Gay Joy Tussing

Former missionary, 71Gay Joy Tussing, 71, of Warrenton, died Friday, Jan. 9, 2004, at Community Health and Hospice in Longview, Wash.

Mrs. Tussing was born April 16, 1932, in Mosquero, N.M., to Robert and Lora Perkins Troutman. Her family moved to Springfield in 1945, and she graduated from Springfield High School in 1950. She joined the Women's Army Corps and was stationed in Washington, D.C. She married Norman Tussing on Oct. 5, 1951. He died earlier.

In 1966, Mrs. Tussing moved to Bradwood and in 1967 she and her husband opened an electrical contracting business known as "Electric Norm." That business continues in Warrenton, where it has been located since 1982.

Mrs. Tussing held a private pilot's license and was the author of a biography of her mother, Lora Perkins Troutman, "One Incredible Lady." She graduated from Linfield College in 1984 with a bachelor's degree and soon after opened Nouthetic Counseling Center. Together with her husband, Mrs. Tussing served as chaplain for the Job Corps and later taught a Bible study class at the Oregon Youth Authority facility. They also were missionaries to China and the Philippines, where they built and helped establish eight churches.

Family members remember Mrs. Tussing as a mother who taught her children what words could never teach, by living what she believed and showing by example what it is to love and to stand up for what you believe. They say she was a real pioneer, self-reliant, loyal and always putting others before herself.

Mrs. Tussing is survived by four sons and daughters-in-law, Philip and Robin, Tom and Kelly and Stan and Carina Tussing, all of Astoria, and John and Molly Watts of Vancouver, Wash.; four daughters and one son-in-law, Teresa and Larry Wilson of Astoria, Molly Korpela of Alaska, Sandy Peters of Seattle and Lori Tussing of Hammond; four brothers, Robert and Dallas Troutman of Eugene, Ancel Troutman of Redmond and Ron Troutman of Springfield; a sister, Billie Troutman of Springfield; a sister-in-law, Margie Tussing of Elko, Nev.; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial is 1 p.m. Jan. 31 at Philadelphia Church in Hammond. Memorial contributions may be made to Pastor James Tembula of Kenya, in care of Evangel Outreach, 1335 11th Ave., Longview, WA 98632.

Caldwell's Luce-Layton Mortuary in Astoria is in charge of arrangements.

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