Alma Wagaman


Alma Wagaman
Aug. 18, 1916 - March 1, 2012

Walla Walla resident Alma Elizabeth Wagaman, passed away March 1, 2012.

She was born in Prescott, to Charles and Pearl Bowles Jones. Her grandparents were farming pioneers in Prescott. She graduated from Irene S. Reed High School in Shelton, Wash., in 1925. She met and married Willard Wagaman in 1939 in Centrailia, Wash. They moved to Tacoma where she worked for Boeing Aircraft during WWII. She and her husband loved to dance and belonged to a Dance Club and danced every weekend.

In 1949 they moved to Union Gap, Wash., where she lived until 2000 when she moved to Walla Walla. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Yakima, active in community work, president of the Union Gap PTA, she was a major force in helping to change school policy to allow dancing, was president of the Union Gap Welfare Organization, Deaconess and president of Christian Women's Fellowship. She was an advocate for people in need. She worked as a sales lady for JC Penney, Barnes and Woodin, and Nordstrom's Shoe Store. She held several different positions at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Yakima.

She loved Halloween, making her special popcorn balls and decorating her home for the many kids who came to see her scary decorations. She was a people person that liked to make others laugh and have fun. She enjoyed lively discussions on politics and current events.

She is survived by her son, Denny and daughter- in- law Cheryl of Walla Walla; grandson, Branan, (Lisa) Wagaman; great-grandson, Cooper; twin great-granddaughters, Claire and Stella, all of Winston-Salem, NC; and numerous nieces and nephews. Her husband died after a long illness in 1978. She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers; and one sister.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Camp Prime Time, a recreational facility for disabled and seriously ill children and their families, PO Box 148 Yakima, WA 98907-0148. A celebration of life will be held at a future date in Yakima.


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