Walking On - Tammie Cochran and Bill Moxley

12.14.2015 Dean Rhodes Walking On

Tammie P. Cochran

Jan. 17, 1958 – Nov. 14, 2015

Tribal Elder Tammie P. Cochran, 57, a Moses Lake, Wash., resident, passed away Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, at her residence.

Tammie was born Jan. 17, 1958, in Phoenix, Ariz. She was the daughter of Herbert and Gladys (Maas) Stephens. Tammie was raised and educated in Moses Lake, where she graduated in 1976 from Moses Lake High School. She worked at Red Rock Elementary as a para-professional where she wanted to be close to her three daughters.

Tammy is survived by her three daughters, Janelle Stamper of Moses Lake, Lindsey Mead of Royal City, Wash., and McKenzie Cochran of Pullman, Wash.; parents, Herbert and Gladys Stephens of Moses Lake; sisters, Jackie Wilmont of Moses Lake and Robin Schaeffer of Wenatchee, Wash.; and brothers, Blake Stephens of Moses Lake and William “Bill” Stephens of Arizona. She also is survived by aunts, uncles and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were held Saturday, Nov. 21, at Kayser’s Chapel of Memories, with Pastor Tim Snyder of the Royal City Church of the Nazarene officiating. She was laid to rest at Pioneer Memorial Gardens.

Please sign the online guestbook or leave a note for the family at Arrangements were in care of Kayser’s Chapel of Memories in Moses Lake.

Everyone who knew and loved Tammie will always carry her memories of love and laughter in their hearts. She was known for her love of frogs and every time that friends and family see a frog they will smile in remembrance. Tammie was a vibrant person who made sure that everyone around her had a laugh or a smile. We love you!


Billy Lee Moxley

June 23, 1929 – Nov. 28, 2015

Tribal grandfather Billy “Bill” Lee Moxley, 86, walked on on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, at Antelope Valley Ranches near Seligman, Ariz. He was born June 23, 1929, in Tulsa, Okla.

Known as “Grandpa Bill” to Tribal members Benjamin Moxley Davidson, Lucien Moxley Davidson (deceased at age 11 on June 20, 2002) and Janesse Emma Lee Davidson (deceased at age 10 on June 20, 2002), he was known as “Pops” and “Lightfoot” to Tribal member son-in-law Loran Davidson.

He is survived by his second wife of 23 years, Donna Cloud (aka Cloud Moxley). She was his compassionate 24/7 caregiver since August 2011 when he suffered a debilitating stroke.

His loving first family survivors are daughter, Sharene Moxley Justin (Ted), grandson, Travis Justen (Nara) and great-grandson, Joseph Justen, all of Clearwater, Fla.; and grandson Lane Justen (Cida) and great-grandsons, Theo Justen and Thomas Justen, all of Lencois, Brazil; and daughter, Eyvette Moxley Davidson (Loran) and grandson Ben, all of Grand Ronde.

At only 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing 136 pounds, Bill was “bigger than life.” Heading up the family-run business, Brookside Poultry, his 20,000 “girls” produced amazing, much in-demand brown eggs. Bill and his first wife of 41 years, Emma Lee Bryan Moxley, moved to Oregon in 1963 from Pomona, Calif., to give their three daughters (Sharene, Janesse and Eyvette) a safer life. Bill and Emma soon began building Brookside Poultry.

Several Tribal members worked for them over the years. They also built two gourmet restaurants, The Lincoln House in Lincoln City and another in Bend. Brookside Poultry supplied eggs to both restaurants.

Bill’s first career was as a heavy equipment operator building dams, roads, bridges and large commercial buildings. He could run any equipment from dirt pusher dozers to large cranes. He “hung the iron” infrastructure for the Matterhorn at Disneyland with a 250-ton crane.

At age 16, he was the youngest person ever taken into the Operating Engineers Union. He was given a special permit by Denver Local 9.

Bill was preceded in death by his first wife, Emma Lee Moxley; daughter, Janesse Moxley; grandson, Lucien Moxley Davidson; and granddaughter, Janesse Emma Lee Davidson. He never recovered from the tragic deaths of his beloved grandchildren in a vehicle fire/explosion on June 20, 2002.

Grandpa Bill died peacefully in the tender care of his wife, Cloud, and the weekly support of Hospice Family Care at home on a remote 40-acre mini-ranch near Seligman, Ariz., where he and Cloud were “pioneers” for 20 years.

In his declining years, Bill longed to return to Oregon. However, not quite in this manner. His ashes will be returned to Oregon to be included with his first family in a private memory garden on the Davidson estate. At his request, no service was held.

Condolences may be sent to Cloud Moxley at P.O. Box 67, Seligman, Ariz., 86337. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Antelope Valley Ranches Community Center, c/o Cloud. Arrangements and tender loving care to Cloud provided by Chino Valley Funeral Home.

Safe journey, Mr. Brookside.