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JAMES, Carl Wayne - Spokane  
JAMES, Carl Wayne (Age 60) Our one-of-a-kind Carl, whose heartbeat pulsed the Beatles, who was retro long before vintage was "in", has himself achieved classic status. Born March 11, 1954 in San Diego to Clarence and Dorothy (Bieber) James, he was the youngest of their three children. It could only be from this life placement that he learned to expertly charm his way out of any given situation and to rely on his brand of humor to diffuse tension. He spoke often of his days as a young man moving up the ranks at Sea World, learning the finer points of working with killer whales. Who knew then that this would be a life skill that would serve him well in years to come? From that, he transitioned into radio broadcasting, a career he loved and transformed into a lifetime passion of audio and video editing, benefiting entities such as Rockwood Retirement Communities and Ham on Regal. He dabbled in small business, owning and operating "A Sign of the Times" a few years after moving to Spokane in the 1990s. He spent more than 10 years at Rockwood Retirement Communities as both their medical van driver and media specialist, starting up an in-house TV station during his employment there. But Carl - these are mere bullet points on a resume and do not tell the story of you, of the shy boy who grew into a confident, outgoing man, who fearlessly lived your creed of the "Ripple Effect" by never missing an opportunity to engage everyone you met in friendly and often colorful banter. All your residents were family to you, your co-workers, precious friends. You are most comfortable with all things uncomfortable, yet have the ability to put anyone at ease. You detest fish, but love the ocean. You are the proud inventor (and sole user) of Sink In A Cup. We all know that life is a series of successes and setbacks. Over the past few years you sardonically referred to yourself as "Mr. 1%", meaning that you were on the short end of a Murphy's Law statistic: "If there's a 1% chance of something going wrong, it'll happen to me." You held your head up, even though you hated your scars, your FrankenHip, your setbacks, never understanding that those were actually trophies, external evidence of internal fortitude. You didn't realize that the cancer, though brutal, did NOT beat you, that your vital spirit is not only intact, but thriving in all of us, your Ripple Effect coming back to you in crashing waves. What you neglected to see was that you truly are Mr. 1%, and we'll all miss you for that. With love always from your wife Lori, son Brian, brother Jerry, sister Janine, all your stepkids and extended family, friends, colleagues and acquaintances. Special thanks to the 9th Floor, 6th Floor and ICU nurses at Sacred Heart Medical Center for their loving care in those final hours, and to all the doctors, nurses and other professionals, both now and over the past four years, who did all they could to put our Humpty back together again. A celebration of life is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, December 18th, 2014 at the Ridge at Rockwood South Hill.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Dec. 14, 2014
JEFFRIES, Olivia  
JEFFRIES, Olivia (Age 89) On Saturday, December 13, 2014, Olivia Jeffries went to be with her husband, Richard (Dick), in heaven. Olivia was born January 5, 1925, at the home farm in Hebron, N.D. After living with her grandparents for 13 years, she moved to Montana with her parents, Herbert and Anne Lasater. They later moved to Inchelium, WA where she met a cowboy, Dick Jeffries. They were married in April 1944 and later moved to Colville, WA, and then to Hayden Lake, Idaho, in 1947 where she was the bookkeeper at Dick's Repair Service. In the fall of 1979, they moved to the valley, settling in Asotin in March 1980. Olivia worked with Senior Meals on Wheels for more than 20 years in Asotin, joined The Ladies Sewing Club and attended the Asotin Methodist Church. After being stricken with Parkinson's, she moved to assisted living in Spokane in 2007. She also attended Nine Mile Community Church. Olivia was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and brother LeRoy Denius. Olivia is survived by her sister, Francis Frazier of Colville; her son, Richard (Vicki) of Spokane; her daughters, Julia (Gary) Carpenter of Asotin and Janet (Mike) Mundt of Lebanon, Maine; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Dec. 21, 2014
