Virginia Ann “Ginnie” Carpenter

1935 – 2024

Virginia Ann Carpenter was born October 19th 1935 and passed away May 19th 2024. Virginia was a proud member of the Jones family of the Tulalip Tribes, she was one of 17 children. Ginnie was perhaps best known for the hard work and determination she put into everything she did.

Her childhood home sat where the Hibulb Cultural Center sits today. In her youth she enjoyed tumbling alongside her sisters and throughout her life she always prided herself on keeping very physically active. She was the Strawberry Festival Queen in her teen years and graduated from Marysville High School in 1954. At a time when girls’ achievements weren’t fully recognized, Ginnie fought and won the right to receive the full 4 bars on her letterman’s jacket to reflected her many accomplishments.

As a young woman Ginnie started out working as a secretary for the Tulalip Tribes Board of Directors. She then had a long career of over 30 years with the Bureau of Indian Affairs working in the Realty Department. She commercially fished the waters of Puget Sound with her husband, her siblings and family for several years. With the help of her brother Marvin and uncle Chuck, Ginnie and her husband George cleared the land by hand for what would become the very first mortgaged home on the Tulalip reservation; Paving the way for tribal homeowners to come.

In later life Ginnie was the manager of the Tulalip Senior Center for over 15 years. She was a Gaming Commissioner, a member of the Enrollment Committee, and sat on the Elder’s Court among many other roles. Ginnie made great efforts advocating for elders’ rights, tribal sovereignty, and the welfare of those around her. She was extremely proud of her Indian culture. She made roses upon roses for tribal member funeral services, and she took a lot of pride in telling you just how many. She was an outspoken member of the community, any See-Yaht-Sub would be incomplete without her say on the matter.

Virginia’s family meant the world to her. She spent 59 years together with her husband George Carpenter Jr. Her brothers and sisters have always shared a very special and strong Jones bond between them. So much of her life was spent in the company of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, whether it be over meals, family gatherings, or just being together. Ginnie’s smile and humor will never be forgotten.

Of her many hobbies, favorites included: Gardening, weaving and cedar gathering, arts & crafts, and cooking; especially good was her fish cooked over the fire. She also enjoyed traveling, gambling, following sports, adding to her many collections, decorating, and of course always being on the hunt for the best deals.

Virginia was preceded in death by her husband George Carpenter Jr.; Parents Luella Pratt and George Jones, Sr.; Aunt Rilla (Chuck) Shelton; Sisters ‘Uppy’ Caroline Thornberry, LaVerne Jones, Gloria St. Germaine and Sharon Jones; Brothers Stan Jones, ‘Stomper’ Lynn Jones, ‘Gunnie’ Alpheus Jones, ‘Jack’ Norman Jones, George Jones Jr., ‘Chuckie’ Charles Jones and ‘Billy’ William Jones. As well as many nieces and nephews.

Ginnie was a mom, a grandma, an auntie, a sister or a friend to so, so many. Surviving family members include sisters Joy Lacy and Dawn Simpson; Brothers Dale (Barbara) Jones, Richard (Toby) Jones, Marvin Jones, and Delmar Jones; Children ‘Wheatie’ Don Carpenter, Lou Ann (Kari) Carter and Eugene Carpenter; Grandchildren Ang Taylor, Mandy (Josh) Carter, Rosie (Grover) Topaum, and Sarah (Anthony) Hart and Bryce Sr.(Andrea) Juneau; Great-grandchildren Katia, Bryce Jr., Michael, Melissa, Juanito, Olivia, Dorothy, Jaxson, Louise, Aredell, Virginia, and Conrad; And great-great grandchild Aniyah Juneau.

A celebration of her life will be held Thursday, May 23 2024 at 10:00 AM at the Tulalip Gathering Hall.

Lorne Alexander Moses

March 18, 1983

Lorne Alexander Moses was born to Robert Moses Jr, Kimberly Bustamante. He was raised on the Tulalip reservation by his grandmother Johanna Moses and auntie Annie. He was so loving and helpful to them both. He journeyed on surrounded by his loving family to be with the Lord. He was known for his infectious laugh, his perfection flare for style and keen eye for the ladies: following with nickname or coin phrase was always a given (he was a big flirt). Time spent at the family home with all his cousins siblings and family made for the greatest celebrations. “LMo’s” Love for $primetime$ at adventure with friends/Bros Included any sports, music, boom city, good food, fishing, crabbing and definitely travel. We were blessed to have this handsome man in our lives, dearly missed we know he is now finding comfort in the arms of his wonderful brothers and father loved by all never forgotten. 

