West Seattle Blog... » Obituaries http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Fri, 29 Aug 2014 22:54:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Memorial next Sunday for C.W. ‘Buck’ Thompson, 1931-2014 http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/memorial-next-sunday-for-c-w-buck-thompson-1931-2014/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/memorial-next-sunday-for-c-w-buck-thompson-1931-2014/#comments Tue, 12 Aug 2014 12:08:42 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=282278 Next Sunday afternoon (August 17th) at West Seattle Golf Course, a memorial is planned for “Buck” Thompson, whose family shares this remembrance:

Clair Wallace “Buck” Thompson, 83, of Seattle, Washington, passed away on July 14, 2014.

Buck was born in Omaha, Nebraska to Clair and Ethel Thompson. He was a 1950 graduate of West Seattle High School. He went on to earn a degree at Washington State University in Business with a minor in Architectural Small Dwelling Construction graduating in 1954. In his early years, he worked in the hotel and restaurant management business, was a real estate agent selling recreational property in Eastern Washington, and later sold marine supply equipment with Obert Marine Supply. Buck belonged to the Society of Port Engineers of Puget Sound and held the position of President, Chairman of the Board, “Chicken of the Year,” and “Man of the Year”. He enjoyed travel, fishing, sports, and family.

Buck is preceded in death by his parents, Clair and Ethel, and his sister Judith Ann Campbell.

He is survived by his devoted wife Sharon Thompson; sons Paul (Kim) Thompson and Bryce (Eva) Thompson; daughter Dawn (Eric) Hodo; stepson Jamie (Beth) Trigg; stepdaughter Tracy (Mitch) Trotter; eleven grandchildren and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.

A memorial for Buck will be held at the West Seattle Golf Course on Sunday, August 17, at 3:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Medic One, without whose help Buck would never have been able to receive the care he did: Medic One Fire Department, 301 Second Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98104.

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Memorial on Saturday for Betty Lee Marks Broughton, 1929-2014 http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/memorial-on-saturday-for-betty-lee-marks-broughton-1929-2014/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/memorial-on-saturday-for-betty-lee-marks-broughton-1929-2014/#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:37:05 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=281147 A memorial service is planned this Saturday morning (August 2nd) for longtime West Seattleite Betty Broughton, who died Monday at age 85. Her family shares this remembrance:

Betty Lee Marks Broughton was born on February 18, 1929 in Missoula, Montana to Cleve and Ora Marks.

Her early childhood was spent on a 10,000-acre working family ranch in Townsend, Montana where both of her parents were born. She attended first grade at a mining camp in York, Montana where her father found work. She has two younger brothers, James and Michael, who were also born in Montana.

After the mine closed, the family moved to Helena, Montana where her father went to work for the Social Security Dept. In 1941, when she was 12 years old, the family moved to Seattle where her father went to work at Todd Shipyards building boats for the US Navy during WWII. She attended 7th grade at Beacon Hill Grade School and when the High Point Housing Projects were completed for the WWII industrial workers, her family moved there. Every day she walked to the Cooper School where she attended eighth grade. It was there she developed several lifelong friendships with her classmates, who still gather every Wednesday for dinner at the Chelan Cafe in West Seattle.

When her father’s next job took him to Everett, she stayed with Harold and Pearl Broughton, who lived a block from West Seattle High School, where she attended 9th grade until she graduated in 1947. After school and on Saturdays, she took the bus downtown for her part-time job at Frederick & Nelson, and gave the money she made to her host family. After graduation, she married Harold and Pearl’s son, Charles “Bud” Broughton, who had also graduated from West Seattle High School. In 1949, they bought their home on 47th Avenue where she raised her four children who graduated from WSHS: Tim in ‘66, Mary in ‘69, Joyce in ‘70, and LeeAnn in ‘72.

While her children were in school, she attended night classes at Edison Technical School on Broadway in Seattle where she learned her secretarial skills. After employment at several local construction companies, she worked at Loyal Lumber Co. on First Avenue South where she retired from in 1991. Betty has always been a huge fan of University of Washington Husky Football. For many years she attended both their home and away games. She was an active member of the American Legion Drill Team for many years travelling throughout Washington for both competitions and parades. She has volunteered for many years serving as the WSHS Alumni Association Secretary, where she retained the title of first-ever Board Member Emeritus. She also served as the Class of 1947 representative for what seems like eons.

