Strate Funeral Home

329 East Grand Coulee Ave, Grand Coulee, WA


Gloria “Mish ee twie” Lynn Atkins

27 mars , 194929 novembre , 2019

Gloria Lynn Atkins “Mish ee twie”

Gloria L. Atkins passed away Friday, November 29, 2019 as a result of a car accident.

Gloria was born March 28, 1949 in Nespelem, Washington to Joseph and Lorraine (Sam) Atkins. She attended Nespelem Grade School and Coulee Dam High School, graduating in June 1967. She attended Eastern Washington State College (Eastern Washington University), graduating in 1970, after attending Eastern for 16 straight quarters. She met Albert Andrews and they were married in August 1970. She started her career, working as a Kindergarten teacher in the Wellpinit School district. Her teaching career was interrupted by the birth of her son James (1971) and William (1972). She resumed her career, this time working in Higher Education for the Bureau of Indian Affairs at the Colville Agency. She continued working for Higher Education after the Program was contracted by the Colville Confederated Tribes. She worked as the Director of the Higher Education Program (45+ years) until her passing. She was dedicated to her profession and well-respected by her coworkers and all the people she interacted with – tribal, federal, and state.

Gloria is survived by her children – James (Brenda), William, and Audrey Webb (Jeff). She is also survived by her siblings – brother Kenneth Atkins of Toppenish, WA, sister Patricia Atkins of Warm Springs, OR, sister Bonita Herman (Duane) of Coulee Dam, and brother Reggie of Nespelem. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Marguerite, Janice Jo, Nadine, and brothers Richard and Tony.

Gloria was a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation (Psquosa), and she was also very proud of her Yakama ancestry. She was a very cultural and traditional person and was a member of the Nez Perce Longhouse. In addition to her career, she was also an active member of the Nez Perce Longhouse Committee and the Wenatchi Advisory Group. She was a gatherer for the Longhouse, and enjoyed root digging, picking berries (service berries, huckleberries, and choke cherries). In addition to gathering and digging for the Longhouse, she also gathered for family events. She was a very family-oriented person and will be dearly missed by those left behind.

Funeral services are as follows: Dressing and Viewing Service on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 1:00 pm. After the Dressing Service, she will be brought up to the Nespelem Community Center for overnight services. Rosary service will start at 7:00 pm, with Washut service at 9:00 pm. On Wednesday, December 4th, a funeral mass will start at 8:00 am, followed by Washut services. She will be taken to her final resting place at the Little Nespelem Cemetery.

Strate Funeral Home of Grand Coulee, Washington is assisting the family with services.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at http://www.stratefuneralhome.com for Gloria’s family.


  • Dressing mardi, 3 décembre , 2019
  • Washaat Service mardi, 3 décembre , 2019
  • Community Rosary mardi, 3 décembre , 2019
  • Funeral Mass mercredi, 4 décembre , 2019
  • Washaat Service mercredi, 4 décembre , 2019
  • Burial mercredi, 4 décembre , 2019


Gloria “Mish ee twie” Lynn Atkins


Patricia Martin

19 décembre , 2019

I am so sorry to hear of Gloria's passing. She helped me get through school for many years with her patience and kindness. I always remember giving her a call when I got afraid that I wouldn't succeed and she was always there for me. As family members decided to go to school, I always recommended Gloria.
I am sorry for the loss of such a wonderful person!

Ann Tilghman

18 décembre , 2019

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time of sorrow. May the love of family and friends help carry you through your grief. It is very important to cherish the many happy memories that your family has shared together and to celebrate a life well lived. We don't know what to say. We can't understand exactly how you feel, but God does and will keep raising you up. We hope that our prayers will help a little. Here is a wonderful thought from the scriptures. One reads like this. " And I have hope toward God, which hope these men themselves also entertain, that there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous." Acts 24:15