Miscellaneous Skagit County, Washington Obituaries

Will 'Bill' P. Lowman

 Will "Bill" P. Lowman, 84, a lifelong Anacortes resident, died Wednesday, April 26, 2000, at his home.

 He was born Aug. 25, 1915, in Anacortes, the son of Raymond and Jean (Perry) Lowman.

 As a young boy he helped tend the family fish traps at Henry Island and Burrows Bay, worked on cannery tenders for his grandfather, and in his early teens he and a younger brother were responsible for a trap south of the Skyline Marina near Biz Point.

 In the late 1940s, he bought and converted a minesweeper to a freight boat, which he named the "Vindicator," and carried freight between Seattle and Alaska. After the "Vindicator," he bought a 25-foot gillnetter named the "Try Again," and a short time later acquired the gillnetter he named "Zig Zag," which he on Dec. 20, 1999, donated to the Anacortes Museum. It was placed next to the museum to be used as a central piece in the study of the fishing and canning industries in Anacortes.

 Mr. Lowman had an outgoing and friendly personality and acquired many friends from all walks of life. He will be greatly missed by his family and his friends.

 Bill is survived by his two daughters and sons-in-law, Sue and Carl Pedersen of Bainbridge Island and Claudia and Sterling Miles of Houston, Texas; a brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Elsie Lowman of Mercer Island; his sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Neil Carey of Sand Spit, Queen Charlotte Islands; sister-in-law, Margaret Lowman of Anacortes; five grandchildren, Kris Zommers and her husband Andrejs, Brian Morelan and his wife Michelle, Rick Morelan, Jeff Morelan and Don Hoots; two great-grandchildren, Katrianna and Talis Zommers; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, as well as his faithful dog, Lill.

 Memorials are suggested to the Zig Zag Preservation Fund at the Anacortes Museum, 1305 Eighth St., or Skagit Hospice, 1971 Highway 20, Sedro-Woolley, 98284.

Edith S. Wicksell

 Edith S. Wicksell, 87, of Guemes Island, died Thursday, April 20, 2000, in Anacortes.

 She was born April 28, 1912, in Seattle.

 Edith worked as a secretary in the banking industry.

 She is survived by her longtime friend, Robert E. Clark, of Guemes Island.

 At this time, no services are planned.

May O. Carpenter

 May Olive Carpenter, 76, died at home on Saturday, April 28, 2000, surrounded by her family.

 She was born Dec. 21, 1923, in Anacortes, to Axel and Anna Horn of Lake Campbell. She was educated at Dewey School and graduated from Anacortes High School in 1941.

 One day, while May was working at the Anacortes J.C. Penney store, Alfred Carpenter visited the store to make a purchase. She must have been a charming salesperson because the two were married a short time later on Dec. 5, 1942, in a double wedding ceremony at Anacortes Lutheran Church along with Irv and LaVerne Rydberg, also of Anacortes. With the exception of the war years, the couples celebrated each anniversary together.

 May and Al owned and operated Carpenter's Insurance Agency and South Side Realty in the Snelson Building. In 1977, they built the existing South Side Realty, which they operated until their retirement in 1989. May was voted Skagit County Realtor of the Year in 1983.

 She served in many capacities at Anacortes Lutheran Church, including Sunday school superintendent, president of ALCW and various committees, but her favorite was as Sunday school teacher.

 May was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred, on Jan. 26, 2000.

 She is survived by her son, Raymond, of Concrete, and his friend, Val; daughter, Cheryl Hall of Mead; and daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Eric Moe of Anacortes. Her grandchildren were a great joy to her. They are Beth Carpenter, Brenda Carpenter and Todd Carpenter, Aaron Strickert, and Heather Moe and Andrew Moe, along with four great-grandchildren. Her family is very grateful to her loving caregivers, Susie Patterson, Kay Robinson, LeeAnn Kinney and Nelda Anderson.

 Memorials are suggested to Anacortes Lutheran Church or Skagit Hospice.

Doris M. Adams

 Doris May Adams, 78, of Anacortes, died Friday, April 28, 2000, at a local care center.

 She was born Feb. 21, 1922, in Seattle, the daughter of Walter and Local (Edwards) Beach. Doris was raised and educated in Seattle. She graduated as salutatorian from Lincoln High School in 1939. Doris also attended the University of Washington, graduating with a bachelor of arts degree in 1943.

 On Jan. 7, 1944, Doris Beach and Richard Adams were married. They made their home in Richmond Beach. Doris worked for several years as a bond underwriter for Stanley T. Scott Insurance Co. in Seattle and retired in 1989.

 Doris and Richard moved to Mount Vernon and then in 1990 to Anacortes, where they built their home.

 Doris enjoyed gardening, music, painting, drawing, camping and traveling. She also volunteered at Anacortes Chamber of Commerce and was active in the Skyline Beach Club.

 She is survived by her loving husband, Richard, at the family home; son, Guy, of Lynnwood; brother and his wife, Allen and Mary Beach of Seattle; sister-in-law, Sylvia Adams of Seattle; several nieces and nephews; and many good friends.

 Memorials may be made to to a charity of the donor's choice.