JENSEN, Patricia (Gannon) - Anchorage  
JENSEN, Patricia (Gannon) (Age 87) Pat Robertson Gannon Jensen passed away on December 9, 2014 in Anchorage where she had lived since 1964. Born and raised in Spokane, she was a graduate of John Rogers High School. She married Joseph Gannon in 1949 and traveled with him while he was in the Air Force. After his death in 1969, she married Arlo Jensen of Dagmar, Montana. He died of cancer in 1982. She was the beloved mother of Patti (Michael) Simmons, Kathy (Robert) Woodhead, Debbie (Lee) Comiskey, all of Anchorage; and Ann Vavra Faris of Laramie, Wyoming. She was preceded in death by all of her sons, Bruce and Joe Gannon of Anchorage, and Roy Vavra of Wyoming. Her infant daughter, Diana Lynn Gannon, died in Spokane in 1962, as did her first granddaughter, Shelly Gannon, in 2012. She was the youngest and sole surviving child of Sadie and Newton Robertson. She is also survived by seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, with another great-granddaughter due to arrive on Christmas Day. She has many nieces and nephews surviving, including Marilyn (Bill) Luebke of Spokane Valley, and Linda (Dennis) Bowman of Kent, WA. Beverly Branson Gorder of Spokane was her best friend for over 75 years. She was a wonderful and inspiring mother, grandmother, aunt and friend, with a keen wit and very positive spirit. Mom, you will be loved and missed forever. Memorials may be made in her name to the Alzheimer's Resource Agency of Alaska, 1750 Abbott Rd., Anchorage, AK 99507.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Dec. 14, 2014
KUHL, Eldad Arron  
KUHL, Eldad Arron Eldad was born February 3, 1933 in Bowdle, South Dakota. He graduated from Yakima High in 1953 then served in the Korean War. He later graduated from Kinman Business College in Spokane and Eastern WA University. Eldad retired from the V.A. Hospital with 30 years of service. He then spent the next 14 years at Sears working part-time. He was an avid water skier with his family and friends into his 70's. Eldad also enjoyed softball and singing, which he also participated in well into his 70's. Survived by his wife Zelma, sons Del and Kevin and three grandchildren. He is also survived by wonderful nieces and nephews, family and friends. There will be no funeral services per his request; but a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Dec. 21, 2014
KUNTZ, Regina A. - Spokane  
KUNTZ, Regina A. Regina "Jean" Kuntz was born on April 9, 1927 in Karslruhe ND to Jacob and Magdelina Gefroh. She graduated high school in 1945 and later that year, married Gabriel Kuntz. In 1953, the family moved to Great Falls, MT. There, Jean was a member of Holy Family and Blessed Trinity churches and an active member of Alter Society and "Circle" for more than 50 years. She enjoyed baking and decorating beautiful cakes, crafts, the art of eggery, and playing pinochle. She had many wonderful friends and took pleasure in sharing things she made with them. Her favorite role was "grandma" and she looked forward to visits with each of her grandchildren. In 2009, Jean and Gabe moved to Spokane to be closer to their daughters. She passed away peacefully at home on December 11, 2014 after visiting with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will be remembered as a loving mother and grandma, for her generosity and kind heart, and for the sweet smell of her kitchen. She will be forever loved and missed. Her loving husband, Gabe and infant daughter, Marilyn preceded her in death, as well as siblings; Catherine, Margaret, Elizabeth, Walter, Philip, Sylvester, John, and Peter. She is survived by one sister, Christine and three daughters and their husbands; Karen (Gordon) Brawn, Connie (Denny) Bennett, and Vickie (Rick) Roig, as well as six grandchildren; Trevor (Erica) Bennett, Anne (Sean) Brix, Clint (Jillian) Roig, Glenn Brawn, Matthew (Brianne) Roig, and Rachael Roig, and two great grandchildren; Jackson and Rylie Roig. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, January 10th at 11am, at Hennessey Funeral Home, 1315 N. Pines Rd. Spokane Valley. Please visit Jean's online memorial at www.hennesseyfuneralhomes.com
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Dec. 21, 2014
LAWS, Helen Louise Templeton (Bosch, Kennedy)  
