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Carolyn Geisendorf (Anderson)

February 8th, 1946 - December 6th, 2019

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February 8, 1946 -
December 6, 2019

Carolyn (Anderson) Geisendorf passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on December 6, 2019. 

Carolyn was born on February 8, 1946 in Mount Vernon. After graduating from MVHS, Carolyn moved to Seattle to attend school and worked in the financial industry for several years. Carolyn return to Mount Vernon and in March 1973 married Roger Geisendorf. Their two sons, John and Paul were born in May 1975.

Carolyn and Roger lived for many years in Sedro-Woolley raising their sons and both were avid gardeners. The family enjoyed many outdoor activities including camping, fishing and exploring the great outdoors. They hosted many family picnics and BBQs at their home. After their sons started school Carolyn returned to work and over the next 30 years worked in the health care financial industry and retired from Skagit Radiology several years ago. 

Carolyn loved doing needlework and there are many needlepoint and cross stitch pictures on her walls. She was an excellent knitter and made many beautiful sweaters and afghans. Carolyn enjoyed reading, gardening and watching the hummingbirds at her feeders. Carolyn was also quite the craftsman and did many construction and finishing projects remodeling her house in Mount Vernon over the past 15 years. 

Carolyn is survived by her sons, John and Paul (Rebecca) Geisendorf and grandchildren Roger, Tyler and Brooklynn; sisters Helen (Duane) Suthers, Linda (Albert) Lyon, Nancy (Edd) Adams, Evelyn Venesky and brothers Norman and Mark (Julie) Anderson; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Carolyn was preceded in death in 1992 by her beloved husband Roger; parents Norris and Borghild Anderson; brothers Donald and Lee Anderson and sister Joyce Suthers. 

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From Vicki Archer on November 19th, 2020
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Darryl Lee Auckland

March 4th, 1945 - February 26th, 2009

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From matthew auckland on May 14th, 2013
You are forever remembered and dearly missed dad you are the greatest man I've ever known. I miss you
 

Karen L. Kirk (Austin)

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Richard (Rick) Barnett

November 23rd, 1946 - September 11th, 2019

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November 23, 1946 - 
September 11, 2019 
"Gone Sailing"

Richard Edward Barnett (Rick), 1st born son of Dorothy and Ernest Barnett was born in Bellingham, WA on November 23, 1946. 

He passed away peacefully in his sleep September 11, 2019 with his wife Yvette at his side. 

He is survived by his wife Yvette (St. Pierre);son Alex, grandson Skyler; son Michael, his wife Eilise, and two granddaughters, Evelyn and Branwen. He is also survived by his brother Bob and wife Marie and his sister Patti and husband Tony, as well as many nephews, nieces, and cousins.
 
He was very proud to be a veteran, rank of Specialist 5, of the United States Army, serving during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged from the Army and made his way back home to Mt Vernon, WA. 

After leaving the military Rick went to work for an automobile dealership in Kirkland, WA. In his 30's he took time off to travel and sail throughout Europe and the Caribbean. He traveled extensively for the next 18 months. He returned to Washington where he went to work in the Commercial and Residential Real Estate business. 

During this time, he met and married the love of his life, Yvette. They were happily married for 35 years and raised two wonderful sons. He shared his love of sailing and being outdoors with his wife, sons, and many friends. 

Rick lived life to the fullest and made many life-long friends from his time in the military, his work career, and with those special neighbors who were an important part of his life. He loved to entertain all with tales of his travels and adventures. 

Knowing Rick you probably had the joy of going through all of his slides from his traveling adventures. He saw so many beautiful places he wanted to show them to all of his friends. He will be sorely missed. 

At Rick's request there will not be a funeral or memorial service. 

A Celebration of Life in his honor will be held on November 29, 2019 at 2:30pm at Norpoint Center in NE Tacoma.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society - Relay for Life Tacoma. 

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From Vicki Archer on November 19th, 2020
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Richard Berg

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Reginald W. Bratz

May 24th, 1946 - January 19th, 1996

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Paul W. Brendle

August 7th, 1946 - August 6th, 2002

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Jon Anne Brown (Caskey)

January 3rd, 1947 - March 29th, 2019

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Jon Anne ("Joni") Brown died March 29th, 2019, in St. Joseph's hospital in Bellingham, WA, of natural causes following pneumonia and respiratory complications (age 72). Her daughters Jenny and Anna were at her side. 

Born January 3rd, 1947 in Des Moines, Iowa, to Wilma and Robert Caskey (biological father Joseph Faro, of Scala Coeli, Italy). As the daughter of a naval officer Joni lived in Japan as a young girl, where her younger sister Chrissy was born. Chrissy died of a brain aneurysm on December 6, 2018, while on a cruise with youngest sister, Mikki Martin. 

In her youth Joni also lived for a time in Alaska, California, and Washington. Joni was raised a devout Catholic and in her early adulthood studied to become a nun. God, she said, had other plans for her, however, and she left before confirmation. 

Joni married Larry Brown, a cabinet maker and craftsman, in the Seattle area around 1966, and together over the next fourteen years they had five children: Philip Allen (deceased 2012), Jenny, Ephraim, Anna, and Jedidiah. 

In the mid 1980s, when Joni was almost 40, she went back to school and earned her nursing degree through Skagit Valley Community College (LPN; RN). For many years she worked as a visiting nurse throughout Skagit County, as well as at Island Hospital and a variety of nursing homes. 

In 1995, Joni separated from her husband and set out to find her own way. She remarried in 1997, to Kim Etta, a long-time family friend. Though Joni and Kim divorced a few years later, they remained best friends and companions until the end of Joni's life. 

A car accident in the early 2000's left Joni partially disabled. Though Joni's depression (which she battled for most of her life) and limited mobility kept her home bound during the last decade of her life, her insatiable curiosity and creative life force never dimmed.

As a life-long student of medicine, spirituality, and the natural world, Joni's passion and intellect kept her seeking answers to the big questions until the day she died. (The book Tibetan Mind Training had just arrived in her mailbox at the time of her death.) Jon Anne had a green thumb and delighted in watching things grow. She found pleasure and peace in gardening. She was interested in crafts of all sorts, including sculpture, weaving and fiber arts, jewelry making, and herbalism. 

She had a deep passion for gems and minerals. Jon Anne was an avid reader, and especially loved Stephen King. She cared deeply for animals and was a frequent contributor to animal rights organizations. 