June Bullock

 Helen June Bullock, 65, died May 27, 2000, at her home in Anacortes with her loving family by her side after a long and courageous battle with Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS).

 She was born in LaMont, Alberta, Canada, June 11, 1934, to John and Helen Wiens. At age 9 she moved to Kelowna, B. C., where she excelled in swimming, participating in synchronized water ballet and performing in water shows. She swam competitively and attained the bronze medallion for lifesaving.

 From the age of 7, she had a desire to become a nurse, and after graduating from Kelowna High School with honors, she then moved to the United States to attend a five-year nursing program at Portland (Oregon) Adventist Hospital School of Nursing and Walla Walla College School of Nursing. June graduated with honors with a bachelor's degree in nursing education from Walla Walla College in 1956.

 She returned to Canada briefly, returning to Seattle by sea from Victoria, B. C., aboard the Princess Marguerite. One of her proud accomplishments was when she became a U. S. citizen in 1974. 

 She moved to Skagit County in 1957 and started nursing at Skagit Valley Hospital the day it opened in 1958. She worked there for eight years, the last four as director of nursing. She then moved to Anacortes where she worked for 10 years as director of nursing at Island Hospital. During this time, she also worked as nursing consultant, establishing the nursing department at Whidbey General Hospital in Coupeville. 

 She married Tom Bullock on November 30, 1963, in Anacortes. They were sealed on June 10, 1983, for time and all eternity in the Hawaiian Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. They raised five children, enjoying boating around the San Juan Islands and spending time at their cabin on Cypress Island. Her family and friends will always remember her last voyage to the island.

 June particularly had fond memories of time spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Every year, during the month of December, it was a family tradition to go to Grandma's house for the "Christmas Cookie Bake," where the kids could bake and create their own plate of cookies. 

 She enjoyed cooking, gardening, reading, fishing, and entertaining her family and many friends. After a serious back injury, June continued her education and became a registered counselor, opening a private practice called "Life Skills Counseling." Her classes, "Parenting with Common Sense," were attended by more than 500 parents throughout Skagit County. She also taught through Skagit Valley College at the Anacortes Senior Center "Communicating with Understanding," and through Northwest Indian College for eight tribes.

 She was a member of Anacortes Community Health Council and held the office of president for two years. She received the "Very Important Preventative Person" award from the Skagit County Prevention Council in 1996 and the "Woman of Distinction" award from Soroptimist International in 1997.

 June was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and was very active in Relief Society. She had a strong faith that gave her comfort during her illness. 

 She is survived by her loving husband of 36 years, Tom; her five children, daughter, Sherri (Bullock) Galvez, son, Scott Bullock and his wife Melanie, daughter, Elizabeth (Bullock) Luke, son, Ken Bullock and his partner Laura Curley, all of Anacortes, daughter, Marsha (Bullock) Flowers and her husband John of La Conner; her 10 grandchildren, Chelsie Fancher, Jacyln Fancher, Lonnie, Krysta and Dylan Bullock, Bryce Luke, Art Bullock and his wife Jennifer, Brande Bullock, Miley Flowers, Jason Flowers; and two great-grandchildren, Devonne Marie Bullock and Christian Alexander Fancher. 

 She is also survived by her mother, Helen Wiens of Kelowna, B. C.; sister, Justine Allstadt of Penticton, B.C.; three brothers, David Wiens and his wife Sally of West Vancouver, B.C., Ernie Wiens and his wife Dea of Kelowna, John Wiens and his wife Irene of Seshelt, B.C.; and many nieces and nephews. 

 She was preceded in death by her father, John J. Wiens in 1975.

 June was blessed with an abundance of wonderful, caring friends that helped her to cope with the trails she endured due to her illness; their kindness was a strength she appreciated. June would wish to give thanks to everyone in the community who gave so much love and support to her and her family during her last few years. She would wish for us not mourn, but to rejoice.

 Donations in remembrance of June may be made to either the Muscular Dystrophy Association on behalf of ALS (Lour Gehrig's Disease) to the attention of Carol Miller, Northwest Washington District, 701 Dexter Avenue North, Suite 106, Seattle, 98109, or to the Anacortes Kiwanis Noon Club or Soroptimists International of Anacortes.

Harry Lee McAlister

 Harry Lee McAlister, 72, died of natural causes at Island Hospital on Monday afternoon, May 22, 2000 with his beloved wife, Gayl, at his side.

 He was born in Tulsa, Okla., on April 21, 1928, the son of Harvey T. and Iona G. McAlister. He attended local Tulsa schools and graduated from Daniel Webster High School in 1946. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving with the occupation forces in Japan and other duty stations until 1948. Harry then served in the U.S. Navy Reserves until 1950, making tours of duty in the Caribbean and South Pacific. 

 Harry then traveled to Saudi Arabia for a refinery job with the Arabian American Oil Company (Aramco) in 1951. He met Gayl there, and they were married in 1952 at nearby Bahrain Island. In 1953, he returned to the states for college at Oklahoma State University, graduating in 1956 with a bachelor of science degree in geology and receiving the William A. Tarr Geology Honors Award. After company training in New York and Lebanon, he then began his career in Saudi Arabia in 1957 as an exploration geologist for Aramco, retiring in 1984.

