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Leonard Bacon, Marblemount
Sedro-Woolley Courier-Times, March 31, 1955
      Leonard Bacon of Marblemount passed away at the Memorial Hospital, Sedro-Woolley, on March 28, 1955. He was born on Nov. 7, 1884, at Bacon creek near Marblemount, the son of late Albert and Lizzie Bacon who homesteaded near their namesake Bacon creek.
      Funeral services will be held on April 1 at Lemley Mortuary. Mrs. Edith Lundlow will conduct the service. The deceased was a member of the Spiritualist at Bellingham. He is survived by a cousin, Mrs. George Liggett of Rockport.

Dr. Joseph S. Baldridge, Sedro-Woolley
Sedro-Woolley Courier-Times, March 29, 1934
      Dr. Joseph S. Baldridge, one of Sedro-Woolley's most prominent citizens, passed away last night at the Memorial hospital, after apparently rallying from an operation performed two weeks ago. Another operation was performed Tuesday in an effort to save him, but he steadily grew weaker. He had been in poor health for several years, but it was thought he was getting better until his recent acute attack.
      Funeral services will be held at the St. James Episcopal church in Sedro-Woolley, March 31, with Rev. Father Horn officiating. Mr. Baldridge is survived by his wife, Mrs. Clio Baldridge, and son, Joseph Baldridge; three brothers, Ben Baldridge of Gold Bar; Henry Baldridge of Tacoma and Logan Baldridge of Eugene; three sisters, Mrs. Allen and Mrs. Dennis of Pierce, Idaho; Mrs. Fred W. Seidell of this city.
      Dr. Joseph Simeon Baldridge was born in Kentucky sixty years ago and came to Skagit county in May 1886 with this parents and eight brothers and sisters. The family lived at Hamilton. He attended school in Blaine and Seattle and in 1897 he went to Alaska during the gold rush. Returning a year later, he took up the study of dentistry and was graduated in 1902 from Northwestern University at Chicago.
      Since that time he has practiced his profession here and was considered one of the outstanding dentists of the state. He had other business interests and was owner of the building here which bears his name. Dr. Baldridge was married here in 1907 to Lou Vern Vorees [possibly Voorhees], who passed away two years ago. Last July, Dr. Baldridge married Miss Clio Newhouse. Dr. Baldridge was a member of Psi Omega dental fraternity, also of the Mason Lodge, the Shrine and other organizations. He will be buried in Union cemetery.
      Active pall bearers will be C.W. Winters, H.A. Trudeau, E.B. Devener, D.M. Donnelly, William Thomsen and Horace Condy. Honorary pall bearers are George Green, C.P. Gable, Q.P. Reno, B.D. Vanderveer, W.R. Morgan, C.E. Bingham, A.G. Mosier, John Guddall, W.H. Curry and Paul Rhodius.
      Ed. note: For more information about early Hamilton and the Hamilton and Baldridge family history, see this website.

William Baldridge, Hamilton
Sedro-Woolley Courier-Times, April 10, 1917
      Another pioneer of the Skagit passed over the Great Divide Saturday, April 6, after a long and useful life. William Baldridge was born in Virginia 76 years ago and came from that state to Washington territory in 1886. After reaching Mt. Vernon the journey to the homestead, of which the town of Hamilton is now a part, was made in a canoe, the only transportation possible. For several years the families of Mr. and Mrs. Baldridge and Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton were the only settlers in that part of the valley and to them is due a sense of gratitude from those who came later.
      In 1894 Mrs. Baldridge died and after some years Mr. Baldridge married again and is survived by his widow, six sons and three daughters. Funeral services were held April 7 from the church in Hamilton, Rev. F.E. Taylor, rector of the Episcopal church at Anacortes officiating. The pall bearers were the sons: Henry of Tacoma, Ira and Logan of Oak Point, Ben of Startup, Dr. J.S. Baldridge; and a son-in-law, Fred Seidell. The daughters, Mrs. R.D. Allen, Mrs. F. Knott of Seattle, and Mrs. [Phoeba or Phoebe] Seidell all attended.