Betty was preceded in death, by her brother, James Marks. She is survived by her brother, Michael Marks of Renton, WA. Betty is survived by five children: Tim Broughton and wife, Karen, of Kettle Falls, WA; Mary Ross and husband, Jerry, of Keller, WA; Joyce Olson and husband, Darrell, of Silverdale, WA; LeeAnn Nicholas and husband, Rick, of Deer Park, WA; and Tom Mullins and wife, Laurie, of Issaquah, WA. She is survived by three grandchildren: Nicole McCulla, Travis Broughton, and Nic Broughton. She is also survived by four great-grandchildren, Bianca Hernandez, Rory Broughton, Corinna McCulla, and Shane Meek.

Services will be held on Saturday, August 2nd, at Evergreen Washelli at 10:00 am. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the West Seattle High School Alumni Association, 4742 42nd Ave SW, #215, Seattle, WA 98116.

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Memorial planned July 14th for West Seattle author/photographer Karen Sykes http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/memorial-planned-july-14th-for-west-seattle-authorphotographer-karen-sykes/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/memorial-planned-july-14th-for-west-seattle-authorphotographer-karen-sykes/#comments Wed, 25 Jun 2014 06:38:31 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=277387 A public memorial has been announced for West Seattle-based hiking writer/nature photographer Karen Sykes. She was reported missing one week ago while hiking on Mount Rainier; last weekend, her daughter confirmed her death, and authorities subsequently determined she died of hypothermia. Ms. Sykes, 70, was known best for her books and columns about hiking, but we also knew her for the many West Seattle nature photos she shared via WSB in the past few years (see her Flickr gallery here). And now there’s word of a gathering to honor her memory:

Celebrate the life and legacy of Karen Sykes at the Seattle Mountaineers on July 14, 2014. Share stories and experiences with friends at 6:30 PM, with a program beginning at 7:00 PM.

Karen Sykes was an inspiration to many hikers as hiking companion, hike leader, columnist, guidebook author and photographer. Even though she is gone, she lives on in her work and in our hearts.

Please send photos of Karen Sykes for incorporation in a slide show to Heidi Walker at fotogirl.heidi@gmail.com

And don’t forget to share reminiscences of Karen at NW Hikers Trail Talk or at

The Mountaineers is at 7700 Sand Point Way NE.

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Celebration of life planned June 29th for Lynda Nield http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/celebration-of-life-planned-june-29th-for-lynda-nield/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/celebration-of-life-planned-june-29th-for-lynda-nield/#comments Fri, 20 Jun 2014 11:07:16 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=276965 Friends of Lynda Nield, who you might have known from her time working in West Seattle, are getting the word out about her celebration of life coming up in North Seattle June 29th, after her sudden, early death two weeks ago:

Lynda Susan Nield, 50, formerly of Cumberland, RI; Tempe, Arizona; and Shoreline, Washington, passed away accidentally on June 6, 2014, while swimming in Costa Rica.

She was the beloved daughter of Eunice I. Nield of Lincoln and Joseph G. Nield, Jr. and Allie Nield of No. Smithfield. She is also survived by her brother Joseph F. Nield and his wife Karen of Cumberland; her sisters Karen Nield Kinch and her husband Michael of Cumberland; Lori Nield Riel and her husband Denis of Pascoag; and her step-sisters Marilou Lowery and her husband Robert, and Traci Anne Egermayer and her husband Robert of New Jersey.

She also leaves her nephews Tyler Kinch, Michael Kinch, Joseph Nield, Jr., James Riel, Craig Riel, and Garrett Riel. She was the granddaughter of the late Gertrude and Francis L. Corrigan and Lillian and Joseph G. Nield. She was a graduate of Cumberland High School and attended Arizona State University and Mesa Junior College in Arizona.

Lynda loved children and was called to heaven after fulfilling her lifelong dream volunteering for the last six months at an orphanage in Puntarenas, Costa Rica. She was scheduled to return to her loving family in Rhode Island on Monday, June 9.

