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Kathryn McDonald Womer (SAMANXN)

Kathryn McDonald Womer (SAMANXN), was born on March 10, 1936, in Disautel, Washington to Charles and Millie (Joe) McDonald. 

She was 88 years old when she passed on Wednesday, May 8, 2024. Kathy attended St. Mary's Mission boarding school on the Colville Indian Reservation. From there she attended Mary Cliff High School, in Spokane, Washington. It was during this period she met Raymond Womer, ended up quitting school and getting married in 1955 at the Hitching Post in Post Falls, Idaho.

Later in years Kathy received her high school GED, and went on to receive an AA, and two bachelor's degrees from Eastern Washington University.

In the 60's Kathy worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, she enjoyed and loved this job, primarily because she was helping Tribal children, who were adopted out, to come home if they wanted. Kathy also served on the Colville Tribal Business Council from 1997-1998. She advocated for the ancient one/Kenniwick Man, first responders on the reservation, she served representing the Nespelem District. Kathy was also a records keeper and historian, She wrote three books of poems the topics were about family, culture and stories passed down from her mother Millie and aunt Julianne Joe Simpson Garrison.

Kathy was preceded in her passing her brothers: John Edward McDonald, William Benny McDonald, Charles McDonald Jr, Richard McDonald, Daniel McDonald; her husband Raymond Womer; her parents Charles and Millie Joe McDonald; sisters Marry Susan and Nellie E. McDonald,;

grandparents, Edward Jim Joe and Christine Swimpkin Joe. Kathy descends from Shomounthun's father, Chief Weowicht (Old Owhi).

Kathy is survived by her sons: William R. Womer, John C. Womer, adopted nephew/son Russel D Womer; sister Dorothy Marchand; manynieces and nephews, grandchildren, great-great grandchildren and recently a great-great-great-grandchild.

Kathy was a faithful supporter in all her grandchildren's sports and school events, and could be spotted in the audience of their games. She will truly be missed all who knew her and everyone she touched.

Journey well SAMANXN

 

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