Trahan, Gloria Jean Phillips

MONTANA, Elmo- GLORIA JEAN PHILLIPS TRAHAN, 62, passed away March 15, 2010, surrounded by her friends and family at her home. Interment was held at the Dayton Cemetery, in Dayton, Montana. Gloria was born August 30, 1947, in Flagstone, British Columbia.

    Gloria spent most of her childhood growing up in Grasmere, British Columbia, and later moved to the United States. Work and education took Gloria and her family throughout Wyoming, Washington and Montana where they finally settled in Elmo and have lived happily since 1982. Gloria was a quick witted, passionate and quickly made life long friendships everywhere she went. She enjoyed learning and sharing her knowledge and found her calling, working for The People’s Center as a Curatorial Technician. Together with other staff and with her gift for getting people to work together, they built a museum with many exhibits and implemented many gatherings that helped educate not only her people, but anyone that took the time to learn about the Kootenai, Salish and Pend D’Oreilles peoples. She enjoyed doing things like making baskets, tule tipi’s, sewing, baking and tending to her flowers and vegetable gardens with her husband. Gloria was very involved in sustaining the Kootenai Language and culture. She was proud to be a full-blooded Kootenai and was always encouraging the kids in her community to learn about their ancestors and their culture. (Char-Koosta News, March 25, 2010)

 

 

 

 

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