June Stone Decker
James Louis ChernyA service was held for Sequim resident James Louis Cherny, who died March 17, 2011, at the age of 81.
Clifford H. Robinson
Charles ‘Norm’ Norman Scully
Florence I. Loughrey
Barbara Collins, 99, passed away of age-related causes on March 9, 2011. She had resided for the past two years at Sherwood Assisted Living where she received loving, compassionate care.
Barbara was born in Los Angeles, California on August 26, 1911 to Walter H. Dorrance & Gertrude Johanna Dorrance (Van de Gorberg). She attended Glendale High School, Eagle Rock High School and Pasadena City College. She married Oliver H. Collins, a marriage that was to last nearly 60 years prior to his passing in November of 1992. Together they had two children.
Barbara had a deep faith in her Lord and Savior and, in her earlier years, taught Sunday School at Eagle Rock Baptist Church in the Los Angeles area. Upon moving to the San Gabriel Valley. She became a very active member of the Bethany Baptist Church of West Covina, California.
In mid-life, Barbara lost her eyesight. Despite being totally blind, she astounded family and all who knew her by continuing to cook, do housework, and many other tasks - and doing them well.
Barbara moved to Sequim in 1997 and became a member of Sequim Community Church. She leaves behind her daughter and son-in-law, Joanne & Joseph Arendt of Sequim., her son and daughter-in-law David & Cathy Collins of Sequim, her sister, Gerarda Fairburn of Burbank, CA, six grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, and twenty six great-great-grandchildren.
Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, her brother and sister-in-law, Theodore & Ruth Dorrance, her brother-in-law, Robert Fairburn, and two great-grandsons, Nicholas Volentine and Johnathon Anderson.
There will be no memorial service in Sequim. However, on March 15, 2011 a grave-side time of remembrance with family was held prior to her internment alongside her husband at Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills in Southern California.
Ralph Eugene Christensen
of Sequim, WA
Ralph passed away suddenly March 24, 2011. He was 81.
Ralph was born April 17, 1929, the youngest of five siblings, to Carl and Anna Christensen in the Danish community of Viborg, South Dakota.
Ralph moved to Washington in 1944, where he attended Roosevelt High School (Port Angeles High School). In his senior year, he was a member of the State High School Championship basketball team. After graduation he was drafted and served as a mechanic at Fort Lewis (WA) and Port Richard (AK).
After the service, Ralph married Shirley Schmuck of Sequim, in 1954. Together they made their home in Port Angeles, raising three daughters and one son. Both stayed very active in community service and the Clallam County Camp Fire Girls organization.
They remained on the family farm until Shirley’s death from cancer in 2000.
Ralph is survived by his sister Opal Larsen of Viborg, SD; daughters Theresa Bertelson (Woody) of Port Angeles; Jenny Taylor of Olympia; Pamela Christensen of Rio Rocco, AZ and son Richard (Marta) of Beaver, WA. Ralph leaves 11 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his long time friend and companion Shari Bieker of Sequim.
Memorial service was held at 11:00 am, Friday, April 1, 2011, at the
Sequim Valley Funeral Chapel, followed by a graveside service with
Military Honors at 1:00 pm at Mt. Angeles Memorial Park where he was
laid to rest next to Shirley.