Miscellaneous Skagit County, Washington Obituaries

Mary Jane Ginnett, 64, died peacefully, surrounded by family, at Island Hospital, Anacortes, WA on November 22, 1999 following a long, hard fought battle. 
She was born at her family home in Anacortes on August 25, 1935 to Antonio and Mae (Sher-man) Campano. She met Arthur "Gene" Ginnett in Anacortes and was married in Anacortes on Febru-ary 21, 1953. 
Mrs. Ginnett moved to Oak Harbor with her husband in 1955. She was a member of the Oak Har-bor Lutheran Church and was also a member of the VFW Auxiliary #7392 of Oak Harbor and the American Legion, George Morris Post #129 of Oak Harbor. 
Mrs. Ginnett is survived by her husband, Arthur "Gene" Gin-nett; two daughters: Linda Rhodes and her husband Donald "Dusty", and Kathleen Polubinski; four grandchildren: Dawn and Christie Rhodes and Anthony "Ace" and Amber Polubinski; sister and brother-in-law Antionette "Toni" and Milton Wahl, all of Oak Har-bor. Many nieces, nephews, cou-sins and friends also survive her. 
The youngest of eleven child-ren, Mrs. Ginnett was preceded in death by her parents; seven broth-ers: Roy, John, Robert, Marvin, and Philip Allen, and Elmer and Wilmer Pope; and two sisters: Ollie Allen Gillette and Clara Allen Tavitoff. 
Graveside services will be held at the Grandview Cemetery, Anacortes, WA on Monday, No-vember 29, 1999 at 11:00 am. Memorial services will follow at the Oak Harbor Lutheran Church, Oak Harbor, WA on Monday, No-vember 29 at 1:00 PM. The Rev. Jerry Buss will officiate. 
Arrangements are under the direction of the Burley Funeral Chapel, Oak Harbor, WA. 
Pallbearers are Steve Beck, Anthony Polubinski, Richard De-vitte, T.J. Allen, Anthony New-bauer, and Jeff Beck. 
Remembrances may be made to the Oak Harbor Lutheran Church Memorial Fund or to your favorite charity. 

 Mrs. Helen I. Olson, 92, a life long resident of Mount Vernon, died at a local Mount Vernon care center Wednesday, November 24, 1999. 
She was born in Mount Vernon, October 29, 1907 the daughter of William E. and Mary Emma Pryor Hayton. 
She was educated in Mount Vernon and married Alfred O. Olson in Everett May 5, 1934. The picture in her obituary was taken at that time. 
The couple had resided in Mount Vernon since their marriage and Mr. Olson preceded her in death in 1994. 
She was a member of the Skagit Golf and Country Club. 
Survivors are: 1 son and daughter-in-law, William A. and Ardith Olson of Mount Vernon; 2 grandsons, Edwin A. Olson of Arlington and Michael H. and his wife Genevieve Olson of Bellingham; 1 niece, Barbara Norgard of Anacortes; 2 nephews, Richard Brannon of Edmonds and Dr. Lloyd Anderson of California; and a close friend, Nettie Pettijohn of Mount Vernon. 
At the request of the deceased there will be no funeral services. Cremation has been held at the Mount Vernon Crematory under the direction of the Kern Funeral Home of Mount Vernon. 
Inurnment will follow at a later date in the Mount Vernon Cemetery. Memorials may be given to a favorite charity. 

Deborah Ann Chittenden Benningfield, born November 24, 1940 in Seattle to Tom & Beth Chittenden, passed away November 19, 1999. 
She is survived by her hus-band, Les; children, Michael Canfield & wife Kate, Mary Canfield and Tianna Laird & husband Jamie, Puyallup; also Tom, Tracy & Troy Benningfield & Toni Norton; 11 grandchildren; sisters, Sue Hathaway & Peggy Wahlberg & their families. 
She was preceded in death by her parents & a special "Granny", Edith Chittenden. 
She leaves a wide circle of friends she touched throughout her life. 
Debbie was raised in Bellevue, graduating from Bellevue High in 1959. She was employed at Jen-sen Price Surveys, Bellevue, for 30 years, most recently as Office Manager. 
She enjoyed playing with her grandkids & spending quiet time gardening at her river home in Concrete, WA. 
Deb's great sense of humor, "down to earth" personality & deep caring of others will be missed by all that were lucky enough to know her. Even as her cancer progressed she was more concerned about others. She was deeply loved & will be greatly missed. 
Committal service will be at 2:00pm, Monday, November 29, 1999 at Sunset Hills Memorial Park in Bellevue. 
Arrangements by Green Funeral Home, Bellevue, WA. 

