Obituaries — Feb. 21, 2018

Dianne Way Howerton

Dianne Way Howerton, age 85, of Sequim, died Feb. 10, 2018, at Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles of a hemorrhagic stroke. A memorial service has yet to be determined.

Howerton was born March 28, 1932.

Alice Rozella Lloyd

1916 – 2018

Alice (Tracy) Lloyd was born in Austin, Minnesota, in 1916, when Woodrow Wilson was president. She had a sister, Edna (Nielsen) and brother, Leo, both deceased.

Alice was raised in North Dakota and Minnesota. Her family survived the depression years as turkey and wheat farmers.

At about age 20, Alice moved with her family to The Dalles, Oregon, where she worked at a tuberculosis center. The family then moved to Astoria, Oregon, where Alice met her future husband, Fred Lloyd, Sr. He was in the United States Marine Corp.

They were married on July 7, 1942. They had two sons, Fred, Jr., (deceased, Forrest Grove, OR) and John Lloyd, (Port Angeles, WA).

After Fred got out of the service, the couple bought a 48-acre farm in Astoria, Oregon, where they raised mink for 20 years. During that time, Alice, besides helping run the farm, worked as a custom fish filleter at a local fish cannery. She also was active in the Grange and was a member of Eastern Star.

After selling the farm, the couple moved to Warrenton, Oregon, where they were Grange Insurance agents. They also became avid rock hounds, gold panners, and enjoyed traveling throughout the West in their Airstream.

They helped create the town of Desert Center, near Palm Springs, California, which began as a group of Airstreamers who eventually put down permanent roots.

Throughout her life, Alice was an avid gardener and accomplished artist in many mediums including oil painting, ceramics and sewing.

The couple moved to Sequim, Washington, in 1998 to be closer to their son, John. There, they had a home behind Sunny Farms where they, once again, had a beautiful garden.

Alice’s husband passed in 2001, and Alice continued to live in their home, independently, until she was 98. At that time, because of health problems, she moved into Sinclair Place in Sequim where she resided until passing away at age 101, on February 9, 2018.

When asked about the secret for living such a long life, Alice always said that being raised in Minnesota and North Dakota made her tough. She also stated that “God does not want me and the devil is afraid of me.”

Her family includes her son and daughter-in-law, John and Ellen Lloyd; her daughter-in-law, Charlene Lloyd; and two granddaughters, Tara Redmond and Tracy Ellerbroek and their husbands, James and Dan, respectively. She also has three great-grandchildren, Karrisa, Greyson, and Jayden.

Virginia Ann (Leader) Clark

November 18, 1928 – January 24, 2018

Virginia Ann (Leader) Clark, 89, passed away January 24, 2018

Virginia was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Virginia met her husband to be in Richland, Washington when he began his working career at the Hanford site.

Virginia and Weldon, in 1953 moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts for post graduate studies.

The Clarks were both pilots in the 1960’s and owned their own airplanes. They flew often for work and for exploring their passion of the outdoors.

Virginia was a very well educated woman with a zest for life and making her community better.

When the Virginia and Weldon retired in the mid 1980’s, they chose Sequim, and proceeded to build their own home themselves, from the dirt work to the finish work, they did it all, and made sure to build in a wall of windows to overlook all of Sequim, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

As a world renowned bio-statistician and former professor from UCLA, Virginia provided important input and played an active part in the Dungeness River Management Team, the Dungeness Clean Water Work Group, WRIA 18 and the Clallam County Streamkeepers. Virginia also took on the development of Railroad bridge Park and the Dungeness River Audubon Center in Sequim.

She and her husband Weldon co-authored “The Keys to an Understanding of the Natural History of the Dungeness River System,” an excellent dissertation on the human use of, and changes to the Dungeness River during the last 150 years. As the great working team that Virginia and Weldon were, they participated, helped plan and develop and complete many projects and in return the Clarks were honored in 1991 with the highest award for achievement and service, the Harlequin Award, and in 2008 Virginia and Weldon were honored with the Clallam County Community Service Award as local “Heros” for their host of volunteer contributions.

A Celebration of Virginia Ann Clark’s life will be held on Thursday, the 8th of March, at Railroad River Park, in Sequim, Wa. at 1:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donations to Railroad Bridge Park or Dungeness River Audubon Center.

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