Deanna Rae Williams

Born: Thu., Aug. 29, 1946
Died: Tue., Jul. 21, 2020


10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Thu., Jul. 23, 2020
Location: Pendleton Pioneer Chapel

Graveside Service

3:00 PM Fri., Jul. 24, 2020
Location: Olney Cemetery

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Deanna Rae Williams was born August 29, 1946 to Donald Bruce Williams and Antoinette Conner Williams in Pendleton, Oregon. Her children included Nancy Turner (deceased), Jesse Minthorn Sr., Tayts Scott and Donald Scott.

Dee was preceded in death by long-time partner Salvador Herrera approximately 20 years ago.

She was the first born of eight children.  Her siblings included Sue Lovejoy, J.T. Williams, David Williams, Steve Williams and nephew/brother William “Tony” Surface, Lisa B. Williams.  She was preceded in death by sister Sara Surface and brothers Bruce Anthony and Donald Barry.

Grandchildren include Kristi Higheagle, Alex Turner, Angel Williams, Jamar Breazeale, Tamara Minthorn, Jesse Minthorn Jr., Alyssa Minthorn, Derek Williams, Jeffrey Williams, Shaylin Spencer, Monica Lewis.  

Great-grandchildren include Nancy A. Williams, Fernando T. Hernandez Jr., Moses C. Hernandez, Nova A. Hernandez, Antoinette Crowe, Sklar Crowe, Kaydon Higheagle, Francis Stitt, Porter Stitt, James Cayuse, Bradley Breazeale, Weylin Breazeale, Juliana Castro .   Many nieces and nephews.

Dee started her training at Roswell, NM.  This time was described as challenging but an enjoyable start in improving conditions for her little family.  She later attended Eastern Oregon Community College in La Grande, OR.  She completed all her courses except for the practicum portion to receive her degree.  Dee worked at a wood mill tossing lumber about in Pilot Rock up until it was discovered she was pregnant and had to give the job up.  The position she often talked about was her time working for the Confederated Umatilla Journal (CUJ) in its early years.  She enjoyed writing and had fond memories of her time there.  Dee worked in a variety of jobs at the Wildhorse Casino.  The last being a Slot Floor Supervisor.  She also loved to play pool.

She was such a loving person.  Easy to talk to and always willing to listen.  She could strike up a conversation wherever she went.  Didn’t have to know you starting out but did when she left.  She was known by many as Kotsa and loved it.

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Dolores M Rodriguez
   Posted Thu July 23, 2020
So sad to hear of Dee's passing. My sincere condolences to the family. May the great spirit give you all strength to help you get through this ordeal. Love and prayers.

Susie Calhoun
   Posted Sat July 25, 2020
Sending Condolences and Healing Prayers to the family. Kotsas heart was full of love for all and her humor helped many through tuff times and realize there is tomorrow for change. She always had a smile and greeting for everyone even if she herself was hurting. We worked together at Tillicum back in the mid 70’s Dees magic got us all laughing throughout the years a true friend that will be missed. We then met up again at BMCC in the 90’s both returning to college back in the day as the older students lol . we were the first fry bread vender at Tazes first powwow in Wallowa so many years ago selling fry bread and being teased around all weekend by Taz is one of many Great memories over the years. This woman was a beautiful person who love her children grandchildren great grandchildren and family.

Be free my friend
Susie and Bob

Monika McGuire
   Posted Mon August 10, 2020
Sorry to hear the passing of Dee. She was a great lady and always had a beautiful smile! May her family left behind find the strength to get through the days ahead. May she rest! Prayers up. <3!

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