Melanie Ann Strand-Barrett

April 12, 2011

Melanie Ann Strand-Barrett

Melanie Ann Strand-Barrett, of Bellevue, died April 9, 2011. She was 38.

A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. April 20 at Mountain Creek Christian Church, 205 Mountain Park Blvd. S.W.

Melanie was born March 2, 1973, in Bellevue, the daughter of Darcey Strand and John and Donna Strand. Melanie lived in Issaquah throughout her childhood and in the past few years has resided in Bellevue.

Melanie attended Issaquah schools and was in the class of 1991.

While married to Harland Barrett they were blessed with a son, Riley Barrett. Melanie also leaves behind her beloved friend, Aaron Paddie.

There were many phases of Melanie’s life, growing up in Issaquah she loved her family and friends. Despite her battle with addiction, her giving spirit and kind heart continued to touch people’s hearts and create lasting memories throughout her earthly journey right up to the day she went to be with Jesus. She is survived by her mother, Darcey Strand, of Issaquah, father and step-mother, John and Donna Strand, of Snohomish, sister, Amy (Ryan) Hess, of Issaquah, and her stepbrother and stepsister, Travis (Alison) and Stephanie Watson. She also gave us two of the best blessings of our lives, her children, Rache’ Strand and Riley Barrett.

Melanie is also survived by her grandparents, Bill and Delores Cooper and Ken and Vonnie Harmon, as well as many family members and friends who loved her very much.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Bob and Dottie Strand, of Issaquah.

Donations are suggested to the Union Gospel Mission of Seattle.

Funeral arrangements are by Flintoft’s Funeral Home.


Stanley Charles Harris

April 5, 2011

Stanley Charles Harris, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and formerly of Issaquah, died March 8, 2011, in Coeur d’Alene. He was 68.

At Stan’s request, there was no service, but stories and messages can be shared on his dedicated webpage at

Stan was born Jan. 31, 1943, in Seattle to Ed and Edith Harris. He was raised in Issaquah and lived in the Issaquah area before moving with his family to Coeur d’Alene in 2000.

He graduated from Issaquah High School in 1962. He served six years in the National Guard.

Stan married Sharon Weber in 1965.

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Theresa Ann Levesque

April 5, 2011

Theresa “Memere” Levesque, of Issaquah, loving wife to Armand and abiding mom to Laurie, died April 1, 2011, after a courageous battle with carcinoid cancer.  A memorial service will be held from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, April 7 at Flintoft’s Funeral Home in Issaquah. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Attn: Donations for Dr. Samual Whiting G.I. Oncology, P.O. Box 19023, Seattle, WA 98109-1023.

Friends are invited to view a full obituary, photos and directions at

Charles Franklin Epps Jr.

April 5, 2011

May 3, 1923 – March 24, 2011

Charles Epps Jr.

Born in Miami, Okla., he died in Seattle.

Charles, known to his family as Papa Dugie, was the last survivor of 11 children. He was married to Florence Epps for 63 years.

He is survived by their three children Barbara Schaefer (and Al), Charnell Jay (and Ray) and Kevin Epps (and Connie); seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Charles was a tile setter by trade and an avid sportsman and great dancer. Gardening and fishing were his passions.

Donations are suggested to the Providence Marianwood Foundation.

Peggy Rigden Davis

April 5, 2011

Peggy Davis, of Issaquah, died at Briarwood Health Center in Issaquah on Sunday, March 20, 2011. She was 80 years old.

Peggy Davis

A celebration of her life will be from 3-5 p.m. Wednesday April 20, at Timber Ridge at Talus, 100 Timber Ridge Way N.W., Issaquah. Her ashes will be her scattered at home in her beloved England later this summer, with her brothers and sisters in attendance.

Peggy was born in the seaside town of Ramsgate on England’s southeast coast in 1930. She lived through the daily horrors of World War II as a young teen, an experience that greatly shaped her approach to life. Later, after the war, she developed a passion for travel, frequenting the beaches of Spain and her favorite city, Paris. In her hometown, she was perhaps best known, even to this day, as an “Aqua Lovely,” a troupe of beauty queen goodwill ambassadors promoting Ramsgate’s summer tourism festivities.

In the mid-1950s she met Paul, her future husband, while he was working with the British and U.S. air forces. Peggy left Ramsgate to marry Paul in 1958 and never returned to England to live.

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James E. MacKerrow

April 5, 2011

James E. MacKerrow, 62, died March 29, 2011, with his family by his side.

James MacKerrow

Born July 22, 1948, in Myrtle Point, Ore., son of Gordon and Dorothy MacKerrow, Jim graduated from Myrtle Point High School in 1966. After living in the Northwest, Jim and his wife Nancy settled in Redmond. He worked in the office products/supply business for 41 years.

He was a loving husband, dad, papa and friend. He cherished time with his family and friends whom he continued to make wherever he went. Some of Jim’s favorite pastimes were his love of the outdoors, which included golfing, boating, fishing, and spending time at the lake in Mason County. Jim will be remembered for his endless hard work, honesty, values and optimism toward life.

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Ingjerd M. Tall

April 5, 2011

Ingjerd M. Tall of Issaquah, loving mom to Donna, Joseph and David, died April 2, 2011 at Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue. She was 80.

Services are pending. Friends are invited to view a full obituary, photos and directions at

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

Sarah May Wilson

April 5, 2011

Sarah May Wilson was born Sept. 17, 1920 in Deer Lodge, Mont., to Herbert Wright and Daisy Bell Miller. She was the oldest of eight children.

She lived in Snoqualmie and graduated from Snoqualmie High School in 1939. She was preceded in death by three husbands, sister Rosie Albertsen, brother Herb Miller and son Dean Wilson. Survived by sisters June Gunderson, Georgia Kramer, Sharon Posey, Lynn and Dorothy Miller, and brother Frank Miller, and also by children Monte, Helen, Lavalle, Kathy, and Ada Wilson, and Twyla and Dick Palmtier. At her request there will be no service.

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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