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Heather Michelle Taylor

Heather Michelle Taylor

Heather Michelle Taylor, born on August 5th, 1975, in Richmond, Virginia, passed away Sunday, May 21, 2017, of illness in the Auburn Medical Arts facility at the age of 41.

Heather was an extremely talented woman who demonstrated strong leadership skills and versatility across several disciplines. Her passion for Geology was extremely intense, and she enjoyed participating in Archeological digs. She was also a lover of history and was an avid recreational researcher uncovering information for various personal projects.
Heather’s professional career included work in the computer manufacturing business for several companies and made a name for herself in the business by demonstrating attention to detail and a strong drive for quality.

These skills landed her the first of several positions at Microsoft where she became the first female shift lead in the coveted Xbox Live Operations Center (XOC)! She went on to work on other high profile projects like the Microsoft MVP and Microsoft Answers websites along with a myriad of other applications. Her most recent role was on the Advertising support team for Microsoft.

She accomplished all of this while taking care of her husband and three wonderful children. She played the roles of wife, mother, grandmother, friend, confidant, mentor, and men-tee to a very large network of grateful people. She was frequently called the XOC’s mom bringing them her famous pulled pork and other incredible dishes to eat.

She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Taylor; her three children, Christopher Glover, Catherine Taylor and Lily Taylor; her daughter-in-law Autumn Glover and her grandson, Chase Glover; her grandmother Edna Seymour and several aunts, uncles, cousins and a lot of dear friends.

Heather has left us far too soon. She is reunited with her mother, Brenda Rogers, and grandfather Luther Seymour.

We look forward the day when we are all reunited with her and all of our friends and loved ones.

Services will be held on Friday, May 26th at the Cady Funeral Home 8418 S 222nd St, Kent WA, 98031 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm for family, friends, and co-workers in the funeral home chapel.

In lieu of flowers, please send contributions in memory of Heather M. Taylor to the GoFundMe campaign: to help the family through this very difficult time.

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Beatrice Marie Boyce Carpenter

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Beatrice Marie Boyce Carpenter passed away on May 19, 2017 at her daughter Tami's home in Renton, Washington of pancreatic cancer. 
She was born to Merle Boyce and Margaret Sutton Boyce on December 8, 1943, in Anacortes, Washington.  After her parents divorced, she lived with her great-grandmother, Orpha Sutton in Friday Harbor, spending time on the Boyce farm and summers with her mother in Renton.  Beatrice graduated from Friday Harbor High School in 1961, 3rd out of 23 in her class.   She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Commercial Science, from Seattle University in 1966.  She was immediately hired by the I.R.S. as a tax agent, the first woman tax agent in this area.  During her 33 year career with the I.R.S. Beatrice also served 20+ years on the NW Federal Employees Credit Union (later became Verity Credit Union) board of directors, until she retired in 2003.
Beatrice married Thane Lionel Carpenter of Vacaville, California in 1963.
Thane had been stationed in Friday Harbor while serving in the Coast Guard.  They had two daughters, Tami Carpenter Rable and Gail Carpenter Massey. 
Beatrice loved to travel with her family and visited most areas of the U. S., the Caribbean and Europe. After Thane's death in 2002 and a severe stroke, with determination and support from her family, she continued to travel visiting Europe and touring the historic castles of England.
All who knew Beatrice admired her courage, determination and devotion to family.  Those of us who loved her would have wished her a few more years but we know that in her 73 years, she lived her life "her way" enjoying adventure, career satisfaction, community service and love from a caring family.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Merle Boyce and Margaret Sutton Hill, step-mother, Christina Boyce, Grandparents Elmer & Beatrice Sutton and Amy & Russel Boyce, and Great grandparents Albert & Orpha Sutton.
She leaves her daughters Tami Carpenter Rable, son in law Kirk Rable, grandson Brian Carpenter & wife Mindy, great-grandchildren June & Amy, 
Daughter Gail Carpenter Massey, son in law Todd Massey, grandchildren Matt Carpenter & wife Alicia, and Jonathan Carpenter & wife Mary,  great-grandchildren Michelle & Nathaniel,  Step-grandchildren Brian & Kevin Massey and an extended family and many friends. 

We will all miss her.
There will be a service for Beatrice at the Cady Funeral Home, Kent, Washington May 27, 2017 at 11:00 AM and a graveside service in Friday Harbor, Washington May 30, at 12:00 noon at the Valley Cemetery with a reception to follow at the Friday Harbor Suites.

