Walking On -- Margaret June Provost

09.05.2018 Dean Rhodes Walking On

Margaret June Provost

June 11, 1930 – Aug. 30, 2018

Margaret June Provost, 88, of Grand Ronde, Ore., passed away on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in Grand Ronde.

Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, at Dallas Mortuary Center, 287 S.W. Washington St., Dallas, Ore.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, at the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Tribal gym with Andy Jenness officiating and Cheryle A. Kennedy giving the eulogy.

Burial will immediately follow at the Tribal Cemetery and a meal will be provided at the Elders Activity Center in Grand Ronde.

Arrangements are by Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center.

Margaret was born in McMinnville, Ore., to Loren and Nora Warren Kimsey on June 11, 1930. She went to school in Grand Ronde. She married John “Jack” Provost on Aug. 22, 1949, in Skamania, Wash. She was a housewife and mother, and worked for a metal processing company, Teledyne Wah Chang, in Albany when her supervisor asked her why the Grand Ronde Tribe wasn’t trying to get restored. She said, “Who would do it?” and he said, “Why not you?”

Margaret convinced her younger brother, Marvin Kimsey, and Merle Holmes to help her lead in the efforts of Restoration for the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. This was her legacy, and she continuously worked every day for the betterment of the Tribal people.

Margaret is preceded in death by her husband, Jack Provost; daughter, Sharon Provost-Carter; son, Daniel Provost; great-grandchild, Courage Leno; brother, Marvin Kimsey; and parents, Loren and Nora Kimsey.

Margaret is survived by her daughter, Kathy Provost and her spouse, Don Hendricks; daughter, Jackie Provost-Many Hides and her spouse, Duane Many Hides; sister, Myrna Brandon; grandchildren, Sheila Elting, Camille Mercier, Chris Provost, Jack Provost, Miranda Rodriguez and Kallie Provost; great-grandchildren, Dorothy Elting, Evie Elting, Kalim Mercier, Rowdy Leno, True Rimer, Promise Rimer, Future Leno, Memory Leno, Laila Holmes-Chaverria, Katana Garcia, Ebony Provost, Jack Provost, Tim Provost, Caden Mankins and Tatiana Rodrigues-Provost; and many beloved cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.