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Bloor, Sandra Sue  
Sandra Sue "Sandy" was born in Seattle, Washington, to Richard and Gloria Craft on June 17, 1952. She was the oldest of three children. She passed over on June 12, 2015, as a result of a sudden and unexpected heart attack. While young, Sandy lived with her parents for periods of time in Washington, Alaska and Montana, and graduated from high school in Great Falls, Montana. She went to college with the intention of being a nurse, but she did not like the chemistry professor, so she began a career with Albertsons. She worked in the bakery, and for the rest of her life, she refused to eat maple bars. She was married briefly to her first husband, and after divorcing him, she moved to Kennewick, Washington, in 1979. There, she left Albertsons and went to work as a supervisor in the advertising department of the local daily newspaper. It was there she met the love of her life, William Bloor. They were married on March 27, 1982. He tricked her into eating raw oysters on their honeymoon, but she eventually forgave him, and they lived together ever since. Sandy loved camping. She and Bill would go camping every other weekend from May through September, plus vacations. Together, they explored most of the central Cascade Mountains. Sandy continued working at the newspaper until the birth of their first child, Kimberly, on February 4, 1984. Then she devoted herself to being a housewife and mother. Their second child, Benjamin, arrived on August 4, 1986. Also in 1986, the family moved to Waitsburg, Washington, to facilitate Bill's law practice, which covered several counties in Southeast Washington. The family lived in Waitsburg for the next 18 years. Sandy was a devoted mother, always considering the best interests of her children. She came to believe that the children would thrive best in the Waitsburg school system, with small class sizes and a close-knit community. She wanted to ensure that both children graduated from Waitsburg High School, and she did that. At the same time, she was becoming weary of Eastern Washington. So, after both children graduated, she and Bill moved to Port Angeles, where Bill became city attorney. Sandy continued to be a devoted wife and mother until the day she passed on. Sandy's mother and father preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband and two children, and two younger brothers, Rick and James. Sandy will always be remembered as a spunky and tenacious lady, deeply devoted to her family. She will be missed by all who knew her.
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Published in The Peninsula Daily News on July 1, 2015
Chamberlin, Gerald "Bruce"  
Gerald "Bruce" Chamberlin, Jr. passed away of a heart attack on May 29, 2015, at his home in Independence, Oregon. He was 67 years old. Bruce was born a fraternal twin on July 24, 1947, to Judge G.B. and Dorothy Chamberlin in Port Angeles. A Port Angeles High School graduate of the class of 1965, Bruce lettered in wrestling and placed third in his weight class in the state championship finals during his senior year. He also loved baseball and football. After serving in the National Guard, he attended Clark College in Vancouver, Washington, for two years. He lived in Tacoma, Washington, while attending vocational welding school. Returning to Port Angeles, he worked in the woods and ran heavy equipment. In the 1980s, Bruce began his lifelong hobby of horses and trail riding. His love of horses took the family on many vacations in Montana, Idaho and Washington. After 30 years at the Clallam County Public Utility District, he retired and moved with his family to Eastern Washington, where he ran his own construction company. In 2005, the family moved to a 14-acre farm in Independence. He continued his construction work while enjoying horses, fishing and hunting. Bruce was very active in the West Cascades Back Country Horsemen of Oregon. This chapter promotes and teaches "Leave No Trace" ethics for horseback riders in the state of Oregon. Bruce was preceded in death by his parents, Judge G.B. and Dorothy Chamberlin; sister Carol Hainstock McCoy; and brother-in-law Colin McCoy. He is survived by his wife, Rochelle "Shelley" Chamberlin (married in 1975); fraternal twin Julie (David) Schlenker of Scottsdale, Arizona; daughters Turi (Clint Gaige) Chamberlin of Tustin, California, and Beth (Gary) Maasberg of San Jose, California; stepson Dan (Shanna) Pennington of Spokane, Washington; brother Michael (Maria Patrizzi) Chamberlin of Stanwood, Washington; nephew Ryan (Lisa) Hainstock of Port Angeles; nieces Erin (Nick) Martin of Stanwood and Kali (Ian) Ballentyne of Seattle, Washington; and grandchildren Aiden Eidsness, Nick Salyers and Megan and Natalie Maasberg. A private funeral service will be held in August, with a celebration-of-life gathering (co-hosted by family friends from the Port Angeles High School Classes of 1965 and 1968) to be held at the Gossage Ranch on Black Diamond Road, Port Angeles, on Saturday, August 8, 2015, at 1 p.m. Donations can be made to the West Cascades Back Country Horsemen of Oregon, 24741 South Central Point Road, Canby, OR 97013.