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Eugene Cary Vance

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Eugene Cary Vance was born on December 2, 1934, in Washington D.C. He passed away on April 27, 2017, at the Bayview Manor Retirement Home in Seattle, Washington. He was one of three children born to the Late John W. Vance and Annie Mae Brown Vance.

After finishing high school, Eugene entered the U.S. Airforce. He served as an Airman Third Class in the Korean War. After finishing his service honorably as a disabled veteran, Eugene moved to the West Coast of the U.S. and settled in Seattle, Washington. He made the most of life in Seattle, singing with a local music group for a time and entertaining and cooking for friends. Eugene’s favorite foods to cook and eat were baked chicken, potato salad, and cornbread. Eventually he met Evelyn Granger and started a family. They became the parents of three daughters and one son. Eugene loved his children and is fondly remembered for his loving care of them.

In his later years, Eugene battled illness but always maintained a strong will to live. He took comfort in listening to his daughters’ words of hope and encouragement from the Bible. He would listen respectfully when his daughters told him about Jehovah God, and he even asked them to pray with him.

Eugene’s family looks forward to the time when he will soon be resurrected in perfect health. Then they will be able to continue to teach Eugene all about Jehovah God.

Left to mourn him are his siblings Delores Vance Morgan and John Vance; Evelyn Granger; and his children Cindy Granger, Eugene Vance Jr., Sherri Miles, and Anna Jackson. He also leaves behind a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and many friends.

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Chia Hsien (Michael) Chiang

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Chia Hsien (Michael) Chiang, 34, passed away Friday, March 31, 2017 in Seattle, WA after a year and an half battle with leukemia.

Michael is survived by his parents Tai Hsiang and Shu Hwa Chiang of Taipei, Taiwan and younger sister Theresa Chiang of Macomb, MI.

Michael was born June 15, 1982 in Taipei, Taiwan. His family immigrated to Troy, MI in 1994. Since he was a child he always enjoyed video games, baseball, cars, reading, drawing, photography, and learning about space and science. He was well versed in politics, history, science, and was an avid fan of the Detroit Tigers and Detroit Lions.

He graduated from Troy Athens High School then enlisted in the Marine Corp Reserve at Selfridge ANGB. Michael was a Sergeant in the Marine Corps specializing as a combat engineer. He served two tours overseas, in Iraq and Djibouti, Africa. Michael was honorably discharged from Marine Corp Reserves in 2010 after suffering an injury. His military decorations include Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal and Pistol Sharpshooter Badge.

He was diagnosed with a rare form of mix-lineage leukemia in Sept. 2015. Michael showed unimaginable strength in fighting the never-ending infections after the transplant. His warrior spirit was evident to doctors and nurses as he never complained of his illness.

Michael was cremated April 5. His ashes will be placed in the columbarium wall on May 19 at the Great Lakes National Cemetery with military honors. A Celebration of Life will take place at private residence immediately following.

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Marilyn Jean Graddon (nee Greaves)

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April 16, 1940 – March 29, 2017

Age 76, died on March 29, 2017 in Normandy Park, Washington. She was born in Seattle on April 16, 1940 and raised in Silverdale until her family moved to the Normandy Park area. She graduated from Highline High School in 1958 and enjoyed a long career in the ophthalmology field. She enjoyed travelling, camping, and being social with many groups of friends, a 50 year member of the Delta Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star. She was preceded in death by her parents John R. and Margaret Ellen Greaves and her sister Patricia Wells. She is survived by her husband of 52 years Dean Graddon, son John Graddon, daughter Sharon McCall (Brian), grandchildren Camille and Evan McCall, nephew John Hoekstra, niece Carol Ihrig, and many beloved cousins. A memorial service will be held at Tahoma National Cemetery Monday, April 17th at 2:15pm. 18600 SE 240th Street Kent, WA 98042. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Medic One Foundation.

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Kristina Leigh James

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Kristina Leigh James, 43, of SeaTac, Washington, passed away suddenly on Sunday, April 2, 2017, at 22:13, at Valley Medical Center, after suffering a pulmonary embolism.

Tina was born to Stan and Linda (Watts) Cornett on October 8, 1973, in Pasco, Washington. She graduated from Pasco High School in 1992, and from Corban University (Salem, OR) in 1996, with a degree in Community Youth Services.