He leaves behind sisters Athena Moses, Aimee Moses, mother-Kimberly Bustamante, grandmother Johanna Moses Aunty Annie Moses, Uncles Jon Moses Sr, Anthony Moses Sr, Aaron Moses Sr, Willie Moses, Benjamin Burchell, Rachel Proper, Marvin Burchell, Allen Burchell; nieces and nephews,Tianna,Kiera Moses, D?sean Moses, Kathryn Elliott, Ira Moses-Snyder, Aaliyah Camaro Downing Tiana baby♥??? Kohen, Kaine,KamBrea,Kendalynn,Kwynn Moses, h is Wife, Leah Moses; Numerous cousins, friends, bros, family. Preceded in death: father-Robert “Be-Bop” Moses Jr, brothers, Warren Moses, Blake Moses; Grandfather Robert Moses Sr, great grandparents, Marya Jones Moses, Walter Moses Sr, Albert and Annie Moses, Cherri Beirley, a nd special Uncle Raymond “Teatmus” Moses and Auntie, Teresa Whitish. We love you and will miss you. Until we meet again rest in peace. 

An evening service will be held Wednesday, May 8, 2024 at 6:00 PM at the Tulalip Gathering Hall. A celebration of his life will be held Thursday, May 9, 2024 at 10:00 AM at the Tulalip Gathering Hall with burial to following at Mission Beach Cemetery.

Levern “Vern” Gene Ledford

JANUARY 23, 1939 – APRIL 26, 2024

Vern Ledford, 85, of Marysville passed away peacefully with family by his side April 26, 2024.

Vern was born to Alan and Louise Ledford (Sheldon) at the family home on the Tulalip Indian Reservation January 23, 1939. Vern had four siblings Bobby, Allen, Dean and Bernita. He graduated from Marysville High School in 1957 and lettered in football, basketball, and baseball. After graduation Vern served in the United States Army. He returned to Marysville and opened a barber shop on 3rd Street where he developed numerous friendships in the community. He later had a career with the Snohomish County PUD as a heavy equipment operator. 

Vern was married to the love of his life Lavern for 60 years. They had four children together: Tami Burdett and Steve, Shawn and Rose Ledford, Tonya and Jay Nelson, and Lance and Anne Ledford. He had six grandchildren: Taylor and John Williams, Courtney Burdett; Kaiden Ledford, Mason Ledford; Coby Nelson, Shane Nelson; and Elizabeth Anderson. Three great grandchildren: Graham, Lottie, and Lachlan Williams. 

Vern was active in the community throughout his life. He was a member of the Everett Yacht Club, Marysville Rotary, Marysville Jaycees, Moose lodge. He served on the Indian Education Committee for the Marysville School District, served on the Tulalip Tribes Gaming Commission, and the Boom City Board. Vern played softball into his sixties, stayed busy developing and maintaining properties and sold fireworks for over 40 years. Over the years, Vern enjoyed spending time with family and friends at their cabin in Darrington, house in Eastern Washington and vacationing in Makaha Hawaii. He enjoyed attending Marysville Pilchuck Tomahawk football, basketball, and baseball games throughout his life. Vern was one of the proud Tribal Elders who supported Marysville Pilchuck keeping the Tomahawk name. 

Vern was a supportive husband, father, grandfather, and friend who will be greatly missed. 

His funeral will be held on Monday, May 6th at 10 AM at the Tulalip Tribes Gathering Hall, located at 7512 Totem Beach Road, Tulalip. All are Welcome.

Joanne Little Deer Robinson-Velazquez

AUGUST 14, 1978 – APRIL 8, 2024

JoAnne Little Deer Robinson-Velazquez was born on August 14th 1978, she left us on April 8th 2024 to be with our Heavenly Father and Lord and Savior Jesus.

JoAnne came from a blended family. She leaves behind her mother, Mary Williams-Jackson; 5 children Melina Velasquez-Robinson, Destiny Velasquez-Robinson, Carlos Amado Cortez-Robinson, Larissa Cortez-Robinson, Mary Dela Cruz-Robinson. Her 2 grandchildren Rosalie Rita Torres-Velasquez and Miguel Torres-Velasquez. Siblings Elishia Stewart, Kenneth (Jessica) Robinson, Cassandra Jones, Shawn Jones, Demitri Jones-Robinson, Staycee Robinson and Maria Williams.

A celebration of her life will be held Friday, April 19, 2024 at 10 AM at the Tulalip Gathering Hall with burial to follow at Mission Beach Cemetery.