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Published in The Peninsula Daily News from June 24 to June 28, 2015
Daniels, Nancy Jo  
Port Angeles resident Nancy Jo Daniels died of age-related causes at her daughter's home. She was 78. Services: A funeral will be held in Indiana. Drennan-Ford Funeral Home & Crematory, Port Angeles, is in charge of arrangements. www.drennanford.com
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Published in The Peninsula Daily News on July 3, 2015
Francis, Colleen Ann Robinson  
Colleen Ann Robinson Francis, born February 5, 1930, at St. John Hospital in Port Townsend, was raised in Chimacum but had most currently resided in Sequim. She was the daughter of Albert and Helen (Eldridge) Robinson. She is survived by her husband, Harry C. "Bill" Francis; their two children, Gary C. (Lorraine) Francis of Chandler, Arizona (with their two children and one grandchild), and Susan (Loren) Bishop of Chimacum (with their five children and two grandchildren). Colleen loved them so much and enjoyed them all. Colleen attended Chimacum School from kindergarten to grade 12 and was valedictorian of her class of 1947. After graduation, she worked for First American National Bank as a bookkeeper and note teller. On September 2, 1950, she married Harry C. Francis Jr., her high school sweetheart. They were together over 65 years. They went to San Francisco, California, and she worked for Wells Fargo Bank in the trust department, then at Bank of America at Hunters Point branch in the shipyard where her husband was. In February 1953, she returned home to help her father with her mother who was ill with breast cancer. They both returned several months later to make Chimacum their home again. She returned to work for First American National Bank until her children were born. At that time, she became a homemaker and full-time mom, helping in many school parties and clubs and in the reading program. Colleen was a member of Key City Chapter No. 71 of Eastern Star, Port Townsend, and a member of Community United Methodist Church of Chimacum-Hadlock. She most recently attended Sequim Methodist Church. She was a member of the Chimacum Alumni Association, and she looked forward to seeing many of her friends from different classes at the yearly function. She enjoyed playing bridge with local groups in the Sequim area and loved playing with her three close friends from Chimacum. She had been playing bridge with them for over 49 years. They went on mini trips together and included the husbands on a few of them. They enjoyed playing cards but mainly the wonderful friendships they shared. In July 2014, she had been a breast cancer survivor for nine years. Her experience as a child of the "old pioneer" families meant a lot to her. Ruben Robinson was one of the first settlers in Chimacum, and in 1851, Colleen's grandfather was one of the first new settlers' children to be born in the area. She enjoyed the Olympic Peninsula; she would drive miles for picnics, to go to the beach or sit in the yard with family, visiting. She had a very kind and gentle personality and was a joy to be with. She loved as a little girl to go shopping in Seattle, Washington, and carried that love over to Susan and granddaughter Erin on many trips together. She loved rooting for the Seattle Mariners and Seahawks and was happy to be a "12th" fan. Her family was very important. She was so happy watching all the events, from cheerleading to volleyball, baseball, football and basketball. She enjoyed driving together and being with all the children's parents. It was part of the life they loved. On June 18, 2015, at 3:15 p.m., Colleen Francis passed away peacefully at University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, with husband Bill, daughter Susan and granddaughter Erin by her side. The night before, they were joined via phone by grandsons Dylan and Kevin and son-in-law Loren, along with Brady, Stephanie and son Gary. She gave us some very heartfelt talks and words of praise. It was a sad evening, but we all felt such love and felt so blessed having her as our wife, mother, grandmother and mother-in-law. We know she will always be with us in our hearts and watching over us from heaven. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Chimacum Alumni Association, P.O. Box 554, Chimacum, WA 98325.
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Published in The Peninsula Daily News on June 28, 2015
Huggins, Muriel C.  
Forks resident Muriel C. Huggins died of natural causes at home. She was 97. An obituary will follow. Services: Private service will be held at a later date. Harper-Ridgeview Funeral Chapel, Port Angeles, is in charge of arrangements. www.harper-ridgeviewfuneralchapel.com
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Published in The Peninsula Daily News on July 2, 2015
Kletti, Mary Louise (Abell)  
Mary Louise (Abell) Kletti, 64, of Port Ludlow returned to God on June 22, 2015. She was born on April 14, 1951, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to John and Jean Abell. Mary was a true Green Bay Packers fan, and enjoyed celebrating the Fourth of July holiday. She was a graduate of Whitefish Bay High School in 1969 and attended the Bryant and Stratton Business College. She worked for 41 years in advertising in the Milwaukee area, then for the past 31 years as executive assistant at BVK Advertising Agency. Mary and Ron recently celebrated their 26th wedding anniversary. She was preceded in death by her father, John "Jack" Abell, who was the source of her love of music and sense of humor, and mother, Jean (Hellberg) Abell. She is survived by her loving husband, Ronald, of Port Ludlow, formerly of Slinger, Wisconsin; stepson Kurtis of West Bend, Wisconsin; half-brother Michale Abell of DeForest, Wisconsin; special niece, Kara Wagner McDermott, and many other relatives and very special friends. A celebration of life will be held on July 7, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. at the Stone Chapel at Poulsbo Mortuary, 22272 Foss Road N.E., Poulsbo. At Mary's request, in honor of her favorite holiday, please wear your red, white and blue clothing to the celebration. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Washington County Humane Society, 3650 State Route 60, Slinger, WI 53086. Please visit Mary's online memorial guestbook at www.poulsbomortuary.com .