 As a young man his job took him to remote regions in the Empty Quarter of Saudi Arabia, traveling in the dessert for long distances on exploration surveys and to work at drilling rigs. Later he filled senior management positions in the exploration department and also three years as manager of Aramco storehouses, retiring as special geological consultant. He enjoyed his work and developed lasting relationships with his co-workers and other friends in Saudi Arabia that spanned many decades.

 Harry coached Little League for 11 years and was an avid golfer. During their overseas life, Harry and Gayl traveled extensively throughout the world and made many trips to Anacortes which they considered their home in the United States.

 After retirement, Harry and Gayl settled in Anacortes, making many dear friends, and were active in the Fidalgo Yacht Club. Harry was elected commodore in 1993. They truly loved long cruises north in their trawler, Eagle Bay and attending yacht club functions with their friends. Harry was a member of the Elks Lodge and the Eagles.

 Harry was known as a trusted friend and a devoted husband, brother, father and grandfather who placed his love for his family above all. He is survived by his wife, Gayl; sister, Margi Bradfield of Santa Barbara; daughters, Andrea McAlister of Anacortes, Megan Rudholm of Twisp and Sara Letellier of Marysville; and son, Kelley McAlister of LaGrande, Ore.

 Harry also has nine grandchildren who will dearly miss him. They are Jeremy McKinley of Seattle, Tilden and Leyland Rudholm of Twisp, Max, Adam and Mason Brisben of Marysville, and Hilary, Stuart and Martha McAlister of LaGrande. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Beaulah Kelley of Anacortes; sister and brother-in-law, Kathy and Bill Fast of Anacortes; brother and sister-in-law, Patrick and Joanna Kelley of Everett; and many nieces and nephews. 

 Funeral services were Friday, May 26, at Anacortes First Baptist Church with burial following at Fernhill Cemetery. 

 Memorials may be made in Harry's name to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 600 Third, New York, N.Y. ,10016, or to a charity of the donor's choice.

Donna Jean Nations

 Donna Jean Nations, 56, died on May 26, 2000, at her home. 

 She was born in Auburn, grew up in Skagit County and raised her family in Seattle before retiring to Anacortes three years ago.

 Donna will be remembered as a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and true and valued friend. She touched many lives. She will be deeply missed, forever loved and always in the hearts of her loved ones. Her kindness, caring and humorous ways will always be remembered.

 She is survived by her husband of nearly 40 years, Ray; four children, Keith, Linnea, Suzette and Joel; mother, Jean; brother, James; sister, Penny; grandchildren, Nathan, Ashley, Spencer, Mikinsey, Kendall and Hunter; and numerous extended family members.

 Remembrances and memorials in lieu of flowers can be made in her name to American Cancer Society, 2120 First Ave. North, Seattle, Wash., 98109-2301. 

Julius "Jack" Spaulding

 Julius "Jack" Spaulding, 79, died May 19, 2000, at his home in Anacortes. 

 He was born June 5, 1920, to Warren Blaine and Cecil J. (Smith) Spaulding in Vale, Ore. He lived his early years on a cattle ranch in Malheur County, Eastern Oregon, later Baker City, Ore., and the Snake River Grand Canyon. The family then moved to the Silver Valley in Northern Idaho where he grew up. In his late teens, he spent a year in California where he worked for at the World's Fair on Treasure Island where he enjoyed the big bands of the era. 

 Jack married Velma Turner in 1940 and fathered three sons. He worked for Bunker Hill Co. as an apprentice carpenter/millwright and then as a mechanic. He was also a foreman in the Forest Service. In the mid-1950s, he moved his family to the Seattle area, then in Kirkland building a home with his own hands. For 26 years he was the superintendent of Broadmore Golf Course in Seattle. 

 Jack married Romall Stoddard in 1974. They bought property in Anacortes before his retirement in 1984.

 Jack was honored publicly for his faithful volunteer work for "Meals on Wheels." He was touched by this honor. He loved the water, fishing, hunting and his many friends. He was a member of the Kirkland and Anacortes Eagles, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. 

 Jack is survived by his sister, Dolly Calkins; nieces and nephews, James, Jeffrey and Jeremy Calkins, Jennifer Nielson and Julie Dunn of Silver Valley, and their families. 

 His three sons, Rodney, Forrest and Delbert; wives, Velma and Romall; and beloved companion, Jo, preceded him in death.

Fern Isabella Covich

 Fern Isabella (Muffle) Covich died in Seattle, Nov. 24, 1999. 

 She was born April 29, 1916 in Minneapolis, Minn., to Simon and Isabella Muffle. She moved with her family to Anacortes where she graduated from Anacortes High School in 1935, later marrying Mitchell Covich. 

 She is preceded in death by her husband. 

 She is survived by her son, Gary Covich, his wife Elaine and their children Jessica and Spencer, all of Seattle. 

 Memorials may be sent to Foss Home, 13023 Greenwood Ave. N, Seattle, Wash 98133.

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