Caroline (Lisk) Ball, Fir
Skagit Valley Herald, March 3, 1938
      Caroline Ball, a longtime resident [south of Mount Vernon] passed away following a long illness. Mrs. Ball was 87 at the time of her passing. She had been ill for some time and passed away at the Mount Vernon General hospital. She was born in Coupeville. Funeral services were held at the Henry Dunham chapel in Mount Vernon this mroning. Rev. O.E. Helmdahl officiated. Those left to mourn her passing are one son, William Lisk of Fir and one daughter, Mrs. Mary Mann, also of Fir.
      Ed. note: Caroline Lisk Ball was born to an Indian family who lived near Coupeville. According to the 1906 book, Illustrated History of Skagit and Snohomish Counties, a man named Joe Lisk settled upriver from Fir near the fork of the Skagit sometime soon after 1873. He was described as a "squaw man," which meant that he married an Indian woman. This would mean that Catherine, born in 1861, must have been a teenager when they met. Their first child was Mary Mann, who was born in 1878 at Fir and later married Frank Mann, son of Charles H. Mann, the namesake of Mann's Landing. Sometime after her birth her father died and mother Caroline died widower Jesse B. Ball, who was the founder of Sterling, west of Sedro. William Lisk was born just before Joe Lisk died, sometime around 1880.
      We have not been able to find record of their marriage and there is no direct mention of Caroline living at Ball's camp in Sterling. Jesse and Caroline had three children together: Kate, who was born in 1885 and died as a child; Anthony, born in 1879, and Julia, apparently nicknamed Zula, born in 1881. It is possible that Caroline somehow retained Lisk's property back near Fir. Or maybe Ball had land there. We presume this because there is an article in an 1889 Skagit News issue that records an outbreak of smallpox at the "old Ball place" near Fir. Jesse had sold his interest in the mill and businesses at Sterling to the Skagit Railway & Timber Co. in 1886 and died of tuberculosis in Seattle earlier in 1889.

Marston Ball, Burlington
Skagit Valley Herald, Oct. 23, 2002
      Marston Ball, age 93, life long resident of Skagit Valley, passed away Saturday, October 12, 2002 at Life Care Center of Skagit Valley in Sedro-Woolley. Born April 7, 1909 at Whitney, he was the second of four children of Skagit pioneers Thomas Amos & Nellie (Beard) Ball. Educated in Burlington, he was a 1930 graduate of Burlington High School. On February 12, 1948, he married Dulcie (Hughes) Sharp in Mount Vernon. She died in 1996.
      He served his community and the citizens of Skagit County Fire Protection District No. 6 (Burlington) as a Fire Commissioner from 1954 to 1973. His many memberships included the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Rebekah Lodge for over sixty years; past president of the Golden Kiwanis Club; Mount Vernon Senior Citizens; National Holstein Association; past president of Skagit County Holstein Club; DHIA, where he was the first member to have a 600 pound butterfat average on two daily milkings for one year; past president of Skagit Valley Riding Club and Quarter Horse Association; and the Washington Draft Horse & Mule Association.
      Survivors include his son, by a former marriage, & daughter-in-law, Fredric & Diane Langton of University Place; three grandchildren: Thomas Langton & his wife, Jan of Redmond, Kristin Langton of Tacoma and Jeffrey Langton & his wife, Jackie of Bothell; his sister-in-law, Genevieve Ball of Burlington; his niece, Floy Fortin of Burlington; two nephews: James London of Sedro-Woolley and Edwin London of Puyallup; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, Dulcie; two brothers: John Ball in 1981 and Floyd ("Skizzex") Ball in 1971; his sister, Olive Ball Sparrs in 1991; and his step-son, Richard Sharp in 1949.
      Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Thursday and Friday, October 24 and 25, 2002, at Hulbush Funeral Home, Burlington. Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, October 26, 2002 at Hulbush Funeral Home, followed by interment in Grand View Cemetery, Anacortes. Remembrances are suggested to the Skagit County Historical Society, P.O. Box 818, La Conner, WA 98257.

