Miscellaneous Skagit County, Washington Obituaries

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 in 1942.
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 family outings. 
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, 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 away. 
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 98203. 
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 passed away Wednesday, August 9, 2000 at the age of 90. 
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. 

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, 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 Virginia Mullen. 
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, Bob. 
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. 

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, 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 1998. 
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 College. 
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, 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 "Charlie" Parker, 98, died 15 December 2000 at Mt. Vernon Care Center.
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, 83, a longtime Sedro-Woolley resident passed away on Saturday, December 16, 2000 at Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon.
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 Vernon.
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, 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 Mathis.
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 PM.

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 Heart Association. 
Arrangements and services under the care of Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley.

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 court activities.
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, 72, of Sedro-Woolley, died Monday, December 19, 2000 at Skagit Valley Hospital.
Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced by Hawthorne Funeral Home.

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