Colonial Funeral Home

Saxasny Lena Leona Sohappy Owens, “MOM”, Yakama Nation’s Oldest Female Elder.

After 92 years “Mom,” our Yakama and Wanapum Matriarch, has gone to be with her mother and father, Julia and Frank Sohappy, her sisters, Hannah Loritta, Aurelia, Elsie, and Thelma, her brothers, Larry, Rex, Frank, Wyew, and Raymond, and her beloved little children, Sonya, LeRoy, Vernon, Leland, and Naomi.

“Mom” taught her daughter, younger sisters, and nephews all she could throughout the North West including Yakama Nation, Wanapum, Celilo Village, Nespelem, and Warm Springs areas. Mom was a great teacher to Bernice, Amelia, Larena, Viola, Delores, Mary (Latit), Harry, Lewis, Eric, Frankie, Richard, Jackson, Timmy, Frank, Tony, and numerous grandchildren/great grandchildren.

Her lifelong home was at 160 Winaway Rd., Toppenish, WA. Mom was a lifelong member of the Wap’to Kaatnum and Priest Rapids Kaatnum, she also was truly blessed with a wholehearted belief in the Indian Shaker church and the Medicine Dance Faith. Mom cherished all her family friends, and relatives throughout the North West and beyond.

Mom was a teacher of the Yakama language and taught many people over the years and was a language teacher for White Swan, Wapato, Toppenish, and Yakama Nation Tribal Schools. She always was enthusiastic when her students would greet her in the Yakama language.

Mom enjoyed her career working for the White Swan School District for 16 years and was the first Yakama woman to receive her teaching certificate for Yakama language in 1974.

Arrangements are as follows: Dressing service 9 AM August 29th, Wapato Longhouse. Overnight services to follow, burial 9 AM Union Gap cemetery.