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Verleen Ann (Reiner) George: In memorium

 

Verleen Ann George

February 19, 1933-

May 28, 21019

Verleen Ann (Reiner) George passed away suddenly on May 28, 2019, from complications of COPD and pneumonia.

She was born in Richardton, North Dakota on February 19, 1933. Surviving family members include her loving husband of 63 years, Paul L. George, of Duvall, Washington and daughters Joleen Smith (Duane), Terri Anderson and Shelley George; her siblings LaRene George, Donna Speer and Dan Reiner.

Predeceasing her in death are her parents, John and Betty Reiner, siblings Duane Reiner and Betty Jean. In loving memory to our beloved Mother, wife, sister and aunt – a mother to so many and a friend to all.

Rest in peace. You are always with us.

Flora Martin Gates: Jan. 3, 1921 - April 5, 2020

W Flora“Flo” was born to Homer and Maud Martin on January 3, 1921, in Odessa, Oregon. She passed away peacefully on April 4, 2020.

Flo was the fourth of five children, (Bernice, Bob, Neil, Wilma). At the age of 1, the family moved to Glendale, Oregon. Her mom passed away when she was 7. Homer remarried Mary Whaley, who had two children, Lettie and Ben. They had one more child together, Lynn. They lived on a farm in a log house. 

Flo spoke often and fondly of her childhood, even the hard work. She graduated from Glendale High with honors. She then attended Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon to study education. There she met Oswald (“Ozzie”) Drexel Gates, and they were married on February 26, 1948. They had five children and lived mostly in the Seattle/Bothell area. 

Flo went back to college and completed her BA and MA in education. She primarily taught first grade for the Northshore School District for over 20 years.

She had so many talents and interests: singing and playing piano and guitar, yodeling, baking (her cinnamon rolls were the best!), running a home, teaching, tutoring, going to professional sports’ games, supporting her children and grandchildren in their activities, reading and always learning new things.

After a stroke in 2014, Flo developed dementia. She was able to stay in her own home until February of this year.

Flo was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and six siblings. She is survived by her sister, Lynn Diltz; her children, Jeff (Elizabeth) Gates, Tim Gates, Mary Marshall, Terri Gates and Libby (Brian) Baarstad; her stepdaughters Doreen (Ross) Kines and Nona (Dalton) Davidson, and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. 

Flo was kind, funny, and caring to her family and friends. We miss her so much but glad she’s home and free!

Her internment is at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in LaConnor, Wash. Services will be after the Coronavirus scare. Half of the ashes go over parents' grave at Glendale, Oregon.  For more information or to leave comments visit the Chapel of the Resurrection website at www.chapel.cedarpark.org/obituaries.

Yvonne Marie Anderson: July 13, 1938- March 14, 2020

801 smallerYvonne Marie Anderson passed away Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 6 a.m. in Bothell, Washington after her valiant struggle with Parkinson’s disease. 

She was born Yvonne Marie Holden on July 13, 1938 in a little ‘Walnut Grove’ type town of El Paso, Wisconsin. After a family move to Los Angeles in her grade school years, Yvonne graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in 1956. She was excited to start the next chapter of her life and did not have to wait long. 

She had met the love of her life, Garold “Skip” Dominic Anderson, at a high school dance. The boys of Serra High School (Calif.) joined the young ladies of St. Mary’s for a dance in the gym. When Yvonne walked in, Skip turned to his friends and declared, “I’m going to marry that girl,” and marry they did! 

On August 18, 1956 Yvonne and Skip began their days of wedded bliss in L.A. but moved promptly to the China Lake Naval Base when Skip joined the Navy and their first son, Gary was born. Soon after, the family moved to Seattle to grow the family business, Northwest Trophy, and to grow their own brood. After Gary (‘57) came daughter Carrie (‘58), son Rich (‘60), daughter Christie (‘61), son Robb (‘63), and their youngest son Thomas, who Yvonne now joins in heaven after he left this earth only hours after his birth in 1967. 

The Andersons were one of the founding families of the St. Brendan’s School and were an integral part of building the Bothell community. The family vacationed often at Yvonne’s family cabin on the Wenatchee River, camping throughout Washington and spent time at Pacific Beach where they held the annual Kelp Festival that grew into dozens of families celebrating for celebrating’s sake with parades, costumes, and years of memories made. 

They also spent their Octobers in Kihei, Maui with Don and Jean Herrick, their very dear friends. But, when Yvonne and Skip had tired of Seattle’s gloomy weather, they moved to Arizona in October 2000, where they would attend Mariners Spring Training (though she was always a Boston Red Sox Fan), played cards, hosting family and friends that travelled there and attended neighborhood happy hour potlucks on Wednesdays. Their return to Seattle came in 2017, when Yvonne’s Parkinson’s began to take hold.

Yvonne’s maternal drive extended to all she met, and her unlimited love grew even more with the births of her grandchildren Cassie, Kori, David, Eric, Chad, Nathanial, Spencer, and Sawyer, as well as her great grandchildren Bryson, Reese, Whalen, Carter, and Kinsley. Her children recall that she encouraged them to be outside as much as possible, read as much as possible, and be with family as much as possible. In recent years, she gifted her children a copy of “Love You Forever,” in which the famous lines encompass exactly who Yvonne was, “I love you forever, I like you for always, As long as I’m living, My baby you’ll be.”

