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BALLINGER, Michelle J. - Kirkland  
BALLINGER, Michelle J. (Age 78) Michelle Jane Ballinger (n'ee Michele Jeanne Tutor), passed away December 1, 2014, in Kirkland, WA. She was born August 30, 1936 in Bordeaux, France, to Michel (n'ee Miguel) Tutor and Odette (Chabrerie) Tutor. Michelle shared many memories of her childhood, from spending wonderful summers on a relative's farm in Dordogne to surviving the Nazi occupation of Bordeaux. While proud to share her French heritage, she also shared tragic memories of the persecution of her Jewish neighbors, the bombings, the sirens, and the lack of food and freedom to go about. Her family lost everything during the war causing her father to take a job in Senegal in 1949. Michelle and her mother joined him there in 1953. She loved her time in Dakar. In 1955, she sailed back to France and began to work as a secretary at the U.S. Army base in Captieux, France. There she met a young sergeant from Tacoma, Washington, Charles ('Chuck') Ballinger. They married on August 25, 1956, in her hometown of Bordeaux. They left for the United States in December, 1958. Landing in Philadelphia, Michelle thought the U.S. would not be so bad...the buildings were of brick and stone, and people were all about. However, as they commenced to drive across the country in an old Peugeot to Tacoma, she grew alarmed by the wide open spaces and the wood homes. Michelle always missed France, but she became a citizen of the United States on August 12, 1963, and she seldom failed to vote thereafter. In 1964, Michelle, Charles, and their three sons moved to Anchorage, Alaska. There she worked at the Westward International Hotel. She loved her job there during a time when many international flights had to stop in Anchorage to refuel and change crews. She became a popular hostess with the international crews staying at the hotel, and interacted with many famous people including, Lady Bird Johnson (whom she liked) and Steve McQueen (whom she did not). In 1974, the family moved to Spokane, Washington. She became the manager of the Coffee Shop at the Davenport Hotel. She shared stories of meeting Louis Armstrong and Jack Benny there. Michelle was a born salesperson, and she was quite successful as the Estee Lauder representative at the Bon Marche, her French accent definitely did not hurt sales. In 2009, declining health led her to move to Kirkland, Washington, to be close to two of her sons. Michelle is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law: Philip and Kathryn of Kirkland, WA, Steven and Bonnee of Spokane, WA, and Gregory and Jeannette of Kent, WA. She is also survived by four grandchildren: Cara, Brittney, James and Marc; and one great-grandchild, Piper. Finally, she is survived by her dear sister Marie Jose Lestage of Bordeaux, France, as well as by her nephew and cousins there. Upon learning of her impending death, Michelle simply said, "C'est la vie." Know that she was loved and will be missed. A Memorial Service will be held in Kirkland.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Dec. 14, 2014
BARRY, Patricia Anne  
BARRY, Patricia Anne May the road rise to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. The sunshine warm upon your face. The rain fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again May God hold you in the hallow of his hand. A little Irish girl Patrcia Anne Evans was born in Tum Tum, WA, on St. Patricks Day March 17, 1930. Patricia arrived to Millard and Martha Evans in Tum, WA on a bright and sunny morning. The family moved to Spokane WA when Patti was two years old. She went to many different schools, she attended JJ Brown, Franklin, Audubon, Adams, and Glenrose grade schools. She moved to St. Maries, ID and a year at Jefferson City MO. She returned to St. Maries, ID to finish school. While there she was a member of the National Honor Society, and placed second in the nation in a Latin Society test. She always majored in English and loved music. She sang for many weddings, funerals, and sang in a band that played for local dances. She attended a music camp at the University of Idaho in Moscow, ID where she won a scholarship for music. She was a classically trained vocalist. While in high school she was very active in many clubs and on the staff for the school paper. She had the nick-name "Sunny" for her bright smile. One of her first jobs growing up after her parents were divorced and her brother was supporting her and her mother she was sent to work on a farm she was to help the farmer's wife with cooking and cleaning for the whole summer. She didn't see her mom again until the end of summer just before school started. She had never been away from home and it was a long lonely summer. When she got home in early fall she handed over her pay to her mom and brother and she was proud of what she had accomplished. Later while in high school she worked at the First Bank of St. Maries. She