Louise Grace Arrington
Louise Grace (Morrison) Arrington, 93 died peacefully in her sleep on January 18, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. Louise was born in Hydaburg, Alaska on February 25, 1919, one of nine children of Paul Dell and Viola Nakatla Morrison. Louise is survived by her love of 68 years, Charles (Chuck) Arrington. They met during WWII when she was a nurse at Harborview Hospital and he was in the US Navy.
Also surviving are the three children of Louise and Charles; daughter, Cheryl L. Dodson of Seattle; son, Paul L. Arrington Sr. and wife, Joanne of Maupin, Oregon; and Marilyn B. Gonzalez and her husband, Gilbert Sr. of Thibodaux, Louisiana. Louise was grandma or 'Grams' to nine loving grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren. Her grandchildren are Lony Power, Jodi Marrow, Charlie Anderson, Paul Arrington Jr., Libra Bednarski, Vanessa A. Bassett, Almarie Cook, Gilbert Gonzalez Jr. and Aaron Gonzalez. She is also a beloved aunt to her many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews especially her sister Margaret's girls, Vicki Segundo and Jeanne Jimenez, whom she loved as her own daughters.
Visitation will be on Tuesday, January 22 at Evergreen-Washelli Funeral Home, 11111 Aurora Ave. North, Seattle, WA from 3:00 PM until 7:00 PM. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 23 at 2:00 PM at North Seattle Alliance Church, 2150 North 122nd Street in Seattle. A luncheon to celebrate the life of Louise will be held for family and friends at the Daybreak Star Arts Center in Discovery Park following the Funeral and burial services.
Louise was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers; Herbert, Percy, Claude, Woodrow, Wesley and Paul Morrison; and sisters; Esther Nix; Margaret Cogo and Mayella Ward. She spent her young life in Alaska where she graduated from Shelton Jackson High School in the late 1930's and received her registered Nursing degree in Arizona in 1942. She was the matriarch of the Haida tribe and among the last native Haida language speakers. Her Haida lineage was the Raven clan, double-finned Killer Whale.
Louise loved her family and the Lord with all her heart and will be remembered for her kindness, her fun personality and her loving nature. She had a great sense of humor, still making her family laugh even in her last days. She loved to be around people and was the center of attention at countless family events, entertaining the family with her ukulele and her lovely singing voice. She will be missed by all who knew her; but her family and friends know that God has prepared a special place for her in Heaven among the saints, angels, and her loved ones. Thank you Louise...for a life well lived.
Special thanks to the nurses, aides and staff at Ballard Care and Rehabilitation Center for their loving kindness and care during Louise's stay there.