Susan [maiden Batey] [first husband Fuller] Taylor, Sedro-Woolley & San Francisco
Sedro-Woolley Courier-Times , March 8, 1956
      Susan Batey Taylor, daughter of the late David and Georgianna Batey, pioneer residents of the town of Sedro, died at the Memorial Hospital on March 3. Mrs. Taylor, born Sept. 20, 1881, was the first white child born in Sedro.
      Funeral services were held Tuesday in the chapel of the Lemley mortuary at 2 p.m. with Success Rebekah Lodge of this city officiating. Cremation followed at View Crest Abbey in Everett. Susan Batey was married to George Fuller in 1901. He died in San Francisco in 1906. Two years later she married Walter Taylor and the couple lived in Los Angeles until he passed away in 1929. She returned to Sedro-Woolley the following year to make her home in the family residence on the homestead property southeast of town [actually west].
      Mrs. Taylor was a member of Success Rebekah Lodge and the Territorial Daughters [chapter one]. Surviving are four nieces, Elizabeth singleton of Anaheim, Calif., Eloise Keyraud of Torrance, Calif., Anna Hreha of Seattle and Susan McKinley of Tacoma.
      Ed. note: We sorted Susan's name under Batey because that was what she was most known for. Soon after returning here as a widow, she moved into the house that her father built just west of the railroad tracks after the old family home (built in the early 1880s) burned on their ranch west of town in 1923. What is now Rhodes road was then the county highway, a muddy wagon road that wound around the north shore of the Skagit and connected with Jameson avenue, then the thoroughfare into town. When partners Frank Goodyear and Victor Nelson built their mill, the Batey house was moved west to where it still stands on the north side of Rhodes road just west of Rothenbuhler Engineering. Susan lived there for the rest of her life and the Perotti family lived there for several decades afterwards until Jim Perotti died a few years ago.
      We are willing to bet that, unlike Tony Bennett, Susan's heart was not in San Francisco. One of her step-brothers died there in the 1880s as a child when a hack (horse-drawn taxi) ran him over. And then her first husband died there during the April 1906 earthquake.

Hugo Bauman, Sedro-Woolley and Rockport
Sedro-Woolley Courier-Times, Oct. 3, 1940
(Hugo Bauman)
Hugo Bauman

      Hugo Bauman of Rockport, county commissioner from this district 3 of Skagit county, died Saturday morning in the Memorial hospital in Sedro-Woolley after a long illness. He was 73 years of age, and although sick for months, he had gone on with his work, until forced to enter the hospital a few weeks ago. Funeral services were held at the Lemley chapel on Tuesday afternoon, when a big crowd of his friends gathered to honor him.
      Bauman left his property which consists of the Rockport hotel at Rockport, to the Memorial hospital at Sedro-Woolley, according to terms of his will which was field in superior court today by attorney A.H. Ward. A. H. Bingham is named as executor.
      Hugo Bauman had served this part of the county for eleven years as county commissioner. He was born in Pennsylvania, but had spent most of his adult years in Sedro-Woolley and the upper valley. At one time he operated the Osterman hotel in Sedro-Woolley and also hotels at Monroe and Bellingham. Bauman bought the Osterman hotel in [about 1900] and a few years later sold it to J.C. Wixson [summer of 1909]. It was located where the Gateway Hotel now stands. In 1909 Bauman bought the Rockport hotel and lived there the rest of his life.
      Before coming To Washington he worked as clerk in the famous Palmer house in Chicago and then served several years as auditor for the Pacific hotel company, traveling from Iowa to Oregon. He was educated in the east and in Germany, attending one or two colleges.
      In 1928, when Gid Clark of Sedro-Woolley resigned while county commissioner, Bauman was appointed to fill out the unexpired term. He was later elected to two years and re-elected in 1930, and in 1932 managed survive the Democratic landslide and was elected for a four year term. He ran again in 1938 and was elected to a four year term.
      Bauman was a Republican political leader in this county for many years and took an active part in the development of the county, by helping get new roads and also was interested in timber and mineral properties.
      He is survived by his brother, Henry Bauman of Seattle. Funeral services at the Lemley chapel Tuesday were conducted by the Rev. A.W. Wilson of Mt. Vernon, with the Sedro-Woolley Knights of Pythias lodge in charge. Honorary pallbearers included Judge W.L. Brickey, John Mason, Wallace Sharpe, Carl Kloke, Pat McCarthy, George Dunlap and active pallbearers were A.H. Bingham, Larry Stave, Bob Parker, George Johnson, Clyde Wagner and Sig Berglund. Music at the services included singing by Mrs. E.P. Jech, Mrs. G.A. Jones and Guy Rowland. Cremation at Bellingham followed the service.
      Ed. note: Read more about Hugo Bauman, the Osterman House hotel of Sedro-Woolley and his Rockport Hotel, which burned in 1951.

