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Charles Garnie Quitslund, passed away on Friday, March 24, 2017 at his home on Bainbridge Island, Washington. He was 83 years of age.

Born January 6th, 1934 in Portland Oregon to Phelps and Leona Quitslund, Garnie passed away on March 24th while tending to his garden. Ever the avid gardener, Garnie took great delight in sharing its bounty with friends and family. Visits with Garnie’s meant receiving an assortment of fresh vegetables. Garnie’s passions were varied and ran deep. He enjoyed exploring the outdoors by way of hiking, camping, photography, or any other means to be with nature. When son Josef moved to Alaska, so too did Garnie’s interest for Alaska, the Yukon Territory and the First Nation tribes.

Driven by a spirit for service and contribution rather than achievement, Garnie’s selfless passion for giving is his legacy. A long time Bainbridge Island fixture, Garnie worked quietly behind the scenes, committed to the preservation of open space, natural habitat, and native traditions. Named Citizen of the Year in 2002 by the Bainbridge Island Kiwanis Club, Garnie was honored for his commitment to community service. His tireless efforts as an advocate for greater self-governance led to the Island’s Home Rule Charter; his work with Habitat for Humanity preserved affordable housing; his leadership and fund raising efforts purchased the Blakely Harbor Park; his persistence preserved the Grand Forest, and the list goes on.

Garnie was proceeded in death by his wife of more than 50 years, Roberta “Bobbie”. He is survived by sisters Sonya, Tanya and Ingrid; sons Eric (Diane) and Josef; grandchildren Aaron (Kadi), Tim (Danielle), River, and Rose; great grandchildren Landon, Sawyer, Owen, and Payton, Kaleb, and Olivia.

A celebration of life will be held on April 15th, 1:00 at the House of Awakened Culture, 725 NE Parkway, Suquamish. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Chief Kitsap Academy, PO Box 498, Suquamish, WA 98392. Garnie’s memory will be included during St. Cecilia’s April 22nd Mass. Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Anne  Bowden, passed away on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at Harbor House - Liberty Shores in Poulsbo, Washington. She was born on November 17, 1925 and was 91 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Richard Alan Fallows, of Bainbridge Island,WA died on Tuesday March 21, 2017 at The Ridge in Silverdale,WA.

He was born on February 15, 1943 in northern CA. He attended San Mateo High School where he met his wife to be Ronni Zemel (Fallows). He then attended University of California, Berkeley and did his professional study of dentistry at Northwestern University in Chicago IL. He and Ronni were married in 1964 in San Mateo, CA. They have two sons, Scott and Keith.

He served as a dentist in the USPHS, division of Indian Health Services from 1966 until 1969 in Fort Defiance, AZ and Taos, NM. They returned to Saratoga, CA in 1969, with Scott (born in 1968) and Rich practiced Dentistry in until 1992. Keith was born in 1970.

Richard was dedicated to providing the best possible care for his patients at all times. He had an extensive list of jokes that he generously shared with his patients and a very well developed sense of humor. He served on numerous Boards in the Saratoga area and was an Examiner for the State Board of Dental Examiners. Upon his retirement from Dentistry in 1992, he worked for and was on the Board of U.S.Cotton Inc. in NM. He and Ronni lived in Santa Fe, NM from 1992 until moving to Bainbridge Island, WA in 2004.

In 2008 he was diagnosed with probable Alzheimer’s and struggled with the disease until his death. Rich was a very special soul, who touched all who came to know him.

He is survived by and will be deeply missed by his wife of 53 years, Ronni (Bainbridge Island, WA), his son Scott and grandchildren Jai and Leela (Bayfield, CO), son Keith, his wife Susie, his grandsons Aden and Luca (Whidbey Island, WA). Rich loved sharing his passions for sailing, skiing, horseback, and hiking with family and friends. In July a memorial service will be held in WA to celebrate his beautiful life.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Memorial Service on July 16, 2017 from 5-8 PM at Kiana Lodge in Suquamish, Washington.

In remembrance, please support the Alzheimer's Association National Board Longest Day Team in Rich’s name at: www.act.alz.org...Please click here!
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Thomas Anthony Coultas, died peacefully March 20, 2017 surrounded by his family at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle. Born on May 23, 1942 in Bemidji, MInnesota, Tom's family moved to Bainbridge I sland when he was six months old. He counted himself as a lifelong resident of Bainbridge, graduating from Bainbridge High School in 1960, and stayed close to his classmates, "The Untouchables," for more than fifty six years.

