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Clifford Running

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Running ObitClifford Merton Running, 72, born May 15, 1942 in Great Falls, Mont., passed away peacefully in his sleep at Whatcom Hospice House after a short battle with cancer on Saturday, July 5, 2014.

A longtime member of the Woodinville community, Clifford and his family moved to Woodinville in 1976 where he settled on Hollywood Hill and started his construction company, Castlewood Homes, from his den before moving his offices to downtown Woodinville, building over 4,500 homes until his retirement and moving to Birch Bay in the early 2000s.
He was a graduate of Highline High School, class of 1960. He received a BA from the University of Washington and an MBA, magna cum laude, from the University of Utah. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force, stationed at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk, England from 1966-1970 during the Vietnam War, as well as a longstanding member of the Washington State Realtors Association and Seattle Master Builders Association.

He was a kind, generous man who opened his heart and home to those in need. He loved to travel with his family and friends to locales across the United States and Canada as well as around the world, but his heart always brought him back home to Woodinville where he raised his two sons, both of whom graduated from Woodinville High School.
Clifford loved spending time with his grandchildren and enjoyed golfing, skiing, boating and traveling.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Clifford and Marybelle (Calvert) Running. He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Darla (Jameson) Running; his sons Darren and Jason (Suzanne) and two grandchildren; along with his brothers Roger (Sharron) Running of Bonney Lake, Brad (Kathy) Running of Seattle, sister Barbara (Darrel) Prozak of Chewelah and numerous nephews and nieces.

A memorial service was held Saturday, July 26 at Life Celebrations by Washelli in Bothell. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made online to Whatcom Hospice House at 2800 Douglas Avenue, Bellingham WA 98225 or www.hospicehelp.org.

Rose Marie Folder Powell

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Rose, 88, passed away at home on July 3, 2014, surrounded by her beloved family. She was born May 12, 1926 in Auburn, Ill. to Joseph and Bertha Folder. She lived in Springfield, Ill. until high school graduation.

Rose played professional baseball in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League during World War II. She was a pitcher and outfielder for the Kenosha (Wisconsin) Comets. She and fellow members of the league were inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1993. The women’s story is made famous by the movie “A League of Their Own.”
After her time in baseball Rose married Edward Powell and they began their married life in Wisconsin. In 1954 they moved their young family to the Snoqualmie Valley.

Rose spent many, many years as an in-home daycare provider. Known affectionately as Grandma Rose, she shaped the lives of countless young people in the town of Carnation.

Rose is survived by her daughter Barbara McGowan, son Roger (RuthAnn) Powell, daughter Rita (Ken) Sutter, daughter Mary Ellen (Gene) Gilmore, eight grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Alice Griffith, brother Bob (Mary) Folder, and brother Mike (Carol) Folder, all of Springfield, Illinois.

Rose was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Powell, daughter Susan Powell, son David Powell and son-in-law Lonnie (Mac) McGowan. She was also preceded by her brothers John, Richard, Jim and sister Ruth Ann.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Aug. 2 at 2 p.m. at Carnation Elementary School, Carnation, Washington. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the All American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL.org) in Rose’s memory.

Wayne Rasmussen

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Great papa Wayne Fredrick Rasmussen 76 yrs Easter 2011Wayne Rasmussen of Bothell passed away peacefully on July 5, 2014 of cancer at the age of 78. Born June 11, 1936 in Minnesota, he and his family moved to Bothell in his teen years. After graduating from Bothell High School and some time served in the U.S. Navy he met and married the love of his life, Donna.

Wayne worked as an expert in the drywall profession. He was a loving, funny, giving, strong man who was admired and gifted with the love of music and was often found playing his guitar in his spare time. He also enjoyed art, classic cars, history, fishing, landscaping and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his loving wife Donna, daughter and son in-law Lisa and Charles, brothers Darrell and Dave, sister Marlene, his three grandchildren, Sara, Kayla and Matthew, who affectionately called him “papa,” and his two great-grandchildren. He will be deeply missed.