Jolene Leanne Flores

FEBRUARY 9, 1997 – MARCH 11, 2024

Jolene Leanne Flores was born on February 9, 1997, in Tacoma, Washington. The Lord had different plans for Jolene when she left this world on March 11, 2024. 

Jolene is preceded in death by her birth mother Mary Jane Murphy; Grandmothers Barbara Jean Murphy-Beatty, and Emily Beatty; Grandfather Cyrus B. Hatch; Grandparents Jesusa and Albert Flores; and special cousin Jayden Brashears. 

She is survived by her parents Jordan and Marilyn Flores along with her daughter Caysa Rose Flores. The siblings Jolene leaves behind are Belinda (Don) Hegnes; Sarina (Dennis Proo), Dominic, Ben, Vanessa, Wayne (Boo), Matt, and Misty Flores; Sarah and Justin Murphy; Josh and Brandon Lloyd. Along with special cousins Celine (Josh), Nicholas and Andrew Flores. 

Jolene was a kind, loving, and joyful individual. Coupled with a bright smile and contagious laughter, she was a delight to be around. Jordan and Marilyn adopted and raised Jolene with an immeasurable amount of love and care as one of their own. Her siblings, biological and non-biological, accepted her into this world engulfing her with love. Growing up, Jolene, Celine, Jayden, and Nicholas were inseparable. When they were younger, you could always count on them sharing ice cream during the hot summer days. Jolene’s love overflowed not only to her family but also to animals. She enjoyed spending time at the shelter helping and caring for animals to find them a loving home, even if it was her own. With an innate passion for interior design, Jolene could always make anywhere she lived feel like home. In recent years, Jolene’s enthusiasm for cars led her to become a member of the Modern Mopar’s of Snohomish County Car Club. And in her spare time, you could always find Jo with her family, planning her next vacation, or simply enjoying a day at the ocean with them. 

Jolene Leanne Flores will be greatly missed by her numerous aunts and uncles, cousins and extended family, and friends. She will especially be missed by her beloved daughter, Caysa Rose Flores. We can have peace and comfort knowing that Jayden and Jolene have each other in Heaven. A celebration of her life will be held Wednesday, March 20, 2024 at 10:00 AM at the Tulalip Gathering Hall with burial to follow at Mission Beach Cemetery.

Lynne Sheryl Selam

MARCH 23, 1966 – JANUARY 31, 2024

Lynne Sheryl (Moses) Selam was born March 23, 1966 to Maryann “Cookie” and Louie Moses and passed away January 31, 2024. Lynne lived in Yakama and Tulalip throughout her life and enjoyed crabbing and fishing as a young woman. She traveled a lot on the stick game road and had friends and family everywhere she went. She loved cooking for her people and watching canoe races. Lynne loved going to Bingo and to the Casino anywhere she visited. Lynne would always take her grandchildren during Spring break and Winter breaks when she lived in Wapato. 

She is survived by her children Ramona (Albert), Nicholas (Jasmine), and Sarah. Grandchildren Dakaota, Desmond, Dahawnee, Maryann, Samantha, David, and George. Brothers John and Gene Enick. Uncle Bill Williams and aunt Irene Daniels-Moses. Many family members as well. 

She is preceded in death by her husband John C. Selam, her parents, brothers Clifford and Michael Enick and sister Deloris Moses, niece Leann Enick, nephew Johnny Enick, and Moses/Enick family. 

An evening service will be held Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2024 at 6 PM at Schaefer-Shipman Funeral Home. The funeral will be held Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024 at 10 AM at the Tulalip Gathering Hall with burial to follow at Mission Beach Cemetery.

Byron Lee Sheldon

MARCH 4, 1950 – JANUARY 29, 2024

Byron Lee Sheldon was born on March 4th 1950, born to Thelma Townsend and Charles “Red” Sheldon, and passed away on January 29th 2024. Born in Everett, WA, lived on in Tulalip until a young age, then grew up in Everett and graduated from Everett high school in 1968. After graduation Byron attended Western University for a brief period, after he returned to Tulalip where he lived for the remainder of his life. He spent decades working for the Tulalip Tribes as a courier and his favorite term for himself was a “gopher” go for this, go for that. He would often stop for his favorite snack a corn dog from the teriyaki store while on the run. Byron was known for his goofy sense of humor. He was an avid car collector, enjoyed wood working in his younger years, had big kind heart. He loved animals and kept many dogs and a few cats as pets over the years. 

