2/12/17 Helen Sampson, the Federation?s elected Statewide Secretary out of Local 53 and the Orting Soldiers? Home, died last week. She was 85.
As secretary from the 1980s into the 1990s, she sat on the union?s four-person Executive Committee that helped shape many key policies during that time.
A viewing will be at New Tacoma Cemetery Thursday, Feb. 16, 12-8 p.m. A private graveside service will be Friday, followed by a memorial service, 5 p.m., at Abundant Life Fellowship, 5917 S Thompson Ave, Tacoma, WA 98408.
According to her official obituary http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/tribnet/obituary.aspx?n=helen-sampson&pid=184112004
Helen went to be with the Lord after a short illness. Even at 85, age was just a number Helen never let slow her down. She loved living independently, dancing, playing cards, travel, visiting with friends, and being with family. Helen lived her life in Tacoma, graduating from Stadium High and CWU. Her work included Johnson's Candy Company, secretary at Western State Hospital, and Orting Soldiers Home. Helen was blessed to have most of her family living near, and her greatest joy was being at family events. Helen was predeceased by her son Gordon Bowman, daughter Vickie Skinner, brothers William, Robert Bruce, and Douglas Pooley, and her parents William and May Pooley. She is survived by her son Gary Bowman and daughter Gail Gese (C. Robert), sister Sheila Moe (Les), sister-in-law Sally Pooley, 11 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and a host of friends. A viewing will be at New Tacoma Cemetery Thursday, Feb. 16, 12-8pm. A private graveside service will be Friday, followed by a memorial service, 5pm, at Abundant Life Fellowship, 5917 S Thompson Ave, Tacoma, WA 98408.
The entire Federation family joins in extending its condolences to Helen?s family ? and appreciation for her long-standing advocacy for all our members.