Margaret (Stuber) Gwinn, age 90, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her children on November 4, 2019 in Toppenish, WA, 10 years and 1 day after the passing of our dad. She was an enrolled member of the Yakama Nation.
She was born to the late Everett and Lenora Stuber in Harrah, WA and was delivered by her father on January 6, 1929. She attended schools in Harrah and graduated in 1947 from White Swan High School. After that she attended Haskell Institute and graduated in 1949.
She married David Aleck and had two children (Sandra and Jim). In 1955 she persuaded Charles Gwinn into agreeing to a blind date and married dad in 1956. She worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Administration, Realty and Enrollment offices for 35 years. From 1966 to 1988 she worked at the BIA Enrollment office where she retired from the BIA. Mom then continued to work for the Yakama Nation a few more years until she finally retired in 1991.
After retiring mom and dad traveled to and from Minnesota to visit relatives and enjoyed going to the Pow Wows on the Leech Lake Reservation and had established their own camping spot at the grounds. She enjoyed going to the mountains to hunt, fish, pick huckleberries, rock hunting, mushroom hunting and especially enjoyed camping with family.
Mom always had time for all her kids and grandchildren and always enjoyed spending time with them. She was happiest when her home was filled with all her children, their spouses, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Mom leaves behind her brother Marvin Stuber of Garibaldi, OR, her children Sandy Ohms and her children Rachel, Al and Jacob, the late Jim Aleck and his children, David, Everett, Jim Aleck Jr., Leon and the late Denise (Bunny) Heemsah, Kenny Gwinn of Moses Lake, WA and his children Brandi, James, Heather, Margie, the late Kenny Jr., Robert, Nick and Lacey; Elizabeth Gwinn and Sally Wilson of Monroe, Louisiana; Melissa and her children Andrew, Aaron and Ki; Shirley of Cle Elum, WA and her children Krystal and Angelina.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Charles Gwinn, her son Jim Nelson Aleck Sr., siblings Danny and Janet along with her parents Everett and Lenora Stuber.
Visitation will be held at Heggie Funeral Home in Toppenish, WA on Friday November 8th from 1 pm to 5 pm. Graveside services will be held at the Wapato Reservation Cemetery on November 12th at 11 am with dinner to follow.