Maria Shouse “OMA” Dec 27, 1925 – Jan 11, 2010. Family and friends mourn the passing of Maria Shouse, as her life brought joy to everyone she touched.
Emma Klara Paula Maria Shouse, née Heister, was born on Dec 27, 1925 to Karl and Bertha Heister, in Erbach, Germany. Maria’s early life was idyllic—hiking, skiing, and picnicking with her family—until WW2, when Maria worked long hours on a farm with POWs. In 1947, she met John (Jack) Shouse, Jr., an American CIC officer. Jack was driving a Jeep when he spied the beautiful fraulein walking along the road. He drove her home and kept showing up. As Maria tells the story, she could never get rid of him!
Persistence paid off for Jack, for they were married in 1949. Settling first in Missouri, they were blessed with two children, Suzanne (Rogers) and John III, and in 1959, the family moved to Washington where the beautiful Northwest reminded her of her Germany. Maria worked for Lakewood Center Sewing Machine Co. from 1968 to 1976, when she joined her husband in their insurance agency, Jack Shouse Insurance. Maria retired in 2003 with the intention to travel and enjoy a life of leisure (her flower gardens were meticulous and inspiring). Life was not always easy for Maria, yet she remained an optimist and ever concerned for others to the end.
Beloved “Oma” to her family, she will be remembered for her kindness and uplifting spirit. She is survived by her daughter Sue; her son John; grandchildren Kirsten (husband Matt) Corbett, Sabina Rogers, and Jared Rogers; and great-grandson Seth Corbett; as well as relatives in Germany and many friends. Memorial services will be held on Friday (1/22) at 1pm at the Trinity Lutheran Evangelical Church in Parkland. Remembrances can be sent to Tacoma & Pierce County Humane Society. Maria’s family wishes to thank Family Resource Homecare and Franciscan Hospice who lovingly took care of Maria.
Nadia Alexandria Rose Willett, you left too soon. You are a beautiful woman with a beautiful soul. Your love for your friends and family was as bright and warm as the stars in heaven. Your passion for life was contagious. Your wonderful smile, warm gracious hugs, humanity and your gift for making every gathering an adventure creating memories for a lifetime. Nadia passed away on January 11, 2010 in Tacoma, WA. She was born on September 1, 1978 in Sierra Vista, AZ. She graduated from Spanaway Lake High School in 1996 and earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington-Tacoma in 2004. Nadia worked as an Assistant Inspector for the City of Tacoma Construction Department while continuing her education in Construction Management. Nadia enjoyed snowboarding, cheering for her Huskies, Seahawks and Mariners, boating, camping at Rife Lake with friends, and being with her family. She leaves behind the love of her life, Orrin Larsen, her mother Karin Willett, stepfather Ken Levine, uncles Robert Hawkins, Tacoma, Heinz (Christine) and son Robert Zehnter, Germany, aunt Linda Hawkins, cousins Michelle (Heath), Stephanie, Isabela and Erin Holden, Rob (Carey), Cody, Kyle and Carson Hawkins, Jerry, Mary and Little Jerry Williams, and Wanda, Tonya, Michael and Jennie Shay, California, stepsister Sara Levine, and stepbrothers Joshua and Michael Levine. Nadia also leaves behind many cherished friends and family. A memorial service and celebration of Nadia’s life will be held at Mountain View Memorial Park, Celebration of Life Center on Sunday, January 17, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. Visitation will be Saturday, January 16 from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Hubert Bixie Taylor was born in Hillsboro, TN, April 10 1929. He served proudly in the United States Army for 20 years and four days as a military police man in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. After his retirement from the military Hubert went to work for Heritage Bank and again served proudly for 23 years. Hubert is survived by his loving wife of 55 plus years Veneranda “Jole” Taylor. Hubert was a good man. His priorities were his wife his home and his friends. Above all he will be remembered for his devotion to his wife his honesty and his willingness to help others. He loved life and lived it until the end. Hubbie, you will be missed dearly. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.