Betty Mae Fulton

April 5, 2011

Betty Fulton of Issaquah, Washington, loving mom to Carol, Dick, Liz and Jack, died March 25, 2010 in Kent.  A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 9 at Flintoft’s Funeral Home in Issaquah. Friends are invited to view a full obituary, photos and directions at

 

Jo Garner

March 29, 2011

Jo Garner, a longtime Issaquah resident, died March 14, 2011, in Cashmere. She was 85.

Jo Garner

A gathering will be held in her honor at the Issaquah Senior Center at 11 a.m. April 16. Her ashes will be buried at Hillside Cemetery, Issaquah, with her family.

She was born to Italian immigrant parents, Nick and Teresina DeGrosse, on July 24, 1915, in Pilchuck.

Jo was 14 when her mother passed away, and that is when she went to live with a schoolteacher friend in Darrington so she could finish high school. She graduated from Darrington High School in 1933 and attended the 68th reunion in 2001.

Upon coming to Issaquah in 1934, she met Ai Garner at a dance and in 1940 they were married. They lived on Bush Street for many years and that was perfect for her to walk to work at Issaquah Junior High School, where she worked for 25 years. She loved working with the faculty and made friends easily with the students.

She was instrumental in the beginning of the Issaquah Senior Center. She typed the monthly newsletter. She was very good at anything clerical. Whenever the center had a fundraiser, she was there to help.

She was part of a guild for Seattle Children’s.

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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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