Tom attended Olympic College following his high school graduation and then transferred to Central Washington University to finish his Bachelor of Arts in Education. Tom met is city girl Diane, while attending CWU in Ellensburg. They were married September 23, 1966 in Seattle. After two years living in Edmonds, Tom and Diane bought property in Kingston, built a home, and raised their family, children Jennifer and Tom, in the community where he resided for nearly fifty years.

Tom valued education and sharing his knowledge with others. He spent twenty seven years with the Edmonds School District as an Industrial Arts Educator. He maintained friendships with many students following their graduation. In addition to teaching, he spent summers as a Commercial salmon fisherman.

Tom was a visionary who could see unlimited possibility and potential in people and things. He spent twenty four years serving as Kingston Port Commissioner and was instrumental in the redevelopment of a tiny old marina into a beautiful modern marina that serves as a civic destination for the community.

Tom was much loved by his family and friends for his wit and wisdom. He left an impression upon everyone he met, and was known for both his tenacity and kindness. He leaves behind his wife of fifty years Diane; daughter Jennifer of Los Angeles; son Tom (Jenn) of Kingston and grandchildren Madison and Aaron of Los Angeles.

A celebration of life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on April 22, 2017 at Grace Church, Bainbridge Island, WA. Please sign the online guest book for the family. Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Garet Benjamin Barney, passed away on March 20, 2017. He was 40 years of age.

Garet was the son of Michael and Monte Barney, and he was born on August 24, 1976, in Pendleton, Oregon. His parents moved their family to Southern California when Garet was four years old. He graduated from Saddleback High School.

Following high school, Garet was called to the New York, New York North Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He served as an assistant to the mission president, President Ronald A. Rasband (now a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles). He loved being a missionary. He loved his missionary companions. He loved the people that he met and taught. Most importantly, he loved sharing his testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

After returning home from his missionary service, Garet attended Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho, where his most important accomplishment was meeting Mindy Love Crane. Both Garet and Mindy transferred to Utah State University to continue their studies, and Garet graduated with a Bachelor's Degree having double majored in Finance and Economics, and minored in International Business, Spanish, and Music.

Garet made a career as a financial analyst working at the Naval Base in Keyport, Washington. He was loved and respected by all of his co-workers.

After transferring to Utah State University, Garet finally gathered up enough courage to ask Mindy to join "team Barney," and they were married in the LDS Seattle Temple on June 30, 2001. Their eternal union was blessed by the addition of six beautiful children. Garet was a devoted husband and father, and his family was his greatest joy.

A giant of a man in so many ways, he was a "man large in stature, and also having received much strength of the Lord." He had a laugh that could fill a room (or maybe several rooms), and he loved to laugh. He could find humor in any situation, and was never afraid to laugh at himself. He loved to learn and was an exceptional listener and a trusted friend. Music was a large part of his life, and he was an exceptionally talented singer and performer.

Garet's was a life of service. He did not know how to give any less than 110%. He served faithfully in his church in many different capacities. He was a remarkable youth leader that truly loved every young man that he served. He was a loving Bishop of the LDS Silverdale 1st Ward, and a model of Christlike love and compassion.

Garet was a bright light in this world and he will be sorely missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Garet was preceded in death by his grandparents, Wayne and Hazel Barney. He is survived by his wife, Mindy; his children: Jaden, Gracie, Sydney, Lily, Ruby, and Ali; his parents: Michael and Monte Barney; his siblings: Trevar Garvin and Jessica Caravella (Sal); his grandparents: Jim and Bobbie May; his father and mother in law: David and Cindy Crane; his brothers and sisters in law: Melissa Hillam (Sam), Scott Crane (Sarah), Rebecca Ricks (Bart), Dallin Crane (Paola), Tyler Crane, Hannah Vance (Taylor), and Julia Crane; he is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and countless friends.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visitation on Friday, March 24, 2017 from 9:00 -10:30 AM and the Funeral Service at 11:00 AM at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints/Stake Center on Nels Nelson Road in Silverdale, WA. Interment will follow at Woodbine Cemetery in Puyallup, Washington. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Howard Junior Croker, left this life on March 19, 2017 and returned to the arms of his loving wife
Rachel, who preceded him in death just three months ago.