Throughout her 81 years, Yvonne left a legacy of love, community, tradition, and faith. She was strong, disciplined, outgoing yet reserved, compassionate, and endearing. Though she leaves behind hearts that cannot bear her absence, we take comfort in knowing we will see her again in “just a sec.” Mom’s favorite words.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation. A service will be held at a later date when all whom she loved may attend. 

Paul Schuster

Paul Schuster

On February 13, 2020, Vashon Islander Paul Aaron Schuster lost his life unexpectedly. It was a peaceful end, at his home at Alpental - a place he loved. We are reeling still.

He was a dazzling light. A bright star. He felt fortunate to have a bounty of close and long-term friendships, and always kept an lookout for new ones. He chose with care and put the work in.

He loved his family, his friends and his community. He loved to help. He was the guy to call if you were in a pickle, seeking adventure, or needing an ear. He could be ridiculously funny and he could be unsparingly honest. He was an insightful, perceptive and creative teacher. He was kind.

He could not drive past a yard sale.

He was bright, focused and curious. An Eagle Scout from Bothell Troop 429, he never seemed to tire of learning new skills. He always knew the right knot for the job.

Service to community was central to his being, lending many hours and days of focused, deep attention and labor to whatever he was taking on. His work with Vashon Island Fire Department, as a Fire Fighter and officer, EMT, instructor and support were deeply satisfying and engaging. He had looked forward to many years more.

His childhood was spent in what were, in those days, the wilds of Woodinville. He attended Northshore schools through his graduation from Inglemoor High School in 1979.

His approach to life seemed fearless. You could see it, say, at Whitman College, while he played ultimate frisbee on Ankeny Field with his team, the Intuitive Leapers. He had, I’m told, an unorthodox, graceful and confounding style, and he played hard. Quite a sight too - with his gangly deer-legs and striking white-blond Prince Valiant (he cut it himself) hair shining.

He called it “The Sport of the Gods”.

He graduated Whitman with a BA in Math/Physics conferred, in 1983, with minors in Computer Science and Chemistry.

Following that, he worked in the computer software/hardware industry, formed yet another lasting band of brothers, and discovered a new interest - river kayaking.

Once retired, he signed on as a full-time ski patroller at Alpental, where he had volunteered since high school. As demanding as it was beautiful, it was work he truly loved.

A small Buddhist ceremony was held by his side on Friday the 21st. It’s intention meant to guide his soul along to wherever it goes next.

A Celebration of Life gathering will be held at Alpental, at a date to be announced.

He leaves behind his mother, Ann Schuster, brother Mark, sister-in-law Mandy, nephew Lucas, niece Katie - as well as his partner for nearly 20 years, Tracy Barrett.

Our hearts ache with love and loss. 

Should you wish, donations may be made in his honor to the Nature Conservancy, ACLU or KUOW.

Claire "Mimi" McLaughlin

  • Written by Bob Kirkpatrick

Claire "Mimi" McLaughlin

April 4, 1939-

February 4, 2020

Claire "Mimi" McLaughlin, a long-time resident of Woodinville, passed away unexpectedly on February 4, 2020, at age 80, from Aortic Dissection.

Mimi was preceded in death by her husband Denny. She is survived by her sister Joan, 4 children: Steven, Lynn, Shawn and Neil McLaughlin and 10 grandchildren. Mimi was born to Dr. and Mrs. JP Caldwell on April 24, 1939, and raised in Cheney, Wash., and graduated class Valedictorian. She graduated from Whitman College in 1961 with a BA in PE, minor in philosophy and K-12 teaching certificate; completing her 5th-year education certificate from Seattle Pacific University in 1984.

Mimi married Denny and they moved to Cottage Lake in November 1961 and she taught PE at Whitman Jr High. Her children were born in 1961, '64, '67 and 1970.

She taught in Northshore schools from 1981-1992. She was employed at Northshore Senior Center as a Social Services/volunteer coordinator and Facilities Manager 1988-2006. She continued her gig at the senior center as a very active and involved volunteer, and as gardener and greeter at the Northshore Health and Wellness Center until her death.

She was extremely active in the community, especially in schools. She served as PTA president at Cottage Lake and Bothell High, on the Northshore Recreation Council 1968-1987, in leadership roles at Camp Casey, Camp Fire and Red Cross swim, as well as a life saving/lifeguard, First Aid and CPR instructor. She chaperoned for Northshore Ski School for 16 yrs. She received many awards for her years of community and school service and was inducted into the Northshore Wall of Honor 2019.

Mimi had many interests, especially sports, gardening, the arts and reading. She was an avid sports fan and regularly attended high school football, basketball, gymnastics, music performances and state solo and ensemble events and enjoyed attending her grandkids' events. She skied until 2017.

Mimi was a force to be reckoned with. She had seemingly endless energy and was creative and resourceful, generous and well-intended. She was ALWAYS willing to help. She was spirited, thoughtful and very "motherly". She was deeply loved and will be missed by so very many.  Services will be held at Northshore Senior Center at 1 p.m. on Feb 22.