LAWS, Helen Louise Templeton (Bosch, Kennedy) Helen Louise Laws passed into the loving arms of Jesus on December 13, 2014. She was born July 3, 1930 in Tarkio, Missouri, the first of 12 children born to Harry and Lucille Templeton. She is the mother of six children, grandmother of 21, great-grandmother of 34, and has two stepchildren. Helen was a 54-year member of Green Bluff Grange #300 during which time she held many offices: Master of GreenBluff Grange #300, WA State Grange Chaplain for four years, Jr. Director State Grange for four years, Leader at two Jr. Granges for a total of 18 years, and Pamona Master. She was a member of Green Bluff Methodist Church for 30 years, served as a Lay Leader, and served a mission to the church's sister city in Russia - SINDA. She spent 35+ years of fruit farming with her late husband Richard G. (Dick) Laws, was the owner and operator of Country Girl Pies and Canned Goods, and author of the cookbook "GreenBluff Country". Helen was a member and Past President of Washington Women for the Survival of Agriculture, during which time she lobbied for farmers' rights in Washington D.C., She also served as president of the Farm and Roadside Marketing Association and worked to change the state signing laws for GreenBluff Growers, and with the State Department of Agriculture to develop a farm education program "Ag in the Classroom" for elementary students. She started the Old Orchard Theatre, which earned nearly $70,000 for scholarships in 17 years, and wrote, co-produced and starred in the play, "Hog Heaven", as well as acted in most of the Old Orchard Theatre plays. Helen wrote articles for the Tri-County Tribune, and was directly involved in the formation of GreenBluff OktoberFest. She served as the GreenBluff Home Ec Club President in the 1980s, and was Head Cook and Kitchen Manager at Mater Cleri Seminary, Booth Memorial Hospital, and Delaney House, as well as a wedding caterer. She lived in Germany and traveled in Europe for 2 ½ years. She loved sewing and quilting (Including making quilts for her children and grandchildren, Quilts of Valor, as well as raffle quilts for GreenBluff Methodist Church). Helen loved her family! She demonstrated that in everything she did. She took great joy in her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, to whom she was affectionately known as Apple Grandma. Many thanks to the Staff at Fairwinds Retirement Community, and Hospice House North for the excellent care given to our mother during the last months of her life; and to longtime friends Pastor Helen Dunlap and Wilma Baker for their always present love and support. Helen is survived by her children: Christine Eslick (Bob), Ellen "Nelle" Frostad (Rick), John Kennedy (Paula), Mary Conley (Rich), Kathleen Johnson (Jeff); her stepchildren: Mary Reno-Montero (Kirk), Russ Laws; siblings: Clara Eaves (Dick), Stephen Templeton (Karen), Carole Frybarger (Ken) and Donny Templeton (Nancy); numerous nieces and nephews; and many close friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard G. (Dick) Laws; her oldest son, Harry Kennedy; sisters: Harriet McCormick, Mary Koth, Margaret Kelly, Kay Lessig, and brothers: Bobby Templeton, Wilbur Templeton, Jim Templeton. A viewing will be held Thursday, December 18, 2014 from 3-6 pm at Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home, 1306 N. Monroe St., Spokane, WA 99201. Funeral services will be held Friday, December 19th at 11:00am at Crossover Church, 16825 N. Newport Hwy, Mead, WA 99021. Pastor Helen Dunlap will be officiating. Interment will be at Peone Cemetery. Anyone who would like to make a donation in Helen's honor, please send to GreenBluff Grange #300 Scholarship Fund, 18825 N. Dunn Rd., Colbert, WA 99005.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Dec. 17, 2014
LEACH, Robert Wells  
LEACH , Robert Wells Robert "Bob" Wells Leach, 87, passed away in his Sequim, WA home just before Thanksgiving. Born in Pullman, WA, to teachers Noble and Annabel Leach, the family moved north to Spokane when Bob was just two years old. He attended North Central High School, and upon graduation returned to Pullman to attend Washington State University, where he studied civil engineering. Drafted into the Navy in 1945, he served just under a year before WWII ended. In March of 1949, he married Noreen Lawrence and subsequently served our country first in the Army National Guard, then as a captain in the U.S. Army. In 1959, he and Noreen adopted a son, Kevin, and in 1961, a daughter, Leslie. After military service and college, Bob worked as an engineer for Spokane and Adams counties