Mary Elizabeth Neel

March 29, 2011

Mary Elizabeth Neel, of Issaquah, died at home March 24, 2011. She was 69.

Mary Neel

A graveside service will be at 11:15 a.m. April 1 at Tahoma National Cemetery. A celebration of her life will be April 9, 2011 at Calvary Baptist Church, Renton; service time is pending.

Mrs. Neel was born to Louis and Ada Ann Fisher on May 27, 1931, in Brown County, Neb. She grew up in Berwyn, Neb., attending a one-room school in Berwyn from elementary school through high school. She then attended Kearney State Teachers’ College in Kearney, Neb., and earned her teaching certificate. She then moved to Pueblo, Colo., where she taught in the public schools.

She and her husband Clyde Neel drove home from Pueblo to her parent’s house in Broken Bow, Neb., and were married April 16, 1954. For the next 13 years, they lived in several places — Longview; Lexington, Ore.; Walla Walla; and Preston, before finally settling in their home in Issaquah in 1967.

Mrs. Neel always had a passion for teaching young children. Public school, church quizzing, or as she was out and about, you could see her love of children in her eyes. Almost as avid a passion was her garden. She looked forward to her garden every year, and was planning another for this spring. She loved to can her produce, and share her garden’s produce with everyone.

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Michael Juhl Martinson

March 29, 2011

Michael Juhl (Mister Mike) Martinson died peacefully in his sleep March 12, 2011. He had been an Issaquah resident since 2003. He was 59.

Michael Martinson

Family and friends celebrated Mike’s life at a private memorial service.

Mike was born July 12, 1951, in Fort Ransom, N.D., and moved to Seattle in 1960 with his mother Eugenia Collette Martinson and his sister Susan.

He had a long and far-ranging career as an electrician, and hydraulics engineer and designer in the marine industry. He retired in 2009, but continued to work part time, as the “go-to” electrical guy in the Ballard shipyards.

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Betty Jo Kenney

March 29, 2011

Betty Jo Kenney, a Provident Point resident for nearly 20 years, died March 22, 2011. She was 82.

Betty Jo Kenny

She was born to Oscar and Laura Mooney in Bunker, Mo., on May 23, 1928, and grew up in Fredericktown, Mo. She married Reverend Lester Kenney, of Auburn, in 1950.

After pastoring for seven years, they served as Assemblies of God missionaries to Southeast Asia for 42 years, living in the Philippines, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Singapore. Jo served as a pastor’s wife, bible college educator, speaker and counselor. She spoke about family issues at international conferences in Seoul, Korea; Taipei, Taiwan; Moscow, Russia; and Manila, Philippines.

She was also an editor and writer with three books and more than 100 articles, short stories and poems published. She received her diploma from Central Bible College in Springfield, Mo.; a Bachelor of Arts from Northwest University in Kirkland; and a Master of Arts in social science from Azusa Pacific University, California (all summa cum laude).

She was a member of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association and an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God. After retirement, she lived in Issaquah and was a member of The Neighborhood Church in Bellevue for about 20 years.

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Willis Dabney Holland

March 29, 2011

Willis (Will) Dabney Holland died peacefully after a short hospital stay March 19. He was 89.

Willis Holland

A celebration of his life will be in April at Timber Ridge at Talus, Issaquah, where he enjoyed the last three years of his life. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery beside his wife, Beverly Joy.

He was born Sept. 4, 1921, in Richmond, Va., to LouEllen Sanders and William Russell Holland.

He graduated from the University of Richmond in 1942. He served in the U.S. Navy Aviation as a meteorologist, attending the U.S. Naval Academy Post Graduate School and achieving the rank of senior lieutenant.

He taught mathematics at the University of Maryland, 1947-50. He entered the U.S. Army Medical Service as a physicist in nuclear medicine at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He retired in Stuart, Fla., as a colonel in 1976.

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Donna Melill

March 22, 2011

Donna Melill, of Issaquah, died Sunday, March 13, 2011, following a yearlong battle with cancer. She was 73.

Donna Melil

A remembrance picnic will be at noon Aug. 16 at Mount Rainier National Park (Reflection Lake area). In case of inclement weather, it will be moved to the Paradise Visitors Center.

Born Aug. 16, 1937, Donna, a graduate of the University of Washington, worked as a speech therapist for the Lake Washington School District. She also worked as a guide for the Mount Rainier Guild Service, climbing the mountain three times.

A coloratura soprano, she was involved with the Seattle Gilbert and Sullivan Society for many years, starring in some shows. Late in life, as an accomplished watercolor artist, she was a member of the Eastside Fine Art Society, showing her works at exhibitions. Read more

Maxine Halbert

March 22, 2011

Maxine Halbert, of Oak Harbor and formerly of Issaquah, died Saturday March 12, 2011. She was 89.

