Noel Keith Shawlee

Noel Keith Shawlee

Noel Keith Shawlee passed peacefully on January 29, 2013, with his beloved wife Elizabeth at his side. He died from complications of Alzheimer's Disease.

Keith loved life, and lived it to the fullest. He was an avid movie-goer, loved music and theater, good conversation, Husky football (he was a season ticket holder for over 50 years). He and Elizabeth traveled to many countries in Europe (only after retirement from Boeing of course!), and Maui. Road trips to away Husky games were a favorite.

He loved his wife Elizabeth, warm, sunny days, walking, and their dogs Peanut and Dahlia.

Keith had a complex personality, was kind and compassionate, sensitive, witty with a great sense of humor, and a generous and loving husband.

He was born in Havre, Montana on January 28th, 1934, and graduated from Polson High School. After high school he joined the Air Force and served his country from 1952 to 1956. He graduated from the University of Washington after working as a Boeing mechanic nights and attending the UW during the day. He majored in Business, and turned that into a lifelong career in Human Resources. His career spanned years in city and state government in Washington State; also at King County Medical Blue Shield in Seattle, and he retired from his beloved Boeing in 1995. He was a dedicated employee, loved his work so much so that he rarely took a day off!

In addition to his loving wife, Elizabeth Wires, he is survived by his son from a previous marriage and a grandson in Spokane - Kendall Keith Shawlee and Kanaan Keith Shawlee. He is predeceased by his mother Rose and his father Jim, who immigrated from Afghanistan in 1905; and by his five brothers, Ralph, Harold, Edgar, Charles and Walter. Keith also is survived by a daughter Cheryl.

Elizabeth would like to thank the caring and devoted caregivers and staff at Issaquah Nursing and Rehabilitation, where Keith spent the last two years of his life. He was treated with respect and dignity; they are truly the best, especially his friends in Special Care Unit, and I thank them from the bottom of my heart.

No services are planned at this time. Remembrances may be sent to any animal rescue organization.

"my love will find you

wherever you are"

(Nancy Tillman)

Published in The Seattle Times from Feb. 9 to Feb. 10, 2013