Jon Anne is survived by her four children, her two grandchildren Graham Brown and Miranda Cole, and her sweet dog Buddy. 

A memorial celebration of Jon Anne's life will be held in her home and garden on Sunday, April 28th from 12:00 noon to 6pm, (317 Haddon Road, Anacortes, WA).

Ashes to be spread at 2:30pm (carpools will begin forming at 1:30 caravan to nearby site). 

Gathering and story sharing, barbeque, and ice cream cones to follow. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Pigs Peace Sanctuary in Stanwood, WA. 

Joni Brown, there was no one like you and you will be dearly missed.

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From Vicki Archer on November 19th, 2020
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Tom Childers

July 8th, 1946 - July 12th, 2012

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Thomas Everett Childers, age 66, a long-time resident of Sedro-Woolley, suffered a sudden illness and passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, July 12, 2012, at Peace Health St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham, Washington.

Tom was born July 8, 1946 to Everett and Nevada (McGrath) Childers, in North Bend, Oregon. The family moved to Washington in 1956 and to Skagit Valley in 1957.

He served in the Navy and served a year in Viet Nam as an Engineman. He worked as a mechanic at National Frozen Food Canning for over 34 years.

Tom and Vickie Parker were married September 14, 1980, and made their home in Sedro-Woolley. Tom loved his children and was proud of them.

He enjoyed working in the yard, loved his cats, and really had a passion for fishing with his friend, Bob Swanson and his brother-in-law, Eric Johnson. He also enjoyed doing genealogy with Vickie and playing cards with the Johnsons, Vickie's sister and brother-in-law. He also made the best smoked Salmon.

He is survived by his wife, Vickie; son, Thomas Childers, Jr., of Bothell; daughters, Anndria Childers of Burlington and Ashley Childers of Mount Vernon; sisters, Jaime LeBlond, Patricia Wightman (husband Scott), Kathie Hansen, Teresa Cromeenes (husband Pat), Donna Evenson (husband Gunnar); brothers, Eric Childers (wife Debbie), Kim Childers; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents.

 

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Catherine Gjerding (Collinson)

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Sue Northup (Danielson)

March 16th, 1946 - August 27th, 2018

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God needs to make room for one more violin in her orchestra – Sue’s on her way up, with “violin” on her license plate.

After beating breast cancer, Sue Northup, 72, couldn’t fend off brain cancer, and died in Helena on Monday, Aug. 27. She passed after completing the “trip of a lifetime,” an anniversary tour of Scandinavia – home of her Danielson ancestors – in celebration of Sue and Brent’s 50 years together.

Sue’s passions included teaching violin, playing violin, tending her garden, knitting, cooking and yoga. She was a devoted mother, a loving partner and a selfless friend. Her violin students were part of the family, walking in without knocking and doing homework in the kitchen while awaiting their turn. Long after they left, she’d sit in her favorite blue wingback chair typing personal lesson notes – “work on your bow hand; beautiful job on Bach” – that were emailed to every student, every week.

Sue loved her daughter and husband with all her heart. She was a humble servant who quietly donated countless hours to her church, St. Paul’s Methodist. Hers was usually the first hand in the air when volunteers were needed to cook or clean or just help out. A large flock of grateful friends and students came to say thank you and goodbye at St. Pete’s in recent weeks. We thank you all for your presence, your cards, your drawings, your food, your flowers – and your concerts which included violins, voices, cellos, guitars and an accordion!

Sue loved her students and friends deeply. Know that.

Sue Jean Danielson was born on March 16, 1946, in Bremerton, Washington, the daughter of Rowena and John Danielson. She was raised in Mt. Vernon, Washington and graduated from Whitman College where she met Brent Northup on a blind dinner date that Brent hoped “wouldn’t get complicated.” It got complicated.

Brent and Sue were married in Sue’s family living room in Mt. Vernon, Washington, on Dec. 28, 1967, during Christmas vacation of their senior year in college. Sue and Brent welcomed Katherine into their family in June 1987. Sue’s love for her daughter Kat, who was born on our 19th anniversary, was deep and pure. If Kat was joyful, Mom was joyful. No mom loved a daughter more.

“God has called one of his angels home,” said Kat.

Sue is survived by her husband Brent and daughter Katherine; sister Sally Mank and her husband Andy; sister-in-law Wendy Barone, and her husband Gino Barone; and her special cousin Jan Eyestone and her husband Bill; as well as many other cousins and her special friend, Beth.

When Whitman asked her to reflect on the 50 years since college, Sue boiled her wisdom down to two phrases that pretty well captured her life: “Never not knitting” and “Only kindness matters.”

Two services will be held to celebrate Sue’s wonderful and generous life. A musical tribute to Sue will be held at St. Paul’s Methodist Church on Thursday, Sept. 6 at 6 p.m., including voices, violins, accordions. The finale will be an unrehearsed chorus of violins playing “Amazing Grace” and “Going Home (Largo)” (from Dvorak’s New World Symphony). Anyone with a violin is invited to bring their strings and join in the chorus. Sheet music is available in advance from Beth Mazanec, bethmazanec@gmail.com

A Quaker tribute to Sue will be held at Touchmark, with a chance for friends to offer words about their memories of Sue amidst a silent worship service in honor of her life. The Quaker service, a silent hour with time for sharing memories of Sue, will be held at Touchmark on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 10:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that friends consider donating to a fund dedicated to supporting young musicians as they discover the double-stops of Mozart or the fanciful melodies of fiddle tunes. Donations to the Sue Northup Memorial Fund, called “Sue’s Young Musicians,” can be made at any First Interstate Bank. This non-profit in Sue’s memory will offer support for lessons or instruments in hope kids will learn to love music as much as Sue did.

Let’s let Sue take us home. Sue reflected on her journey after the discovery of the metastatic brain cancer this spring. It’s not filled with fear, but with gratitude, her life signature.

