cetta) Louise Desautel


Lucetta (Cetta) was born to Gabe and Josephine Orr on September 20, 1929. Josephine deceased at 19 years old. Lucetta's parental grandparents James and Louise Orr took her in and raised her from early childhood, along with their own 10 children.

On August 12, 1947, she married Gilbert Desautel Sr. (the love of her life). They had five children: Deborah (Frank) Friedlander, DeWayne Desautel (deceased), Gilbert Desautel Jr. (Charlene), Karen Desautel George, and one infant son who died at birth.

Cetta is survived by 17 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; brothers: Lionel Orr, Bob Campbell, and sisters: Glenda (Orr) Nelson and Evelyn Lay.

Gilbert and Lucetta raised their family in Coulee Dam and Nespelem.

Lucetta dedicated her married life to supporting and being an active partner in her husband's ventures, including owning and operating a farm and the War Bonnet Tavern, planting and growing a orchard, and sponsoring and being avid fans of Native sports teams. She served as the head cook at the Nespelem Senior Meal Site for several years and as a senior officer arranging and managing senior trips.

Above all, Lucetta was devoted to and loved her grandchildren. She remembered birthdays, followed their sports, and took pride in each and every accomplishment of each and every grandchild. She also loved hummingbirds, crystal knickknacks, her cat Sheena, powwows and going to bingo.

She will be remembered as a great cook (homemaker) – known for her tacos, dried meat, potato salad, macaroni soup and too many others specialties to list. She always made sure everyone was fed, made to feel at home, and never went hungry. She enjoyed family-oriented events such as camping, picnics, and holidays. She was a true example of what it means to be a loving, kind, strong, courageous, responsible, prayerful, community-minded, forgiving, persevering, and godly woman who was the rock of her family.

She was predeceased by her parents and grandparents, her husband, two sons, two grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, and sisters Betty Emerson and Helen Holloman.


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