Christine Marie Wright

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Wright obitChristine Marie Wright, age 20, daughter of Jason and Michelle Wright of Woodinville, WA passed away March 13, 2017 of heart failure. She was born in Winston Salem, North Carolina on July 26, 1996. She attended High School in both Eagle, ID and Woodinville, WA and graduated from Woodinville High School in 2015.  She was attending Brigham Young University-Idaho in her junior year studying Public Health with an emphasis in Biotechnology.


Christine was an incredible joy to her family, who had waited many years to welcome her to their family through the blessing of adoption. She was an artist and musician, playing piano and other instruments. She was active in sports and an enthusiastic reader who loved learning, taking AP classes and earning enough college credits in high school to start college as a sophomore.  As a high school student she participated in a college level programming class and led her team to win first place in Washington State and 3rd place at Nationals. She also earned her CNA and again won the state competition and participated in Nationals.


She was wonderful with children and was a favorite aunt to her niece and nephews. She was an active member of the LDS faith and earned her Young Womanhood Recognition and Honor Bee, and graduated from seminary.


Christine was a cherished daughter of her earthly parents, and a valiant, obedient daughter of her Heavenly Father.  


To know Christine was to love Christine. 


Christine leaves behind her parents Jason Richard Wright and B. Michelle Wright of Woodinville, WA, siblings Heather E. Bradshaw, her husband Lyndon R. Bradshaw of Farmington, UT and their three children, as well as her brother Spencer J. Wright of Woodinville.


A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 25th, 11am at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 18860 NE Woodinville Duvall Rd.


A funeral service was held in Sandy, UT on Saturday, March 18th, burial at Elysian Burial Gardens, 1075 East 4580 South, Salt Lake City

Maxine Elaine Peterson Smith

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obitMaxine Elaine Peterson Smith passed away peacefully on March 14, 2017 at the age of 89 in Bothell, Washington.  Born on August 18, 1927 to Nels and Beatrice Peterson in Seattle, she was one of three children. Maxine loved visiting her grandparents George and Mary Ann Hughes, pioneers in Woodinville, Washington, often playing in Woodin Creek. She graduated from Lincoln High School in 1945.  Maxine and Glenn Smith married on April 18, 1947. Glenn and Maxine enjoyed hiking on Mount Rainier, bowling at Kenmore Lanes, swimming and dancing at the Elks Club in Lake City, gardening, and helping out with local politics. Together they ran the ALA 45 Credit Union for more than twenty years.  She lived in her Matthews Beach home 66 years until this past fall. She lived a happy, full and blessed life and is now reunited with her husband of 52 years Glenn Smith, parents Nels and Beatrice Peterson, sister Bernice and brother Clark. Maxine is survived by daughters A. Jeanne Ensor, Carol Smith, six grandchildren Kelly Snyder (Virgil), Andrew Ensor, Crystal Bliss (Andy), Heidi Mendenhall (Ron), Amy Gieschen (Derek) and Danielle Nicole Fitzpatrick, nine great grandchildren and several nieces and a nephew. 

In lieu of a service, the family encourages everyone to take a moment and enjoy the great outdoors, take a hike, dance with a loved one and/or plant a pink rose bush.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to the Washington National Parks Fund/Mt. Rainier at in Maxine’s honor.

Dylan Garrett Backman

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obit - backmanDylan Garrett Backman:  On to a beautiful place

His love and respect and honor towards his family was relentless. He is survived by his adoring mother Jyl Backman, his proud father Eric Backman, his adoring youngest brother Dakota Backman who always looked up to him, and by his devoted “Papa” Victor Ferguson.  

Dylan’s “Angel” brother Dallas ... took Dylan’s hand and led him to heaven peacefully on February 8th, 2017 in El Segundo, California.  He is also with his “Angel” grandma Gail Ferguson.

Dylan was born November 2, 1991. He grew up in Woodinville, Wash. He attended Evergreen Academy, Cedar Park Christian School, and graduated from Chrysalis School.

Being the intelligent young man he was Dylan was very proud of earning the President’s Award for Academic Achievement from Cedar Park Christian School.  This is a very prestigious honor.

He competed nationally in gymnastics for many years with his brothers Dallas and Dakota a sport he loved.  His most treasured friends and memories come from gymnastics and his coach who fostered that bond amongst the boys that still carries on.

Dylan experienced living in several exciting places in his young life including Mammoth, California where he worked on the mountain and enjoyed the outdoors.

When Dylan moved to Utah with Dallas he was lucky enough to become a lift operator at Solitude Mountain Resort. They got to enjoy what they loved every day racing each other down the mountain together and enjoying the beauty of the mountain and snow.

His latest home was El Segundo, California where he worked and was thrilled to live “the beach life” since he loved the sun, sand and the variety of people there. I have received so many amazing accolades from his peers who shared the last six months with him and learned so much from his encouragement and strength.

One of his fondest and cherished memories was the trip Dylan and Dallas took together camping, fishing and enjoying the great outdoors.

Dylan was wise. He kept it “real” by helping others in his new life. It makes me so proud he made an impact on so many people’s lives in a short period of time in Utah and California.

