Ella Walters was a woman known for her deep passion for the outdoors and her ·love of the Pacific Northwest. She was an adventurer -and carried the strength of a dozen men when any task was in front of her. Ella loved to travel and learn new things. Even well into her 70's she would launch her 16 ft boat ,by herself and park her truck and camper to fish for days. She was in her happy place out on the ocean. She loved fishing and she had a secret weapon to catch huge salmon and wow she always caught the
.biggest fish. Her secret was to .spray her bait with a tiny bit of WD-40 and it worked like magic. She never came home without the biggest fish and the best stories. She was an entertainer and always carried her favorite harmonica in her purse. To entertain kids at community gatherings she could always be heard playing You Are My Sunshine. There wasn't a song she couldn't play and a task too hard for her to solve. If she was told that she couldn't do something she always followed that up by saying, "Oh yes I can. Watch me!" She found ways to stay active in the community well into her 90's where she volunteered with Metro Parks Chip-In Program al McKinley Park removing invasive plants. She restored the community by replanting non-invasives at a depave project with Pierce Conservation. She loved her boating group at Tacoma Outboard Association(TOA) where she was in charge of beach cleanups and holiday events. Ella was also a Tacoma Police Department volunteer at the Sector 4 substation for many ye·ars. She held great pride in her garden and in the streets leading to her home. She had her own adopt a spot and kept it clean, edged up, and mowed. Her name is still on a sign along 56th street. Ella was an outstanding me·mber of the Aerie #3 Eagles for 49 years and was the event planner for events and family outings. Ella played softball her whole life and even well into her late ?O's with a local co-ed softball team. She was an amazing player and had great teammates. She even played on a team with all of her daughters. Ella loved to dance and enjoyed evenings out at the Elk's Club where she ballroom danced the night away to Glen Miller's Moonlight Serenade. ·In her later years she loved spending her time at the local Senior Center where she used her talents to make curtains for the center and played bingo with friends. She was an active member of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Ella Graduated from Lincoln High School in Tacoma and was widowed twice. She was preceded in death by husband Robert Rogers Sr and husband Melvin Walters. Ella Walters is grieved by her children Marla, Judy, Robert.Jr, Lynnette, and Ginger being preceded in death by Jeffrey. Ella has 12 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, and 5 great-great grandchildren.
Services will take place October 7th at 5pm at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.
140 East 56th Street
Tacoma, WA 98404