“Gratitude. Deep, deep gratitude,” Sue wrote. “And with that gratitude comes empowering change. I’m ready to tell the world. I’m ready to stop hiding; I’m ready to claim my place in this universe. This health scare is a spiritual journey of mega proportions. How is it that total strangers came together to help in a deeply loving and compassionate way? How is it that my husband and daughter and sister stepped forward to give me just the support I needed? How is it that my friends at church, in my violin studio, in my neighborhood heard my story with deep compassion and joy for my well-being? I am loved and valued beyond measure. And, finally, I know it.” END

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From Vicki Archer on November 19th, 2020
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Ron Duncan

1946 - November 15th, 2014

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Ron Duncan passed away at his home in South San Francisco, CA on November 15, 2014 at age 68. He was born in Sylva, NC to Jenna Vee and Fred Duncan, Sr. Ron is survived by his mother Jenna Vee, brother Fred Duncan, Jr., sister-in-law Linda Duncan, nephews Kevin (Julie) and Jason (Cassy), grandnephews Tyler and Blake and grandnieces Madeline, Olivia and Leia. Ron was very generous throughout his life and always seemed to know the right gift to give others on special occasions. He was a loving care giver to both his mother and late father in their time of need.Ron graduated from High School in Mt. Vernon, WA in 1964 before moving to California. He served his country in the Marine Corps and later worked 27 years at UPS before retiring. Ron was a sports fisherman and an avid sports fan of the San Francisco Giants, 49ers and Golden State Warriors. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.Friends may visit Friday November 28, 2014 from 10am to 11am and are invited to attend the Funeral Service at 11am at Olivet Memorial Park Chapel, 1601 Hillside Blvd., Colma.

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John (Jack) Egan

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Kris Schei (Everett)

- - November 21st, 1992

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From William Everett on October 21st, 2016
I was wandering down memory lane and came to this site, I really miss my sister Kris, she was a wonderful and loving person, We lost Kris and her husband Jerry in a private plane crash, they were flying from Seattle to Pullman for the college football game between U of W and Washington State, They were not only family to me we also were great friends as well. I love both of them and miss them everyday I think about them.
 

Ron Everett

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Joan Christianson (Franklin)

May 11th, 1946 - August 1st, 2020

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Joan Lorraine (Franklin) Christianson (74) passed away peacefully the evening of August 1, 2020 at Avamere Healthcare in Bellingham. Joan has been at Avamere since Mother’s day 2019, made many dear friends there, especially her room mate, Cheryl Gelynse. Until the last few months she was actively engaged in activities and social events. She was very proud to have earned her power scooter driver’s license and even prouder of how her granddaughter, Arianne Heeringa, facilitated the purchase of the scooter by handling all of her finances. Despite mom’s careful care of her kidneys under the supervision of her nephrologist, the many years of taking lithium (which is hard on the kidneys)to treat her Bi-polar 1 disorder, took their toll. She succumbed to end stage renal failure as well as congestive heart failure. She also gallantly dealt with COPD after a lifetime of smoking, but finally quit for good in the spring 2018 because as she said I want to breathe!

Joan Lorraine was interestingly the second Joan Lorraine to be a daughter to her father, Wesley Franklin. Wesley had a first marriage that produced a daughter, Joan Lorraine. His first wife left with the little girl. Wesley’s second beloved wife, Gertrude De Bondt tried to keep up visits with the little girl, but eventually contact was lost. The story of how my grandparents came to be parents of my mom is beautiful. Coming from a large Dutch family and an aunt to many beloved nieces and nephews, my grandma suffered through many miscarriages probably as a result of severe health problems as a child and young woman including rickets, scarlet fever (which resulted in an enlarged heart) and tuberculosis. So when Gertrude and Wesley wanted to start their own family they put an ad in the Lynden Tribune offering to pay all prenatal care for a pregnant woman, assume all the legal/ financial responsibilities etc to adopt a newborn baby. A local woman responded near Wiser Lake from the Moe family. Grandma and Grandpa were co-leasing the river farm with other family and lived atop the milk house apartment (still there) when Grandma got the call that the baby was born at St. Joseph’s. Grandpa was doing tractor work, in the field, and had to rush in to clean up and go get my mom. The date was May 11, 1946. Our mom always said she could not have had more loving, wonderful parents!

Mom’s childhood and teenage years were filled with animals, farming, large extended family gathering and strong scholastic achievement. One of our Franklin grandparent’s farms was on the Central Rd across the road from our great grandmother’s Anna (Lunde) Johnson’s farm, farmed by our Grandma Emma (Johnson) McMillen and her young son, Albert McMillen. 17 years older than my mom, Albert would marry Joan in 1968. They had 2 daughters: me, Lorraine Franklin (1969) and Bertina Marie (1972, named after Grandma Emma Bertine and an aunt from the De Bondt side). I realize this naming of one’s daughters after other family moms, grandmas, aunts is a beloved tradition that our mom both carried on and passed on to me and now my oldest daughter as well. The harsh Whatcom County winters prompted my grandparents to move to Skagit County where Mom continued to thrive under my grandparents loving care, nurturing and teaching of practical life skills like living in a garage while they built a house on Cleveland Street in Mt. Vernon (still there), attending swimming classes at the YMCA, learning to play and march in Hugo Helmer’s accordion band, building a river scow to fish from with grandpa on the Skagit River and always lots of gardening, canning, food preservation like smoking fish, making jerky. 
Mom was athletic and took part in swim meets and all the intramural sports (pre Title IX) she had the time for as well as being part of the Usher’s Club. She began her Sophomore year with all the promise of a capable, smart young woman when her first of many mental crises struck. There was not nearly as much understanding of mental difference in the 60’s as there is now; and there was a whole lot more stigma. For all of our. Grandma’s 92 years she always referred to our mom’s manic episodes usually followed by severe deep depression, when she sometimes tried to take her life as “your mother’s bad times.” I still cry when I think of how much love, empathy and sheer will it must have required of my grandparents to NOT “give up” on my mom. I personally experienced this as my Grandma would tell me over and over again to not judge or be hurt by Mom’s cruel comments when she was manic. Grandma would tell me, that’s not your mom, it’s her bad times controlling her. She’ll come back to us and you know, Grandma was right. Mom always came back to her loving, generous, strong self. Despite missing most of her Sophomore year, Mom graduated on time, with honors in 1964 from Sedro Woolley High School. After high school she studied journalism at Skagit Valley College and landed a reporting job at the Skagit Valley Herald. She has a close group of school friends that continue to meet the 2nd Tuesday of each month for lunch. Before covid, they all met at Avamere, so mom wouldn’t miss out. Always one for adventure and having a dear Franklin cousin, who we call Aunt Dixie, (because she’s like mom’s sister) living out on Sandy Point with her family, Mom came to spend more time in Whatcom County working at the sale barn in the office. The story goes she was horse back riding down the Noon rd. when my dad chased her down in his car and asked her on a date!

