Tahkeal, Lillian M.

WASHINGTON, Wapato – Funeral services were held for LILLIAN M. TAHKEAL, 76, on March 3, 2010, at the Shaker Church, in White Swan, Washington. Interment followed at the Toweet-My cemetery on Satus Pass. Lillian was born June 12, 1933, in Toppenish. She passed away February 26, 2010.

    Lillian and her husband raised their family in Wapato and later in Cooks, Washington. The family enjoyed fishing at the river, camping in the moutains and playing basketball. Lillian loved spending time at the cabin on the Columbia River. She and her family spent many summers in the mountains doing what Lillian enjoyed, picking huckleberries with her family. She loved to watch The Golden Girls; and was an avid Seattle Mariners baseball fan. Lillian also enjoyed watching Gonzaga University Basketball and the Portland Trailblazers. She enjoyed the music of Michael Jackson, Rod Stewart and Elvis Presley’s gospel hymns. She supported her husband, Clarence,  in early 1966 for the right of the Yakama Nation tribal members to fish on their ancestral waters along the Columbia River.

  Lillian also actively assisted her husband in running the Indian Youth Pee Wee League Basketball Association during their three month winter vacation off of the Columbia River. She attended Toppenish schools until the third grade, then began working at age nine and continued throughout her entire life. Lillian earned her GED and continued her higher education at Yakima Valley Community College. After obtaining her Associates Arts degree, she attended Heritage University, where she achieved her Bachelors Degree with a double major. While attending college, she worked at Yakama Nation Higher Education in the Adult Vocational Training Program. Lillia worked for many years and enjoyed helping people while in the education field. (Yakama Nation Review, March 17, 2010)

 

 

 

 

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