|BETTY LORRAINE MONAGHAN
March 3, 1924- Aug. 13, 2000
Betty Lorraine Monaghan, 76, was born to William and Grace Ridenhour
on March 3, 1924 in Bellingham and passed away peacefully at home with
her family around her on Sunday, August 13, 2000 in Sedro-Woolley.
She was raised in Wickersham with two of her older brothers, William
and Robert Ridenhour. Betty graduated from Mount Baker High School in Deming
Betty and John Patrick Monaghan were married on July 24, 1942 in Seattle,
at the home of her aunt. After the end of World War II, they had two children,
Beverly and Linda. They were blessed with a beautiful and loving marriage.
They were always together and lived each day to the fullest.
The couple spent several years in Skykomish where they owned and operated
The Cascadia Hotel, Restaurant and Lounge.
Betty and her husband, Pat, enjoyed fishing, hunting, card games and
Betty was a member of American Legion Auxiliary, the Fraternal Order
of Eagles, and Eastern Star. In her later years, she was an avid bingo
player, making many lasting friendships with fellow players.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Grace Ridenhour;
her husband, Pat; her brothers, Walt Ridenhour and Robert "Red" Ridenhour;
and her grandson, Douglas James Carlson Steele.
Betty is survived by her two daughters, Beverly Jean Eyler and husband
Mike of Burlington and Linda Lee Monaghan and her companion Jerry Dixon
of Sedro-Woolley; brother and sister-in-law, William and Barbara Ridenhour
of Everson; sister-in-law, Georgie Ridenhour of Bellingham; sister-in-law,
Alice Monaghan of Sultan; sisterin-law, Marion Monaghan of Deming; brother-in-law,
Richard Monaghan and wife Nola of Bellingham; four grandchildren: Lorraine
Marie Potts and partner Ken Leeper of Burlington, Patrick E. Mezo and wife
Brenda Jewel of Woodinville, Steven G. Steele and wife Tarina of Ephrata
and Becky Lee Feehan and husband Jim of Sedro-Woolley; six great-grandchildren:
Steven Richard Potts of Burlington, Jesse Dwayne Leeper of Burlington,
Brock Allen, Samantha Marie, and Austin Lee Steele of Ephrata and Max Mezo
of Woodinville, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A wake will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, August 17, 2000 at George
Baldridge American Legion Post No. 43, 701 Murdock St., in Sedro-Woolley.
Memorials may be made to Skagit Home Health Skagit Hospice, or the
George Baldridge American Legion Auxiliary of SedroWoolley.
ALMA IRENE DODSON
Alma Irene Dodson, 74, of Anacortes, died Thursday, August 10, 2000
at Island Hospital in Ana cortes.
She was born October 2, 1925 in Lake Forest, Illinois, the daughter
of Andrew and Alma (Clausen) Eide.
After graduation from Lake Forest High School in 1943, Irene helped
produce medicines for the war at Abbott Laboratories in Chicago.
In 1944, Irene met and mar ried Navy Gunners Mate 2nd Class, Vernon
"Tex" Dodson in Walla Walla, WA. Irene and Vernon lived in San Francisco,
CA, San Diego, CA, and Freewater, OR before moving to Anacortes in 1951.
Irene loved doing craftwork, especially making and repairing dolls.
From 1962-1984, Irene (a.k.a. The Doll Lady) operated Re nies Doll Hospital
from several lo cations in Anacortes, including the Fisherman's World Market.
Irene continued working on craft projects until the day before she passed
Irene was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her brother,
Ralph Eide; and her sister, Violet Narki.
She is survived by 2 sons & daughters-in-law, Bill & Jeanette
Dodson of Edna Bay, Alaska, Michael & Linda Dodson of Ana cortes; a
daughter, Patti Mann of Anacortes; 6 grandchildren: April Dodson, John
Dodson, Jessica Dod son, Russell Dodson, Jason Mann, Adrienne Mann; and
numerous cou sins, nieces and nephews; also, extended family George Mann,
Martin & Terry Maybe, Salvation Army
Homemakers and Tops Club of Ana cortes.
Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army, 3001 R Ave nue, Anacortes,
WA 98221 or the American Diabetes Association, 3615 Fleming, Everett WA
A celebration of Irene's life will be at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Au gust
19, 2000 at the Salvation Army in Anacortes, 3001 R Ave nue.
Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel, Anacortes, WA.
C. T. (PETE) LUNDBERG
C.T. (Pete) Lundberg passed away Wednesday, August 9, 2000 at the age
Pete, the son of Charlotte and Gustaf Lundberg, was born in Ana-cortes
in 1909 and made Anacortes his home his entire life.