Born August 10, 1926 in Detroit, MI to Howard and Marion Croker, a US Navy family, Howard Junior spent his childhood on the move from Michigan to Massachusetts to his eventual high school graduation in San Pedro, CA. It was there, just before his 18th birthday that Howard joined the Navy. He was a proud veteran who served in the Pacific until the end of the war. During his time in the service, Howard began boxing. At 6’5” with hands like mitts, Howard must have been an intimidating opponent to see enter the ring.

Shortly after his discharge from the Navy, Howard married Rachel Ann Hilstad in January, 1947 on Bainbridge Island. Once married, he enlisted in the Coast Guard, which had Howard and his bride on the move again. They spent the first three years of their marriage stationed in the Yaquina Head lighthouse in Oregon. It was here their two children, Thomas Roland and Mari Rae were born.

Once his USCG duty was over, the Crokers returned to Bainbridge Island where they settled and raised their family. Howard began working at the Bremerton Navel Shipyard - a job he would retire from after thirty five years of service, including time in the Coast Guard after the war.

His love of machines and mathematics became his hobby as he constantly maintained and repaired everything around the home and taught math at the shipyard. Our ‘Papa’ Howard will be lovingly remembered as a storyteller and jokester - tales often punctuated with his signature wink and a gentle squeeze on the leg. As one of the Greatest Generation, Howard served his country with hard work and devotion to family, there was never an expectation of entitlement. His example of love and sacrifice was his greatest gift to his family and friends.

Howard is preceded in death by his wife of nearly 70 years, Rachel, and his parents. He is survived by his brother Vernon Croker, son Thomas Croker (Luanne) and daughter Mari Loverich (Wayne); Grandsons Christopher Croker (Tara), Chad Croker, Tom Loverich (Stacy), Eric Loverich (Johnene); Great Grandchildren Maddie and Parker Loverich, Isabelle, Nolan and Sophia Loverich, Cole, Ciara and Catie Croker, Estella and Pearl Croker. Howard was an active member of Bethany Lutheran Church until the end.

The family would like to thank Pastor Paul for the loving comfort he provided to Howard and family, especially during this difficult time. Also to Dr. Rogers, nurse Kimberly and the Wyatt House staff for their care over the last three years.

A celebration of life will be at 1:00 Saturday, April 1st at Bethany Lutheran Church, 7968 Finch Road NE, Bainbridge Island. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Bethany Lutheran Church Memorial Fund. Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Medora Jeanne Brown, passed away on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton, Washington. She was born on February 16, 1932 and was 85 years of age.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visitation on Saturday, March 25, 2017 from 9-10:45 AM followed by the funeral service at 11:00 AM at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Silverdale Stake Center on Nels Nelson Road in Silverdale, WA. Interment will take place at a later date at Tahoma National Cemetery. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Roy Wayne Zocher, passed away on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at his residence on Bainbridge Island, Washington. He was born on July 4, 1932 and was 84 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Donald Noel Gray, passed away on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at his residence on Bainbridge Island, Washington. He was born on December 25, 1947 in Ontario, Canada. He was 69 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Lois J. Melcher, passed away on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at The Messenger House on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She was born on June 21, 1943 in Cincinnati, Ohio and was 73 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Robert  Day, passed away on Friday, March 17, 2017 at Fir Acres Adult Family Home on Bainbridge Island, Washington. He was born on September 11, 1922 in Sheen, England and was 94 years of age.

Robert was an English film director. He directed more than 40 films between 1956 and 1991. Robert worked his way up from clapper boy to camera operator, then cinematographer, in his native England, and began directing in the mid-1950s. His first film as director, the black-comic The Green Man (1956) for the writer-producer team of Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat, garnered fine reviews and a classic notoriety.

Using this as a starting point, Robert went on to become one of the industry's busiest directors. He relocated to Hollywood in the 1960's and directed many TV episodes and made-for-TV movies. He occasionally had small parts in his own productions, including The Haunted Strangler (1958), Two Way Stretch (1960), the TV mini-series Peter and Paul (1981). In the 1970s and 1980s, Robert would direct episodes for numerous American television shows, including Barnaby Jones, The F.B.I., Dallas, Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color, and Matlock.

While filming in Rio de Janiero, Robert met future wife Dorothy Provine, "It was love at first sight", she would later say. After marrying, they lived in Los Angeles, where son Robert Jr. was born. They later moved to Bainbridge Island, Washington.

