August 21, 2000
She was born December 2, 1910, at the family wheat farm in Davenport, Washington, to Walter F. and Cora Maggie (Teel) Beieler. She graduated from Davenport High School in 1929 and from Cheney Normal School in 1931. She taught elementary grades in Carnation. Ethel married Elbert R. Gould on November 24, 1935, and they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary before Elbert passed away January 24, 1996, at age 93.
After rearing their two daughters, Marjorie Carol Qualls (John Paul) and Marie Cora Wolslegel (Dee), Ethel returned to teaching at Fall City Elementary School in 1956, where she taught second grade for 12 years. In 1968, she began teaching the second and third grades at Redmond Elementary School until her retirement in 1973.
Ethel's retirement years were filled with accomplishments that could define an entire lifetime. She became founding president of the Sno-Valley Senior Center in Carnation at its charter in 1975. In 1977, she organized the Lower Snoqualmie Chapter of the American Association of University Women.
When the Tolt Congregational Church sponsored a Hmong refugee family in 1979, Ethel adopted them and they adopted her through the course of 15-hour days, seven days a week, helping them acclimate to life in the United States. Her friendship with the Cha family and the Carnation Hmong community is legendary and there remains a strong mutual connection.
In 1983, President Reagan honored Ethel with a President's Volunteer Action Award Citation for over 9,000 hours of volunteer work with the Sno-Valley Seniors and the Hmong refugee families. Subsequently, Ethel was honored by the Eastside Volunteer Bureau.
Ethel's 25 years of family genealogy research, beginning in 1975, would connect her with persons throughout North America and Europe, and it enabled her to qualify for membership in Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Cascade Chapter, which she joined in 1987. In the 1990s, she published three large hardback volumes on different family lines and completed manuscripts for several more.
For her entire life, Ethel was known for her bright and creative mind, penetrating curiosity, interest in learning, attention to detail and her wide range of interests. That she was "blind" to differences among peoples endeared her to so many, of all ages, and walks of life.
Ethel was also preceded in death by her eldest sister, Hazel Amma Mollenhauer in Spokane, and by her brother Earnest Walter Beieler in Davenport. In addition to her two daughters and sons-in-law, Ethel is survived by her sister, Theresa Cora Miles, age 94, in Spokane, six grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews, as well as scores of other relatives and friends.
The family appreciates remembrances to the Sno-Valley Senior Center; P.O. Box 96; Carnation, WA 98014; to the Tolt Congregational United Church of Christ; P.O. Box 447; Carnation, WA 98014; or to Eastside Fire and Rescue; 175 Newport Way NW; Issaquah, WA 98027.