Tina met Josh at Corban University, and they married on August 12, 1995. In 2000, they moved their family to Seattle, and before long, she started driving school buses. She became a fierce advocate for kids in her community.

Tina loved making music, cross-stitching, baking, painting, being in the outdoors, and serving in her church. She was well-known for her espresso coffee, pulled pork, and German pancakes. She enjoyed seeing new places, and looked forward to one day visiting her sister in Uganda. She was deeply loyal to family and friends, and protective of the kids on her school bus.

Tina was a second mom to many, caring sacrificially for people. Even in her death, she helped over 40 people as an organ donor.

We will miss her beautiful smile, her sense of humor, her laughter, and her generosity.

She leaves behind her husband of twenty-one years, Joshua James; their three children, Michaela , Brian, and Jeremiah; her parents, Stan and Linda Cornett; her sisters, Melissa (Mike) Mellison and Amanda (Paul) Hudson; her step-grandmother Maryanne Cornett. She was also close to her in-laws, David and Barb James, Josh’s sister, Daphne Weller, her twelve nieces and nephews, her many cousins, and wonderful friends from work and church.

She was preceded in death by her Grandparents Howard and Esther Watts, Grandparents Warren and Lela (Gerber) Cornett, Aunt Barbara Cornett Porthen, Aunt Marilyn Watts Betts, Uncle Dean Bousman, Cousin Timothy Bousman, and Josh’s mother Angie James.

The memorial service will be held this Saturday, April 8th, at 2 pm, at Cornerstone Community Baptist Church, which is located at 25030 Military Road South in Kent. Childcare will be provided for newborns through six year olds.

A reception for her family, her church family, and her closest friends will follow at her church, Open Door Baptist Church. It’s located at 25440 Pacific Highway South in Kent.

The family will have many financial needs in the days to come. If you would like to be a blessing to them, in lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a memorial contribution via Open Door Baptist Church or online at .

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Ernest I. Chandler

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Ernest Ivol Chandler (Ernie) of Shoreline, WA passed peacefully into the loving arms of his belated wife Trudy (Langton) Chandler on his 94th birthday, March 28, 2017. Children Abbie, Jim, Morrie. Lorna, and grandchildren Loren, Amanda and Zach were with him on his final day. In 1923, Ernie and his fraternal twin sister, Erma Ida (Tiny), were the second born after older brother, Eugene Nelson (Buster), to Erma and Eugene Chandler of Grangeville, ID. Ernie grew up in Lewiston, ID and graduated from Lewiston High School in 1942 – just in time to be drafted to serve in WWII.

He saw action in Patton’s Third Army where he was a radioman and gunner with the 558th Field Artillery Battalion, Battery B. With the appreciation of the French people for meritorious service, he received France’s Croix de Guerre medal – the highest honor for a non-citizen. Upon returning from the war, he met and married Trudy in 1947 and eventually moved to Seattle where they raised their five children in West Seattle and Burien. Ernie had a 45 year career as a machinist for Elliott Bay Plywood Machines (now Elliott Bay Industries) in Seattle. He was an active Mason (Southgate Lodge) and Shriner (Nile Temple).

His passions included his family, being involved in Masonic and Shrine volunteer work, whether coaching DeMolay basketball, organizing the Shrine Circus, sponsoring a child for services at Shriners Hospitals for Children, serving as President of the Green River Shrine Club, or most importantly, promoting smiles as the Shrine Clown “Izzy”. He also loved puttering in his workshop, RV traveling with Trudy and their “Fun on Wheels” friends, and playing with his beloved dachsund, Oscar.

Alzheimer’s took its toll in his final years, but he would still brighten when visited by his adored five grandchildren, Loren (Amanda), LiLi, Song Mei, Amanda, and Zachary. He is preceded in death by wife, Trudy, sister, Tiny, and brother, Buster. He is survived by children Abbie (John), Jim (Rosemary), Morrie (Karen), Darrell, and Lorna (Dave); several cousins, sisters/brothers-in-law, and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Crista Senior Living/Skilled Nursing in Shoreline for their friendship, and loving care these past five years. Burial will be at Tahoma National Cemetery on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 10:30 am and a celebration of life is planned afterwards at Golden Steer Restaurant ( in Kent, WA. Remembrances can be made to Shriners Hospital for Children ( or Crista Senior Living ( Big floppy hat, tattered plaid shirt, high rise jeans, the biggest toothy painted on smile, and a heart that will live on forever in all of us. We love and miss you Dad – er, Izzy!