Services will be private. Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Eleanor Etherington Pritchard, 95, of Bainbridge Island, Washington, passed away Thursday, March 16, 2017.

Eleanor was born March 29, 1921, in Garden City, New York. She attended the Pratt Institute in New York, where she studied art. Eleanor married Sydney Pritchard of Sydney, Australia, on February 6, 1943. She had three children: Hilary Pritchard of Bainbridge Island, WA; Robin Federighi of Burlingame, CA and; David Pritchard of Raleigh, NC. Eleanor was very proud to be the grandmother of six and great-grandmother of nine children.

Throughout her life, Eleanor viewed everything with an artistic eye. This was always an important part of how she lived. Also remarkable was her wonderful ability to form lifelong, intimate friendships. Eleanor will always be remembered fondly for her abiding sense of humor. She also had a flair for brushes with history, whether it was being seated as a six-year old in The Spirit of St. Louis by Charles Lindbergh, or preparing soup for lunch with the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Faith was an important pillar of Eleanor’s life. She grew up the grand-daughter of Dr. Isaac Dooman, an Episcopal priest and Christian missionary in Nara, Japan, where her own father was born. Throughout her life, she enjoyed the spiritual communities at, among others, St. Mathews Episcopal Church in San Mateo, California and particularly St. Mary the Virgin Episcopal Church in New York City.

Prior to moving to Bainbridge Island in 2007, Eleanor lived in Tudor City in Manhattan, New York, the San Francisco Bay area, and Minterne Magna, Dorset and London in the United Kingdom.

Eleanor was pre-deceased by her two sisters, Peggy and Suki, and her parents, David and Kathleen. She will be missed by her many friends and family.

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Ernest Jim Loughrey, passed away on Monday, March 13, 2017 at The Messenger House on Bainbridge Island, Washington. He was born on August 11, 1933 and was 83 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Sylvia Mae Church, passed away on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at The Messenger House on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She was born on February 9, 1932 and was 85 years of age.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend an open house memorial on Saturday April 22nd 2017 from 1 to 4 PM at Cook Family Funeral Home, 163 Wyatt Way Northeast on Baimbridge Island, Washington. Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Ruth Elenor Warns, fell asleep in the Lord on Thursday, March 9, 2017, five days after her 93rd birthday.

Ruth was the daughter of Robert and Mary Fuhrman, and she was born on March 4, 1924, in St. Paul, Minnesota. A lifelong Catholic, Ruth attended parochial schools in St. Paul and graduated from St. Joseph’s Academy in 1942. Ruth then went to work in the War Effort doing clerical tasks in a group that she later realized was part of the Manhattan Project.

After the war, Ruth worked in the personnel department of the main Montgomery Ward store in St. Paul. There she met, hired, and befriended former First Lieutenant Raymond H. Warns, a recently discharged B-17 pilot and European Theater combat veteran. It did not take long for a romance to develop between them that resulted in their marriage on November 24, 1947; and their romance continued until Ray’s death 48 years later in 1995.

Their union resulted in the birth of five sons between 1948 and 1959. The youngest, Robert, died at birth. The eldest, Stephen, died in 1990. But three of their sons survive: Mark of Poulsbo, WA; Michael of Lombard, IL; and Raymond H. Warns, Jr. of Burien, WA. Ruth is also survived by her three daughters-in-law – Katerina, Pamela, and Erin – along with four granddaughters – Mary, Lisa, and Michelle of Lombard and Maria of Poulsbo – as well as one grandson, Gregory of Poulsbo.

Ruth was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother; but she was also a consistently hard-working volunteer who was an active member – and frequently an officer – of an array of community organizations. As an example, Ruth served for two decades as a volunteer docent at the Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island, where she is remembered both for her joy and her generous spirit.

Ruth was also a devoted Christian who remained true to her Catholic faith until the end. She exemplified the love, the generosity, the service, and the joy of life inherent in her faith. And she is also remembered for maintaining her exemplary disposition, even in the face of adversity.

Ruth’s sons remember her frequently telling them, “Don’t just do the right thing. Be a good example to others.” And that is a succinct summary of her 93 years of life on earth.

Ruth Warns was a good example.

Ruth's Funeral Services will take place at St. Olaf Roman Catholic Church, 18943 Caldart Ave NE, Poulsbo, WA on Saturday, March 18, 2017.

