Obituaries — Sequim Gazette, Feb. 15, 2017

Jean Marie Cerletty Eilman

On Friday, February 3, 2017, Jean Marie Cerletty Eilman passed away peacefully with her son Rick and daughter-in-law Maree at her side at her home in Lynnwood, WA. She is also survived by her grandsons Justin, his wife Jaine, her great grandchild Quinn, her grandson Patrick and his soon to be wife Paulina, and many beloved nieces, nephews and their children.

Jean & John Eilman lived in Sequim from 1980-2015. Jean was loved by everyone who met her. She was active at her senior living complex until her final days. Jean aka Beannie the Clown took great joy in bringing smiles to people’s faces.

Her ashes will be interred with her husband John Eilman and daughter Susan Eilman at Saint Catherine’s cemetery in Brown Deer, Wisconsin at a date in late spring that is to be determined. Per Jean’s request, in lieu of a funeral, an “Irish Wake” celebrating her life will be held in Wisconsin after her burial. Smiles, laughter, Jamesons and Bailey’s Irish Cream will be provided. Jean lived over 91 years and was happily married to John for 65 years before he passed in 2011 in Sequim, WA.

Aloma Jo (Kelly) Blaylock

1943- January 25, 2017

Aloma Jo Blaylock passed away peacefully while taking a nap, surrounded by family at her Port Angeles, WA home. Her husband of 50 years, JW Blaylock, was close by.

From her birth until her death, Aloma nourished the people and the world around her. She remained consistent in character and generosity. She was known for her quick smile, her humor, patience and solid support her small frame gave to so many. She often burst into song and might express happiness with a little dance. She played and taught the piano in her younger days and many days were spent with her family playing and singing for their community. Her daughters cherish the countless fond memories of standing around the piano singing Disney songs, Christmas carols and listening and dancing around to her classical selections. She supported her community with many hours of volunteer work and countless delicious casseroles.

Aloma grew up on the K. (dot) Ranch in Zena, Oklahoma. Her father was Earl Kelly. Her mother was Maxyne Boydstun Kelly. Her younger brother Bob (Robert) Kelly is also deceased. Her sister, Earlene Calloway and spouse Tony Calloway survive her. She and her family labored together to maintain the thousand-acre cattle ranch with added chickens, pigs, dogs and cats. Summers were spent in the vegetable gardens and haying the fields with suppers of a long abundant table overflowing with food and ice tea for the many ranch hands. The pressure cooker was always hissing with jams, jellies and vegetables. Leisure time was spent at their swimming hole throwing rocks at the snakes that lived under the limestone rocks so they could dive in and race to the other side. The school years were full of heavy involvement with her parents being employed as teacher and principal.

Aloma had three daughters from a brief marriage before she met JW Blaylock at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK where she got an accounting and teaching degree. JW adopted the girls when he and Aloma were married in 1967.

Aloma and JW moved with their girls to Washington State when they got married. Aloma hosted many slumber parties and their home was open to many kids that loved her so much they often called her “Mom”. She was right alongside her husband fixing cars, building and gardening. She was employed briefly as a teacher until they moved to Richland, WA where she became an accountant. She enjoyed skeet shooting, bird-hunting, boating and fishing in these years. The family always took a road trip back to Oklahoma in the summer. They settled on the Olympic Peninsula in 1976 where she eventually worked at Hermann Brothers Logging as an accountant until she retired.

Aloma knew hardship which she persevered with quiet strength and gentle kindness. She was an inspiration and a mentor in her community of the First Presbyterian Church, the recovery community, the Lung Transplant Support Group which she started, Republican Women, and the warm, loving second family of Gulf Shores, Alabama Luxury RV Park where they stayed annually during winter months.

She struggled with COPD for eight years, wearing an oxygen tank to her full-time job. There were a few times we thought we were going to lose her to this disease. But she persevered and in 2005, she became the recipient of a lung transplant. Our family has been grateful for the added time we were blessed to have with her. She had the gift of turning some of the worst things that happened into the best parts of her. With this new lease on life, she continuously lived life to the fullest – she traveled, volunteered, supported and loved. A life well-lived. She was deeply loved by all who knew her.

Surviving are her husband, JW Blaylock; children Sandy Moak-Gyori and spouse Bill Gyori, Jamie Blaylock and Frana Blaylock; ten grandchildren: Brian and David Moak, Aloma Sisco and spouse Jake Sisco, Jeff Ledgerwood, Megan Sharma and Mark Ledgerwood, Zac, Abe, Grace and Ezra Blaylock; and six great-grandchildren: Leah Reville, Vihaan Sharma, Orin, Talon and Allianna Ledgerwood and Hurley Ware.

