Shelly Lynn (Petersen) Bartholomew|
Shelly Lynn (Petersen) Bartholomew, age 51, passed away peacefully early Christmas morning, December 25, 2012, at Whatcom Hospice House in Bellingham, Washington, surrounded by her devoted family. She was born in Longview, Washington on March 7, 1961, and as a young child moved with her family to Bellevue, Washington, where she graduated from Interlake High School in 1979. Shelly was a proud "Coug" and member of Delta Gamma Sorority, graduating from Washington State University in 1983 with a degree in Child and Family Studies.
Shelly's lifelong love of animals was at the core of her life, her country life style, and her career. Starting in sales of quality pet foods throughout the Puget Sound Region, Shelly was a natural at sales and building customer relationships. Her love of dogs prompted her to establish See Spot Run - Ranch Resort for Dogs, a private, in-home, kennel-free dog boarding business in Woodinville, catering to needs of each individual dog in a cozy, safe environment. In 2007, Shelly relocated her home and successful business to rural Whatcom County, where she had more acreage for her horses - the special love of her life - and more opportunities for fishing, another beloved activity. Shelly's compassion and caring for all animals, large and small, made her a committed and successful "home finder" for any lucky animal finding its way into her life.
In addition to a kind heart and enduring sense of humor, Shelly was bright and articulate, particularly with the written word. She wrote insightful odes and poems throughout her life, including a book about her personal, courageous cancer journey, entitled The Cancer that Saved Me.
Shelly is survived by her loving parents, Linda and Don Petersen, of Sequim, WA; her sister and best friend, Debbie Moore, of Issaquah, WA; her beloved nephew, Bradley Moore, of Seattle; Jamie Woods of Bellingham; and her multitude of loving friends.
Heartfelt thanks to Michael Milder, M.D., Judy Jacoby, R.N., and staff at the Swedish Cancer Institute, and to Whatcom Hospice House staff, for their exceptional and loving care.
A celebration of Shelly's life will be held on Saturday, January 26th, 1:00 p.m., at Eastridge Church, 24205 S.E. Issaquah Fall City Road, Issaquah, WA.
Memorial donations in Shelly's honor may be made to the Swedish Cancer Patient Assistance Fund, c/o Swedish Medical Center Foundation, 747 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122, www.swedish.org/Services/Cancer-Institute/How-You-Can-Help; or to Pasado's Safe Haven, P. O. Box 171, Sultan, WA 98294, www.pasadosafehaven.org/donate.
Published in The Seattle Times on Jan. 13, 2013