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Mary Ann Willis

passed away October 2, 2009 at 86 years of age after a short battle with cancer. Mary Ann and (John) raised their family in Tacoma then retired to Sequim 23 years.

Mary Ann spent the past two years at "The Sherwood" assisted living where she received excellent care. She and her family developed friendships with both residents and staff that we will cherish forever.

In her early years of retirement she volunteered at the Hospital Guild Thrift Shop and enjoyed gardening.

Mary Ann was a dedicated wife, mother and homemaker. She was a beautiful woman inside and out and a gifted painter. As a former member of the Lakewood Artist Guild she produced many beautiful paintings which will now be part of her legacy.

She is survived by her husband John, children Darlene Harshberger (Dan), Debbie Willis, Doug (Brenda) Willis, four grandchildren and a great grandson.

A memorial service celebrating Mary Ann's life is Saturday, October 24th, 1:00 PM, at the Dungeness Valley Lutheran Church, 925 North Sequim Avenue, Sequim 98382.

In memory of Mary Ann Willis, donations may be made to Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County, 540 East 8th St., Port Angeles, WA 98362





Patricia 'Peachy' Patten Bucholz Sugiura

A celebration of life was held for former Sequim resident Patricia "Peachy" Patten Bucholz Sugiura, who died Oct. 1, 2009, at the age of 90.

She was born Aug. 27, 1919, in Seattle, to Elmer "Pat" and Elsa Hopp Patten. She grew up in Des Moines and West Seattle, graduating from West Seattle High in 1938.

In 1944, she enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. In recognition for her military service, she received ribbons for both World War II and the American Theater. While posted at the U.S. Marine Corps base in San Diego, Calif., she met and married fellow Marine Edwin "Buck" Bucholz. During the next 28 years, they lived in and outside of the U.S. along with their children. Following the dissolution of their marriage, she married Hugh D. Sugiura of Seattle.

For many years she worked as an administrative assistant at Centralia School District in California. After relocating to Washington, she was employed as a civilian at various military bases until she joined the E.P.A./Enforcement Division, from which she retired in 1988.

She made her home in Des Moines, near the family home, her sister Caroline, brother Gene and many close relatives. In 1999, she relocated to Sequim.

She was an avid fan of traveling the United States as well as many foreign countries. She enjoyed playing the piano, ballroom dancing, quilting, gardening, current events, and corresponding with family and friends around the world. Until her recent illness, she lived independently with her cat Sassy.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Barbara Bucholz Bullinger and Bob Bullinger of Sequim and son and daughter-in-law Bruce and Angie Bucholz of Monroe.

She was preceded in death by her brother Benjamin Gene Patten, sister Caroline Patten Wogoman Lembra and brother-in-law Ulo Lembra.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to the Nature Conservancy of Washington, 1917 First Ave.,Seattle, WA 98101.



Elma Mae Hough

Services were held for Port Angeles resident Elma Mae Hough, who died Sept. 30, 2009, at the age of 82.

She was born Jan. 6, 1927, in Collbran, Colo., to Charles Rene and Cleopha Leota Harris Labbe.

She graduated from Washington's Battleground High School in 1944.

She married Robert Elmer Hough on Aug. 4, 1954, in Temple City, Calif. He preceded her in death on March 28, 2006.

Mrs. Hough worked as fire department dispatcher, telephone operator and professional seamstress. She was an Avon representative for 18 years.

A devoted member of Eagles Auxiliary, she served as president locally for the last time at age 81.

She also was the Washington State Eagles Auxiliary president from 1990-1991.

An avid enthusiast of Brazilian embroidery, she received many blue ribbons and awards for her art.

She was a gourmet cook and authored her own family cookbook in 2007.

She enjoyed birdwatching, spending many happy hours sharing this love with family and friends.

Mrs. Hough was a member of First Christian Church in Port Angeles; Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary in Port Angeles; and a volunteer at Dry Creek Clay Play.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Phillip and Sharon Longstreth of Federal Way; daughters and sons-in-law Carla Hopie of Erie, Colo.; Barbara and Ronald Ihrig of Port Angeles; Nancy and Jeffrey Bolling of Everett; and Trudy Robbins of Port Angeles; brothers and sisters-in-law Glen and Louise Labbe of Tillamook, Ore. and George and Marilynn Labbe of Buffalo, S.D.; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Her brother John Labbe preceded her in death.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Peninsula College Foundation, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd., Port Angeles, WA 98362.

Drennan & Ford Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



Otis Richey

A memorial service was held for former Sequim resident Otis Richey, who died Sept. 23, 2009, at the age of 85.

He was born in 1924 in Arkansas.

He served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II.

He and his wife, Opal, were married for 67 years.

Mr. Richey worked for 26 years for Simpson Timber Co. He also was in business for 20 years in Tulsa, Okla. A former Shelton resident, he retired to Sequim in 1987 and moved to Tacoma in 2002 to be near family.

He is survived by his wife, Opal; four children; nine grandchidren; and 11 great-grandchildren.



James Chris Muir

A memorial service for Sequim resident James Chris Muir will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, at Drennan-Ford Funeral Home, 260 Monroe Road, Port Angeles. The Rev. David Moffitt will preside.

A reception follows at First Christian Church, 2606 S. Race St., Port Angeles.

Mr. Muir died Oct. 1, 2009, at the age of 72 of lung cancer.

Chris, as he was known to his family and friends, was a longtime real estate agent and property manager in Port Angeles and Sequim.

He was born Oct. 14, 1936, in Miami, Fla., to Christian Hatfield and Ruth Frances Moore Muir. He grew up in Everglades City, Fla., where he graduated from high school.

Following graduation, he moved to California where he met and married Marion Ann Muncaster. They later divorced.

During the 1960s, he owned and operated a Chevron gas station in Pinole, Calif.

Following the 1964 Alaska earthquake, he spent a year there as a general contractor helping rebuild homes.

He moved to Washington in the 1970s and began his career in real estate. He started Bellingham Realty and later Port Angeles Realty and Escrow. He was a graduate of the Real Estate Institute.

In 1983, he married Carolyn Bissenden.

After his first bout with cancer in 1994, he bought a boat, the Lil Yot. The Muirs spent many happy hours boating in the San Juan Islands and Canada. He later discovered the joy of bicycling and camping around the Olympic Peninsula.

Mr. Muir is survived by his wife, Carolyn; son Michael David Muir of Sydney, Australia; daughters Deborah Susan Muir of Pleasant Hill, Calif., and Lisa Ann Muir of Stockton, Calif.; stepchildren Russell Dallas Bouy of Michigan; and Cindy Bouy-Onorati and Kristine Bouy-Mann, both of Florida; 13 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be sent to First Christian Church or the Peninsula College Foundation.







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