Gloria Lee (Hause) Capoeman, 76 years of age and a longtime resident of Taholah, died on Thursday, November 28, 2012, in Olympia. She was born on March 2, 1936, in Olympia, Washington to Robert “Bob” and Jessie (Sawyer) Hause.
She was raised in Moclips, Wash. and received her schooling at Moclips-Aloha School, graduating in 1953. She was married to Ralph “Mush” Capoeman on December 24, 1954, and the couple resided in Taholah, Washington for 57 years.
Gloria was an active member of the community, known as a wonderful cook and in the early 1960’s was one of the town’s “community bakers”. For many years she helped organize many of the Tribal Canoe Races throughout the state, primarily in Taholah, LaPush, Olympia, Hoquiam, and the Lake Quinault Derby Days. She was actively involved in organizing the many events of the Taholah Days Celebration for many years including the parade, various fish bakes, and the Miss Quinault Pageant.
She served on the Taholah PTA for many years, was actively involved in the Taholah Community Club, helping to raise funds for the Annual Christmas Gift Program, and other community based events. In addition she was one of the founders of the Camp Fire Girls Group in Taholah and the 4-H Club.
In addition to being the “Head Cook” at the Totem Freeze for a number of years, she served as a Johnson O’Malley counselor at the Moclips-Aloha High School assisting Native American students with their studies and life’s lessons. She also was employed as a bookkeeper at the Quinault Tribal Seafood Plant for many years and as the Grants and Contracts Manager for the Quinault Indian Nation until her retirement.
She loved to travel with her husband “Mush” to Canada, Oregon, Hawaii and California. Gloria was an active member of the Pacific Beach Church and also enjoyed traveling with the church’s women’s club. She loved cats and embraced all of her families children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren (Chase, Tute’sum, Cody, Kenadee, and Carson).
Gloria is survived by her husband “Mush” at the family home; a sister, Judy (Hause) LaLonde (Roy) of Olympia; “special” nieces, Pearl Capoeman Baller (John) and Edie Capoeman of Taholah; grandsons, Christopher Baller (Jackie) of Aberdeen and Nikolas Baller (Leah) of Hoquiam; in addition to numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert “Bob” and Jessie; brothers, Robert Jr. and Jerry; a daughter, Valerie Lee Capoeman; and a son, Ralph B. Capoeman.
A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 1, 2012, at the Sunset Memorial Park in Hoquiam, Wash.
Arrangements are by the Coleman Mortuary in Hoquiam.
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