A celebration of Lynda’s life and spirit will be held on Sunday, June 29 at The Caroline Tavern, 13702 15th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125. This Memorial Service will be an opportunity to share your favorite memories of Lynda, and be in the company of friends … to say farewell to an amazing soul. The Celebration will be a Potluck – bring something if you can, or just come and reminisce with friends & celebrate Lynda’s life in a manner in which we know she would enthusiastically approve.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Lynda’s Little Angels, a fund established in Lynda’s name to support children in need. If you wish to make a donation, please make checks payable to Lynda’s Little Angels, c/o of Blackstone River Federal Credit Union, 90 Monument Square, Woonsocket, RI 02895.

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Memorial this Saturday for E. Eilene Powelson, 1919-2014 http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/memorial-this-saturday-for-e-eilene-powelson-1919-2014/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/memorial-this-saturday-for-e-eilene-powelson-1919-2014/#comments Thu, 19 Jun 2014 16:18:59 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=276902 Friends and family will gather this Saturday to remember 94-year-old ‘Eilene’ Powelson, and are sharing this remembrance:

Evelyn Eilene Powelson, known to family and friends as “Eilene,” passed away on June 16, 2014 at Providence Mount Saint Vincent Nursing Center.

Eilene was born on December 1, 1919 in Bellingham to David and Anna Larson. Early in her life, along with her parents and two younger sisters, they moved from Bellingham to Everett and eventually settled in Seattle before the breakout of WWII.

She met her husband Corden Powelson at the Lutheran Service Center in downtown Seattle 1944. They married on May 3, 1946 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church (Seattle) with Dr. Stub officiating. Corden preceded her in death on September 19, 2000 after 54 years of marriage. Eilene was a member of Peace Lutheran Church for over 20 years.

Eilene is also preceded in death by her son Vernon W. Powelson (2000) and Sister LaVerne R. Tostenson (1999).

Eilene is survived by her sister Nadine (Claude) Thompson of Seattle; son Richard (Karla) Powelson of Vashon; daughter-in-law Julie Powelson of Port Orchard; three grandsons, Aaron (Jennifer) Powelson of Shelton; Adam Powelson and Erik Powelson of Vashon. Plus, two great-grandchildren, Kyla and Jasen Powelson of Shelton.

Eilene graduated from Lincoln High School on June 14, 1939 and started working at the America Cookie Company, then moved on to Pacific Northwest Bell, which eventually became AT&T. Eilene worked in the accounting department until she retired in 1983.

Eilene loved spending time at the family cabin on Lake Sawyer with family and friends. She also loved to spend time with her three grandsons enjoying their birthdays and making all the holidays special with how she decorated her home for every holiday throughout the year.

The memorial service will be held at Providence Mount Saint Vincent Chapel (3rd floor) nursing center on June 21, 2014, at 1:30 pm with Reverend Eldon Olson and Reverend David Wold, both from Peace Lutheran Church, officiating. The burial will precede the memorial at the Evergreen Washelli Cemetery. Yarington Funeral Home will handle the burial arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Providence Mount Saint Vincent Foundation (4831 35th Ave. SW, Seattle, WA 98126) in Eilene’s name for the support and care the staff at the Mount gave Eilene over the last seven years.

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Memorial service Saturday for Joe Ceccarelli, 1964-2014 http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/memorial-service-saturday-for-joe-ceccarelli-1964-2014/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/memorial-service-saturday-for-joe-ceccarelli-1964-2014/#comments Tue, 10 Jun 2014 17:06:04 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=276069 Friends and family of Joe Ceccarelli will gather this Saturday to remember him. They’re sharing this announcement to invite all those who knew him to be there:

Joseph A. Ceccarelli, longtime resident of West Seattle, died unexpectedly of pneumonia on May 7, 2014, at the age of 50. Joe had many friends in the community and will be missed. There will be a memorial service at Arbor Heights Community Church (10213 41st Ave SW) on Saturday, June 14th, at 2 pm.