Maxine Halbert

A memorial service with military honors was March 18 at Tahoma National Cemetery.

Mrs. Halbert moved to Issaquah in 1992, and was a resident for 15 years.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Dale and Cathy Halbert; daughter and son-in-law Jan and Mike Oberholtzer; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Melvin.

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Thomas A. Gibbs

March 22, 2011

Thomas Gibbs

Thomas A. (Tom) Gibbs, of Issaquah, died at home Thursday, March 17, 2011. He was 52.

A memorial service is planned at 4 p.m. April 1 at Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Sammamish. A reception will follow. Private committal will be held later.

Tom was born June 23, 1958 in Los Angeles, the son of Frank and Lee Gibbs. He was raised in California and graduated from South High School in Torrance, Calif., and from California State University, Dominguez Hills, with a Bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Tom was employed at Chevron as a buyer, maintaining one of the largest refineries in the industry in El Segundo, Calif. Later, Tom took a position at Saatchi and Saatchi as a business analyst. His last occupation prior to moving to the Northwest was as a real estate agent.

Following his father’s passing, Tom decided it would be better to live near his brother Greg and his family on the Sammamish Plateau and relocated there. Tom held a couple of jobs in the area, primarily as a buyer at Food Services of America. But he devoted most of his time and energy to caring for his mother and supporting the congregation of Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Sammamish. Read more

Richard Freed

March 22, 2011

Richard Fauley Freed, of Buckley (formerly of Issaquah), died at his residence Saturday, March 19, 2011. He was 87.

Richard Freed

Services will be at 2 p.m. March 24 at Flintoft’s Funeral Home at 540 E. Sunset Way, Issaquah. Viewing will precede the service from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A reception will follow the service.

Richard Freed was born July 29, 1923 in Seattle, to Oscar and Dorothy Freed. He was raised in the Seattle area and graduated from Issaquah High School.

Richard served with the United States Army as a mechanic light artillery, machine gunner for two years.

On Jan. 11, 1957, he married Blanche Ann Perreault in the Seattle area. They lived in Issaquah for 54 years. He was employed as a general contractor. Richard and his wife Blanche retired at the family farm in Issaquah.

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Jacqueline E. Kuhn

March 22, 2011

Jacqueline Kuhn

Jacqueline (Jackie) E. Kuhn, of Bellevue, died March 1, 2011, at Overlake Hospital Medical Center. She was 82.

A celebration of her life will be at 1:30 p.m. March 26 at Timber Ridge at Talus, 100 Timber Ridge Way N.W., Issaquah. She will later be interred alongside her late husband at Tahoma National Cemetery.

Jackie was born April 3, 1928, in Port Edwards, Wis., to Leo and Erma Schroeder. She moved to the Northwest as a teenager and graduated from Port Angeles High School. In 1950, she married William Kuhn, of Seattle. They made their home in Eastgate for more than 50 years until his death in 2006.

Jackie started her career as a beautician and later worked for the Bellevue School District in the food service department for more than 20 years. Over the years she was involved in the Eastgate Garden Club, bowling leagues, charity fundraising and Girl Scouts. She also enjoyed traveling, going to the theater, gardening, her Target walking group and mentoring at Eastgate Elementary School. Read more

Edward ‘Ted’ Stonebridge

March 15, 2011

Edward “Ted” Stonebridge, 98, of Issaquah and Renton, passed away peacefully on March 11, 2011, at Silhouette Adult Family Home in Puyallup.

Edward Stonebridge

Born in Cumberland on March 6, 1913, Ted moved to Issaquah in 1926 and attended Issaquah High School before going to work with his father in the trucking/fuel business.

In 1946, he bought a Chevrolet dealership, renaming it Stonebridge Chevrolet and won numerous awards for sales and quality service during the next 25 years. Prior to his retirement, Ted worked as maintenance and later transportation director for the Issaquah School District. Ted loved all sports and excelled in baseball and golf.

He played in the NW Minor Leagues in baseball and won several golf tournaments. Ted served as coach and manager of the 160-Pound Football Team in Issaquah. He was a lifetime member of the Elks Club, belonged to the Washington Athletic Club in Seattle and the Tyee club (University of Washington) for decades.

Ted married Eleanore in 1965 and they enjoyed traveling to Arizona (Apache Junction) in the winters and also lived in Renton (Leisure Estates), where they quickly made many friends. Ted was preceded in death by his wife Eleanore (1998); mother Maime; father George; two sisters, Ruby and Marg; and three brothers, Stoney, Brick and Phillip.

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