During his adult life he fished commercially in southeast Alaska, owned
and operated a ginseng gar-den, and retired from the Scott Paper Company
in Anacortes after 25 years of service.
Favorite pastimes included reading, traveling, gardening, woodworking
and caring for his pets.
Surviving relatives include his wife, Joyce Lundberg of Anacortes;
sisters: Ruth Gardner of Everett, Evelyn Thompson of Silverdale; son and
daughter-in-law, Mark and Diane Lundberg of Anacortes.
A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, August 19, 2000
at Evans Funeral Chapel in Anacortes. Private interment will be at Grand
View Cemetery in Ana-cortes.
Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel, Anacortes, WA.
MICHAEL H. LEAMER
Public inurnment services will be held in the family plot at the Pleasant
Ridge Cemetery for Mr. Leamer Friday, August 18, 2000 at 2:30 PM. Mike
passed away July 26, 2000 in Seattle. Following the inurnment service the
family would like to have you join them at the La Conner Civic Garden Club
in La Conner.
Kern Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is in charge of arrangements.
Hal McGowan, age 67, died Wednesday, October 4, 2000 at St. Joseph
Hospital in Bellingham.
He was born June 10, 1933 in Seattle. Graduated from Ballard High School.
He served in the US
Army, worked for AT&T "Ma" Bell for 25 years.
He was united in marriage to Liz Bowhall on February 18, 1972.
He was a member of Burlington Masonic Lodge No. 254, where he held
several positions and was
Worshipful Master in 2000, member of Scottish Rite in Bellingham, Holly
Chapter No. 199 O.E.S. in
Burlington, member of the Nile temple of Seattle, Past President of
the Skagit County Shrine Club,
Shrine Wagon master. He was a Past Exhalted Ruler of Elks Lodge No.
1604 in Mt. Vernon.
His hobbies were camping, fishing and traveling.
Surviving are his wife Liz at home; children: Scott McGowan at Renton;
Dr. Debra Worley and husband David in Terre Haute, Indiana; Cindy Finney
and husband Martin and granddaughter Adina in Midland, Michigan; Sue Eckroft
and grandson Colin in Olympia; Dick Bowhall and wife Elaine and grandson
Doug and great-granddaughter Kaleena in Lynnwood; Jerry Bowhalland wife
Sue and randsons Jamie, Justin, Jessie and David in Seattle; Elwood and
wife Laverne in Everett; Larry and wife Becky and granddaughter Nicole
in Everett; sister Kay Babin in Snohomish; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by his father and mother Harold and Angus McGowan.
A memorial will be held at Burlington Masonic Lodge No. 254, 608 East
Fairhaven Ave., in Burlington on October 14, 2000 at 1:00 PM, Saturday.
This will be a celebration of Hal's life and words from his many friends.
||There will be refreshments.
FRANCES ELIZABETH MULLEN SWAPP
Frances Elizabeth Mullen Swapp, 90, of Anacortes, died Wednesday, November
29, 2000. Frances was a devoted family member and teacher of 37 years who
was loved by all who knew her.
Frances was born November 30, 1909, in Lyman, Washington to Henry and
She graduated from Bellingham High School at the age of 16 and from
Bellingham Normal School, from which she obtained her teaching certification,
at the age of 18. Shortly thereafter she began teaching in a one-room schoolhouse
in the community of Hoogdal. She then taught at schoolhouses in Hamilton
and Rosario, and following her marriage to Edmund Swapp on June 18, 1937,
she continued teaching in the Anacortes School District until the mid-1970's.
Frances was a musician who played the violin and piano entertaining
not only at granges throughout Skagit County during her youth, but to her
children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren as well.
Frances was active in the Skagit County Historical Society and the
Rosario School Historical Society. She yearly hosted groups of school children
at the one-room Rosario school until 1999.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Edmund in 1971, and a brother,
She is survived by her children: Ginger Bostian of Coupeville, Tom
Swapp and his wife Peggy of Anacortes, Marianne and her husband Tim Tobiason
of Lyman, Katy Prevedell of Hamilton, and John Swapp and his wife Kelly
of Clear Lake; grandchildren include: Patrick Swapp and his wife Melanie
of Mount Vernon, Francine Bostian of Mount Vernon, Suzanne Bostian of Anacortes,
and Eric, Jessica and Jackie Swapp of Clear Lake. Frances is also survived
by one greatgranddaughter, Lauren Boston of Mount Vernon. Her surviving
siblings are: Roger Mullen and his wife Jean of Bellingham, Doris Campbell
of Sedro-Woolley, Dennis Mullen of Lyman, Jack Mullen and his wife Helen;
and a sister-inlaw, Irene Mullen of Burlington.