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Robinson Newspapers publisher Jerry Robinson dies at 94 http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/robinson-newspapers-publisher-jerry-robinson-dies-at-94/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/robinson-newspapers-publisher-jerry-robinson-dies-at-94/#comments Tue, 27 May 2014 16:00:08 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=274589 Robinson Newspapers has announced the death of publisher Gerald “Jerry” Robinson, 94, of Burien. According to the company’s 1987 history book West Side Story, Mr. Robinson’s publishing career began in 1952, when he bought the White Center News; in the early ’70s, he took over the West Seattle Herald, subsequently merging it with the WC News, and then bought the Highline Times. He later acquired the Ballard News-Tribune, and his company last year combined the three print publications to create the Westside Weekly. Our photo at left is from 2009, when Mr. Robinson received the Community Service Award from the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce; accepting the award, he told Chamber members that he had tried to retire once, but felt “useless” when not working, because, he explained: “Nothing is as fulfilling” as being of service to others. Mr. Robinson continued to write weekly columns until recently. No memorial service has been announced yet; the online announcement says a detailed obituary is to be published later.

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Memorial tomorrow for Robert E. Chaney, ‘true West Seattle guy’ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/memorial-tomorrow-for-robert-edmund-chaney-true-west-seattle-guy/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/memorial-tomorrow-for-robert-edmund-chaney-true-west-seattle-guy/#comments Fri, 16 May 2014 03:53:55 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=273538 A memorial service and celebration are planned tomorrow (Friday, May 16th) for Robert Edmund Chaney, whose family shares this remembrance:

Mr. Robert Edmund Chaney met his Pilot face to face on May 8th at 88.

Mr. Chaney was best known as a true West Seattle guy! He was the father to Liz Chaney (Trindade) and Carolyn Camille Chaney, both of whom graduated from West Seattle High! Mr. Chaney was a true neighbor and lived in the North Admiral district since 1966.

He worked at Husky Delicatessen for more than 20 years and has been a RE Broker for Century 21 for most of his career. As a Christian minister, award-winning poet & writer, he left a powerful legacy to his other two children, Christopher Chaney of Southern California and & Kimberly Condrin of Renton WA. He has five grandchildren, Cory & Taylor Condrin, Tatiana, Lorenzo & Romeu Trindade. Mr. Chaney was one of 11 children and for the very reason he loved to have a lot of people, friends and family around. Mr. Chaney was a loving husband to Beverly Chaney (former Talent Manager to Jim Caviezel and Brendan Frasier). Mr. Chaney, Bob, was also a host father to hundreds of exchange students for over 15 years. He attended University of Oregon and Stanford with degrees in Business & Political Science.

Memorial service at Tahoma National Cemetery on May 16th, 2:00 pm, 18600 SE 240th St., Kent. Memorial celebration at his home in West Seattle. If you would like to attend, contact his daughter, Liz Chaney Trindade by cell, 917 435 6455; text is OK.

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Celebration of life next Saturday for ‘Roxy’ Fultz-Tovey, 1955-2014 http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/celebration-of-life-next-saturday-for-roxy-fultz-tovey-1955-2014/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/celebration-of-life-next-saturday-for-roxy-fultz-tovey-1955-2014/#comments Tue, 13 May 2014 03:29:08 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=273199 A celebration of life for a woman known best as “Roxy” is planned this Saturday in Skyway. Shared by her family:

Roxanne (Roxy) Lee Fultz-Tovey passed away at age 58 in her home in Tacoma. She was born December 2, 1955, to the late Virgil Fultz and Gloria Bruce.

Roxy moved to West Seattle around 1975 after attending Western Washington University; she then went to dental hygienist school. Roxy made lots of lifelong friends during the 20 years she lived in West Seattle. After working as a dental hygienist for 5 years, she then went to work for the Boeing Company, where she finished out her working career, until 2009.

Roxy was married to Mark Tovey from 1994-2005 and has a stepdaughter, Erin Tovey of Spokane, who she loved very much. Roxanne is also survived by her grandmother Jessi Bruce of Tacoma, brother Bruce Fultz of Tacoma, brother Troy Hoffmaster of Hastings, Nebraska, nephew Coltn Hoffmaster of Port Townsend, aunt Virginia (Ginger) Steffenson of SeaTac, cousin Stacy Hardy of Moses Lake, and cousin Danay Mims of Enumclaw.

Celebration of life to be held Saturday, May 17th, 2:00 pm, at Skyway VFW, 7421 S. 126th St. Roxy’s favorite color was purple – it would be great if you have something purple to wear. Please make any memorial donations to the Lupus Foundation.

