Obituaries for February 2012

Obituary

Dorothy Jean Albin

Omak, WA

Dorothy Jean Albin, 84, of Omak, quietly left us Feb. 22, 2012, at North Valley Extended Care in Tonasket, Wash. Dorothy was born Feb. 13, 1928, near Riverside, Wash., to Benjamin Franklin and Alta Mae (Archer) Henry, the first of ...

Michael Hunter Haney

Snohomish, WA

Michael Hunter Haney was born Oct. 3, 1969, in Kennewick, Wash., and died Feb. 21, 2012, in Snohomish, Wash., at the age of 42, due to complications from the traumatic brain injury he sustained during a Cashmere High School football ...

Irene Marie Fry Kelemen

Oroville, WA

Irene Marie Kelemen was born Irene Marie Fry to Dick and May Marie Fry on March 13, 1925. She went to rest Feb. 15, 2012. Irene was born and raised in Seattle, and worked for the telephone company until she ...

Robert Charles Johnson

Riverside, WA

Robert Charles Johnson, 86, of Riverside, was born Aug. 9, 1925, to Charles R. Johnson and Eugenia Rosalie Reedy, in Spokane, Wash. He passed away Feb. 20, 2012. He grew up in Spokane and Oroville and went to school in ...

James Robert Best Sr.

Kartar Valley, WA

James Robert Best Sr., 81, of Kartar Valley, passed away Feb. 23, 2012, at home surrounded by his family. James was born Feb. 28, 1930, in a canyon near Tonasket, Wash., to Arthur and Lillian (Brady) Best. He grew up ...

Arthur Warren Zook

East Wenatchee, WA

Arthur Warren Zook, born April 27, 1930, who passed away Feb. 17, 2012, was the first of six children born to George and Gladys Zook in Newton, Kan. He grew up on a farm in Kansas, attended Zimmerdale Elementary School ...

Sheree Carol Thomas-Bird

Nespelem, WA

Sheree Carol Thomas-Bird, 21, came into this world on Dec. 3, 1990, arriving at Grand Coulee, Wash., into the home of Richard and Laura (Tulee) Thomas Jr. and departed from Grand Coulee, Wash. on Feb. 18, 2012. Raised in the ...

Betty L. Shove Taylor

Omak, WA

Betty L. (Shove) Taylor passed away at home with family and friends at her side Feb. 15, 2012, in Omak, Wash., after a brave battle with her extended illness. She was born in Omak on Sept. 8, 1932, the second ...

Larry Lee Utzinger

Tonasket, WA

Larry Lee Utzinger, a Tonasket native and former superintendent and coach at the Waterville School District, died Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012, at his home in East Wenatchee following a long struggle with cancer. He was 70. Larry was born Jan. ...

Gerald R. McGill

Seattle, WA

Gerald R. McGill, 81, of Seattle, Wash., died Jan. 18, 2012. Gerry was born in Seattle on June 19, 1930, to Roy and Marcella McGill; the first of their two children. Gerry attended St. Martin’s High School in Olympia, Wash. ...

Walter R. Ullrich

Okanogan, WA

Walter R. Ullrich passed away Jan. 28, 2012. He was born in Kupferberg, Germany on March 1, 1921, to Ernst and Elfriede Raupach. Following the death of his father, he immigrated to America with his mother and step-father, Richard. He ...

Mary Ruth Hill

Okanogan, WA

Mary Ruth Hill, 89, died Feb. 14, 2012, at Valley Care Center in Okanogan, Wash. Mary was born April 10, 1922, in Newburg, Ark., to Neil Troy and Maude Lee (Bibb) Kerr, the youngest of six children. Following her education ...

Letha Mae Coffey Payne

Omak, WA

Letha Mae (Coffey) Payne went quietly to her Lord and Savior with her daughter and son by her side Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012. Letha was born May 19, 1920 to Joseph and Neat Coffey. Letha’s sister Ruth then joined the ...

James A. C. Smith

Brewster, WA

James A. C. Smith (Jim), passed away Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012. He was born May 28, 1938, to John A. C. Smith and Emily Dennis Hayward Smith. He graduated from Brewster High School and resided in Monse, Wash. After graduation, ...

Charles Franklin De Marre

Oroville, WA

Charles Franklin De Marre, 56, passed peacefully in his sleep at his Oroville home on Feb. 4, 2012. Charlie was born July 2, 1955, to parents John and Mary (Calista) De Marre in Seattle and was the baby of his ...

Joseph Vincent Bretz

Tonasket, WA

Joseph Vincent Bretz, 93, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, at North Valley Extended Care in Tonasket. He was born Oct. 9, 1918, in Wadena, Minn., the fifth of eight children to parents William and Magdalena (Auel) Bretz. Vince ...

Caroline Margaret Sellars

Omak, WA

Caroline Margaret Sellars was a 25-year survivor of breast cancer before finally succumbing to the disease Feb. 9, 2012. She was born Sept. 1, 1943, to Ted and Susan Cohen of Nighthawk, Wash. She was one of 16 kids. Caroline ...

Sharon E. Baker

Boise, ID

Sharon E. “Sher” Baker, 62, of Boise, Idaho, passed away on Monday, Jan. 23, 2012 at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah. Sher was born July 19, 1949 in Tonasket, Wash., a daughter of Charlie and Sarah “Gracie” (Roberts) Windsor. ...

Orlyn D. Michelsen

Omak, WA

Orlyn D. Michelsen, 88, of Omak, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Jan., 25, 2012, at Mid-Valley Hospital with family by his side. He was born Sept. 16, 1923, in Phillipsburg, Kan., to Ray and Ruth (Jacobs) Michelsen. ...

Kathryn E. Hurlbert

Spokane, WA

Kathryn E “Betty” Hurlbert, 90, of Spokane, was called to her heavenly home on Feb. 3, 2012 in Spokane, Wash. She was born in Sitka, Alaska on Nov. 14, 1921 to Albert and Kathryn Harding. Their family lived several places ...