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Shippentower, Thelma Ann: Walking On

Toppenish, Washington

Funeral services were held for THELMA ANN SHIPPENTOWER, 56, on February 28, at the Toppenish Longhouse. Interment followed at the Pine Creek Cemetery at Roosevelt, Washington. Thelma was born August 23, 1955, in Toppenish. She passed away February 23, 2012.
   
Thelma was a member of the Yakama Nation and in her early years she lived in the Lone Pine McKinley Indian Mission. She attended the Petersburg Elementary and Watonka High School in The Dalles, Oregon. When she was younger, she was a member of the 1910 Shaker Church. Thelma was a longtime cook and member of the Toppenish Longhouse. She loved to be in the kitchen and to cook for people – especially traditional Native dishes. She also worked for the Yakama Nation Housing Authority. In her spare time, she loved to fish, go to the casino, go to yard sales, thrift shops, and go to concerts. She was an avid beadworker and seamstress. She collected hummingbird and cow figurines. (Yakama Nation Review, February 29, 2012)
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