Everyone loved his charismatic attitude, his wit and his humor. Dylan was just Dylan: always clowning around and making everyone laugh. He lived his life for his family and he was a genuine friend to all those who knew him.

A Celebration of Dylan’s life with his friends and family will be on Thursday, March 16, 2016 at 6PM at Overlake Christian Church, Redmond, Washington. 

There is s Facebook page with more information:  Dylan-Backman-Remembered.

Elinor Mae Rowan

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Elinor-Rowan-portraitElinor Mae Rowan passed away on February 24, 2017 in her home. Elinor was born 93 years ago on June 29, 1923 in Humboldt, Kansas, the youngest of three children of Walta Earle and John Francis (Frank) Stevens.

Elinor Stevens “Stevie” graduated from the College of Emporia in 1945 with a BA in Education and taught music to junior high and high school students in Bern, Kansas, then became the Supervisor of Elementary School Music in Concordia, Kansas, in 1946.

She met her husband, Lester (Les) Matthew Rowan, when he was on leave from the Air Force. After three years of getting “acquainted through letter writing,” they married in the fall of 1947 in Humbolt, and settled in Woodinville, Wash., Les’s home town, where they built a home in the fir forest of Hollywood Hills. She taught music at Woodinville Elementary in 1957-58 and substituted in 1970 for Northshore School District.

While raising her family, Elinor continued to teach voice, violin and piano private lessons and directed choirs for Woodinville Methodist Church, Cottage Lake Presbyterian Church, Avondale Bible Church, and Bear Creek Community Church. She was often asked to perform solos at life events, known for her clear soprano voice. She refused payment in lieu of a single china tea cup — and the collection grew.

Elinor volunteered regularly at the Union Gospel Mission, and gleaned fruit from eastern Washington orchards to deliver to the local food bank every summer for many years until a ladder injury slowed her down. This same injury made it too painful to play her beloved violin, so she taught herself the mandolin. In her late eighties, she baked cookies for the Awana after-school program once a week.

Elinor was an avid reader, gardener, calligrapher, animal lover, fisherman, volunteer, and musician. She was an expert crochet artist, and also knit and sewed many memorable gifts. She was a long-term member of the Seattle Music Study Club among other church and social groups. Her friendly, warm companionship will be missed by her many friends and family. Her last residence was Riverside East Retirement Community where she formed many friendships and participated in music, art, and played a mean game of Scrabble. Just outside her window there was always a hummingbird visiting, and while inside, an open Bible on her desk.

She is survived by her children Carol Hoffman of Bothell, Barbara Rowan of Seattle, Donna Szekely of Arlington, and Robin Quiroga of Woodinville; three grandchildren, Carry Schmitt of Enumclaw, David M. Grout of Maple Falls, and TJ Berger of Everett; and three great-grandchildren, Trevor and Olivia Schmitt, and Hazel Grout; sisters-in-law Mary Stevens and Louise Rowan, and nieces and nephews Rebecca Mellentin, Phyllis Lehr, Darrel Stevens, Sarah Stevens, Tom Rowan, and Mike Rowan.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Ronald and Delmar Stevens, and sister-in-law Elizabeth Stevens, nephew John David Stevens, and loved cat Sasha. Her husband of 54 years, Les, died in 2001.

A Ceremony of Life will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at 11 a.m. at Bear Creek Community Church, 18931 NE 143rd Street (off Avondale Road), Woodinville, WA 98072. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to: 
Bear Creek Community Church, Union Gospel Mission, Kirkland/Northshore Food Bank and Emergency (HopeLink).

Michael Andrew Clauson

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Obit-ClausonMichael Andrew Clauson, 61, of Kirkland, Washington passed away on February 23, 2017 at his home.

Michael was a devoted father who enjoyed spending his summers camping with his family at Fort Stevens State Park. When his children were younger, they all spent baseball season at the complex in Woodinville and Michael volunteered his time as a little league umpire, and only made a few “questionable calls” according to his children. He was also a problem solver, a human version of Google, and his quick wit went unmatched. Michael had an open door policy resulting in many neighborhood kids and his children’s friends looking at him as a father figure and he treated them as his own.

Michael was a loving father, grandfather, brother, and friend to all. He is predeceased by his parents, Marvin and Annelies Clauson. Michael is survived by his five children, Michael and his wife Kelly, Mark and his wife Ashley, Miranda and her husband Wade, Matthew, Morgan, three grandchildren, Kennedy, Madison, and Hailey, two brothers, Marc and his wife Fiona, Marvin and his partner Sandie, and his partner Janet.

A celebration of life will be held at Lake Forest Park Civic Club, 17301 Beach Drive, Lake Forest Park, Washington 98155 on March 25th, 2017 at 1 pm. The family will be present from 1pm-5pm with speeches and open mic taking place at 2pm. The family is collecting donations at Michael Clauson’s Memorial Fund at for a donation to Oregon State Parks in his name and a bench to be placed in his honor at Fort Stevens State Park, where the family plans to uphold Michael’s camping tradition.