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Charlene Mae Cooper

coopercharlene.jpgCharlene Mae Cooper, 64, passed away on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at the University of Washington Hospital in Seattle, WA.  She was born in Olympia, WA on December 21, 1948 to Wilson W. and Sarah L. (Miller) Johns.  Charlene attended the Chilocco Indian School in Oklahoma, South Puget Sound Community College, Olympic College and Bellingham Indian College.  On October 21, 1989 she married Arnold Cooper Sr. in Olympia, WA.  

Charlene began her working career as a Community Health Representative, then as a lead clerk at the Kamilche Trading Post and most recently as a Cultural Resource Technician II for the Squaxin Island Tribe.  She was passionate about her position, interviewing elders of the tribe to be saved in the archives of tribal history.  Charlene was a member of the Shaker Church.  Her hobbies included: collecting native baskets, Elvis Presley and Coca-Cola memorabilia and native Indian dolls.  She was the inspiration of the tradition of the Cedar Rose corsages given out at tribal services.  She enjoyed cooking, especially for family holiday, garage and yard sales.  Her family described her as being the glue that held the family together, compassionate, and big hearted, a great wife and mother and a person who gave above self.  One of her biggest loves were her grandchildren, especially her daughter, Nicole’s and son’s baby boys, Adam J.E.B. Jr. and Treyson and her concern for the Elders of the Squaxin Nation.  

Charlene was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Wilson W. Johns Jr.; and son, Wilson Neal BlueBack.  She is survived by her husband, Arnold Cooper, of Kamilche; daughters, Rose Boggs (Cody), Nicole Cooper, Angel Johns all of Kamilche, Alexandria Cooper of Shelton; sons, Nicholas Cooper, Alan Cooper, Gene Cooper, Rusty Cooper, Tom BlueBack, and Chauncey BlueBack (Karen) all of Kamilche; stepfather, Herb Johns of Kamilche; brothers, Issac Johns (Babe) and Sunny Johns of the Skokomish Nation; sisters, Elizabeth Yeahquo (Conrad) of Steamboat Island, Ruthie Whitener (Andy) of Shelton, Sarah Johns of Kamilche, and Iladee King (Jerry) of Shelton; twenty-two grandchildren, three great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

 

A service will be held at the Squaxin Island Gym in Kamilche on Friday, December 30, 2011 at 11:00am.

 

Sharon L. Rogers

rogerssharon.jpgSharon L. Rogers, was born in Glendale, CA on March 8, 1946. Sharon was raised in Redmond, WA. She enjoyed showing her cocker spaniel champions, swimming competitively in high school and was a member of the US Women's Army Corps, winning the title of Miss Armed Forces 1965. Sharon came to Shelton in 1979 and was employed by the Mason-Thurston Retired Senior Volunteer Program where she was the Mason County Coordinator before she retired.
She died peacefully in Anacortes with her family at her side on December 15, 2011.
Sharon is survived by her children: Chris Rogers Of Issaquah, Laura Simon of Anacortes and six grandchildren. Internment at Willamette National Cemetery, Oregon.
Remembrances can be made to: Mason County Retired Senior Volunteer Program 360-426-3405.
Submitted by her daughter, Laura.

 

Gerald D. Wilson

wilsongerald.jpgGerald Dean Wilson, 83, of Shelton, WA died on Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at the Capital Medical Center in Olympia. Gerald was born on November 12, 1928 to Charles and Ethel (Bunce) Wilson in Flasher, North Dakota. In March of 1949, he married Geraldine A. Maphis in Yakima, WA where Jerry was a foreman for the Metropolitan Park District for many years. He purchased a coffee shop for his wife in Selah which started their careers in the restaurant business. They owned several restaurants throughout the years, a steak house in Seattle, then the Tift Haus in North Bend and eventually the well known Taylor Towne (now Taylor Station) Restaurant in Shelton in 1971 until his retirement in 1994.
Mr. Jerry enjoyed spending time with his family and working in his yard. He loved being on his tractor and working on their little farm where they once raised sheep, pigs, beef and chickens. He also enjoyed the Mariners, playing cards and spending time and going out to breakfast with friends every week Among his many achievements, Gerald had been the past president of the Chamber of Commerce in Selah, was featured as an Outstanding Young Man of America, 1965 and was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the Selah Junior Chamber of Commerce for outstanding community service through loyal, faithful, and unselfish efforts resulting in a lasting contribution to community and nation.
He will be truly missed by all that knew him. He is survived by his wife Geraldine, Shelton; sons, Gary (Linda) Wilson, Randy (Dee) Wilson, Brad (Corinn) Wilson, Darrel (Marlis) Wilson; ten grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
At Mr. Jerry’s request, no services will be held.