The memorial celebration of Aloma’s life was held on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at the First Presbyterian Church, 139 West 8th Street, Port Angeles, WA 98362.

In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County, 540 East 8th Street, Port Angeles, WA 98362.

Greg Mueller

June 13, 1966 – December 29, 2016

Greg died at home of pancreatic cancer with his family and friends by his side.

Greg was born in Edmond, WA.

At the age of six his family moved

to Union, WA to open Dave’s Market. Greg loved playing on the beach, crabbing and swimming with his sisters and duck hunting with his dad.

Greg spent his first five school years at Hood Canal Elementary. At the age of 10 Greg and his family moved to Sequim where he graduated from Sequim High School.

During his high school years, Greg had a paper route that he continued a few years and then held many odd jobs here and there until he got into construction. He worked construction until his illness, and when construction was slow he was busy recycling or hunting. Greg loved to hunt, it was his passion and would spend several months out at the west end camping and hunting. His bias was using bows and arrows. He got his last elk one week before he passed. He wanted to make sure he filled the freezer for his family. Greg was very determined to leave things in order before he left us, and thanks to his friends and family he got all tasks completed.

Greg married Kimberly Smith in 1994 and together raised two children.

Greg was preceded in death by his sister Catherine. Greg is survived by his wife, children Kyler, Jordon and Kourtney, his parents David and Liz Mueller and Muriel Kooy, sisters; Vicki (Steve) Wallner of Port Angeles, Cindy (Cory) Brandt of Sammamish and Roni Fox of Sparks, Nevada. One grandchild and four nephews and close friends Bobby Blank and Ted Hutt who stayed with him during the duration of his illness.

The family would like to thank all the people who formed work groups put on benefits and contributed to his projects; he knew he was blessed by all those who cared. We would like to thank Volunteer Hospice and ask that any donations be sent to 540 E. 8th St, Port Angeles.

Greg’s Celebration of Life will be held at the Elks in Sequim, February 25th, at 12 pm.

Jerome Neal Marty

May 3, 1928 – February 7, 2017

Born May 3, 1928 to Helen and Albert Marty in Tipton, Iowa. Jerry was raised in Muscatine, Iowa and graduated from Muscatine High School in 1946.

He married his high school sweetheart, Genevieve Thede. They were married for 65 years.

Jerry was drafted into the Army in 1951 and served until 1953 at Roswell, New Mexico.

After his military service, Gen and Jerry moved to California where he was employed by J. C. Penneys and Sears.

They moved to Sequim in 1975 where Jerry was a realtor. He truly enjoyed the aviation world, antique cars and golf.

We will truly miss Jerry, a wonderful friend.

His wife proceeds him in death.

Survivors are sisters; Jean Elliott and Janice Long.

No services at his request. Donations to Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County, 540 East 8th St., Port Angeles, Washington 98362 would be greatly appreciated.

Andi Whiting

September 9, 1926 – January 27, 2017

Former Sequim resident Eleanor “Andi” Inez Whiting died January 27, 2017 in Colville, WA, at the age of 90.

Born Sept. 9, 1926, she grew up in Tulsa and San Antonio before heading to college in Boulder to earn a BA in sociology.

Moving to Seattle, she married Walter Lee Whiting September 11, 1948. They raised three children in Bellevue, retired to Sequim, then became snowbirds for 15 years, dividing their time between Arizona and the northwest before returning to Sequim when Walt’s health began to fail. After his passing in 2009, Andi moved to Colville to be near her son, Larry, and his family.

Andi enjoyed reading, writing, drawing and painting, and square dancing, as well as family time camping and hiking.

Church was very important to her. She and Walt organized and led a youth group at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church from 1972-1976. She remained active in church activities for as many years after as she could, teaching Bible studies, helping maintain church libraries, and, with Walt, assisting in a biker tent ministry during their snowbird years. She remained a remarkably avid reader into her final days, as her caregivers would attest.

Andi is survived by daughter Cathy Whiting, sons and spouses Lee Whiting and Aleta Pushruk, Lawrence and Danette Whiting, nine grandchildren, and three great grandchildren with one more on the way.

A private service is planned, where she will be inurned next to Walt at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Sequim.

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