Obituaries — Feb. 28, 2018

Roderic Rockwell Grubb

Roderic Rockwell Grubb died Feb. 21, 2018, at Avamere Olympic Rehabilitation of Sequim, of age-relates causes. At his request, no services will be held.

Grubb was born April 18, 1934.

Edna Ida Kridler

November 6, 1923 – January 30, 2018

Vitamin and dental floss manufacturers stocks fell sharply upon hearing of the passing of the ageless and most truly beautiful Edna Ida Kridler, aged 94, on 30 January 2018, in Boerne Texas. She just had had enough and didn’t want to put up with it anymore.

Edna was born and raised by August Syring and Emma Wucherpfennig on a Frankfort Wisconsin farm November 06, 1923.

Graduating high school, she located to Milwaukee where she worked at Briggs and Stratton during WWII and Bell Telephone afterwards. While at a USO dance supporting America’s heroes in Milwaukee, the most truly beautiful Edna was swept off her feet by the dashing and debonair Eugene Kridler which lead to the love story of the century. They were married May 27 1947 thus giving hyperbole and adjectives time to rest.

Edna was an encouraging and reassuring wife to Eugene as she accompanied him as his equal throughout his career with the Fish and Wildlife Service. Their journey included various travails at National Wildlife Refuges including Montana (cold!), California (hot!), Oregon (meh…) and Hawaii (perfect! and about damn time!).

They retired happily to Sequim, WA in 1980 where Eugene passed in 2007. She remained in Sequim where she was seen about town with her gentleman friend and companion, a Mr. James Symes. Kicking and screaming, she was brought down to Boerne, Texas by her son Jim in 2016.

Edna’s passion’s included reading, health and nutrition, long introspective walks and flossing. She was always quick with a great funny story that usually ended with “and then they died, don’t cha know”. Edna had a mischievous and wonderful quick dry wit along with a stern look in reserve whenever deployment was necessary. She will be mostly remembered for her kind and alluring smile.

Edna is survived with the most wonderful memories by her two sons Gene of Hawaii and Jim of Texas as well as three of the most wonderful grandsons ever, Joshua, Austin and Ryan.

The family suggests donations in her name be sent to the River Center Foundation Endowment Fund, Dungeness River Audubon Center, P.O Box 3007 Sequim, WA 98382.

Elani Hemphill

March 19, 1945 – February 9, 2018

Elani Hemphill, a resident of Sequim, lost her battle with lung cancer in the early morning of February 9th, 2018. She died peacefully in the home she loved and lavished with her artistic and designing talent. Her family was at her bedside.

She had recently moved from Everett, Washington to be near her brother and sister-in-law and found Sequim a delightful place to live. Born in Honolulu, March 19th, 1945, her parents returned to the mainland at the end of the war and she was raised in Los Angeles, California where she attended school and married her first husband. She worked various occupations as a data entry operator, lock smith, and physical therapist. She said her happiest memory was when she was able to buy her own home.

She cherished her independence and moved to the Puget Sound area in 1988 to be near her brother and she was employed at Boeing. She later attended Seattle Art Institute, earning a degree in Interior Design. She worked for home furnishing stores and Quadrant Builders. She had a great talent to create exciting and eclectic home interiors and was able to work with and understand her clients dreams.

Elani was a great listener, non-judgmental, and became a confidant to so many of her friends and neighbors. She had a great love of animals. Her philosophy on life was expressed in her writings: “Think 5+ for every -, My life is God’s gift to me and how I live my life is a gift to God. Love comes in all sizes, shapes, and colors.”

She is survived by her brother Brian Grad, sister-in-law Marie Grad, and nephews Alex and Jason Grad. Her smile and humor will be sorely missed.

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