Joan and Albert built a very successful trucking and hay business together on part of the Johnson/McMillen property on Noon Rd., Albert McMillen Hay Co. Mom was truly an innovator coming up with the idea of piggy backing trailers to increase backhauls. The bookkeeping system she set up, dad continued to use until I basically forced him to change to Quick Books! The family home on the Noon Rd. was designed and drafted by Mom with the help of her cousin’s business, Romberg Construction. Both Mom and Dad were extremely proud that this home has never been mortgaged. Largely due to mom’s mental health problems, Mom and Dad divorced when my sister and I were just little girls, but so long as Mom was stable, she was always welcome here, so that we could have our Mama. It was very hard though, because often Mom was not stable and disappeared for long periods. It was heartbreaking I’m sure for her to be away from her girls. I keenly remember crying myself to sleep holding a washcloth that I had asked Mama to spray with her perfume, Tabu. Enter the love of Mom’s life, Clifford (Chris) Christianson! They met in a bar and were married less than two weeks later! They stopped drinking together and never looked back. Once Mom’s body was clear of the effects of alcohol, along with the improvements in the mental health system and Chris’s strong, firm support she was accurately diagnosed as Bi-polar 1 and strictly followed her psychiatrist’s orders for taking lithium and counseling. She was very active in 12 step groups as well, and later in her sobriety became a highly trusted sponsor of others. Mom and Chris worked hard, she at the Old National Bank in Renton and he as a heavy construction foreman pipe layer. They wanted to move to Shelton where Chris’s grown children and grandchildren lived. Mom realized another dream of hers to build a cedar log cabin, much smaller than the Noon Rd. house, but well appointed with a jacuzzi hot tub and large country kitchen. Tragedy struck again though when Chris was diagnosed with cancer and died a few months later. Mom was very heartbroken and at times like this in her life she would falter in her medication routine often triggering a manic episode followed by a deep depression. But she rallied knowing my sister and I needed her in our teen age years;and she came back to Whatcom County to be with us. She supported me in my dream of going to university and she supported my sister in all of her equestrian activities. She was the much loved and relied upon camp cook for the Memorial Day Horse camp. I kept our B&B up and running on busy summer weekends, while mom and my sister went camping and trail riding. She was a fun loving mom, who didn’t mind staying up late with me and my friends while we drank coffee and crammed for finals. Our door was always open for folks to come by and talk or eat etc. Looking back, I learned to accept others, enjoy their company, learning from their life stories from my mom’s warm example. And Mom loved music and dancing, especially live music! One of her dear friend’s husband had/has a band and as soon as we were old enough to go and listen, we’d join them leaving our children with mom’s mom, our Grandma Franklin, who didn’t really get why we loved going out, but really loved taking care of Arianne and Relijah! As our families grew and our responsibilities increased, Mom was a regular commuter between Burlington, where she lived with our Grandma Franklin and Everson, where we lived. She was always helping my sister and I with pretty much whatever we asked or needed. It’s true she preferred the outdoor work, gardening and horse care work to the canning, freezing, indoor work, so often both Mom and Grandma would load up into Mom’s gray Ford Ranger pick-up to travel to Everson, because Grandma loved to help with the food preservation and even chicken butchering! And Mom was so thrilled to have a grandson again (her first grandson being Michael Christianson)! Arianne was the oldest grandchild (from Bertina and I), but Relijah was her grandson and I know they had a special set of adventures all their own! Mom prided herself on her excellent driving skills and expected nothing less from us and her grandchildren. She’d often mention what a good (but way too fast) driver my dad was and that anyone from a trucking family better well not only be a skilled driver, but also have the sense to regularly maintain their vehicles. She continued to drive right up to going to the hospital May 2018. Because of her kyphosis, people would ask me if she really should be driving? She could hardly see over the steering wheel, but by this time her trips were fairly limited to Everson and Lynden, although she had the route memorized to her nephrologist’s office in Bellingham and kept those appointments regularly. 
The true joy of Mom’s life were her family, friends and animals. She attended all of her grandchildren’s events, especially loved watching Relijah play football for MHS. Concerts/singing for Athena. Drama productions for Annika. All the graduations: high school and UW for Arianne. She was getting so tired from the long walk (there was a mix-up, we did not have close handicap parking) that I found an abandoned grocery cart, had Relijah help me put her in it and he pushed her in the cart to the stadium! These are the type of stories we have about Mom. She was just that adaptable, fun and full of life and love, despite having been through a lot of tough times. And then there was Arianne and Shane’s wedding just over 3 years ago. What a day and how thrilled she was to see her beautiful, amazing granddaughter married to an equally amazing and wonderful man. Relijah chauffeured her in his BMW and she told everyone she felt like a queen. She was and always will be. Mom found out information about her biological, birth family by taking the 23 and Me test. Mom traveled to Sacramento in October of 2018 to meet her sister, Dixie Sills. She also spoke and wrote letters to another sister, Ginger Jorgensen in Kelso, WA. Can you imagine after all these years Mom finding out she had living older sisters! Mom’s birth family (the Jorgensen/Moe family) is a big one; we have only just begun to reach out to them. I spent my whole life thinking I had no first cousins (lots of seconds/thirds which made up for that), but as it turns out Bertina and I have many relatives scattered all over the western states! We also learned about the genetic component of Mom’s Bipolar disorder. Darlene, Mom’s birth mother appears to have been Bi-polar as well, although it was not diagnosed as such back then. Darlene died far too young and from what we gathered had little access to medication or psychiatric help until her later years when her daughter, Dixie and husband took her in to live with them. Thinking of her having several children, dealing with postpartum depression, in addition to mental difference makes me weep. As so often is the case, she self medicated with alcohol. Her daughters said she was just the most fun-loving person, sweet-tempered, smart and beautiful with thick wavy hair that we all inherited. I consider her decision to give up her youngest child to my grandparents to be exceptionally loving, wise and selfless.

