Obituaries — April 12, 2017

Ralph Dyson Byers


April 1917 – April 2017

Washington Old Time Fiddler

A Remarkable Man

Carol CJ Jennings

July 27, 1939 – April 01, 2017

Carol CJ Jennings, 77, passed away at home surrounded by her family, in Sequim.

CJ was born in Okemah, OK to Carl and Oleta Holman.

CJ met and married Paul “Joe” Jennings and together they raised their two children, Mark and Teri.

CJ Jennings is survived by her son, Mark (Lisa) Jennings; her daughter, Teri (Morris) Dikes; her brother, William “Bill”; (Karen) Holman, her sister; Mary (Donald) Goodin, grandchild; Richard “Joe” (Amy) Jensen and 3 great-grandchildren, Mariah, Kiersten and Charlette.

CJ Jennings joins her husband in glory. Family and friends while saddened at their loss, rejoice that this wonderful lady is again with the love of her life.

A multitude of family and friends will cherish many fond memories throughout the years.

There will be no services. The family request donations to your favorite charity or any Veterans organization in her memory rather than flowers.

Irene Downs

Irene Downs died peacefully on April 1, 2017. Yes, April Fools Day; irony intended. It was exactly four years from the date she was diagnosed with PLS (primary lateral sclerosis).

She had a lot of heart which she shared generously with her friends as well as strangers. The strangers often became friends.

She was a dedicated advocate for all animals. Countless animals found loving homes because of Irene’s guidance, patience, & “thorough” screening. Many people found a true friend both in Irene and the pets she helped them connect with. She had a way with animals plus scads of knowledge and experience. She was a tireless resource to so many. She was also one of the early Tellington T-Touch Method instructors.

Irene enjoyed time with her friends at her home and in her wonderful English Cottage Garden. She took joy and pride in the meals she prepared for friends, whether hosting garden parties or her famous annual Halloween Costume and Cocktail party. She learned how to use newer technology and liked sharing her photography. Irene enjoyed wandering her way through the annual Olympic Peninsula garden shows. So it was not a surprise that one of the only things she really wanted in the several weeks before she died, were lots and lots of home-grown flowers. Daffodils and tulips flowed in from those who loved her.

An unabashed Anglophile (person who is fond of, or greatly admires, England/Britain), she was drawn to the Queen’s Christmas address and the Port Townsend Victorian celebrations. Irene and her loving husband Walt (of 42 years) shared adventures that included travels to England. Irene’s annual trips to England included all things horse, history, gardens and apprentice scullery maid to the Head Cook at Milton Hall.

Irene and Walt came to Sequim from Alaska on an infamous midnight departure from Anchorage, which had been home for 25 yrs. They checked in at the Alaska Airlines tent with 3 cats, a dog, 2 friends and a mountain of luggage. The horse flew first class the following week.

Irene loved good books, lively conversation, world affairs, her friends, her pets, her sister Christine, and her husband Walt who was a faithful care giver.

She said she was a self-professed “control freak” to the end; she chose Death With Dignity.

She was grateful to Volunteer Hospice, End of Life WA, Evergreen Chapter ALS Society, and all of the other professionals that she met along the path of her illness.

Donations In Memory of Irene Downs can be made to Olympic Peninsula Humane Society, 1743 Old Olympic Hwy, Port Angeles, WA 98362.

“Help or rescue an animal, socialize kitties, walk dogs, or help friends whilst thinking of me.”

-Irene Downs

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