12:30 PM - Viewing and Last Good-Byes

1:00 PM - Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)

1:30 PM - Funeral Service

2:00 PM - Departure of Remains

2:15 PM - Graveside Service at Kane Cemetery, 9964 NE Lafayette Av, Bainbridge Island: (Please click here for map)

3:00 PM - Fellowship Hour back at St. Olaf's with Coffee and Cookies


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John M. Williams, passed away on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at Island Health and Rehabilitation on Bainbridge Island, Washington. He was born on September 18, 1947 and was 69 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Donald R. Exton, passed away on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at his home in Poulsbo, Washington. He was born on April 12, 1956 and was 60 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Garry A. Cortes, passed away on Monday, February 27, 2017 at Island Health and Rehabilitation on Bainbridge Island, Washington. He was born on June 25, 1951 and was 65 years of age. Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Charles R. Stockwell, 59, of Port Orchard died February 26, 2017 at St. Anthony’s hospital in Gig Harbor Washington.

He was born on July 3, 1957 in Kingsville Texas to Royce and Kay (Elmer) Stockwell. He spent the beginning of his life in Guam before moving to California, and later to Port Orchard, where he lived the remainder of his life.

He married Lily M. Cheyney on November 20, 1982.

Charles served in the navy for sixteen years. He spent time stationed on both the USS Michigan Blue and the USS Alabama. During his service he completed eleven Deterrent Patrols. He received three navy Achievement Medals, three Good Conduct Medals, three Meritorious Unit Accommodations, a National Service Defense Medal, and two Navy Excellence Medals.

After retiring from the Navy, Charles went back to school and earned his Bachelors in Human Services from Western State University. He began working for Acres Alvest in Seattle at this time.

Later he was recruited into the US Army Corps of Engineers. He served as a Marine Electrician before being promoted to Chief Electrician of the Dredge Essayons. He retired in 2014.

Charles dedicated his adult life to volunteer work with youth sports throughout Kitsap County. He was a coach for South Kitsap Eastern Little League, Pony Colt, and Babe Ruth. He also spent many hours coordinating field maintenance and umpiring games as a volunteer and professional umpire with the Peninsula Umpiring Association.

Survivors include his wife; six children, Trever, Ivy, Charles Jr., Kattie, Richard, and Rochelle; ten grandchildren; and three brothers Mark, Harold and Gary.

Services will be held on March 12, 2017 at the Suquamish House of Awakened Culture, followed by a reception at his home in Port Orchard. Please sign the online Guest Book for the family.

Memorial Donations can be made to South Kitsap Eastern Little League.
6600 E. Hilldale Rd
Port Orchard WA 98366


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Toby  Quitslund, passed away on Friday, February 24, 2017 at her residence on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She was born on February 20, 1939 and was 78 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Kate Belcher Webster, passed away on Friday February 24th, 2017 in Seattle after a short illness. In her life, she was a daughter, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, wife, leader, servant, advocate, and philanthropist. Hers was a life well lived.

Kate Helena Belcher was born in New York City on April 2, 1924 to Dr. Harold Stewart Belcher and Dr. Anne Seligman Belcher. She developed an insatiable curiosity and a love of exploration as a small girl, while holding her father’s hand discovering the nooks and crannies of New York City. That curiosity would later fuel a love of travel that took her to over 70 countries in her lifetime.

A child of the Depression, she watched her mother and father run their medical practices in New York while still finding the time to dedicate service to those who couldn’t afford it. That would plant a seed for a lifetime of volunteering, from the War times, to her 32 years of service on the Seattle Children’s Board, and the other nearly 30 community, education, healthcare, and religious organizations on whose boards she sat.

As a small child, she and her younger sister, Suzie, would often be locked in Gramercy Park with other neighborhood children for hours on end. Kate loved that playtime and reported that despite being left on their own, “there were never any fights!” It was perhaps here that Kate first honed her skill in negotiation and ability to work with all kinds of people. This would serve her well later in life, as the first female member of the Seafirst Bank Board, as a key leader in the affiliation of the Seattle Children’s Hospital and the University of Washington Medical School, or as she led the committee that hired Ruth Simmons as the first African-American president of an Ivy League College.

