JoAnn Rebecca (Downey-Kentta) Miller, age 81, was born between Siletz and Logsden, Oregon, March 10, 1932 to Roy F. and Mae (Adams) Downey. She passed July 10, 2013 at 8:10 PM at her home on Logsden Rd.
JoAnn was a member of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, and had served multiple terms as an elected member of the Siletz Tribal Council in the 1980ís, 1990ís and up to February 2006. She had worked as a cook at Toledo High School, as well as Toledo and Newport Hospitals, before retiring. She was married to Henry Kentta in 1948, and they had 4 children before he passed in December 1966. She married George W. Miller in 1968 and they had one daughter. She was an accomplished quilter, gardener, weaver among other talents, and dearly loved to joke, sing, and tell stories. She enjoyed hosting family and friends to picnics at her river property on the Siletz.
JoAnn is survived by 3 sons: Hank (Bonnie) Kentta of Siletz, Matt Kentta of Otis, Robert Kentta of Siletz, and daughters: Kathy Kentta-Robinson and Bonnie (Jim) Miller-Crawford, both of Siletz; 9 grandchildren; Sisters: Ila Mae Hoiness, of Longview, WA, Martha Lockhart, Jean Garrett, Deanna Howell, Blanche Downey-Tyler and Charlotte Noble all of Siletz; brothers: Peter Downey of Siletz and Tom Downey of Newport, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. JoAnn was preceded in death by brothers: Melvin (Manny) Downey and Roy Downey Jr.; Half-Sister: Genevieve (Mickey) Gavin; Half-Brother: Kenneth Blacketer.
Services will be held this Saturday, July 13, at 1:00 pm at the Siletz Tribal Community Center, Government Hill, in Siletz. A meal for friends and family, also at the community center, will follow Interment which will be at Paul Washington Cemetery.
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