before moving his family to Port Angeles where he accepted the position of Director of Public Works for Clallam County in 1970. Bob worked diligently in that capacity until his retirement in 1982. He loved music and service to others, and joined the Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, and the Shriners, where he often played the clarinet in the El Katif Shrine band in Spokane. Bob was also known to awaken his children early Saturday mornings with either the WSU Fight Song or "When the Saints Come Marching In" on the clarinet! In 1977, he married Joan Angiuli Thompson, and they later retired to Sequim and built their dream home in Sunland. In retirement Bob and Joan enjoyed many of the winter months on the island of Maui. Bob was a true gentleman with a great sense of humor, always finding time for others and looking for ways to brighten someone's day. We will remember him most for the devotion he had caring for his wife Joan, who after a prolonged illness preceded him in death in 2013. Bob is survived by son Kevin Leach, daughter Leslie (Larry) Barstow, step-daughters Rindy (Tom) Hainstock, Jeri (Shawn) Hankins, and Leslie (Kjel) Kiilsgaard, nephew Edward (Gail) DuBois, eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by wife Joan, sister Peggy, and his parents. A private celebration of his life will take place at a later date. Memorial contributions should be directed to the Shriner's Hospital of Spokane, 911 W. 5th Avenue, Spokane, WA 90204, phone (509) 455-7844 or (888) 895-5951.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Dec. 14, 2014
Lilles Zeff, Aimee E.  
February 21, 1977 - November 27, 2014 Aimee Elizabeth Lilles Zeff, formerly of Pullman, age 37, died peacefully, surrounded by family at her home in Sacramento, Thanksgiving morning, November 27, 2014. She was a third-year medical student at UC Davis School of Medicine in 2010, when diagnosed with pinealblastoma, usually a rare, childhood brain tumor. After a stem cell transplant from her own stem cells, she slowly recovered and went into remission for two years. She and her husband Craig Zeff particularly enjoyed the summer of 2013 where they visited friends of Aimee in London and Munich and attended a wedding in France of Craig's close friend. Her doctors tried to get her stronger so she could have a second stem cell transplant but the cancer reoccurred in her spine in October 2013. She had surgery and some radiation but she had received the maximum amount of radiation. She was treated at UC Davis Medical Center by teams of doctors, some of whom she had followed on Clinical Rounds as a medical student. Aimee was born February 21, 1977 at Pullman, Washington to Linda Scott Lilles and the late David Louis Lilles, longtime Pullman High School teacher and Tennis Coach. She has an older brother Alex, of Pleasant Hill, CA and a younger sister Milena, of San Jose, CA. Aimee graduated from Pullman High School in 1995, with Honors. She played Varsity Tennis, Basketball, and was a Junior flutist in the Washington-Idaho Symphony while in high school. She studied with Ann Yasinitsky, Professor at Washington State University. She graduated from Washington University, St Louis, with Excellence in Anthropology in May 1999, receiving her A.B. with Honors. She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Golden Key, and an Honors Anthropology society, Alpha Phi Omega. She spent her Junior year at University College, London, where she made several life-long friends. After graduating from Washington University, she returned to London to obtained a Master's of Science in Social Psychology in 2001 at London School of Economics and Political Science. It was her work at Seneca Day Treatment Center in Fremont, CA, as a Mental Health Assistant for several years where she found her passion for helping young people with emotional and behavioral problems. She decided to obtain further training and become a child psychiatrist. When people think of Aimee, they remember her smile, her kindness, and concern that all be treated fairly. She is survived by her husband Craig Matthew Zeff, Sacramento, CA, whom she married May 24, 2008 at the Presidio in San Francisco, CA; mother Linda Scott Lilles, Spokane, WA; brother Alex, Pleasant Hill, CA; sister Milena, San Jose, CA; her in-home caregiver, Uncle Roger Lilles, San Mateo, CA; Uncle Ron Scott (Linda), Oroville, CA; cousin Joe Scott, Oroville, CA; Grandmother Betty Scott, Spokane, WA; sister-in-law