Mrs. Kate Bishop, Mount Vernon
Mount Vernon Herald, March 10, 1942
      Mrs. Kate Bishop, mother of Mrs. F.A. Hegg of Sedro-Woolley, died at her home in Everett Saturday at the age of 97 years. Funeral services will be held in Everett today and burial will be in Mount Vernon.
      Surviving Mrs. Bishop are eight children: Mrs. Hegg, Sedro-Woolley; Ell Bishop, Arizona; Mrs. Carl Oliver, Mrs. Rae Boxwell, Mrs. Callie Van Winkle and Bert Bishop, Everett; Fred Bishop, Mount Vernon, and Grover Bishop, Blaine.

Mary Jean [first husband Bingham] Booth, Sedro-Woolley
Sedro-Woolley Courier-Times, April 2, 2003
      Mary Jean Booth died March 1 at her home in Tacoma following a short battle with cancer. Mary Jean was born Jan. 15, 1922, in Fargo, N.D. She graduated from Fargo Central High School in 1939. She attended the University of Washington, where she affiliated with the Chi Omega sorority. She later graduated from Western Washington State College with a degree in education. She taught at the primary level in Sedro-Woolley school system for many years, eventually focusing on special education.
      Mary Jean and her first husband, Chuck Bingham, lived in Japan while Chuck served in the U.S. Army during the post-World War II occupation. Their first son, Charlie, was born in Japan in 1949. He joined his sister, Mary, who was born in 1944. They were later joined by twin brothers, Al and Jim, born in 1954 [while the family lived in Sedro-Woolley; Chuck was a grandson of legendary banker C.E. Bingham].
      Mary Jean married Robert Booth in 1982. They lived in Tacoma, enjoying 11 years together, traveling and playing golf. They particularly enjoyed their annual vacations to Hawaii. Robert died in 1993. Mary Jean lived at Gold Creek for ten years. She very much enjoyed the time she spent there playing bridge, baking cookies and helping her neighbors in any way she could.
      Mary Jean is survived by her sister, Helen DeHollander of Cottonwood, Calif., daughter Mary Robinson of Concord, Calif., sons, Al Bingham of Las Vegas, Nov., and Jim Bingham of Spokane, wash.; five grandchildren, one great-grandchild and a cousin, Judy Jones, of Sedro-Woolley. She was preceded in death by her son Charlie.Ed. note: See this website for more information about the history of the Bingham family.

Edwin E. "Bud" Blau, Samish island
Skagit Valley Herald, March 23, 2002
      Edwin E. "Bud" Blau, 84, of Samish Island, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, March 21, 2002 at Skagit Valley Hospital. Bud was born July 20, 1917, in Kirkland, WA, the son of Edwin and Etta (Von Carnap) Blau. He graduated from Kirkland High School and attended the University of Washington on a baseball scholarship until entering the Army.
      Edwin married Elizabeth "Liz" Eva Benson, in Kirkland, November 23, 1939. He then served in the US Army, in the South Pacific, from 1941 until 1945. Bud and his father owned and operated a Chrysler and Dodge dealership in Kirkland. In 1945, he and Liz moved to Samish Island where he joined his father at Blau Oyster Co., retiring in 1968. After retirement he and Liz traveled for a number of years with MAPPS (Mobile Missionary Assistance Program) helping churches, throughout the Southwest, with restoration; including Christa Missionaries of Edmonds.
      He is survived by 3 sons: Paul Blau and his companion, Mae Tabor of Alger, Mark and Wendy Blau, Bruce Blau and his special friend, Leslie Swedelius all of Samish Island; daughter-in-law, Susanne Blau of Bay-view; 12 grandchildren: Raymond Blau, Debbie Albright, Tina Blau, Scott Blau, Steven Blau, Brenda Blau, Peter Ormsby, Karl Blau, Edwin Blau, Alexander Blau, Robin Blau and Thomas Blau; numerous great-grandchildren; 3 sisters-in-law: Joanne Ingersoll, Janet Park and Irene Benson; special nephew and wife, Larry and Rachael Kristenson of Chewelah, WA; special cousin, Irma and her husband Fred Rutledge. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Liz, a sister, Beatrice Kristenson and a son, John Blau.
      Memorials are suggested to Samish Island Chapel, 9461 Samish Island Road, Bow, WA 98232 or the Gideons, P.O. Box 152, Mount Vernon, WA. A memorial service for Bud will be Tuesday, March 26, 2002, at 1 p.m. at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1515 East College Way, Mount Vernon, WA. Pastor Otto Sather of Samish Island Chapel will be officiating. A private family burial will take place at Bayview Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Hawthorne Funeral Home.