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Memorial this afternoon for Pearl Phillips, 1924-2014 http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/memorial-this-afternoon-for-pearl-phillips-1924-2014/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/memorial-this-afternoon-for-pearl-phillips-1924-2014/#comments Thu, 01 May 2014 16:04:31 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=272047 A memorial service is planned this afternoon for Pearl Phillips, whose family shares this remembrance:

Pearl Virginia (Niebanck) Phillips, 89, of Seattle passed away April 16. Daughter of Lillian Spamer and Frederick Niebanck, Pearl was born August 2, 1924, in Woodbridge, New Jersey.

Pearl grew up in New York City, but at the age of 16, her family drove cross-country to California. The experience opened her eyes to the natural beauty of the country, and once home, she resolved to return someday. Five years later, Pearl fulfilled that dream and moved to California, living with relatives while she worked in a defense plant during WWII. There, she met her future husband, Don, at an officer’s dance. A native of Washington state, he romanced her with tales of the beautiful Pacific Northwest, promising to buy her a flannel shirt, blue jeans and hiking boots. Three months later, they were married and headed to Washington, where Pearl lived the rest of her life.

Pearl was a city girl, Don a woodsman. Together they explored the forests of the Olympic Peninsula, often off-trail, Don hopping rocks across streams or walking logs over ravines while Pearl rode his shoulders.

At night, they squeezed into a single sleeping bag under the stars. Don slept while Pearl kept a lookout for bears and cougars, shining a flashlight at every rustle in the darkness. Despite her fears, these adventures were some of Pearl’s fondest memories.

During their first years of marriage, Pearl developed an interest and love for gems and minerals; in 1961, they opened a lapidary shop in Everson, Washington. Although the shop closed after a year, many family vacations were spent driving dusty backroads or combing river banks in search of jade, agates, jasper, thunder eggs, obsidian and petrified wood to name a few. More than once, the car lost an oil pan to bad roads and torn maps were repeatedly consulted and argued over. Still, they always came home with heavy bags of treasure, many of which held special meaning for Pearl for their memories.

Pearl was an insurance underwriter for most of her adult life. The last 25 years were spent with Alexander Meyers Insurance Co., until she retired in 1993. She was a valued employee who took great pride in her job, rarely missing work.

Nothing, however, made her more proud than her family. Having lost her mother when she was 4 and her father when she was 11, and living far from her stepmother and stepsiblings, Pearl’s family was everything to her. As a child she’d survived scarlet fever, diphtheria and polio, which left her with a disability. Pearl had been repeatedly told that because of her disability, she’d never get a job, never marry, and shouldn’t have children because they’d be sickly. But Pearl was feisty and had a fighting spirit. She did all of these things and more. She was there for her family no matter what they were doing, from rummage sales and plant sales, to babysitting and graduations; from helping with a move from one home to another to redecorating the kitchen and always attending the many, many family celebrations. She was our mom and will be greatly missed.

Predeceased by her husband of 32 years, Donald Eugene Phillips, Pearl is survived by her four children: Laura Thomas (Randy) of Seattle, Marc Phillips (Janice) of Tonasket, Gale Kroll (Detlev) of Seattle, and Leslie Phillips-Catton (John) of Ravensdale; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held today (May 1st) at 1:00 pm in community room #2 at The Kenney retirement home (7125 Fauntleroy Way SW). In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to The Kenney.

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Remembering Ethel Eyrse, 1914-2014, who lived ‘with great wit and curiosity’ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/04/remembering-ethel-eyrse-1914-2014-who-lived-with-great-wit-and-curiosity/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/04/remembering-ethel-eyrse-1914-2014-who-lived-with-great-wit-and-curiosity/#comments Sat, 19 Apr 2014 05:51:12 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=270904 The family of 99-year-old Ethel Eyrse, who spent the final fourth of her life here, shares this remembrance:

Ethel Louise (Boyer) Eyrse passed away on April 9, 2014. She was born in Saidora, IL on Dec. 2, 1914, to Harry and Elsie Boyer. Ethel moved to Pekin, IL in her teens and, after graduating from Pekin High School, worked at the Pekin Finance Company. She married Fred Eyrse on Aug. 2, 1936.

Ethel was an active volunteer at the Pekin Hospital League, holding many chairs including League President, and started the Nearly Nu Shop which over the years has raised thousands of dollars for the hospital. She moved to Seattle in 1997, following the death of Fred. She lived her 99-plus years with great wit and curiosity about life.

