Published on Wed, Jun 23, 2010
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Sandra Lee Treece
Sandra Lee Treece was born on March 28, 1943 and went to be with the Lord on June 7, 2010. Sandy was born in Alliance, Ohio to David C. and Betty (Barber)
Larkins. The family moved to Highland, California in 1955, where she later graduated with honors from Pacific High School in 1961. After graduating she married Neil Nickel and was blessed with
3 sons; Bob, Phil and Gregg.
Sandy worked in the banking industry for several years until taking a job at the Hemet Unified School District, where she retired after 25 years of service. She was named the District Confidential Employee of the Year in 1999. She earned her Associates Degree from Mt. San Jacinto College in 1992. Sandy was a longtime member and past president of the American Business Women's Association. She was a volunteer actor for the Ramona Pageant for many years. On August 31, 1996, Sandy married Joe Treece in Hemet, and after retirement they moved to Sequim, Washington.
Sandy loved the outdoors, enjoyed reading, playing cards, board games and the piano. She treasured her time with her grandchildren and traveling to Mexico with her family. She was very active in her church as well as the community. She had a smile that would light up any room and made friends everywhere she went. Sandy was a loving daughter, wife, sister, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She was a blessing to many people and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Sandy was preceded in death by her father, David C. Larkins, and her first husband, Neil E. Nickel. She is survived by her husband, Joe Treece, of Sequim, Washington; her mother, Betty Larkins, of Sequim, Washington; her sister, MaryAnn Jones (Darrell), of San Jose, California; her three sons, Bob Nickel (Wendy), of Alexandria, Virginia, Phil Nickel (Debbie), of Inkom, Idaho, and Gregg Nickel (Bobbi), of Tulsa, Oklahoma; her stepchildren, Debbie Treece, of Eagle River, Alaska, Mike Treece (Sheila), of Ham Lake, Minnesota, and Dave Treece (Launi), of Renton, Washington; 16 grandchildren and
For 25 years Sandy suffered from rheumatoid arthritis. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name, to the Arthritis Foundation, through the "Hope through Heroes" program at www.arthritis.org. Two services will be held. The first will be in Hemet, California on July 10, 2010 at the Bible Fellowship Church at 2 p.m. The second service will be in Sequim, Washington at the Sequim Community Church on August 14, 2010 at 2 p.m.
Earl Warren Gibson
April 3, 1922 - June 11, 2010
Earl Warren Gibson died at home on Friday, June 11, following a battle with lung cancer.
Earl was born in Independence, Missouri on April 3, 1922 to Truman and Evelyn Gibson. The family had a dairy farm and delivered milk to nearby communities.
After graduating from high school, Earl attended Kansas University, later joining the US Army Air Forces. In the service he learned to fly planes and earned the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. He was a P-38 pilot during
World War II.
Earl married Juanita Jeanne Cayton on May 1, 1943. Earl and Jeanne had four children, twin girls and later two boys. The family settled in southern California where Earl was employed as an aerospace engineer with Garrett AiResearch, where he worked for
33 years until his retirement.
He was an active Boy Scout leader, an avid bowler, and an expert marksman. He was a 32nd degree Mason with the Royal Arch Masons and served as High Priest in 1969.
After retiring, Earl and Jeanne moved to Gardiner and built a home overlooking Discovery Bay. While in Gardiner, Earl was active in the community. He was a Captain in the Jefferson County District 5 volunteer fire department, an EMT, and served as Fire Commissioner for 6 years. As a result of his involvement with the Fire Department, he was also an organizer for the Discovery Bay Salmon Derby. He was active on the Gardiner Cemetery Board and with the Water District. For over 25 years, 6 days a week, Earl hosted a morning coffee gathering in his home for all his friends in the community. He played poker regularly and was hard to beat. He was a member of the ROMEOs - "Retired Old Men Eating Out."
After 51 years of marriage Earl lost Jeanne to lung cancer and emphysema. While participating in a senior hiking club, Earl met Mabel Sorlie, and they were married on September 23, 1995.
Earl was preceded in death by his first wife Jeanne, daughter Beverly, sister Louise, brothers Edwin, Richard and Ray, and his parents Truman and Evelyn. He is survived by his second wife Mabel and her family, daughter Barbara, sons Hank and Brian, sister Nancy, daughter-in-law Robin, sons-in-law Bert and Lynne, 9 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to OlyCAP, 803 W. Park Ave., Port Townsend, WA 98368.
Irene P. Norell
Irene Palmer Norell, known to her family as Louise, passed away peacefully at her home in Sequim, WA on June 14, 2010. She was 93, a fact which she would not be pleased to see mentioned in this memorial.
Irene's great passion was always her family. She was one of nine children brought up mostly on the family dairy farm near Cornish, NH. She maintained a lifelong love of that part of the country and the people who live there.
Like most families hers brought her both pleasure and pain. She lost her husband Bill after just a few years of marriage and struggled to bring up her sons, Andy and Bill, as a single mother, during turbulent times. Nevertheless she maintained an active interest in her siblings and their families right up until her passing.
Irene was a career woman when professional women were a rarity. She undertook graduate studies in librarianship at the University of Minnesota and took jobs in Grand Forks, ND and other locations on her way to a 30-year stint as a professor in the Department of Library Science at San Jose State University in California. She loved her job and took great pleasure in keeping track of her students over the years.
She surprised her family when, in mid-life, she decided to learn to drive and bought a bright turquoise sports car to do it in. As one of her brothers-in-law said "librarians who drive Mustangs have unsuspected depths."
As the years took their toll she benefited from the support of friends and family. She would particularly want to mention her friend and caretaker Lorraine Vandusen, her late sister and brother-in-law Madeline and Ed lhnen, all long-time residents of Sequim, her niece Ruth Waare of Prescott, AZ and the estimable Mr. Louis Van Silfout.
She will be fondly remembered by her friends and family. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice or to Kimball Union Academy, Meriden, NH 03370.