Kristin Linnae Higginbotham

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Kristin Linnae Higginbotham, 26, of Bothell, joined the angels in heaven on June 21, 2014.

Kristin was born March 24, 1988 to Julie and Brian Higginbotham. Kristin is survived by her father Brian and stepmother Mamie; her mother Julie Chase and Julie’s fiancé Pat Healy; her brother Kevin (Ashley), nephew Garnet; her sister Kailin; stepsisters Anita Kolendar (Jess), nephews Tristan and Gaige; Cristina (Thomas) Holmes, nephew Elijah and niece Mia; Mary Kolendar and Caryn Swanson; Aunt DeeDee (Steve) Coughtry, cousin Kimberly; uncle Kelly Chase (Heather); aunt Angelina; grandparents Laurie Higginbotham, Bob Chase and Barbara Jones as well as numerous extended family and close friends. She is predeceased by her beloved grandpa “Boppa” Higginbotham.

Kristin attended Kokanee Elementary, Canyon Park Junior High and Bothell High (2006). She attended Central Washington University (2007) and Washington State University (Vancouver) earning a bachelor of science degree in psychology (2010). She continued her education at City University, earning the degree of master of education in guidance and counseling (2012). Kristin worked at Canyon Park Junior High as a substitute counselor for the past two years. She was also a nanny for many years, developing close bonds with the children she cared for.

Kristin played many sports growing up; her favorites were softball and soccer. She also loved snowboarding. While she will ever be known for her contagious smile and laugh, her teammates also knew her for her competitiveness and fierce determination on the field. She was a free spirit who loved to travel and journal about her life adventures. She loved being a student and loved to read.

While preparing to join the Peace Corps in Guyana, Kristin met the love of her life, Mitchell Chicha. While their relationship was cut short by her passing, those who knew them could see their passion, friendship and love for each other.

Kristin was a young woman of faith. She believed in the power and strength of Jesus Christ’s love, and the beauty and peace that would await her after her passing.

A memorial service was held on Sunday, July 13 at Northlake Christian Church, followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation in her name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (www.stjude.org) or a charity of your choice.

Helen McMahon

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Obit McMahonBorn March 1, 1918, passed away peacefully on June 10, 2014 at Overlake Hospital in the presence of her family. Helen was a community leader, volunteer, artist, historian and pioneer whose impact on her community is a legacy to be remembered.

Helen came to Woodinville in 1923 at the age of five with her Danish parents and lived most her life on the family farm on Hollywood Hill. After graduating from Bothell High School in 1936, Helen married John McMahon and they settled on the family land to raise their three sons.

Launching a life of volunteerism, they played Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus for community groups for 34 years. They carried food to local food banks and Seattle homeless shelters and supplied Hopelink. They were recognized often, including Citizens of the Year by the Woodinville Rotary Club. Helen served the Sammamish Grange, Lady Lions, Children’s Orthopedic Hospital Guild, Northshore Senior Center, Bothell HS Alumni Association, Woodinville Heritage Society and many more. She was a popular speaker about pioneer life in local classrooms, and as an accomplished artist, in 2010 she created a coloring book with Woodinville historic scenes that can now be found in most local elementary schools and is available from the Woodinville Heritage Society. Helen’s awards for civic involvement are long and many. Most recently, Helen was honored as a 2012 Northshore Wall of Honor inductee for her long dedication to her community.

Helen is preceded in death by her husband John and sons Johnny and Jim. She is survived by her sister Edith, son Jeffrey and step-daughter Diane, her 13 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.
A community celebration (open to all) of Helen’s beautiful life will be held Saturday, July 19 at 2 p.m. at the Northshore Performing Arts Center, 18125 92nd Ave. NE Bothell, WA 98011. Memorials in her name can be directed to Woodinville Heritage Society or Bothell HS Alumni Association Scholarship Fund.