Always independent, Ethel was able to stay in her own apartment in West Seattle with a view of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains and was as sharp as a tack to the end. A bit of her wit was shared online by her granddaughter, Shanna, through the website Upload Your Grandma.

Ethel is survived by her son, Steven Eyrse of Pekin, daughter Cinda (Eyrse) Christie of Seattle, three grandchildren, Shanna Christie, Severn Eyrse and Margaret Lanphier, and two great-grandchildren, Severn Eyrse Jr. and Hazel Lanphier. She will be greatly missed.

There will be a celebration of Ethel’s life at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations could be made in her name to the Pekin Hospital League, 600 South 13th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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Remembering Barbara Jean Parker, 1954-2014 http://westseattleblog.com/2014/04/remembering-barbara-jean-parker-1954-2014/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/04/remembering-barbara-jean-parker-1954-2014/#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:27:17 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=270565 The family of Alki resident Barbara Parker, 60, shares this remembrance:

Barbara “Barb” Jean (Killian) Parker found peace on her way to heaven on March 29, 2014 to be with her sister Christine, her sister Darlene, her father Benny, mother Emily, her mother-in-law Jean, and her father-in-law Allan.

Born March 4, 1954, in Cleveland, Ohio, the oldest sister to Chris, Debbie, and Cindy, Barb’s reputation as a fighter began with her premature birth. She grew up in Cleveland and graduated from James Ford Rhodes High School. She attended Renton Technical College and received CAD/CAM certification as well as the University of Washington Project Management certification.

She met Michael Allan Parker in the fall of 1972 in the Sohio computer center where they both worked. They were married on March 3, 1973, by his father, Father Allan Parker, at St. Phillips Episcopal Church in Cleveland, Ohio. Their son Michael was born in Cleveland and then they moved to Seattle, where their son Matthew was born. After living in Dallas and Mission Beach, they returned to West Seattle to live in Alki.

Barbara was involved in the West Seattle community, and served as the Northwest Cavalier Rescue coordinator, adopting out 21 dogs. Barbara most recently worked for the Seattle Lighthouse of the Blind as a Technical Writer and Documentation Control. Previously she was an IT and ISO Internal Auditor. Barbara organized whomever she worked for, with a contagious humor.

Barbara will be missed by her husband Michael, sons Michael and Matthew, daughters-in-law Angie and Jessica, granddaughters Trinity, Emily, and Tess, sisters Deborah and Cynthia, the in-laws Edith and John, David, Janet, Ann and Dan, and Amy and Ken, plus countless nieces and nephews and cousins. Barbara was surrounded by family in her final days. To honor Barb’s wishes, there will be a private roast to celebrate her life on May 3rd in Alki Beach.

Donations would be made in the memory of Barbara Parker to Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, PO Box 19023, Seattle, WA 98109 and be directed toward breast-cancer research. Online donations for the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance can be made here.

Alternatively, donations can be made in Barbara Parker’s memory to the King Charles Cavalier Rescue. The information can be found here.

Funeral arrangements are under the care of Howden-Kennedy Funeral Home of West Seattle.

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Message from Roberta Weak, 1931-2014: ‘Get out & LIVE!’ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/04/message-from-roberta-weak-1931-2014-get-out-live/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/04/message-from-roberta-weak-1931-2014-get-out-live/#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 01:44:03 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=269860 This remembrance sent to us by a friend of Roberta Weak, gone at 82, includes a message especially meaningful on a beautiful evening like this:

Roberta Arlene Weak was born in Beatrice, Nebraska on August 18, 1931. She passed away on March 18, 2014. She is survived by 11 brothers and sisters and 3 cats.

She lived in West Seattle for the past 25 years, but had lived all over the US while working and exploring in Europe and hiking in Nepal. She loved to tell stories of hiking on Mt. Tamalpais in California, cooking classes with Julia Child in Boston, rescuing and providing homes for many cats that had been abandoned, attending the Fremont Solstice Parade, volunteering in schools to help kids and of course cheering on her Boston Celtics.

Roberta gave to others all of her life. Her motto was to “get out and LIVE! No matter what you do – ENJOY LIFE!”

Roberta was an inspiration to all who met her. Not to be deterred by her Parkinson’s, she exercised every day either at the YMCA Silver Sneakers or at home riding her recumbent bike. Her hope was that friends would take time to gather together, tell stories and celebrate that part of her life they had shared. Have a dark chocolate Dove bar in her honor.

