Hagerty, Florence M, Pimms U.S. Navy

WASHINGTON, White Swan – Funeral services were held for FLORENCE M. PIMMS HAGERTY, 77, on March 9, 2010, at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in White Swan. Interment followed at the St. Mary’s Cemetery. Florence was born September 28, 1932, in Wapato. She passed away March 6, 2010.

    Florence graduated from White Swan High School in 1951 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in that same year. After her U.S. Naval service, she enrolled and graduated from Central Washington State College in 1975, and received her Masters of Arts from Fort Wright College in 1980. While attending college, she worked with the Yakama Nation Tribal Headstart from 1969 to 1972, helping to start the first Headstart program on the Yakama Reservation, and with Project Palatisha from 1972 to 1975. During her career, she held several teaching and administrative postions at Washington State University, Fort Wright College, the Mt. Adams School District; and retiring in 2000 as the principal of the Fort Simcoe Job Corps Center at White Swan.

After her retirement, she continued working with children, returning to the Yakama Nation Headstart. She was also employed at the University of Alaska Anchorage, where she was tasked with the developmental Bilingual Materials. She was the author of several books, including “Walk with Grandfather,” “Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich” and “Lets be Friends.” She earned the honor of being the Washington State Indian Educator of the Year. Florence was a member of the Yakama Nation, the Wapato Longhouse, St. Mary’s Catholic Church in White Swan, and the F.O.E. Auxiliary. (Yakama Nation Review, March 17, 2010)

 

 

 

 

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