Her deep belief in the importance of education started at the Friends Seminary, where she learned to read and write (though having skipped Kindergarten, she frequently mentioned that she “never learned to cut and paste”). She would go on to the Brearley School and Smith College, where she was active in student government. Here, Kate perfected her understanding of civics and community. This gave her the foundation for her deep desire to know about civic issues and, as a post-war bride in her new home of Seattle, she was inspired to co-found Seattle City Club with her beloved friends, “The Old Girls”.

Her childhood summers were spent at her Grandparent’s house, Lo-An-Oak, in Far Hills, New Jersey, surrounded by aunts, uncles, and cousins. On weekends, the Belcher family would gather for family dinner, enjoying great food, rich discourse, song, and laughter. She was forever committed to family as a result of those foundational years, and would go on to transfer that commitment to her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Faith was also a central component of the days at her grandmother’s farm. A lifelong Episcopalian, Kate was a dedicated servant to the church and when the opportunity presented itself, Kate was integral to the creation of Grace Church on Bainbridge Island.

After finishing at Smith College, she moved to San Francisco and shortly thereafter met Holt Webster, at the Portland wedding of Kate’s college roommate, Candy, to Kate’s cousin, Chil. Holt was living in Seattle at the time and Kate was living in San Francisco, but they embarked on a long-distance courtship that lasted four months (only six dates in total), until they were engaged. Kate was a dedicated wife and mother as Holt worked tirelessly to build his company, Pacific Air Freight, where he eventually took on the role of CEO of the larger Airborne Express.

She and Holt built an incredible family together. Their home on Newton Street on Capitol Hill was a gathering spot for neighborhood Christmas parties and childhood hijinks. There, they raised their three children, Kelly, Craig, and Anne. In 1952, they bought a small red farmhouse on Bainbridge Island’s Port Madison, where they would spend summers entertaining friends and family, riding horses, swimming, and playing tennis. After much cajoling from Holt, Kate eventually acquiesced to selling the Capitol Hill home and moving full time to a newly constructed home in 1972. Kate called the home Sunnybranch, named after the first New Jersey farm that her grandparents owned at the turn of the 20th Century in Far Hills, New Jersey. Sunnybranch on Bainbridge Island would be home to numerous events, weddings, parties, and fundraisers.

While balancing an extraordinary public life, she continued to be dedicated to the well-being of her family and earned her role as the matriarch of the family. She was woven into the fabric of their lives and will be deeply missed.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Holt and son Craig. She is survived by her sister Suzanne Bunzel, daughters Kelly Webster and Anne (Jon) Fox, her grandchildren Alex (Jinny) Scribner, Sarah (Jim) Hopper, Jennifer Scribner, Peter Webster, and Ben and Katherine Fox. She also leaves the great-grandchildren whom she dearly loved, Nicolas, Oscar, Chase, Stella, and MaryKate. And she leaves behind her caregivers, Ted Avery and Susie Oens whom she also dearly loved.

A celebration of her life will be held on March 19th at 2PM at Grace Church on Bainbridge Island. A reception will follow at Sunnybranch.

Gifts in her memory can be made to one of Kate’s beloved charities, or one that you love. She would have loved hearing your passion for it.


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Anne  Spivey, passed away on Friday, February 24, 2017 at her home in Indianola, Washington. She was born on October 13, 1933 and was 83 years of age.

Services will be held on March 12, 2017 at 1:00 PM at the Suquamish House of Awakened Culture, followed by a reception at his home in Port Orchard. Please sign the online Guest Book for the family. Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Laura  Moolenaar, passed away on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at her residence on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She was born on March 12, 1950 and was 66 year of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Evelyn  Weaver, 87, of Bainbridge Island, passed away on February 18,2017.

Evelyn was born in Willard, Ohio to Emory and Nila (Sherfey) Armentrout. Her father spent his career with the B&O Railroad, working his way up from a fireman, engineer, road foreman of engines and train master into an administrative position that brought the family to Connellsville, PA. Her mother was a school teacher.

Evelyn attended Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, OH where she met her future husband, Ralph Weaver, on a blind date arranged by their two best friends. They were married on February 21, 1948. In 1949, they moved to Norris, TN for Ralph’s work with the Tennessee Valley Authority. This is where they started their family of five children: Mark, Kathleen, Barbara, Bruce, and Sue Ellyn.