was chosen as the very first Miss Benewah in 1948. In 1949 she married Warren L. Barry her high school sweetheart and the love of her life. They resided in St. Maries Where Red worked in the woods then moved to Bremerton WA where Red worked in the ship yards. They settled in Spokane, WA in 1952. She attended Spokane Community College then worked for the Spokane Seed Co. as executive secretary for PC Johnstone, she was there for 27 years where she finished her career as Assistant Sales Manager to Mr. Pete Johnstone. She loved kitties and had many of them through the years Tony, Tom and Jerry, and Lil-Girl were her favorites. She gave to many charities supporting animals and little children and veterans-her heart always giving. She wrote stories about Kitties and some were even published. She and Warren had four children, Rick Barry, Tamara (Marc) Richert, Shannon (Richard) Southwick, and David (Gini) Barry. They had three granddaughters, Lisa, Heidi, Nicolle (Hector Valazquez) and two great grandchildren, December Velazquez and Matthew. She is preceded in death by her husband; and her parents; sisters Georgia Watkins, Lucille Feazelle; and brothers Archie Evans and Ellsworth Evans. Her devotion to God and His teachings was of the most important thing to her. She and Warren were members of the Fourth Memorial Church of Spokane and the church at Araby Acres Park in Yuma Az. After retiring they enjoyed many years at their lake cabin on Lake Coeur d' Alene and traveling in the RV and seeing the country. Warren never let the grass grow under their feet too long and they were on the road again. They did settle in Yuma AZ for several years where they loved the warmth and friendship. She sang in the Araby Park Chorale Group and wrote many articles for the park newspaper. Mom wanted to convey that much praise and acknowledgement to her two daughters and sons-in-law as they were the guiding factor in Patricia's and her husband's lives. Especially after Warren's death in 2011 they were her constant source of love and support. It has been a journey for us all since Dad's passing but we promised Dad we would take good care of Mom and now we hand the torch back to Dad. God Bless you both Mom and Dad. We are sad that you are gone but so glad you lived.
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Published in Spokesman-Review from Dec. 12 to Dec. 14, 2014
BARTLESON, Robert H. - Spokane  
BARTLESON, Robert H. (Age 98) Robert H Bartleson, born in Spokane, Washington on October 18, 1916, passed away December 2, 2014. He was 98 years old. He was the third son of Charles Albert and Susan Mason Bartleson, and grandson of Frederick H. Mason, a Spokane founder. Bob attended Lewis and Clark High School and graduated in the class of 1934. He took a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington in 1939. Bob served in US Army during WWII. He enlisted as Private, advanced to Chief Warrant Officer, and saw service on Guadalcanal. He went to OCS from Guadalcanal, and was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant. On leaving the Army in 1946, Bob moved to Gustine, California where he worked in a lumber yard and met and married Mary Laughman in 1950. They lived in San Francisco where Dwight was born in 1952. Bob and Mary move to Spokane in 1954 following his parents death, and began construction of a home north of Mead. Daughter Nancy born 1955, dies 1957 of heart defect. Son Hugh is born in 1958. Bob went back to college in early 60's, ad becomes a Certified Public Accountant. He is a self employed CPA until retirement in the 70's. Mary and Bob divorce in 1979. Bob was a world traveler in the 80's and 90's, with trips to Europe, Asia, and Mexico several times a year, including many tours with Elder Hostel. In 1990's, Bob takes up playing bridge several times a week at the Corbin Senior Center and other places. Bob begins the process to subdivide his Mead property in 1992, and it is completed by 2001. In 2006, Bob is admitted as a Son of the American Revolution as a descendant of Richard Lord Jones, a Connecticut fifer. He lived in his Mead house to 2004, when he began moving around, looking for accommodation closer to his recreation interests. He was living in an adult group home when illness took him December 2, 2014. He is survived by two sons, Dwight and Hugh; three grandchildren, Todd, Elizabeth, and Gwynne; and five great-grandchildren. He loved driving in the first winter snow, getting stuck in the first winter snow, picking huckleberries, was an avid bridge and poker player, and world traveler. His Memorial Service will be held December 20, 2014, 1:00 PM at the Corbin Senor Center at 827 W. Cleveland, Spokane
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Published in Spokesman-Review from Dec. 14 to Dec. 17, 2014
BENTZ, Peggy Lorrene - Renton  