A graveside committal service will be held 12 Noon, Monday, December
4, 2000 at Grand View Cemetery followed by a memorial service at 1PM at
Anacortes First Baptist Church, 29th & J Avenue, reception following.
Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel, Anacortes.
JAMES F. LYNCH
March 14, 1926-November 30, 2000
James F. Lynch of Shelter Bay, was born to Harry C. and Mable F. (Johnson)
Lynch on March 14, 1926, in Ottumwa Iowa, and entered into rest in Mount
Vernon, Washington on November 30, 2000.
Jim entered into marriage with Marilyn "Jo" Wernentin 51 years ago.
Jim saw military service in WWII as an Army Air Corps. cadet. For many
years Jim was active in the Boy Scouts of America, earning the Silver Beaver
Award. Jim earned his Bachelors of Science Degree from Iowa State University
in Civil Engineering. Jim was instrumental in the design of the Metro Sanitary
Treatment System for King County. Jim was affiliated with American Society
of Civil Engineers, and Society of American Value Engineers.
Jim is survived by his loving wife and partner of 51 years Jo at the
family home, son, Kevin Lynch of Seattle, daughter Kerri Lynch McLucas
of Sumner, 4 grandsons, and his special buddy "Skagit".
At Jim's request there will be no public services. Memorials may be
made in Jim's name to the Cancer Care Fund, Skagit Valley Hospital Foundation,
PO Box 1376, Mount Vernon, Wa 98273. Full arrangements have been entrusted
to Hawthorne Funeral Home and Memorial Park, Mount Vernon, Washington.
ONNALEE JANETTE WOIWOD
Onnalee Janette Woiwod, 76, of Big Lake, entered into rest with her
Lord and Savior "Jesus Christ", Wednesday, November 29, 2000 at United
General Hospital, following a brief hospitalization.
She was born June 12, 1924 in Wright, Iowa the daughter of Bert and
Dora (Jacobs) Fjetland.
Onnalee graduated from Belmond High School in Belmond, Iowa. She then
graduated from St. Joseph College of Nursing. She then moved to Fairbanks,
Alaska and practiced as a nurse.
Onnalee married Marvin Ronald Woiwod February 1, 1948. They moved to
Washington in 1942 and to Big Lake in 1955. He preceded her in death in
After the birth of their first child, she became a full-time mother
and was known as "mom and nurse" to many of the Big Lake children.
Onnalee was actively involved in the Big Lake Schools, lifetime member
of Trinity Lutheran Church as well as other community and civic projects.
She was an avid reader, doll and antique collector, enjoyed craft projects
and spending time with her grandchildren. She will be missed by her family
and many friends.
Memorials in her memory may be sent to Trinity Lutheran Church Memorial
Fund or Dora Jacobs Pin Fund (Displaced Homemakers Fund) c/o Skagit Valley
She is survived by her children: Tim and his wife Linda of Mount Vernon,
Mark "Kip" and his wife Barbara of Sedro-Woolley, Joe and his wife Darlene
of Big Lake, Jonathon "Jay" and his wife Trish of Sedro-Woolley, Denton
"Denny" and his wife Lisa of Burlington; daughter, Jan LaDue and her husband
Don of Sighisoara, Romania; 15 grandchildren; and numerous cousins in Iowa.
She was also preceded in death by a sister, Imogene Fjetland; and a
brother, Orville "Bud" Fjetland.
Cremation and inurnment was conducted at Hawthorne Memorial Park under
the direction of Hawthorne Funeral Home.
A celebration of Onnalee's Life will be Monday, December 4, 2000 at
11:00AM at Trinity Lutheran Church. Reverend Bob Bendick will be officiating.
MARIAN WILLIAM KING
Marian William King, 90, longtime resident of Anacortes died in peace
and met his savior on November 30, 2000.
He was born in Buffalo, North Dakota on March 15, 1910 and moved to
Washington at 18 months old.
He married Aldena May Stuart on June 15, 1933. Marian was a long time
employee of Scott Paper, retiring in 1972.
In his youth he loved hunting and fishing and more recently loved caring
for his rose buses.
He was a Salvation Army Volunteer and won the volunteer award in 1999.
Marian has been a member of the First Assembly of God since 1933. He was
well known and loved in his community as he was by his family.
Marian was preceded in death by his first wife, Aldena in 1987 after
53 years of marriage.
