John E. Rowlett Jr.
Claire Louise Hupe Burnham
Claire Louise Hupe Burnham, a resident of Sequim, WA, passed away on November 28, 2012 due to age related illness. She was 94. Interment will be in the Hupe family plot in Montgomery City, Missouri. Claire lived her life in service to her Lord, enjoyed being a homemaker and mother, and was a talented artist, poet, and the seamstress for her family.
She was preceded in death by her husband Albert Burnham, and is survived by their five children: Diane Church, Peggy Johnstone, Michael Burnham, Suzanne Brooks, and Kevin Burnham; their spouses, children, and grandchildren, a sister Laura Lee Bitney, a brother Guy Hupe, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Her children wish to thank all family and friends for their thoughts, prayers, and support. They especially wish to thank Suzanne Brooks and her family, (particularly Shannon Brooks), for their loving care of Claire in her home during her final years.
ROMA GUMMERSALL SHARP COX
(January 30, 1926 - December 4, 2012)
Roma Gummersall Sharp Cox, aged 86, died peacefully December 4, 2012, at home. All five of her children were with her hours before her death.
Roma was born on January 30, 1926, in Turner, Idaho, to Frank and Bertha Gummersall. She was the twelfth of thirteen children. Roma grew up in Pocatello, Idaho. On July 12, 1945, Roma married the love of her life - Derrell Homer Sharp, in Logan, Utah. They fell in love while painting a picket fence. Roma and Derrell had five (5) children, Sandra Lee Frankfurth, Derrell Edward Sharp (Lynne), Barbara May Davis (Bill), Frank Lessil Sharp, and Roma Suzanne Seal (Chris).
After Derrell's graduation from Oregon State University, they settled in Redmond, Oregon, where Derrell began teaching. In 1954, they moved to Pasco, Washington, and began farming. Roma was Derrell's “right arm” and worked very hard on the farm while raising five children. She thoroughly enjoyed cooking, knitting, and spending time with her family. Every baby born that Roma knew has “sported” a pair of her booties! In 1969, they left the farm and moved to Moses Lake, Washington, where Derrell worked for the Department of Agriculture and Roma continued to be a homemaker and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. In 1977, Derrell and Roma moved to Sequim, Washington. After a brief struggle with cancer, Derrell passed away on July 9, 1978, three days before their 33rd wedding anniversary. Roma continued to be the guiding light for her family, providing love, support and guidance to all.
In 1983, Roma fell in love for a second time and married another “man in uniform”, Dale E. Cox. Together they enjoyed sailing, traveling, and preparing delicious meals for all to enjoy. Also, for many years, they packaged cards for Ross Hamilton Photography. Roma and Dale were married for 29 years. Roma was a wonderful mother and grandmother to all of her offspring, including her sons and daughters-in-law. Everyone loved her, for she was true to her name “Roma”, meaning “love.” She always said that once the great-grandchildren came she was finally “great” at something. Roma was one who always let her “light shine,” and for that family and friends depended upon her for wise counsel. She was, and is, a true child of God having now been called home to rest in the arms of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for eternity.
Roma is survived by her sister, Ruth and her husband Dale, his daughter Dale Ann Rayburn (Don), daughters Sandra Lee Frankfurth, Barbara May Davis (Bill), Roma Suzanne Seal (Chris), sons Derrell Edward Sharp (Lynne) and Frank Lessil Sharp, and all of their descendents.
There was a Celebration of Life and private graveside service for family and close friends on December 8, 2012, in Sequim.