Obituaries — Dec. 4, 2019

Betty Marie Schmidt-Parsons

Betty Marie Schmidt-Parsons of Sequim died of age-related causes in Clallam County on Nov. 25, 2019. She was 83.

She was born March 1, 1936.

No services were announced.

Brenda Dickinson

May 20, 1940 – November 9, 2019

Brenda Dickinson passed away on the evening of November 9, 2019, after suffering a heart attack in late October.

Brenda was the warm, loving, and stable center of her families’ lives, and she is sorely missed.

Brenda married Gary Dickinson on December 23, 1959. They had been looking forward to their 60th wedding anniversary. She and Gary built a successful life together and were living recently in Sequim.

Her life was centered on roles of wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandma; she was an accomplished quilter, gardener, farmer, and grade school teacher. She was mentally sharp, and very well-read, and never let her health challenges of Rheumatoid Arthritis and COPD get in her way. Her favorite place was home and she always found joy and pleasure in the small things in life. We learned many lessons about kindness, grace, love, honesty and stoicism from her.

Brenda is survived by her husband, Gary; her daughters, Marie Rhodes and Terry Cox; grandchildren, Briana, Mike and Amy; and great-grandchildren, Everett, Russell, Ethan, Torin, Eliana, and Elijah; her sister, Pat McCord, and brother, Chuck Rhoads.

Dorothy M. Houx

March 26, 1935 – November 7, 2019

Dorothy M. Houx, 84, passed away Thursday, November 7, 2019, at Harrison Medical Center of Bremerton, due to complications from pneumonia.

She was born March 26, 1935, in Ireton, Iowa, to Edwin and Mary Morrison. She settled in Modesto, California, at the age of two.

She was a member of Job’s Daughters, Bethel 42 of Modesto. She graduated from Modesto High School in 1953. On her senior high school trip to Yosemite, she met Donald Houx, and they were married for 62 years.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Houx; her parents; brother, Marlin Morrison; and sister, Marjorie Wetler.

She is survived by children, Duane (Jeanne) Houx of Modesto, Doreen Houx of Fresno, California, and Dave Houx of Sequim; and six grandchildren.

A memorial service was held at Sequim Community Church, 950 N. Fifth Avenue, Sequim, WA 98382, on December 2nd. Burial will take place later in Modesto, California.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Sequim Community Church.

Laura Ann Thelin-Echols

February 3, 1944 – November 17, 2019

Laura, a long time Peninsula resident, passed away on November 11th in Gig Harbor.

She is survived by her three children, Priscilla Thelin of Spokane, William Thelin of Gig Harbor, and Rodney Thelin of Salem, Oregon; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.