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Hope Cecelia Svinth

"Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling: Come home, Come home." Cecelia heard the voice of Jesus, answered it and went home on June 25, 2010. She was born on Sept 2, 1924 to Rev. Hans Svinth and Mary Edna Svinth in Tacoma, and was raised on the family farm 7 miles east of Roy on the Harts Lake Loop Road. She was the 12th of 13 children. Eight brothers, four sisters, her mother, father and husband of 60 years, Marvin Carpenter, had walked on before her. She taught several years in the Tacoma School District and was an Indian historian and advocate. She had published several books dedicated to her Native American heritage and her Nisqually people. She received several awards and acknowledgements throughout her lifetime as a proud member of the Nisqually Indian Tribe. Honors included the Governors Award, Distinguished Alumni's Award from Pacific Lutheran University and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Puget Sound. Cecelia is survived by son, Dean Carpenter and wife Michele of Spanaway, and daughter Susan Gerlach of Lakewood. She also leaves grandchildren, Christopher and Talena Gerlach, Nicole and Megan Carpenter, Destiny, Jessica and Terrell Perry, Joshua Bloomquist and four great grandchildren. Being a longtime member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Pastor Timothy Stewart will officiate at her service along with Ben Charles of the Nisqually Tribe. Services will be at the Nisqually Tribal Center at 4820 She-Nah-Num SE, Olympia, on Friday, July 2. Viewing at 10 a.m. Services start at 11 a.m. followed by a reception and luncheon. Burial will be at 2 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Cemetery, 26418 Mountain Hwy E, Spanaway.
Published in The Olympian from June 30 to July 2, 2010
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