Ralph and Evelyn moved to Des Plaines, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, in 1954 and raised their family there. In 1970, Evelyn began working as a teaching assistant at Maine West High School. She worked there for 15 years before retiring in 1984. Ralph retired in 1985 and they moved to Bainbridge Island. They built a successful and joyful retirement pursuing their shared passions, which included sailing, traveling the world, and community service.

Evelyn's individual passion included turning her already substantial sewing skills into an art form as she learned to quilt and created many handcrafted gifts for all. Evelyn was the loving matriarch of a large family that spans four generations. She possessed a restless curious mind and passed on her passion and joy for exploring, understanding and experiencing the world, never missing an opportunity to expose her children and thus future generations to everything miraculous the world has to offer from music and art to history and theater. She was a master at teaching her children life skills that would shape their successful happy lives, possibly her greatest legacy. Additionally, she cultivated enduring, lifelong friendships wherever she went and will be fondly remembered by all.

While Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents and brother Robert Armentrout, she will be greatly missed by Ralph; her five children and their spouses Charissa Corder, Dan Nelson, Kitty Weaver and David Eaton; six grandchildren: Cira Collins, Eric Nelson, Brie Koenigs, Lisa Fontaine-Rainen, Alex Weaver and Mikayla Stone and their spouses Patrick Collins, Jocelyn Nelson, Mark Koenigs, Danny Fontaine-Rainen and her six great-grandchildren: Aaron, Ezruli, Caroline, Anna, Zoe and Kaia.

Remembrances may be made to the Seabold United Methodist Church.

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Sue Davison Cooley, passed away peacefully at her Bainbridge Island, Washington home on February 18 at the age of 93.

Sue was born on March 31, 1923 to Waldo and Marguerite Davison in Brazil where her father worked for the YMCA. When six, her family moved back to the United States, settling in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. She attended Wilson College and graduated from Swarthmore College in 1944 with a degree in psychology and married Edward Cooley, also from Swarthmore, in 1944. Sue and Edward moved to Portland, Oregon in 1950. They raised three children, Susan, Douglas and Caroline. In later years, she and Edward established a second home on Maui. After her husband's death in year 2000, Sue moved to Bainbridge Island, Washington, home of her daughter Caroline, and spent winters on Maui.

Sue loved and cared deeply for her family and her many friends. She was interested in people and impacted many quietly and many times individually. She was curious about the world, always eager to learn, read extensively, enjoyed travel, and pursued her passions which included art, education, and the outdoors, especially gardening. She grieved the untimely loss of two of her adult children and the death of her husband with grace and dignity.

Many of Sue's ancestors were artisans who valued working with their hands and Sue followed that tradition. She began painting as a child and painting remained a passion for her entire life. She worked for a ceramic artist as a young woman and volunteered at the Ceramic Studio in Portland. She maintained an active interest in the arts and her painting throughout her life. She served on the Board of the Portland Art Museum, established the Douglas F. Cooley Gallery at Reed College, helped fund the Bainbridge Artisans Resource Network (BARN) on Bainbridge Island, and supported many artists in the northwest and Maui.

She strongly supported education. She was a champion for Self Enhancement Inc, an organization supporting and encouraging underprivileged children in Portland, as well and served on the Board of the Boys and Girls Aid Society. She donated her home in Portland to Lewis and Clark College which now serves as the residence of the college president. She established the Marguerite Foundation to provide affordable housing for teachers on Bainbridge Island, and was instrumental in constructing a much-needed football stadium for Lahainaluna High School on Maui.

Her final project was the development and donation of Red Pine Park to the Bainbridge Island community.

Sue is preceded in death by her parents, Waldo and Marguerite Davison, two brothers, Charles and Carter, her husband, Edward Cooley, her daughter Susan Cooley-Gilliom, and her son Douglas Cooley.

She is survived by her brother John Alden Davison (Jane), daughter Caroline Browne (David), son-in-law Robert Gilliom (Susan), three grandchildren, Brian Cooley-Gilliom (Susan and Robert), Emily Browne and Laura Browne Winters (Travis), and two great-grandchildren Ellsie and Finley Winters (Laura and Travis), and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held in Portland, Oregon on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at the Riverview Cemetery Chapel. A celebration of her life will be held at Red Pine Park, Bainbridge Island, on May 27, 2017, details to follow. Remembrances may be made online at www.cookfamilyfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, Sue would be honored by a donation to Bainbridge Artist Resources Network (BARN), Self Enhancement Institute in Portland, or Lahainaluna High School on Maui.

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