Joan Lorraine Christianson is survived by sisters: Dixie Sills of Sacramento, CA, Ginger Jorgensen of Kelso, WA; daughters: Lorraine Franklin McMillen (Gary Maupin) of the family home Everson, Bertina Marie Gossit (Mike) of Hamilton. Stepson: Richard Edward Christianson (Susan Jean) Grandchildren: Kimberly Sue Christianson (Paul Tice), Michael Alan Christianson (Carrie Lynne) of Lynden, Sadie Sandrea Christianson, Arianne Rose (Rauch) Heeringa (Shane) of Everson, Relijah Equin Thomas McMillen (Paulette Shea) of Seattle, Annika Bryn Rauch of Tempeh, AZ (grad school!) Athena Jeanne Rauch of the family home, Everson. Great Grandchildren: Benjamin William Christianson, Jacob Michael Christianson, Luke Tyler Christianson (both of Lynden), Cruz Richard Rodriguez, Gavino Benjamin Rodriguez, Anayah Marisue Tovar. Great granddaughter: Hailey Rose Heeringa; SHOCKER: I just learned this! Great, great granddaughter: Grey Audree Christianson. Benefit to marrying an older man! Steps up the grandma/great grandma/great great grandma process!! And numerous beloved relatives from all of her families, countless friends and professionals who have both learned from and taught her.

Joan Lorraine is predeceased by an infant daughter, all her parents, biological and adopted. Both of her husbands, stepchildren: Harvey and Kathy Christianson. Siblings: Phillip Charles Jorgensen and Darwin (Ricky)Dean Capp. Many De Bondt-Scholten, Franklin, McMillen and Christianson relatives. Many pets, but especially a Chihuahua named Odie.
The family wanted to thank the staff at Avamere Healthcare for their loving care of mom and all the friends and family for the cards, flowers, visits, even window visits after covid. We’re truly grateful for the outpouring of love, support and care for our mom and grandma. It’s clear she will be missed by many.

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From Vicki Archer on November 19th, 2020
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Sid Greenewald

October 13th, 1946 - November 5th, 2002

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Steven Hanson

January 8th, 1946 - December 13th, 2020

 

 

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 Steven Wayne Hanson, beloved husband, father, and grandfather died peacefully at St. Peter's hospital in Olympia, WA November 13, 2020, at the age of 74.Steve was born in 1946 in Mt. Vernon, Washington to Margaret and Clarence Hanson. His parents were dairy farmers in the Skagit Valley and hard work was something he knew his entire life. At the age of 13, he bought his first car, a 1932 Chevrolet sedan with “push-and-pray brakes.” His love of vintage cars never stopped.

He met his wife, Mary Anne, at the local drive up when she asked if she could drive his Corvette. He always thought it was funny because she had no idea how to drive at the time. He married his high school sweetheart in July 1966. His first job out of high school was a drafter for the local PUD department but his love of cars steered him away from his drafting career. Shortly after working at the PUD, he started selling cars at McDowell Volkswagen and then moved to Oak Harbor where he learned how to run a dealership. 

In 1974, at the age of 27, Steve bought Brewington Volkswagen in Olympia. In 1986 Steve moved his dealership from Pacific Avenue to what is now the Olympia Auto Mall where Hanson Motors remains today. In October of 2006, “Mr. H” as many of his employees called him decided it was time to retire. In retirement, he actually was often times more busy than when he was in the store. Steve was very active with his high school class reunions and enjoyed antiquing, collecting Olympia Beer memorabilia, working on his antique cars, and attending car shows throughout the Pacific Northwest and fishing. 

Steve was preceded in death by his mother and father, brother, and wife and is survived by his son Vincent, daughter-in-law Tammy, and their two children Britania and Ryan as well as his daughter Kimberly, son-in-law Chris, and their two children Anne and Daniel.

 

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From Vicki Archer on November 19th, 2020
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David Havens

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Jennifer Hill

- - November 2nd, 2013

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From Her Daughter on November 7th, 2013
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This past Saturday I had to say goodbye to my Mom. She was a fantastic woman, mother, daughter, sister, best friend, confidant, artist, gardener, comedian and so much more..she left us far too soon. The best do..and you never know when. So hug them longer and love them harder. It's my promise to her and i'm going to do my best.
 

Gary Iverson

- - May 9th, 2012

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Gary W. Iverson, age 65, a retired Navy Aviation Intelligence Officer and Captain, passed away at age 65 on May 9, 2012. His 24-year naval career included dedicated service in Vietnam and a Navy Commendation Medal. Gary's final days were spent actively doing what he loved while surrounded by family and friends.

Gary was a lifelong Northwest resident who attended high school in Mount Vernon, Washington, ultimately receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree at Western Washington University. Along with his military service, Gary was employed by Allstate Insurance, a company that he loyally served for 35 years. During his retirement, Gary took time for hunting, fishing, golfing - but his family was his favorite hobby and he was intentional about spending every moment with them.

Gary is survived by his beloved wife of 42 years, Barbara Iverson, and by his daughter, Keli Mumford, and son, Chad Iverson. He is also survived by his mother, Annette Minkler; his brothers, Mark and Jay Iverson; and his sister, Chris Strand.

Gary was preceded in death by his father, Willard Iverson; and by his brother, Gail Iverson. His legacy lives on daily in the lives of his three grandsons and eight nieces and nephews.

 

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Jill Jaeger

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From Jack Grill on April 4th, 2014
I'll always remember the fun times we had together, then I went off to war and then the sinking sad feeling I had when I got back and learned of her untimely death.  Jill was a sweetheart.  Jack
 

Louise Jarvis

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Mike Jost

March 25th, 1946 - February 1st, 1974

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Allen Kwant

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In his own words: "On this Saturday, October 25, 2014, I slipped the bonds of earth. This was a wonderful adventure that started on August 15, 1945 - between these two dates there were many celebrations and no regrets. Life started in The Netherlands, just after the war ended. Many changes occurred in The Netherlands after WWII. Some of these changes and opportunities caused my mother and father to immigrate to the United States when I was 9 years old. First a boat ride on a converted Liberty ship, then a plane ride across the USA to California. It was quite an adventure and with some gamble for Mom and Dad with 6 kids in tow and one on the way. Five years later we relocated north to Stanwood, Wash. on a rented farm. Some years later, with some saving involved, Mom and Dad purchased their own dairy in Stanwood. As the years went by the Kwant kids wandered away from the farm and started their own lives of adventure. None so brave as the one that Allen and Alice took in 1955. I entered the Army after high school. I served two years in the States and in Germany. The U.S. Army was kind enough to send me to Europe. While there I was able to return to Holland and visit my Grandma Kwant and other relatives. After the service I went to work for Boeing and remained employed there for over 35 years until my retirement in 2007. A fellow employee set me up with a blind date in 1967. That date was with Linda, the Love of my life. We married in 1968 and raised two wonderful children, Eric and Kari. Now they have gone on to create their own life's adventures. I wish them well and much happiness and success. I was preceded in death by my parents, Allen and Alice Kwant; brother, Martin; sister, Margaret; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ted and Evelyn Bruns; and brother-in-Law, Larry Bruns. Staying behind to finish my work is my wife of 46 years, Linda; son, Eric Kwant (Alicia); daughter, Kari Kwant; the joys of my life, our precious grandsons, Ethan and Kieran; brother, Fred Kwant (Joyce); sister, Cobi Brown (Art); brother, John (Angela); sister, Rini Kwant; numerous nieces and nephews; and many, many friends. Thank you to all who enriched our lives." The gift of sight was given to others through the donation of his corneas. Viewing will be held Friday, October 31, 2014, 1-5 p.m. at Schaefer-Shipman Funeral Home, 804 State Ave., Marysville, WA. A funeral service will be held Saturday, November 1, 2014, 11 a.m. at Schaefer-Shipman Funeral Home with graveside service at 2 p.m. at Marysville Cemetery.

