Sophia Jane Spencer

Sophia Jane Spencer of Auburn died March 3, 2017, in Tacoma. She was 89.

Sophia Jane Spencer of Auburn died March 3, 2017, in Tacoma. She was 89.

She was born March 13, 1927, in Toppenish, Wash., to Richard G. Spencer Jr. and Ida Henry. She retired from Heart Start after more than 30 years as a cook and cooked for community events. She loved to dance and she entered many contests. She enjoyed gardening, gathering huckleberries, canning, cooking, making yarn baskets, beadwork, bingo, popcorn, smoking fish, clam digging, plants, flowers and tea. She loved the Shaker Church, pow wows, Washat, gathering Indian medicine and teaching community members. She was the eldest Muckleshoot.

She is survived by sons Rodney Courville, Wally Courville and Virgil Spencer; daughters Rita Martin, Wanita Courville, Beverly Courville and Roberta “Tootsie” Danzuka; brothers David Spencer, Robert Spencer, Charles Spencer and Neil LaClair; sisters Mildred and Vivian Spencer; 17 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and one great-grandson.

She was preceded in death by sons Leon Courville and Freddie Courville; sisters Ruth Spencer, Nancy Spencer, Thelma “Peaches” Papakee, Mary Spencer, Harriet Spencer and Rosalie Cross; and brothers Steve Spencer and Richard G. “Butch” Spencer Jr.

A prayer service took place Monday, March 6, and a funeral service was at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 7, at the Muckleshoot Pentecostal Church in Auburn. A graveside service was conducted at the Courville Cemetery in Auburn.

Services were directed by Weeks’ Funeral Home in Buckley.

All may sign the online guest book at

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