Minnie Boyd, Clear Lake
Sedro-Woolley Courier-Times, Oct. 23, 1952
      Mrs. Minnie Boyd, a resident of Clear Lake for the past 60 years, died suddenly last Thursday, Oct. 16, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Eva Hobson, at Everett, where she has been visiting for a few days.
      Mrs. Boyd, who was a member of the Territorial Daughters, was born at New Brunswick, Canada, July 16, 1867.
      Surviving are three sons, Leonard, Ruben and Chester Boyd of Clear Lake; two daughters, Bessie Bardan of Clear Lake; and Mrs. Eva Hobson of Everett; also six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
      Funeral Services were held Tuesday, Oct. 21. Rev. R. Clinton McGaffee of the Central Methodist Church. Buried Clear Lake Cemetery. [We believe that she was the widow of John Johnson.]

Sarah Annella (Reed) Boynton, Anacortes
Skagit Valley Herald, Dec. 13, 2003
      Sarah Annella Reed Boynton, 97, died on Wednesday, December 3, 2003 at Island Hospital in Anacortes. Sarah was born in Seattle, WA on October 12, 1906, as hospitals and boat service was scarce from Decatur Island at that time. Sarah was born to Ella Moore Reed, a native of Orcas Island and Joseph M. Reed, a native of Decatur Island.
      Joseph and his brother, Will, owned a shipyard on Decatur Island where many boats that were noted in this area were built, including the Osage and the City of Anacortes. When Sarah finished grade 8 at Decatur School, she moved to Anacortes and boarded with families in order to finish high school and graduated with the class of 1925. One of the families she boarded with were Presbyterian, which started her involvement with the Presbyterian Church, in which she devoted many years of faithful service.
      In September of 1925, she married Stanley K. "Pete" Boynton, who she met as a neighbor on 6th Street. Together they built a house on the corner of 5th and K Avenue, where she was still living until 2 months ago when she moved to Alliance Assisted Living. Sarah and "Pete" raised their two daughters, Vivian Boynton Dibble and Virginia Boynton Perkins in the same home they built early in their marriage.
      Sarah worked at Fisherman's Packing Cannery for 42 years, most of them running the "topper" machine, and acquiring many long-standing friendships over those years. She also was involved for many years with the local and regional Quilting and Button Clubs. Sarah was preceded in death by her father, her mother, brother, Ray "Skip" Reed, her husband, Stanley "Pete", and her daughter, Vivian (Arthur) Dibble.
      She is survived by her daughter, Virginia (Reese) Perkins; sister, Marjorie Klingman, 8 grandchildren; as well as numerous great and great-great- grandchildren. A family graveside service was held on Monday, December 8, 2003, at Grand View Cemetery in Anacortes. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, December 13, 2003, at the Westminster Presbyterian Church at 9th and M Avenue in Anacortes. The family requests no flowers, please. Memorials may be made to your favorite organization or charity of choice. Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel, San Juan Islands and Anacortes.