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From Kari Kwant on October 24th, 2015
Thank you for recognizing my Dad. He always spoke fondly of his school and enjoyed the reunions. Thank you to his friends for being there for him and his family.

Kari K.
 
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Tim Lanata

February 8th, 1946 - March 28th, 2000

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Diana Linde

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Teri Sawyer (Mason)

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Chuck Miller

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Steven Moen

September 14th, 1946 - June 5th, 2016

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Steven was born on September 14, 1946 and passed away on Sunday, June 5, 2016.

Steven was a resident of Anacortes, Washington.

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Stephen Olsen

February 9th, 1946 - May 23rd, 2020

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February 9, 1946 - 
May 23, 2020

Stephen Alf Olsen was born in Bellingham, WA on February 9, 1946. He passed away peacefully on May 23, 2020. 

He attended school in Mount Vernon, where he met the love of his life Susan. After high school, he attended Skagit Valley College, where he earned his AA degree.

He began his career in the plumbing and heating industry with Snelson's Plumbing and Heating out of Sedro-Woolley.

Steve then started his own business, Commercial Plumbing and Heating and retired in 2001.

After retiring, Steve decided to go into the grape growing business and started Glacier Peak Winery.

Steve enjoyed golfing and gardening. He was also an avid fisherman and loved the time he spent on his boat.

Steve married his high school sweetheart on March 23, 1968, and they had one son, Michael. They were married 51 years. 

He is survived by his wife, Susan, his son Michael "Oly", Michael's wife Shelly, two grandsons Stephen and Sean, and Shelly's two girls, Faith and Emily.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donating to a charity of your choice.

The family is planning a Celebration of Life on July 5, 2020 at Skagit Golf and Country Club between 2-4 p.m.

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From Vicki Archer on November 19th, 2020
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Ellen Osterbauer

December 27th, 1975 - February 21st, 2017

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Ellen Andrea (Osterbauer) Jordan Satsop

December 27, 1945-February 21, 2017

Ellen Andrea had style, heart and was one of a kind! She grew up in Mt. Vernon, WA. She attended UW. She traveled throughout Europe on her own and lived in Norway, Puerto Rico and Seattle before retiring to Tokeland, WA. as an Elder in the Shoalwater Bay Tribe. She loved her family and made friends for life. Special thanks to her team at Providence Hospice and her dear friends for brightening her last days and to the Shoalwater Bay Tribe for bearing the cost of her care and her final arrangements. Funeral services will be held at a later date.
 
Published in The Seattle Times on Mar. 19, 2017

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From Classmate Editor on May 26th, 2017
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Ted Pearson

November 24th, 1945 - July 12th, 2019

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Theodore "Ted" Alvin Pearson was born on November 24, 1945, to Alvin and Phyllis Pearson, in Seattle, WA. He passed into eternity on Friday, July 12, 2019, at his home in Omak, WA. Ted battled multiple myeloma these past three-and-a-half years.

He and his older brother, John, along with their parents, lived in Bothell, WA, until Ted was about six years old. The family then moved to Mt. Vernon, WA, where Ted attended school and graduated from Mt. Vernon High School in 1964. He continued his education at Central Washington University, where he received his teaching certification, and met his wife, Barbara Anne Major, in 1967. While playing catch with another girl on campus, Ted threw a football into a group of girls who were teasing their friend on her lack of ability. Ted expected the group to scatter, but Barb surprised him when she caught the ball and threw a perfect spiral back over his head. He loved to tell the story of how they met; with a twinkle in his eye he would say, "I made a pass at her and she caught it". Their courtship began on that day. Soon after, Ted brought Barb to her first gospel meeting. They were married on September 7, 1968, and continued to walk together in their faith for more than 50 years. He and Barb loved to keep an open home for ministers, as well as a place for fellowship meetings.

While raising four children of their own, they dedicated their lives to many other young people through public education for over 40 years. Ted started his teaching career in the Bellevue, WA, School District, then Ellensburg, WA, and the Hoquiam School Districts. They moved to Omak in the summer of 1985, where Ted became an administrator for the Omak School District. He retired in 2010, as an elementary principal, a job he thoroughly loved.

Their 50th anniversary was celebrated in Hawaii with all their children and grandchildren. A luau in their honor will always be remembered for the passing shower turned monsoon that brought two inches of rain, soggy food flowing over their plates, and rain ponchos that were passed out a little too late. The entire trip will be cherished for the many memories that were created.

Ted enjoyed spending time with family and friends, as well as working on projects in his shop, boating and camping, singing hymns around the piano, and telling stories to anyone who would listen - especially his grandchildren.

Ted was preceded in death by his parents, Alvin and Phyllis Pearson; daughter, Jeannie Pearson Harris; and grandson, Connor Harris. Ted is survived by his wife, Barb, at the family home; children: Laurie Gordon of Hoquiam, WA, Kristin (Galen) Grooms of Chewelah, WA, Geoffrey (Jocelyn) Pearson of Omak, WA; and son-in-law, Ryan (Laurel) Harris of Sandpoint, ID. He is also survived by his 13 grandchildren: Jake, Kort, Sydney and Madison Gordon, Pearson, Josh and Cora Grooms, Lane, Morgan and Logan Harris, Aislyn, Major and Tructon Pearson; and his brother, John (Gayle) Pearson of Chehalis, WA.

