Lillian Clara TrappJanuary 29, 1926 ~ July 29, 2017 (age 91)
Trapp Lillian Clara
Lillian Clara Trapp passed away peacefully on July 28, 2017. She was born on January 23, 1926 in Michigan, North Dakota.
After graduating from Michigan High School in 1943, her sister gave her a train ticket to go to Seattle, Wa. At the tender age of 17 she joined the International Brotherhood of Boiler Makers, Iron Ship Builders and Helpers of America, where she became a welderette (they called her Diamond Lil) at Sea - Tac Shipyards. She helped weld many Navy vessels for WWII.
While working in the shipyard she met her future husband, Joseph Frank Trapp. They married in 1945 and settled in Spokane in 1947 where they raised four children, Pat, Shirley, Joletta, and Joey. Lillian had many wonderful memories of fishing and camping at Loon Lake with her family, friends, and our cousins and then eventually buying land and building a cabin at Shore Acres.Meanwhile, Lillian waitressed at the Hotel Spokane, Desert Hotel and the Ridpath Hotel. She ended her work career as Head Hostess at Lilac Plaza Retirement Center.
After Joe passed away she traveled the world with her second husband, Jack Hannum. She was a lifetime member of St Ann Church, the VFW 1435, and a member of Southside and East Central Senior Centers. The neighbors considered her the pillar of her neighborhood and she was the matriarch of her family. She loved her garden of raspberries, tomatoes, beans and basil. Her flowers of peonies, snap dragons, geraniums and she was most proud of her tulips.Lillian loved food, wine, wine tastings, and bingo. Gatherings of family, friends and parties were her favorite. Her favorite sports teams were Gonzaga Basketball and the Seattle Seahawks. When they were playing, you were not to disturb her. She knew every player and how they played. She was sure she should have been the coach
.Preceded in death by her parents Harvey and Martha Rutter, her brothers George,Carl, Ed, Hilary, sisters Alice and Mildred, her husband Joseph Trapp and husband Jack Hannum.
Lillian is survived by her four children Patricia Petersen (Ed), Shirley Pease (Roy), Joletta Flanigan-Buth (Barry) and Joseph (Antoinette) Trapp, also, sister in laws,Bernadine Kinzer and Ione Margris. Lillian leaves behind twelve grandkids and seventeen great grandkids and several nieces and nephews.
A Rosary will be held on Friday, August 4, 2017 at Hennessy Funeral Home, 2203
N. Division, at 4 pm. A funeral mass will be held Saturday, August 5, at 11 am at St Ann Catholic Church, 2120 E. First St.
Donations in Lillian's name, may be made to St. Ann Hospitality Fund, 2120 E. 1st, 99202, or Free Rein Therapeutic Riding, PO Box 30893, 99223.