Grant Howard Torrey passed away Tuesday, November 23, 1999 at his home in Clear Lake at the age of 65 years. 
He was born June 23, 1934 in Lansing, Michigan. Grant was a 27 year veteran of the US Navy retiring as a Master Chief in 1979. During his service he flew reconnaissance in Vietnam, served on the USS Nimitz and he was a hurricane hunter flying into hurricanes. 
After his discharge from the service, Grant resided in Moses Lake, WA where he attended Big Bend Community College and graduated with an Associates Degree in Agriculture later working as the seed plant manager for Columbia Basin Seed. He later was a radio station manager in Lewiston, Idaho, and he also managed the Warden Golf Course for one year. 
For the past 10 years, he had resided at Clear Lake. Grant enjoyed hunting, fishing, and golf, as well as his family and being a grandfather. He became a Christian this past year and attended Good Shepherd Church in Portland, OR and Christ the King Community Church in Bellingham. 
Survivors include: daughter, Tammy Torrey of Clear Lake; 4 sons: Grant Torrey Jr of Moses Lake, Rich and his wife Michele Torrey of Mt. Vernon, Gary and his wife Shelly Torrey of Portland, OR, and Greg and his wife Kim Torrey of Burlington; 9 grandchildren; a sister in Florida. 
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Cremation and arrangements under the direction of Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley. 

Matilda G. "Stu-Blau" Cayou passed away Thursday, November 25, 1999 in Anacortes, WA at the age of 65 years. 
Funeral services will be held Monday, November 29, 1999 at 9:00 AM at the Swinomish Tribal Center in LaConner with Father Pat Twohy officiating. Burial will be in the Swinomish Indian Cemetery. 
Services and arrangements under the direction of Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley.

January 6, 1913-January 15, 2000 
William A. Webb, age 87, was born to William and Eva (Spaulding) Webb on January 6, 1913 in Everett, Washington, and entered into rest on January 15, 2000 in Mount Vernon, Washington after a brief illness. 
Bill entered into marriage with Meta R. Kuchenbecker on December 15, 1934 in Bellingham. Bill worked at a number of professions. Bill and Meta moved to the Skagit Valley area in 1950, and relocated to Raymond, Washington in 1958. 
In 1962 Bill was appointed Justice of the Peace for Pacific County, Deputy Sheriff in 1963, and elected in 1966 and serving 3 terms as County Sheriff for Pacific County. Bill was appointed as the 1st Executive Secretary of the Washington Association of Sheriff and Police Chiefs for four years until his retirement in 1979. Bill and Meta returned to the Skagit Valley area in 1981 where they had lived since. 
Bill was known for his humor, quick wit, and "telling it like it is". 
Bill is survived by daughters: Karen Coselman and her husband Gary of Burlington, Nancy Erickson and her husband Jerry of Oak Harbor; son Andy Webb of Honolulu, Hawaii; grandchildren: Dan Coselman and his wife Dorothy, Gretchen Thomas and her husband Mark, Don Barnett, Roxanne Bennett and her husband Mark, Lance Nelson, L'Andy Webb, Scott Webb; 8 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. 
Bill was preceded in death by his beloved wife of over 64 years Meta; daughter Bonnie Drake; and granddaughter, Robin Drake; 2 sisters, Cleo Winkler, Evelyn Torgeson; and brother Oliver Webb. 
Open visitation will be conducted for Bill on Wednesday, January 19, 2000 from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Hawthorne Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, Washington, with chapel service to follow on Thursday, January 20, 2000 at 11:00 AM at Hawthorne Funeral Home, Mount Vernon, Washington. Private burial to follow. 
In lieu of floral tributes, memorials may be made in Bill's name to the Lion's Eye Bank. 
Full funeral and cemetery arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hawthorne Funeral Home and Memorial Park, Mount Vernon, Washington. 

Randy Lee Riley went to join his Lord on Saturday, January 15, 2000. 
Born September 23, 1951 in McAllen, Texas, the son of Victor Riley and Ruth (Warner) Riley. 
He worked in the Gulf of Mexico for Star Drilling as a young man and came to Washington in 1969. He had worked for Washington Energy Services for the past ten years. 
He was an avid fisherman and camper. Some of his hobbies included riding Harley Davidson motorcycles, bowling, and story telling. 
Survivors include: his loving wife Sidney of Mount Vernon; his parents Ruth and Victor Riley of Port Lavaca, Texas; one brother and sister-in-law Travis and Glenda Riley of Bay City, Texas; two sisters and two brothers-in-law, Johnnie Ruth and James Benton of Kirkland, Viki and Robert Jackson of San Antonio, Texas; two brothersin-law and their wives, Rick and Cyndie DeRemer of Mount Vernon, David and Lisa DeRemer of Burien; two sisters-in-law and their husbands, Leslie and Kent Rice of Bellevue, Lindsey and Dean Hayes, Sr. of Mount Vernon; many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, upon whom he looked as his own children. 
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 pm, Wednesday, January 19, 2000 at Hulbush Funeral Home, in Burlington. Interment will follow at Hawthorne Memorial Park, Mount Vernon. 
Remembrances are suggested to Skagit Hospice, 1971 Hwy 20, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284. 
Arrangements are under the direction of Hulbush Funeral Home. 