The family would like to thank Dr. Garrison, Dr. Weston, Katie Kimble, the oncology staff at Confluence Health and Frontier Home Health/Hospice for their excellent care of Ted.

A viewing will be held on Thursday, July 18, 2019, from 4:00-6:00 p.m., at the Precht-Harrison-Nearents Chapel, 2547 Elmway Ave., Okanogan, WA. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, July 19, 2019, at 1:00 p.m., in the Omak Performing Arts Center, 20 S. Cedar St., Omak, WA, with burial to follow at the Okanogan Memorial Gardens. A finger food reception will follow the graveside service in the Omak Middle School multi-purpose room. Arrangements are assisted by Precht-Harrison-Nearents Chapel, Okanogan, WA.

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From Vicki Archer on November 19th, 2020
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Shirley Duncan (Penn)

December 15th, 1945 - April 16th, 2012

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Shirley Duncan born December 15, 1945 passed away peacefully on April 16, 2012 at UW Medical Center in Seattle surrounded by her children.

She was born in Seattle, WA and adopted at birth by loving parents Frank & Alice Penn.

She was raised in Mount Vernon, WA and graduated with the class of 1964 at Mount Vernon High School.

She married Ronald Bouffine in August 1965. They had 4 children together. They divorced in 1985 but remained friends until the end.

In 1999, Valentines Day to be exact, she met her soul mate Steve Duncan and they married in October of 1999. Together they loved a lifetime worth, surrounded by friends, family and a lot of loving animals. If there was a stray cat or dog they knew to go to Steve & Shirley's.

She retired in October of 2010 after over 25 years with the Department of Labor & Industries.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Frank & Alice Perm, twin daughters Angela & Alice in 1965, and a son-in-law Kent Glum Schaefbauer and a lot of beloved pets that we are sure were waiting for her.

She is survived by her husband Steve, Steve's children Leigh & Steve Jr, her children Tami (Dan) Cooper, & Jason (Jen) Bouffine and numerous friends and her furry four legged family at home.

The family would like to thank all the wonderful doctors and nurses at UW Medical Center for their above and beyond care they gave Shirley over the last year in our quest for a liver transplant, especially in her final days. The family also thanks all the friends and family for their thoughts, prayers and support during this difficult time. Special thanks to Pat and Margaret Barton for being there when we needed it.


 

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From Classmate Editor on May 15th, 2013
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Ronnie Meyer (Peterson)

August 31st, 1946 - February 15th, 2020

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Ronnie Lynn Meyer was born on August 31, 1946 and passed away on February 15, 2020

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From Vicki Archer on November 19th, 2020
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Tom Phipps

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Barbara Barnes (Ploeg)

- - March 11th, 2015

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Barbara (Ploeg) Barnes, 68 passed away March 11.Survived by sister Grace Rogers (Joe) Kihei, HI.Preceded by parents Herman & Nona Ploeg, brother Henry Ploeg & nephew Joe "Joey" Rogers.Friends and family are invited to attend Remembrance Gathering hosted by and at American Legion, Sedro Woolley on Sat. July 11, 1:00PM, where she had worked in the past and was a member

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Lynn Black (Roberts)

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J. Lynn Black, 68, of Burlington passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at Skagit Valley Hospital due to upper respiratory complications.

She was born on February 2, 1946 to Ovelle and George Roberts in Houston, Texas. The family moved to Mount Vernon when she was 9 years old and, along with her sisters, she attended school in Mount Vernon where she graduated Mount Vernon High School in 1964.

She married William F. Black on November 12, 1966 and they settled in Burlington where they raised two sons as she managed the office for the family soil testing business. She was active in her church and in a few community groups over the years, including the General Federation of Women's Clubs, Burlington Community Accountability Board, as well as being a 16 year member of the Burlington-Edison School Board from 1987 to 2003.

She was preceded in death by her father George Roberts in 1958 and her mother Ovelle and stepfather Louis H. Barkdoll.

She is survived by her husband of 48 years, William Black; her sisters, Gwen Root and Mary Johnson; her sons Brian (Katharina) and Brandon (Cindy); grandchildren, Stephanie (Caleb) Coffey, Tanya, Jodi, Tyler, Meela and Nina Black.

A celebration of her life will be held on October 24, 2014 at the Trinity United Presbyterian Church on Collins Road in Sedro-Woolley, Washington
 

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From Vicki Archer on November 19th, 2014
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Steve Smiley

June 12th, 1946 - February 18th, 2010

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Steven Lawrence Smiley, 63, passed away unexpectedly at home in La Conner, Washington on Thursday, February 18, 2010.

He was born on June 12, 1946 in Bellingham, Washington to Florence and William Smiley.

Steve attended school in Mount Vernon and was active in the Boy Scouts achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. He graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1964 where he competed in swimming at state level. Steve continued his education at California College of Mortuary Science in Los Angeles and worked there for a short time.

Steve enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1968 and was a decorated Vietnam War combat veteran. After being honorably discharged from active duty he returned to Mt. Vernon and worked for his dad Bill at Mount Vernon Automotive. After his machinist career he finished out his working life as a plant maintenance worker traveling up and down the west coast working at numerous refineries and chemical plants. He was always a true inspiration to his fellow workers and will be fondly remembered for his sardonic sense of humor.

Steve is survived by sisters, Susan (Todd) Bos and Julie Smiley of Mount Vernon; nieces, Tina (Kent) Devenport and Tresa (Bob) LeVasseur; great-niece Kathryn LeVasseur; great-nephews, Kaden Devenport and Daniel LeVasseur; aunt, Marion Benson of Stanwood, WA; and many cousins. Steve will be greatly missed by numerous friends and compatriots.

His parents Bill and Florence preceded him in death.


 

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Cheryl Smith

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Marcia Higgins (Soine)

April 1st, 1946 - June 13th, 2010

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Richard Stephen Sollie

June 12th, 1945 - April 18th, 2011

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Fredrick Spane

October 9th, 1945 - June 15th, 1994

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Richard Sprague

May 31st, 1946 - July 23rd, 2013

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Richard Sprague

May 31, 1946 - July 23, 2013

Resident of El Dorado Hills, CA

A native of Washington state, Richard was born May 31, 1946 in Bremerton, WA to The Reverend Carroll and Frances Sprague. He attended Mt. Vernon High School, earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Puget Sound, a master's degree from Iliff, and a doctorate from Vanderbilt University. He was an ordained minister with the United Methodist Church for 16 years. He was also founder of Xcelle, Inc., a consulting business focusing on performance excellence in the workplace and leadership development.

