Sophia Jane Spencer, 89 of Auburn, died March 3, 2017 in Tacoma, WA. She was born March 13, 1927 in Toppenish to Richard George Spencer, Jr. & Ida Henry. Sophia retired from Heart Start as a cook for over 30 years and she cooked for community events. She loved to dance and she entered many contests. Sophia enjoyed gardening, gathering huckleberries, canning, cooking, making yarn baskets, beadwork, BINGO & popcorn, smoking fish, clam digging, plants, flowers & tea. She loved the Shaker Church, Pow-Wows, Washat, gathering Indian Medicine and teaching community members. Sophia loved everybody and she was the eldest Muckleshoot. She is survived by her sons, Rodney Courville, Wally Courville, & Virgil Spencer; daughters, Rita Martin, Wanita Courville, Beverly Courville, & Roberta "Tootsie" Danzuka; brothers, David Spencer, Robert Spencer, Charles Spencer, & Neil LaClair; sisters, Mildred & Vivian Spencer. She is also survived by 17 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, & 1 great grandson, many nieces, nephews & many other relatives. Sophia is preceded in death by, her sons, Leon Courville & Freddie Courville, sisters, Ruth Spencer, brother, Nancy Spencer, sisters, Thelma "Peaches" Papakee, Mary Spencer, & Harriet Spencer, brother, Steve Spencer, sister, Rosalie Cross, brothers, Steve Spencer & Richard George "Butch" Spencer, Jr.
Visitation at Weeks' Funeral Home 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Monday, March 6, 2017
Monday, March 6, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Muckleshoot Pentecostal Church in Auburn, WA
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Muckleshoot Pentecostal Church followed by the burial at the Courville Cemetery