Kathryn Zeff Morales (Dio), Portland, OR; nephew Dionisio IV, Portland, OR. And Fox, Aimee and Craig's much loved Sheltie. Her maternal grandfather Harmon Scott, Spokane, WA and her paternal grandparents Pierre and Marie Lilles and Uncle Albert Lilles, San Mateo, CA, predeceased her. Aimee's family wants to express their great appreciation for the excellent care given to her by the medical and nursing staff of UC Davis Hospice, University Post Rehab, UC Davis Medical Center, and Aimee's friend and caretaker Jessica Hoyt. Memorials may be made to the American Brain Tumor Association. An Aimee Lilles Zeff Memorial Tribute website has been set up at http://hope.abta.org/goto/aimeelilleszeff Also, memorials may be made to the animal rescue organization of your choice. A Celebration of Life was held for Aimee, Friday, December 12, 2014 at Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo, CA. Burial followed at Skylawn Memorial Park, 10600 Skyline Boulevard, San Mateo, CA.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Dec. 19, 2014
LOOKABILL, Sandra Myriam - Spokane  
LOOKABILL, Sandra Myriam Sandra Myriam Lookabill, on December 10, 2014 surrounded by family at home, stepped into the presence of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It was then that she heard the words "well done my good and faithful servant." She was born on the 4th of July in Cordoba, Argentina to Jorge and Myriam Powell and moved to Los Angeles California at the age of 11 with her Mom, Dad and eight other siblings. When they were in Argentina her parents founded an orphanage that is still active today. At any given time she had at least 30 other kids to play with as the family also lived at the orphanage. She attended Francis Polytechnic High School and L.A. Valley College in Los Angeles. Shortly after that she met her husband, Thomas Alan Lookabill in a theatre production. They were married June 6th, 1987 at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California just eight months after meeting. She became a mother to Thomas Anthony Lookabill, Tiffany Marie Casedy, Breanna Michelle Regalado and Skyler Alan Lookabill. While in California, Sandra was an Information Technology professional excluding a few years of home schooling her kids and working as a Teacher, Coach and Athletic Director for Pleasant Valley Christian School, a small Christian school in Camarillo, California. Many of the programs and sports that she started are still going on there today. She moved to Spokane in the summer of 2007. Her children attended Mead High School and her favorite things to do were attending church, camping, music (she played the flute) and watching her children's athletic events. Her daughters both played college softball and her youngest son, Skyler, is currently playing baseball for Whitworth University. To honor her battle against cancer three years ago the Spokane Falls softball team dedicated their season to her and the Whitworth Baseball team has dedicated the 2015 season to her and her initials will be displayed on the players hats. Almost four years ago Sandra was given three months to live and battled her cancer with courage and grace. She lived long enough to meet the goals of attending both daughter's weddings last summer and just weeks ago was able to hold her first grandchild. She was an inspiration to many and will be missed by all who knew her. She was known for giving great hugs. Come and celebrate her life with us. The Memorial Service for her will be held on Saturday, January 3rd at 1:00pm at Shiloh Hills Fellowship 207 East Lincoln Road, Spokane, WA 99208
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Dec. 21, 2014
LOOSMORE, Patrick Charles  
LOOSMORE, Patrick Charles Heaven has taken a great man on December 8, 2014. He was preceded in death by Mary Loosmore. He leaves behind a wife, Elizabeth; two daughters Sharon and Sandra; two stepsons Aaron and Robert; five grandchildren Shawnee, Brianne, Dennis, Pat, and Mary; plus many family and friends. He never came across a person he couldn't call a friend. His pain and suffering has now ended. May you rest in peace Pink Panther. You will always be remembered and loved by all who knew you. P.F.P. Private Services will be held. Express your thoughts and memories on our online Guest Book at www.einansatsunset.com
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Dec. 21, 2014
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