He is survived by his wife, Denise; son, Jason Sprague (Naomi) of Portland, OR; daughter, Tawnia Emerson of Portland, OR; two grandchildren, Kalin and Neil Emerson; brother, Roger Sprague (Linda) of Lincoln City, OR. He was preceded in death by his father, mother and brother, Curtis Sprague. Memorials may be made to YMCA of the USA, 101 N. Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL 60606 Attn: Marian Slahor, or to La Salle High School, 3880 E. Sierra Madre Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107.

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From James Frame on December 9th, 2014
I began my teaching career at Mr. Vernon High School in 1962.  Rick was in my class then
and was an educator's dream.  Fun, smart, humorous, courteous.  I visited his parents' house, about two blocks away from my apartment, many times and learned to love the whole Sprague family.  

Sorry I am so late in this tribute to one of the best and most likeable students in my career.  And I'm even sorrier that Rick passed away at too young an age and we never got to connect between 1965 and the summer of 1913.
James Frame

 
 
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Steve Sprouse

May 7th, 1946 - April 15th, 2000

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Norman C. Tesch

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Pamela Fairbanks (Timbrook)

October 19th, 1945 - July 8th, 2005

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Pamela Margaret Fairbanks of Bellingham, WA, passed away on Friday, July 8, 2005. She was 59, born October 19, 1945, in Mount Vernon, where she grew up and went to school. She later moved to Bellingham where she raised her children. Pam worked at Cost Cutter Grocery, where her smiling face will be remembered by many of her co-workers and customers. Pam's greatest joy was found in her family life. She was a wonderful mother and an enthusiastic grandmother. She was a very special person who took genuine pleasure in making the people around her feel happy. Pam touched many lives, and she will be deeply missed. Pam is survived by her four loving children: Gerald Fairbanks, Jamie Fairbanks, Patricia Fairbanks, and Brandi Fairbanks; four grandchildren: Mazelle Fairbanks, Eli Fairbanks, Tinysha Fairbanks, and Chantell Fairbanks; sisters Michelle Grenier and Candice Wyatt; and brother Patrick Lee.

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Gary Tyacke

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Rosealee Vance

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Juno Verghese Varkki

June 30th, 1946 - September 7th, 2012

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Das Schönste, was ein Mensch hinterlassen kann, ist ein Lächeln im Gesicht derjenigen, die an ihn denken. (The most beautiful thing a person can leave behind, is a smile on the face of those who think of him.)
In Liebe und Dankbarkeit nehmen wir Abschied von (With love and gratitude we say goodbye)

Juno Verghese Varkki

30. 6. 1946 † 7. 9. 2012

Johanna Heyen-Varkki Sara Varkki (Schwester) Kinder und Enkel Furio, Mario, Luisa, Roberto Mauro mit Familien Anverwandte und alle, die sich mit Juno in besonderer Weise verbunden fühlten. (Johanna Heyen-Varkki Varkki Sara (sister) children and grandchildren Furio, Mario, Luisa, Roberto Mauro with allied families and all who felt connected to Juno in a special way.)
D-54675 Sinspelt-Heyenhof, Hyderabad, Mumbai (Indien), London, Bobbio (Italien), Luxemburg, Paris und Halifax (Kanada), den 20. D-54675 Sinspelt Heyenhof, Hyderabad, Mumbai (India), London, Bobbio (Italy), Luxembourg, Paris and Halifax (Canada), 20 September 2012. September 2012.
Das Sterbeamt ist am Montag, dem 24. (The official burial on Monday, the 24th September 2012,) um 14.30 Uhr in der Filialkirche Maria Königin des Friedens in Sinspelt, anschließend die Urnenbeisetzung im Familiengrab Heyen auf dem Friedhof in Sinspelt. ( at 14.30 clock in the branch church Mary Queen of Peace in Sinspelt, then the urn burial in the family grave at the cemetery in Sinspelt Heyen.)
 
 

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Dan Vopnford

June 25th, 1946 - May 5th, 1994

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Douglas Wesley

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Donald Wright

March 29th, 1946 - February 6th, 2016

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1946 -2016

La Conner resident, Don Wright, died at home on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at the age of 69.

Don was born in Mt. Vernon on March 29, 1946. He attended Mt. Vernon schools and graduated with the MVHS class of 1964.

After graduation, he moved briefly to Eastern Washington. He came home to Skagit County and settled in La Conner, where he became an active part of the community.

Don was married twice and raised two sets of stepchildren. He worked as a forklift driver to support his family, but his real passion was community service. He started as a Little League coach when his stepsons, Danny and Steven, played baseball in La Conner. After the boys graduated, he dedicated his time and energy to support the La Conner Fire Department and the La Conner Town Council.

Don loved being a member of the fire department and was active for 38 years. In addition to his first responder / EMT duties, he also taught CPR classes, worked with fire cadets, and attended high school games as a member of the medical support team. Don retired from the fire department as the assistant fire chief but remained a proud supporter. His little red Mazda pick-up still sports the La Conner Fire Department sticker.

Don became politically active in 1980 when he became a member of the Town Council. He served continuously until 2011. He wanted growth and progress in his community to support the quality of life for its citizens.

Don's hero was his grandfather, Leonard "Tex" Harold, who taught Don the value of generosity, compassion and helping others. He also taught Don how to shoot firearms. And, of course, Don added a volunteer aspect to his hobby; he became a gun safety instructor so younger people could share his passion.

Don is survived by two siblings: a brother and sister-in-law, Arvin and Debi Wright of Sedro Woolley; and a sister, LeRona Allan of Las Vegas, Nevada. Four stepchildren also survive him: Sherie Thomas and her husband, Michael Handorf of La Conner; Shawn Thomas of Samish Island; and Danny and Steven Lopez.

Don became a grandfather in 2003. His grandson, Spencer Olson, attends La Conner schools and has always been the apple of Don's eye. Spencer is an athlete and Don always enjoyed attending his sporting events.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, Judd and Wanda Wright of Bellingham and his brother, Leonard Wright of Burlington.

Don Wright was a kind and generous man who gave selflessly to his community, neighbors and family.

A memorial service will be held at Maple Hall in La Conner on Wednesday, February 24th at 6 pm.

The family requests that donations be made to the La Conner Fire Department in lieu of flowers.

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Jon Wylie

July 16th, 1946 - 1970

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