Her final wish: “Stop the VIOLENCE – Be kind to people and pets.”

(WSB publishes obituaries by request, free of charge. Please e-mail the text, and a photo if available, to editor@westseattleblog.com)

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Remembering Greg Riddle, 1954-2014; celebration of life Saturday http://westseattleblog.com/2014/04/remembering-greg-riddle-1954-2014-celebration-of-life-saturday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/04/remembering-greg-riddle-1954-2014-celebration-of-life-saturday/#comments Sun, 06 Apr 2014 22:05:19 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=269763 A celebration of life is planned next Saturday for Greg Riddle, 59. His fight against cancer made news here two months ago when his family’s home near Roxhill Elementary caught fire, forcing them to find somewhere else to live, which they did, thanks in part to suggestions from WSB’ers when Mr. Riddle’s daughter Kristine Elliott asked here for ideas and assistance. Now, she shares this remembrance of her dad:

Family and friends will gather Saturday, April 12th, at 11:30 a.m. at Boulevard Park Place Retirement Community, 2805 S. 125th St. in Burien, for a Celebration of Life.

William Gregory Riddle passed away March 27, 2014. Greg was born October 24, 1954, to William (Bill) Cecil & Flo (Sue) Riddle, the 6th of 7 children, in Redding, California. He met the love of his life, Eileen Turgeon, in 1978 and they were married in 1982. Together, they raised their 3 children.

He was a highly skilled carpenter who had a unique bond with animals and loved to fish for salmon in the Hoh, Sol Duc & Bogachiel Rivers in Forks, Washington. Greg also loved the outdoors and spending time with his family. Some of his happiest times were coaching Little League Baseball. He knew how to bring out the players’ full potential, taught them to play as a team, and how to win or lose with pride.

Greg is survived by his wife Eileen, daughter Kristine and son-in-law Ryan Elliott, son Trevor Riddle, daughter Catherine Riddle, and daughter Jessica Riddle; four grandchildren Luke, Reese, Blake, and Chase Elliott; brothers Derryl Riddle and Tim Riddle; sisters Pat Henk and Mary Riddle. He was preceded in death by his father Bill, mother Sue, brothers Chuck Riddle and Kenny Riddle.

You will always be loved and forever missed…

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Memorial service Monday for Morey Skaret, Fauntleroy storyteller http://westseattleblog.com/2014/04/memorial-service-monday-for-morey-skaret-fauntleroy-storyteller/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/04/memorial-service-monday-for-morey-skaret-fauntleroy-storyteller/#comments Sat, 05 Apr 2014 20:52:25 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=269682 The memorial service for Fauntleroy legend Morest “Morey” Skaret, 100, is set for 10 am this Monday (April 7th) at Forest Lawn (6701 30th SW). As noted in his obituary, as published in The Seattle Times, Mr. Skaret had been a West Seattleite since childhood. He also served with the Seattle Police Department for more than 40 years; our photo at right is from 2012, when he was honored by the Seattle Police Relief Association. Mr. Skaret was known by many as a storyteller; some of his stories are on HistoryLink.org, like this one. Fauntleroy writer/editor/community advocate Judy Pickens edited Mr. Skaret’s book of life stories, “Morey’s Bench“; we asked her for a few words in his memory:

“Nothing reveals the grain of a life and the time of its living quite like personal stories. And to loved ones, friends, and neighbors, no one can tell a story better than Morey Skaret.”

I wrote those words in 2003, when Morey and I culminated publication of “Morey’s Bench,” a collection of his stories spanning his early years on a homestead in Alberta, through his settling in Fauntleroy in 1937, to his long retirement overlooking the ferry terminal. Throughout the process, I could never convince him that people would want to buy the book. When the dust settled, however, we had reprinted it three times to satisfy demand.

With Morey’s passing on March 27, loved ones, friends, and neighbors have those stories and many “Did I ever tell you about…” moments with him as fond memories. Those not fortunate enough to have a copy of the book may find a sampling of his stories at www.historylink.org/?keyword=Skaret&DisplayPage=results.cfm&Submit=Go.

If you have a story to share, Mr. Skaret’s online guestbook is here.

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