Mr. William N. Alvord, Jr., 65, a life long resident of La Conner passed away in a Seattle Hospital 
due to an automobile accident earlier.
He was born in La Conner August 19, 1934 the son of William N. and Florence Otis Alvord, Sr.
He was educated in La Conner graduating from the La Conner High School with the class of 1953. Following his schooling he worked at the Shell Refinery at Anacortes.
He joined the United State Army serving at Point Barrow in the Alaska Communications System. He was in the area when Alaska became the state in 1959.
He later fished at Kodiak Island. In 1967 he returned to La Conner and began working as truck 
driver for Moore-Clarke there. He worked there for 27 years retiring in 1994.
Mr. Alvord enjoyed the outdoors in fishing, hunting and was well known for his cooking at the fire hall and bar-b-ques. He had been active as a La Conner Volunteer Fireman for the past 25 years. 
He was baptized in the Methodist Church, a member of the La Conner High School Booster Club, 
a member of the La Conner Junior Chamber of Commerce, he was active in youth organizations and 
coached Little League.
Survivors are his father William N. Alvord, Sr. of La Conner; 3 brothers and 2 sisters-in-law: David and Joan Alvord, Richard and Trudy Alvord and Larry Alvord, all of Mount Vernon; 3 sisters and 2 brothers-in-law: Mary Ellen and Walter Dellinger of Quincy, Shirley Helsel of La Conner and Carol and Jerry Levy of Everett; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preced-
ed in death by his mother, and a brother Allen.
The funeral procession will begin at the La Conner High School aboard the La Conner fire truck at 1:30 PM Wednesday, January 19, 2000 processing through La Conner and on to the Pleasant 
Ridge Cemetery where graveside services will be held at 2:00 PM.
Mr. Alvord will lie in state for viewing at the Kern Funeral Chapel, Mount Vernon from 9 AM to 5 PM Tuesday and from 9 AM to noon on Wednesday.
Memorials may be made to the La Conner Volunteer Fireman's Association, P.O. Box 581, La 
Conner, Washington 98257 or the La Conner High School Scholarship Program, P.O. Box 1123, La Conner, Washington 98257.

Robert Keith Edgett, 82, of Anacortes, died January 13, 2000 at home. 
He was born May 24, 1917 in Chelsea, MA. At 6 months of age he moved with his family to New Brunswick, Canada where he was raised. 
In 1935 he moved back to the U.S.A. and joined the US Navy in 1939. After 22 years of service, he retired in 1961. 
Mr. Edgett was married to Donna Hadsell on August 23, 1940 in Boston, MA and in 1954 they made their home in Anacortes. 
He was a shareholder in Anacortes Veneer, Inc. until 1969. In 1971 he began working for N.A.S. Whidbey Special Services, retiring in 1981. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Donna, in 1994. 
Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Sara & Gary Falkner of Anacortes; his son and daughter-in-law, Robert & Sarah Edgett of Mt. Vernon; 3 grandchildren, Jason Falkner, Eliza Van Pelt and Laura Edgett; 1 great-grandson, Murl Vincent Van Pelt, IV; and a nephew, Norman Chantler of New Brunswick, Canada. 
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Histiocytosis Assoc. of America, 302 N. Broadway, Pitman, NJ, 08071; or to Virginia Mason Foundation (for R.N.D.), P.O. Box 900, Seattle, WA 98111. 
At this time, no services are planned. 
Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel, Anacortes. 

Tomas Hoines of Stanwood passed away on January 14, 2000 after a brief illness. 
Funeral services will be held at Freeborn Lutheran Church at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 18, 2000 following a family graveside service. 
He was born in Skudeness Haven, Norway on January 19, 1910 to Johan & Anna Hoines. 
He came to Stanwood in 1929. He met and married Helen Soderlind on October 20, 1934. She preceded him in death in November 1965. 
Tom was an active member of the Freeborn Lutheran Church and served on the church council for many years. He founded the Perpetual Care Fund for the Freeborn Lutheran Cemetery from memorials received upon his son John's death. 
Some of his various occupations included commercial fishing in Alaska and Puget Sound, logging, school bus driver, processing specialized cheese, and farming. 
In 1966 he met a wonderful lady from Texas, Coela Hommel, who he married in 1967. 
Survivors include his wife, Coela; daughters Marie (John) Simonseth, Susan (Russell) Wykoff; son, Dennis (Siegred) Hoines; stepchildren, Shirley Robinson, Siegred (Dennis) Hoines, Sherry (Harvey) Fort, Tony (Janet) Lovette; numerous grandchildren; greatgrandchildren; and one brother, Karl Hoines. 
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Freeborn Cemetery Perpetual Fund or the Freeborn Church. 
Arrangements are entrusted to Gilbertson Funeral Home, Stanwood. 

M. Blanche Parker, age 89, a resident of Mount Vernon, passed away Friday, January 14, 2000 in Mount Vernon. 
Arrangements are under the direction of the Kern Funeral Home of Mount Vernon.

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