He was proceeded in death by his parents along with nephews Leon Bitsie, Dareth Beltran, Richard Darren Powell & Brandon Bryant was survived by his siblings: Marlene Beltran William Sheldon, Lita Sheldon, Karen Sheldon along with his nieces and nephews, Steve Beltran III, Rachel Mowrer, Morgan Bryant, J.D. Mowrer, Julie Wilson, Max Mowerer, Emily Wilson and Angie Rodriguez

Teresa Moses Whitish

JANUARY 28, 1949 – JANUARY 13, 2024

Teresa Moses Whitish ‘yabulqs” was born on 1-28-1949 to Marya and Walter Moses Sr. in Tulalip, WA she passed away surrounded by her loved ones on 1-13-2024. She leaves behind sons Wallace King Sr “Roy’ yubəč, Randy Brinson, and Saul Brinson (Julia Brinson). Daughters Leah Hood and Sylvanna Brinson. Her 14 grandkids and 7 Great grandkids. Siblings Johanna Moses, Rachel Hood, April Smith, Julie Russell, Vicki Tsoodle , Daniel “Danny” Moses Sr. Proceeded into death by her daughter Arlena Hood, her brothers Walter Moses Jr, Raymond “ti-at-mus” Moses, Victor Moses, Gilbert Moses. Teresa enjoyed being a fisherwoman, language warrior, everyone’s favorite auntie and hands down the best cook. Her hugs were magical they could change your whole day around. She had a heart big enough for everyone, if she loved you she loved you forever. She was a proud Tulalip Tribal Elder. We will be meeting at Schaefer Shipman funeral home in Marysville, WA at 12pm on Friday January 19th, 2024 and then proceeding to Tulalip Gathering Hall, Dinner 5pm Evening Services to follow. Saturday January 20th, 2024 her final resting place will be in the Moses Family Cemetery in Sauk-Suiattle WA.

Dennis Lee Hegnes

Dennis Lee Hegnes Sr. was born on June 6, 1946, a Thursday, in Everett, WA. He entered into rest on January 13, 2024, a Saturday. 

Dennis was born to Clay and Lois Hegnes and was a lifelong resident of Tulalip, WA. He graduated from Marysville High School. Dennis served in the U.S. Air Force for four years with another two years in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. He worked for Welco Lumber and the Tulalip Tribes Building Maintenance department for many years. 

Dennis married his wife, Marion, on October 8, 1968 and they created a happy and content life together. They had three children, Dennis Jr., Donald, and Denise. They were married for 42 years, until her death in 2011. 

Dennis was a family man who liked to joke around. He was a fisherman and carpenter who liked travel and outdoor activities.

Dennis is survived by his children, Dennis and Pieper Hegnes Jr., Donald and Belinda Hegnes, and Denise Hegnes; his grandchildren, Amanda Hegnes and John Baca, Katerina Hegnes, Nolan Hegnes, and Emily Hegnes; his great-grandchildren, Grayson and Roman; his siblings, Pam Hegnes, Sue and Chuck Campbell, and Herb Hegnes; his special sister, Lillian and Franco Gomez; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his wife Marion Jones Hegnes; his grandson Jaylend Hegnes; his parents, Clay and Lois Hegnes; and his special siblings, Viola Jones Spencer and David Spencer Sr.

Ennette Brumbaugh-Jussero 

July 18, 1963 – December 4, 2023

We are sad to announce the passing of Ennette Elise Brumbaugh-Jussero of Tulalip Washington. Ennette has passed away at a young age of 60. Ennette was blessed to have passed away surrounded by her loved ones after a long battle with illness.

Ennette was born on July 18, 1963 and passed away on December 4 th, 2023. Ennette leaves behind a son Shaun Dale McCurdy (39), a granddaughter Liberty Marie Mccurdy (17), a daughter Sheena Shuree McCurdy (38) a grandson Kadyn J Richards (19), and daughter Kristie Marie Jussero (33).

Ennette enjoyed singing, music and self-teaching of all instruments she could get her hands on. She also loved and enjoyed her animals, she was proud to be a Tulalip Tribal Member. But her main love in life was spending time with family visiting and laughing.

Ennette leaves behind her brother Terry Roy Parker Sr, sister-in-law Pam Parker, Sister Sherry Joy Guzman and brother-in-law Ponciano (Pete) Guzman and many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Ennette is now rejoicing with her Mom Virginia Cepa Brumbaugh, Dad Emmett Brumbaugh, and sister Jodee Brumbaugh Aschenbrenner.

We w ill be meeting at Schaefer Shipman funeral home in Marysville Washington at 930am on Monday December 11, 2023, and then proceeding to the Tulalip Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for services. Ennette will then be laid to rest at the Mission Beach Cemetery.