BENTZ, Peggy Lorrene (Age 68) Peggy Lorrene Bentz passed away peacefully in Renton, WA on December 8, 2014 following several months of illness. Ms. Bentz was born in Spokane, WA on October 30, 1946. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Virginia Bentz; and brother Donald Bentz. Peggy retired in 2006 from Northwest Airlines after 40 years of service in Seattle, WA. Peggy is survived by her son, Jeff Bentz of Spokane, WA; and sisters Darlene Stanley of Renton, WA and Connie Smith of Tigard, OR. At Ms. Bentz's request there will be no service, her family will have a gathering to Celebrate her Life.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Dec. 17, 2014
BINSFIELD, Harvey Lt. Col. Ret. "Buzz" - Spokane  
BINSFIELD, Harvey Lt. Col. Ret. "Buzz" (Age 82) Buzz was welcomed to his heavenly home on December 11, 2014, where his baptism in the Lord became complete. He was born Harvey Donald Binsfield on April 26, 1932, in Maiden Rock, WI, to Catherine and Gilbert Binsfield. When he was two, the family moved to Discovery Bay, WA, where he was raised on his father's farm with his older brother Gil and younger sister Nancy, (who have both preceded him in death). He attended school at Discovery Bay and Sequim, forming life-long friends, a love of the outdoors, and learning the value of hard work. After graduating from Chimicum High School in 1950, he studied at the University of Washington before being accepted into Aviation Cadets at Harlingen AFB, TX, in March 1954. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force in March 1955 and was subsequently stationed at Davis Monthan AFB in Tucson, AZ, where he became a navigator in KC-97's. He transitioned to KC-135's and was stationed at Loring AFB in Limestone, MA, where he met his beloved wife of 54 years, Marian Meadena "Deanie" Wesley. They were married in October 1960, in Binsfeld, Germany, near Spangdahlem Air Base. Together they raised two sons. Buzz retired from the Air Force in January 1974 as the 92nd Air Refueling Wing Executive Commander at Fairchild AFB here in Spokane. He occupied his time with a second career as a communications officer with the Washington State Patrol and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping with his friends and family. He is survived and will be sorely missed by his wife, Deanie; his sons Brian (Amy) of Colbert, and Matthew (Amber) of Poulsbo; his grandchildren: Michael, Megan, Emma, and Brendan; and his dear niece Tracy (Mike) Hansen and nephew Troy (Cindy) Binsfield. He will be remembered for his contributions as a member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, the NRA, Ducks Unlimited, the National Wild Turkey Federation, and the Mule Deer Foundation as well as the example he set and the witness he bore as he lived life well, passing on his skills and wisdom even into his twilight years. His honest character and generous spirit left us with a smile knowing without a doubt that love of God, love of family, hard work, and taking time to play are what make living worthwhile. A Graveside Service will be held Friday, December 19th at 11:00 am at Greenwood Memorial Terrace with full Military Honors, followed by a Memorial Service at 1:00 pm at Colbert Presbyterian Church located at 4211 E. Colbert Road, Colbert, WA.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Dec. 17, 2014
BITZ, Alice Pearl - Spokane  
BITZ, Alice Pearl (Age 86) Alice was born in Lewistown, MT on May 29, 1928 to George Olds and Alice Fiaster and passed away in Spokane, WA on November 27, 2014. She is survived by her daughters, Anita Logan, Spokane, WA and Lynda Gustavson, Tonopah, AZ; sons, Robert Lee, Middleton, WI and James Logan, Spokane, WA; as well as her sisters, Caroline Flannigan, Spokane Valley, WA, Dolly Spurlock, Kennewick, WA and MaryAnn Neu of Spokane, WA. Alice was a proud grandparent to nine grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild. After raising her four children in Washington, Alice moved with her husband Joe to Arizona. Together they opened Tonopah Joe's and Alice's Restaurant in 1973 when the I-10 was being expanded from Phoenix to Los Angeles. The restaurant was founded with Alice's recipes-family traditions that she prepared with love. The restaurant was frequented by local farmers, construction workers, long-haul truckers and those needing a rest from their journey. She provided hot meals to anyone in need, often welcoming those without family to join hers for large holiday feasts at the restaurant. She treated her employees like family and loved them all the same. Alice served her community for nearly 30 years with a friendly smile, a piece of homemade pie and a hot cup of coffee or "Tonopah Tea" on a warm summer day. She moved back to Spokane in 2010. Alice reached out to many estranged family members bringing them back together and involving them in birthday gatherings, holiday celebrations, memorials and monthly lady luncheons at Applebee's. Alice was a lovely, wonderful mother, grandmother, sister aunt and friend. She will be missed dearly by all. God bless and keep you, mom!