He is survived by his 2 daughters: Ileta Johnson and Carolyn Craig
and their husbands; his wife Geneva King; four grandchildren: Paul Johnson,
Jeff Johnson, DeLynn Todaro, and DeYonne Tegman; five great-grandchildren;
two nieces and a nephew.
Services will be held 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 5, 2000 at the Anacortes
First Assembly of God with the Rev. Les Welk officiating. Interment will
be at Fern Hill Cemetery. Viewing will be from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, and 12-5
p.m. on Monday.
Memorials are suggested to the Anacortes First Assembly of God.
Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel, Anacortes.
CHARLES G. PARKER
Charles "Charlie" Parker, 98, died 15 December 2000 at Mt. Vernon Care
Born 2 June 1902 at Tacoma, WA: Charles was the eldest son of Bertha
M. (Josephson) and Merwin W. Parker. Charlie's childhood and early education
was at Bellingham, WA. As a young man he worked in the timber industry
in Whatcom Co. and later moved north to work at Valdez, Alaska. In 1924
he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served as an aviation machinist's mate
on board the USS Tennessee. Following his discharge he then enlisted in
the US Coast Guard; serving aboard the patrol craft Redwing out of Anacortes
WA. He married in 1929 and had two children. In the decade prior to WWII
Charlie was employed as a truck driver and driver for the Mt. Vernon -
Anacortes stage line. At that time he became a member of the Masonic Order.
(Fidalgo Lodge No. 77) was a Sea Scout Skipper (Ship 81, Anacortes) and
was active in the Teamsters union.
In 1941 Charlie returned to the sea as Chief Engineer on PB108, a tug
with the US Engineering Dept. off Adak in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska.
He survived after the ship struck a reef and capsized. He later served
with the Army Transport Corps in the South Pacific Theater. He again survived
when the troop transport he was serving aboard was torpedoed and sunk.
Charlie returned to Bellingham in 1945 and worked as a truck driver
in the timber industry. In 1946 he married Ada Smith and built a home at
Geneva near Lake Whatcom. He ended his working career with the Whatcom
Co. Road Department. He retired in 1967. Several years later Charles and
Ada moved to Mt. Vernon to a new home on Anderson Road.
Charlie loved to fish and rarely missed an opportunity to fish the
Nooksack or Skagit Rivers. He earned the honorary title "Mayor of Youngs
Bar", having fished that popular spot for over 30 years. Of cheerful disposition
Charlie loved life and was rewarded with many good and happy years. He
will be missed by those whose life he touched.
Charles is survived by Ada, his wife of 54 years; son Charles T. Parker,
daughter Joan and her husband Melvin Ketchersid all of Clarkston, Idaho.
Other survivors include stepson Douglas Smith and wife Karen of 100 Mile
House, B.C., stepdaughter Denneen and husband Wilfred Leger of Mt. Vernon.
Charlie had 14 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren as well as numerous
nieces and nephews.
At Charlies request there will be no funeral service. A simple memorial
gathering will be held in March 2001. Local arrangements are under the
direction of the Kern Funeral Home of Mount Vernon.
MARGARET "MARGE" MARIE SILVES
Margaret "Marge" Marie Silves, 83, a longtime Sedro-Woolley resident
passed away on Saturday, December 16, 2000 at Skagit Valley Hospital in
She was born on March 18, 1917 in Riverside, CA, the daughter of Harrison
& Ruth Alumbaugh Mestmaker.
Marge grew up and attended school in Long Beach, CA and there met William
"Bill" Silves. They were married in Las Vegas, NV in 1944, but with Bill
being in the Navy during WWII Marge moved to Sedro-Woolley to be near his
family until his return.
She was active in her children's lives by being a Cub Scout den mother
for 8 years. She assisted Bill with Little League, Pony League and Babe
Ruth baseball for 15 years. During the 1950's & 60's several law enforcement
officers and firemen could be found taking a "pie break" in the Silves
kitchen, due to Marge's baking talents. She was also the "den mother" for
hundreds of steelhead fishermen, opening her kitchen to hungry steelheaders
who fished with Bill and their son, Kirk, to close to 40 years. She also
found time for other activities. She worked at the Courier Times for 14
years, retiring in 1980, was a member of the Rebekah Lodge, the Emblem
Club, and a women's bowling league.
She is survived by her son Kirk and "daughter" Janell Silves of Sedro-Woolley
and their children, Misty Silves and companion Kalvin Burger, Clint Silves,
Roy and Norman Swihart, and the apple of her eye, great-grandson Jay Burger;
daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Malloy Rowland of Birdsview; son and
daughter-in-law, Bill and Chris Silves of Clear Lake; and numerous other
grand and great-grandchildren; 1 sister-in-law, Helen La Marsh of Mount
She was preceded in death by her father in 1979, her mother in 1990
and husband Bill in 1993.
