Arlene Patricia DeLaCruz, a lifelong Grays Harbor resident, passed away peacefully surrounded with family and friends in Olympia on April 5, 2014. Arlene was born on October 25, 1943, in Aberdeen, to Joseph and Edna (Lane) DeLaCruz and attended Moclips High School. She was an enrolled member of the Quinault Indian Nation.
In 1960, Arlene married Terry Reed. They had two children, Julie and Phillip and brought one month old Darren Hawks Reed into the family. The couple was later divorced and Arlene married Don Waugh. They had one son, Donald Waugh, Jr. Arlene spent the last 26 years in a loving relationship with her longtime companion, Dr. Sidney Curtright at their home in Moclips, Wash.
Arlene enjoyed many work experiences during her lifetime. She was passionate about everything she did. She was instrumental in starting the first daycare in Taholah and later became the director. Eventually, she became the director of the Senior Program. Along with her sister, “Sister Belle”, she operated the cafe in the old Taholah store. After the store burned, she opened up her home and served breakfast and lunches for some time. She loved cooking for numerous fundraisers and was well known for her Native American traditional fish bakes.
Arlene went on to work in road construction for 12 years as a traffic control supervisor. She last worked for the Q-Mart at Hogan’s Corner before retiring for health reasons in 2012.
She enjoyed all sports and will be best remembered for her pool play. She won numerous county and state tournaments and was recognized internationally, placing fourth in the 1986 Masters Championships held in Las Vegas. She loved teaching others the game. She played baseball and was a big fan of the Mariners and Seahawks.
Arlene enjoyed canning food, knitting, picking berries, clam digging and fishing.
Surviving relatives include a daughter, Julie Reed-Frank of Auburn; two sons, Phillip Reed of Taholah and Donald Waugh, Jr. of Taholah; longtime companion, Dr. Sidney Curtwright of Moclips; sisters, Everelda Brooks of Moclips and Myrna Figg of Pacific Beach; brothers, Edward DeLaCruz of Central Park, Franklin DeLaCruz of Moclips and James DeLaCruz of Taholah; 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren whom she loved all very dearly; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by sisters, Jacqueline Capoeman and Sharon McCrory; brothers, Joseph Burton DeLaCruz and Allen Ebling; father, Joseph DeLaCruz; mother, Edna DeLaCruz Ebling; stepfather, Arthur “Ike” Ebling; son, Darrin Hawks-Reed; and grandson, Jason M. Waugh.
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at the Taholah Educational Center Gymnasium in Taholah, followed by a dinner at the Taholah Community Center.
Direction is by the Coleman Mortuary in Hoquiam.
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