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Antoinette Marie (Drzonek) Coles

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Antoinette Marie (Drzonek) Coles- also lovingly known as “Toni” passed away on March 20, 2017 from cancer. She is survived by her six children (Joseph, Rachelle, Cheryl, Russell, James and Cynthia), her sister Rita, her husband of 31 years Glenn M. Coles, and her 14 grandchildren. She was 75 years old.

Toni, in her younger adult life, while living in Normandy Park, WA. was an active church member of St. Francis of Assisi in Seahurst, WA. Where she played guitar and sang in the folk group in church, as well as traveled to convalescent and nursing homes to entertain those that lived there. Toni did this, as she had compassion for those that are not able to help themselves or relied on others to do so. This was just one of her ways of giving back to humanity, and she carried this all through her years.

Toni led through action and purpose and passed this drive for compassion to those she left behind to carry on her legacy.

Her family humbly welcomes those of you to join them in remembering her during a celebration service.

Celebration of Life to be held in Puyallup, WA on April 8th at the
Bowman Hilton Community Clubhouse
15910 Bowman Hilton St E, Puyallup, WA 98372

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to be made to Autism Speaks ( ) or the American Cancer Society ( ), because of Toni’s compassion for others.

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Robin Wilson

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Robin Wilson, 81 of Renton, WA. passed away on March 18th, 2017 with his beloved wife and children at his side. Robin had fought a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s.

Robin was born to Florence and Floyd Wilson in Burlington, WA. along with his 6 siblings whom he was so dearly close to, Janet, Shirley, John, Sally, David and Christy. Robin graduated from Garfield high School and soon after enlisted in the United States Army and spent his enlistment in California and Alaska.

Robin married the love of his life, Sharon on October 25th, 1958. Together they enjoyed their time being members of the Seattle Motorcycle Club where they spent 25 plus years organizing track events, and participating in racing dirt bikes. The love of motorcycle riding led to many family camping trips, picnics and road trips. Robins other love was the Seattle Seahawks and was a season ticket holder for over 26 years proving to be a diehard “hawks” fan.
Robin was most happy when surrounded by family. He is survived by his five children, Don Wilson, Tina Villyard (wife of Rick Villyard), Robin Wilson, John Wilson and Konnie Reid (wife of Darren Reid). He also loved his nine grandchildren.

Full military honors, including a 21-gun salute for Robin will be held at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, WA on March 31st, 2017 at 10:00am followed by a memorial reception at the Cherokee Bay Community Club, 21700 Se 265th Way, Maple Valley, WA 98038.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s organization in hopes that one day soon a cure will be found.

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Dorothy Helen Bahr

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Dorothy Helen Bahr (nee Farnell) died March 20, 2017 at about 2 pm. She is survived by her husband of 54 years Leonard and their three sons Frederick, Alexander, and Arnold. Dorothy was born December 16, 1934 in West Seattle and was the second child of Victor and Loene Farnell.

She spent her childhood in West Seattle. She attended E.C. Hughes Elemetary, James Madison Jr. High, and West Seattle High School. She got a bachelor's degree on physical education from the Univeristy of Washington. She taught at Woodland Washinton for 2 years, then taught 4 years at Federal Way High School. She then raised her three sons. As they were growing up, she then went back to School and earned a Master's of Education from Seattle University. She then worked as a high school counselor at Thomas Jefferson High School until her retirement.

She was an avid hiker and lover of the outdoors. When she was 15 she climbed the following mountains in the Olympics: The Brothers, Mt. Washington, and Mt. Elinor. She was an avid skier for many years and skied often at Hyak and Alpental. A lifetime of enjoyment at her Denny Creek cabin. She enjoyed owning sports cars throughout her life. She also had her private pilot's license. Later in life she took up kayaking and volkswalking. In the 90's Dorothy joined the Federal Way Lion's club and was active for a number of years. She served as President of the Lions at one point. Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.

Dorothy supported many charites including: Washington Trails Association, ASPCA, World Wildlife Fund, Ocean Conservancy, American Cancer Fund, Audubon, CARE, Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue, Alley Cat Allies, Doctors Without Borders.

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