Private interment was at Sedro-Woolley Union Cemetery. Memorials to
the Skagit County United Way are suggested.
Arrangements were under the direction of Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley.
VERNON "VERN" J. MATHIS
Vernon "Vern" J. Mathis, 81, died Sunday, December 17, 2000 at Warm
Beach Health Care Center following an extended illness.
He was born December 5, 1919, in Chaney, Oklahoma, the son of Henry
and Ora Mae (Sumpter) Mathis.
The family moved to SedroWoolley in 1934 and Vernon graduated from
Sedro-Woolley High School in 1938.
Vernon served in the U.S. Army Air Corp, in France, during WWII. Vernon
was decorated with the Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Service Medal
and the Purple Heart.
He married Norma L. Koller June 9, 1946 in Sedro-Woolley. They lived
in Seattle from 1946 through 1959 and Vernon worked for Kuker-Ranken, Inc.
of Seattle and the Boeing Co. They then moved to San Jose, CA and he operated
Mathis Instrument Company until his retirement in 1984. They moved to Everett
in 1988 where they were a member of the Free Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife Norma at the family home; 2 sons, Kenneth
Mathis and his wife Becki of Montery, CA and Leonard Mathis of Everett,
WA; 3 daughters: Katherine Mathis of Everett, WA; Joy Klein and her husband
Terry of Rifle, CO and Patricia Arnquist and her husband Greg of Issaquah,
WA; 10 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; a brother Virgil Mathis
and his wife Leona of Mount Vernon, WA.
He was preceded in death by 4 brothers: Eryl, Lonnie, Kenneth and Lee
Memorials are suggested to The Gideons, P.O. Box 152, Mount Vernon,
WA 98273 or the Parkinson's Disease Foundation.
Burial will be at Hawthorne Memorial Park. Memorial service for Vernon
will be Wednesday, December 20, 2000 at 2:00 PM at Warm Beach Beachwood
Center. Reverend Jim Sanders will be officiating. Visitation will be at
Hawthorne Funeral Chapel, Tuesday, December 19, 2000 from noon until 5:00
VELTA M. "JOHNNIE" JOHNSON
Velta M. "Johnnie" Johnson passed away Sunday, December 17, 2000 at
the Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon, WA at the age of 75 years.
She was born September 12, 1925 in Senia, North Carolina the daughter
of Robert E. and Lula B. Jones Burleson.
Velta was a resident of SedroWoolley for the past 54 years coming here
from Avery County, NC.
She was married to Mack Johnson in Anacortes, WA in 1946. Velta worked
at Northern State Hospital for 27 years retiring in 1973.
She enjoyed gardening, flowers, photography, writing and poetry.
Survivors include: husband, Mack W. Johnson of the family home in Sedro-Woolley;
brothers and sisters-in-law: Mack R.E. and Patty Burleson of Sedro-Woolley
and James and Tina English Jones of Forks, WA; sister and brother-inlaw,
Elsie and Tom Fladebo of Sedro-Woolley; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Graveside services will be Friday, December 22, 2000 at at 2:00 PM
at the Sedro-Woolley Union Cemetery with Pastor Roger Jones officiating.
Memorials are suggested to the American Lung Association or American
Arrangements and services under the care of Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley.
THELMA A. GRAY
Thelma A. Gray, a former Sedro-Woolley resident, passed away Sunday,
December 17, 2000 at the Linden Grove Nursing Center in Puyallup, WA at
the age of 89 years. She was born November 24, 1911 in Boise, Idaho.
Thelma was married to Roy Gray in 1952 in Everett, WA and he preceded
her in death on December 24, 1981. She resided in SedroWoolley years ago
while working at Northern State Hospital and she later moved to Puyallup,
WA where she worked at Western State Hospital in Steilacoom, WA until her
retirement in the 1970's.
Thelma lived at the San Soucci Adult Mobile Home Court on the South
Hill where she enjoyed bingo, cards, and being active in the retirement
She is survived by her adopted family Alice Sanderson and Frank Roush
and their families, all of the Tacoma area.
At Thelma's request, there are to be no services with private interment
at the Sedro-Woolley Union Cemetery.
Arrangements under the care of Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley.
KENNETH "KEN" CHESTER NELSON
Kenneth "Ken" Chester Nelson, 72, of Sedro-Woolley, died Monday, December
19, 2000 at Skagit Valley Hospital.
Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced by Hawthorne