Maxine [maiden Mattoon] Breier, Sedro-Woolley
Skagit Valley Herald, April 4, 2002
      Maxine Breier, a longtime resident and businesswoman of Sedro-Woolley, passed away Saturday, March 30, 2002 with her family at her side at the age of 72 years. She was born August 19, 1929 in Lapwai, Idaho the daughter of George and Pearl Anderson Mattoon. Maxine grew up in the Lewiston, Idaho area attending school and she later was married to Ernest P. Breier on August 29, 1948 in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho.
      She has been a resident of Sedro-Woolley since 1952 where she and her husband operated Holland Drug for 20 years till his passing in December of 1971. On her birthday, August 19, 1973, she opened and operated Maxine's Dress Shop till September 7, 1985.
      Maxine was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church and a former member of Soroptimists International of Sedro-Woolley. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, bowling, but most of all she lived for her grandchildren. Maxine loved to help at the annual Thanksgiving Dinner at the Community Center and also to assist families who had lost their homes due to fire.
      Maxine is survived by her 2 daughters: Annette VanDelinder and her fiancee Pat Mousel of Anacortes and Cindy and her husband Neil Akkerman of Lyman; her son Kevin Breier of Sedro-Woolley; 5 grandchildren all of Sedro-Woolley: Chris VanDelinder and his girlfriend Amanda Holm, Jenny Goss and her husband Danny, Dakota, Dustin, and Dylan Breier; and a great-grandson Tyler Goss of Sedro-Woolley; 2 brothers Merrill and his wife Deloris Mattoon and George and his wife Dorothy Mattoon all of Lewiston, ID; 2 sisters Freda Shirtz of Sandpoint, ID and Margaret and her husband Fred Wallace of Lewiston, ID; and numerous nieces and nephews. Maxine was preceded in death by her parents, husband Ernest, and brothers Morris, Norman, and Orville Mattoon.
      Visitation will be Wednesday, April 3, 2002 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley. Graveside Services will be Thursday, April 4, 2002 at 3:00 PM at the Sedro-Woolley Union Cemetery with Rosalie Robles of the Federation of Christian Ministries officiating.
      A reception will follow the services at the family home on State Street. Memorials are suggested to North Puget Oncology 1971 Hwy 20 Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284.

Rosemarie [maiden Marihugh] Buchanan, Sterling and Sedro-Woolley
Skagit Valley Herald, July 21, 2002
      Rosemarie "Marie" "Rosie" (Marihugh) Buchanan, age 73, a lifetime Skagit County resident, passed away peacefully from a brain tumor at her home in Sedro-Woolley on July 18, 2002. She was born January 9, 1929 in Mount Vernon, the daughter of Lloyd L. Marihugh and Florence M. Richford Marihugh and the granddaughter of Skagit Valley Pioneers. She attended elementary school in Sedro-Woolley and high school in Burlington, graduating in 1947. Marie and John Buchanan were married in 1947, raising 6 children during their nearly 55 years together in the Skagit Valley.
      Her favorite activities were her family and friends, travel, bingo, bridge and Mariners baseball. Marie was a homemaker and active volunteer during the time she raised her children. After her children were grown, she worked at the Emporium and then as your favorite drive thru teller at Rainier bank in Burlington. She was a member of Burlington United Methodist Church, Daughters of the American Revolution, and Order of Eastern Star.
      She is survived by her loving husband, John; her children and their families: John Jr. of Bellingham, WA; Teresa Taylor and her daughter Leah of Mertzon, TX; Brian Buchanan and his wife Debbie of Mount Vernon, WA and their children Joy Fox (Jon), Kate, Andrew, Michael, Amy and David; Kevin Buchanan and daughter Nikki of Burlington, WA; Laurie Buchanan Skoroda, her husband Ed of New Hope, PA and their children Jeffrey and Cameron; Scot Buchanan and his fiance Brigid Braniff of Burlington. Also, her brothers: Jim, Lloyd, Marvin; in-laws, Jim and Jane Buchanan; and numerous nieces and nephews.
      Mom was a wonderful mother, wife and friend who accepted her illness with courage, dignity and faith, the same way she had lived her life. A celebration of Marie's life will be held Monday, July 22, 2002, 11:00am at Avon United Methodist Church, 13743 Avon Allen Rd., Mount Vernon. Marie will be inurned at Hawthorne Memorial Park, Mount Vernon. Memorials may be made in Marie's name to Care Giving Fund at Visiting Angels, 4268 Hoff Rd., Bellingham, WA 98225 or the Concerned Citizens for Dist. #304, P.O. Box 518, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284.
      Ed. note: also see the obituary for Rosemarie's mother, Florence Richford Marighugh.

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