March 16, 1924 – June 28, 2018
Ida Mary Clark Nordquist, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend, transitioned peacefully on June 28, 2018, at home with her daughter Mary Beth Johnson in Beloit, WI, at age 94. She had previously lived in Sequim, WA, until January 2017. She is survived by her sister Elizabeth Cronan; her five children, Sally Sheola and husband Ted, Connie Meyer and husband Alden, Mary Beth Johnson, Walter Clark and Hal Clark; 11 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. She is predeceased by her husband Gil Nordquist and brother Walter.
Born in Albany, New York on March 16, 1924, to Mary Bell Churchyard Shepard and John Berdan Shepard, she grew up in the town of Somerset in Chevy Chase, MD, and graduated from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in1942. Her childhood was filled with friends, riding her pony Patches and horse Cyclone and trips to the family farm in Poolesville, MD, where her father raised cattle, turkeys, corn and wheat. She loved animals, raising a baby lamb when she was 10, and was devoted to many dogs and cats in her lifetime. Sadly, her brother Walter was killed in Italy serving in World War II in July 1944, and her beloved father passed soon after in 1945.
She met Maynard Clark in 1941 at a USO dance in Washington, DC, when he was training as a fighter pilot in the Army Air Corps. She attended the University of Wisconsin. They married in Lafayette, LA, on February 26, 1944. They were married 44 years. She met the challenges of raising five children very close in age in Bucks County, PA, and Hunterdon County, NJ, with a positive, spiritually based attitude. Far ahead of her time, she was committed to a healthy, nutritious diet for herself and family. Later in life she married Gilbert Nordquist in 1989 and lived with him in Seattle and then Sequim, WA, until he passed in 2001.
Ida loved and lived life fully. She lives on in the hearts of those who knew her and experienced her unconditional love and support. Ida inherited her love of gardening and flowers from her father and grandmother. She was an inquisitive life-long learner, a freethinker who loved new adventures. She traveled the world — England, Egypt, France, Italy, Ireland, a lengthy camping trip through Central America and many motorcycle and car camping trips with Gil, including a six-month cross-country camping honeymoon.
Perhaps her greatest gift was her spiritual attunement, a total trust in God that lives in all of us. As a community builder with a great network of friends, she frequently hosted and convened spiritual groups in her home. Ida loved her spiritual community at the Sequim Center for Spiritual Living.
The family gathered on July 9 at her daughter Connie and husband Alden’s summer home in Canada for a celebration of her life. Her final request was that the words on her tombstone read “She loved life.” She died looking forward to “coming home” again.
Anne Jordan Davis
December 1, 1929-July 9, 2018
Anne Jordan Davis passed away peacefully at her home in Sequim on July 9, 2018. Anne was born to Verna Lee Hoover Jordan and William Harrison Jordan in Bellingham, Washington on December 1, 1929.
In 1947 she graduated from Weatherwax High School in Aberdeen, Washington and went onto the University of Oregon to study art. There she met William Chester Davis, Jr. whom she wed on September 30, 1950.
Together Anne and Bill built a successful business in Longview, Washington, known as Cowlitz Candy and Tobacco, Co., which they operated for 38 years before retiring in 1993.
She was involved in many community organizations and activities with a focus on children and education, including PEO and the Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild. Her foremost love was her family, available at any time of day or night. She also enjoyed the times when her sister Jerrine Behrens would come to stay after long overseas assignments.
She and Bill traveled extensively loving the different cultures of the world. She was a stickler for etiquette, a trait much appreciated by her granddaughters. More recently she enjoyed the company of her new great granddaughter and the community of Sequim.
Anne is survived by her sister Jerrine Behrens of Port Angeles, daughter Connie Dyberg (Mike) of Samish Island, son Jeff Davis (Mindy) of Sequim, daughter Laura Schmucker (Eric) of Kingston, two granddaughters, Taryn and Cailin, and one great granddaughter, Daryn. She was preceded in death by her husband Bill on January 24, 1995, her parents, and her sister Barbara Schnorr on October 9, 2012.
The family sends a special thanks to Neila Cameron for the care, respect and devotion over the last several years, the Women of Wrights Home Care, led by Beth, Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County, and Sue Clary for unselfishly coming to Anne’s home every week to read to her.
A celebration of Anne’s life will be held at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Sequim at 11:00 a.m. on July 28th. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County.