Shaw and Sons Funeral Home
Maureena was reunited with loved ones that have passed on in the early morning of Saturday, June 15, 2019 surrounded by family.
To some she was Maureena, to others she was Charlotte, but to those she will miss the most they knew her by Grammy.
Maureena was born on November 30, 1949 to George Jim and Celia Umtuch. Born and raised at Alfalfa Junction and graduating from Granger High School. She then continued her education in New Mexico at IAIA as well as U of M.
Charlotte lived life to the fullest as she found her way down the aisle of marital bliss a time or two, but one of her favorite sayings was “That’s why I’m alone today,” along with her laugh everyone so much enjoyed followed with an “oh well.”
Maureena also got involved with the American Indian Movement where she was a part of history in the making, being at Wounded Knee and the march to Washington D.C. known as the Trail of Broken Treaties.
Grammy never had any of her own children, but ALL her nieces and nephews were her babies and she took pride in raising the ones that she helped raise. She had a special place in her heart for her only namesake Maureena (James) LaRoque. She also helped raise Andres (Andy) Roman Jr. and Sara Napoles. Her nieces’ and nephews’ kids were like her grandchildren. The grandchildren closest to her were Thomas James, LaHoma LaRoque, Melissa LaRoque, James LaRoque, Shawn Rex LaRoque, Kaleo Gopher, Gracie Corpuz, Nancy Corpuz, Xavier Roman, and Jazmin Roman.
She was preceded in death by both parents, George and Celia, the oldest sister, Margaret, all four brothers, Harvey, Reggie, Daniel, and Burton, two half-sisters, as well as infant siblings.
She is survived by her sisters, Melissa James of Wapato, Sarah Roman of Toppenish, Doris (Dave) Ardito of Sahuarita, AZ, and Debra (Steve) Danielson of Lawrence, KS.
Ms. Manyfingers will be dressed at Shaw and Sons Funeral Home in Yakima, WA on Monday, June 17, 2019 at 2:00 pm, then will be taken to Priest Rapids Longhouse for overnight services, with burial services starting at sunrise on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. To leave a message or memory for the family please go to www.shawandsons.com. Shaw and Sons Funeral Home is caring for the family.
“FOREVER AND EVER WE WILL LOVE YOU GRAMMY”