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Published in The Peninsula Daily News on June 30, 2015
Knowles, Michael R. "Pappy"  
Michael R. Knowles, a 64-year-old resident of Prunedale, California, passed away at his home with family by his side on May 23, 2015. He was born to Joseph W. Knowles and Mary E. Knowles on April 21, 1951, in Salinas, California. Growing up in the Salinas area, he attended Alisal district schools, lettered in track and studied drafting at Hartnell College. Michael also lived in Port Angeles for over 23 years. He loved to build with wood, camping, fishing, gardening and riding his Harley. He especially loved attending the Fourth of July run in Hollister, California, and having friends and family over for barbecues. Michael was preceded in death by his father, Joseph W. Knowles. Survivors include his partner, Carol Villagran of Prundale; mother Mary E. Knowles of Salinas; sister Linda Knowles of Salinas; sons Michael L. (Jessie) Knowles of Salinas and Michael C. (Ashley) Bollinger of Marina, California; daughters Joleen (Andre) Villagran of Shasta Lake City, California, Jasmine (Brandon) Birkland of Sequim and Richelle (David) Santoya of Salinas; 13 grandchildren; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. A celebration of life was held Monday, June 1, 2015, at Struve and & Laporte, Salinas. An additional celebration of life will take place at a later date (in July 2015) for friends and family in Port Angeles. Please make memorial donations to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at www.stjude.org , United Network for Organ Sharing at www.unos.org or Harley Owners Group at www.hog.com .
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Published in The Peninsula Daily News on June 28, 2015
Lamoureux, Marilu  
Marilu Lamoureux passed away peacefully at Cottesmore of Life Care facility in Gig Harbor, Washington, on June 17, 2015. She was born and raised in Port Angeles. Marilu spent her high school years in California with her mother. After her marriage to Wilfred, he found construction work in Alaska, and Marilu moved her growing family to Alaska to join her husband. They lived in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Kotzebue and Fort Yukon. In 1996, upon their retirement, Marilu and Wilfred moved to Bremerton, Washington. Marilu enjoyed being involved with her children's lives and activities when they were younger. She loved outdoor activities, especially skiing and ice skating. She was also an avid gardener and found relaxation by playing the piano. Marilu was very creative and skilled in crafts, such as knitting, crocheting and decorating. She found pleasure in reading, cooking and playing games. Marilu still found time to be an active volunteer in the Catholic Church. Marilu is survived by five children, LaMonte, Lori, Mark, Kim and Steve; eight grandchildren, LaMonte, Amber, Mitchell, Kyle, Alyssa, Vincent, Jeremy and Brian; as well as seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sixth child, Vincent, and her husband, Wilfred, to whom she was married for 62 years.
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Published in The Peninsula Daily News on June 28, 2015
Miller, William Virden "Bill"  
William Virden "Bill" Miller died on June 18, 2015, from cancer at home in Port Townsend with his family by his side. He was born on August 25, 1930, in Louisville, Kentucky, to W. Scott Miller Sr. and Helen Pilcher Miller. He attended duPont Manual High School and Purdue University, graduating from Purdue in 1952 with a degree in chemical engineering. He was employed by Clariant (formerly Süd-Chemie and Girdler) as vice president of sales, retiring in 1985. He volunteered for many years at the Humane Society of Oldham County, Kentucky. After moving to Port Townsend, he was a board member of the Jefferson County Marine Resources Committee. He also was a volunteer for Hospice of Jefferson County for nine years until he became ill. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Maria Brasseur Miller; daughters Deborah and Suellen; grandson Daniel; brother Scott Miller Jr.; a niece; three nephews; and many cousins. Bill was a kind, generous and honorable man who will truly be missed by all who knew him. No services are planned. No flowers, please. The family is deeply grateful to Hospice of Jefferson County for the wonderful care and support it provided. Consider making a donation to the Hospice Foundation of Jefferson Healthcare, 500 Sims Way, Suite 300, Port Townsend, WA 98368; or to a charity of your choice. In memory of Bill, enjoy a glass of single malt and vote for a Democrat.
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Published in The Peninsula Daily News on June 28, 2015
Peters, Aaron Luke  
Aaron Luke Peters, a 13-year-old resident of Port Angeles and a member of the Lower Elwha Klallam tribe, drowned in a tragic accident June 24, 2015. Aaron was born June 1, 2002, to Ruben Elias Peters and Bonnie Sue Merculief Peters. He had just graduated to sixth grade and loved to play games with his friends, especially Pokemon battles. Aaron was a member of the Tribal Youth Program, the Drum Group and the Shaker Church. He loved to perform and was very proud of his culture. He is survived by his mother, Bonnie Peters; and siblings Christine, Percy, Irene, Bonnie Jr., Vivian, Jason and Ruben A. He was preceded in death by his father, Ruben E. Peters. A candlelight ceremony will take place today, July 1, 2015, at 7 p.m. at the Lower Elwha Tribal Gymnasium, 2851 Lower Elwha Road, Port Angeles. Memorial services will be held Thursday, July 2, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and officiated by Patricia Bennett George, also at the Lower Elwha Tribal Gymnasium. Memorial contributions may be made to Bonnie Peters, 602 Ranger Road, Port Angeles, WA 98363.
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Published in The Peninsula Daily News on July 1, 2015
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