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BOYLES, Gene  
BOYLES, Gene (Age 83) Gene is an Air Force Veteran of 20 years. Gene is survived by his wife of 64 years Joanne Boyles. Gene had four sons and one daughter: Daniel, Shawn, Robert, Christopher and Mary, along with six grand-children. Gene was a great husband and a loving, caring grandfather. He will be greatly missed.
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BRAUCHT, Sandy - Spokane Valley  
BRAUCHT, Sandy June 11, 1961- December 5, 2014 Sandy was the only daughter of Dave and Ruby Braucht. She grew up in the Spokane Valley and graduated from Central Valley High School in 1979. She attended college at Whitman and then WSU, where she received her BA degree. Sandy went to work for Koinonia House as an accountant and then became a controller and CPA for the ministry. Three years ago, she was stricken with multiple myeloma and amyloidosis, a rare secondary disease. In March, she had a stem cell transplant and defeated the cancer, but never recovered from the treatment. She loved her dogs, going to the Oregon Coast, and relished a Caribbean cruise just before her transplant! She'll be sorely missed by her father, brother, sister-in-law, cousins, friends, former co-workers, and dog. Memorial Service on Saturday, December 13, 2:00 PM, at Thornhill Valley Chapel, 1400 S. Pines Rd., Spokane Valley, 99206.
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Published in Spokesman-Review from Dec. 10 to Dec. 13, 2014
BURGER, Nancy Joyce - Spokane  
BURGER, Nancy Joyce (Age 79) Please celebrate the life of our mother Nancy Joyce Burger (Van der Gaag). The world lost a gentle soul with a loving heart on December 10, 2014. Nancy was born December 18, 1934 in Spokane, WA. She attended John Rogers High School, graduating in January of 1953. On March 20, 1954 she married Milton Theodore Burger in St. Paul's Methodist Church. They had two children. Nancy went on to work for Spokane School District #81 as a head cook while raising her family. Her greatest joys were her family, friends, and travel. She was a resident of Spokane for more than 45 years and also spent more than 30 years in Gig Harbor, WA with her family. Nancy is survived by daughter and son-in-law Ron and Connie McGehee of Edmonds, WA; son John Burger of Spokane, WA; sister and brother-in-law Larry and Janet Mellon of Spokane, WA; grandson Cameron Burger of Parkland, WA; and longtime caregiver and friend Nancy Steinbach. She was preceded in death by husband Milton and parents Jake and Minnie Van der Gaag. Services are to be held at Noon on Friday December 19, 2014 at Holy Cross Cemetery, 7200 N Wall, Spokane, WA.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Dec. 17, 2014
BURNETTE, John R.  
BURNETTE, John R. "Sonny" John R. Burnettte, age 78, passed on December, 8 2014. in Sacramento California. Sonny was very well known and loved by many. It was said that he had an infectious smile and laugh, and could lift your spirits just by talking to him. He was a Kaiser retiree and an Army Vet. He was an avid golfer loved to play the local courses. He is survived by his wife Maralee Burnette and his children, Robert M. Burnette, Tempel C. Burnette, Bryson J. Burnette, Cisley A. McCarty, Angela J. Burnette, and 12 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. One of 14 children of Lillian and Henry Burnette he is also survived by his six remaining siblings, Juanita Leslie, Marva Robinson, Marcella James, Sally Burnette, James Burnette, Mary Burnette. A Memorial Service will be held at Open Heart Chapel, 4123 N. Monroe Street, Spokane, WA, 99205 on Sunday, December 21st, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend. There will be a small potluck style reception following at Open Heart Chapel.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Dec. 17, 2014
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