Delphine ‘Del’ Ann Westlake

June 30, 2009

By Contributor

Delphine Westlake

Delphine Westlake

Delphine “Del” Ann Westlake, formerly of Preston, died Sunday, June 21, 2009, at Honeydew Home Care, Renton. She was 81.A memorial service was June 26 at Raging River Community Church, Preston. Private burial was at Preston Cemetery.

Delphine Ann Westlake was born May 19, 1928, in Bowlus, Minn., at her family’s farm, the fifth of eight children of Steve and Mary Nouis. She was raised in Bowlus, attended local schools and worked on the family farm.

In 1955, Delphine, working as a governess in an estate, married a mail carrier and city boy, Robert Westlake, from Seattle. For 54 years, they were married and best friends. They had three sons and many years of happiness as a family.

She enjoyed being a housekeeper in retirement homes, her home and where she retired from, Group Health Cooperative, where she also worked in the kitchen.

A dedicated Christian, Del was a member of Raging River Community Church and former member of Ballard Baptist Church. At Ballard, Bob and Del were led to pursue Bible school training at Vancouver Bible Institute in Canada.

For many years, Del taught Sunday school and she loved being part of the second-, third-, fifth- and sixth-grade ages. She also loved serving with Child Evangelism Fellowship in Ballard and Preston.

Asked about her hobbies, she immediately and unreservedly said, “My family is most precious to me.” Her boys and grandchildren each held a special place in her heart. One of Del’s favorite things was reading her Bible. She also loved sewing, and crossword and jigsaw puzzles.

Del was a loving and dedicated wife, mother and grandmother, full of compassion and the love of Christ; she is deeply missed.

Survivors include her loving children, Steve Westlake and his wife Kay, of Sammamish, James and his wife Frankie, of North Bend, and David Westlake of Bothell; siblings Genevieve and Rita Kloss, of Royalton, Minn., and Arnold Nouis, of Flagstaff, Ariz., Jerome Nouis, of Blaine, Minn., Robert Nouis, of Houston, and Leroy Nouis, of Little Falls; three grandchildren; and a host of extended family members and friends.

Arrangements are entrusted to Flintoft’s Funeral Home and Crematory.

Friends are invited to view photos, get directions and share memories in the family’s online guest book at

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