Obituaries — July 10, 2019

Evelyn Ruth Upham

Evelyn Ruth Upham of Duluth, Minn., died of natural causes in Port Angeles on June 26, 2019. She was 85.

Upham was born July 30, 1933.

A celebration of life was held July 6 at St. Peters Lutheran Church in Clinton.

James Garifalos

James Garifalos of Sequim died of natural causes on June 30,2019, in Sequim. He was 95.

Garifalos was born June 10, 1924.

A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date.

Rebecca Ann Ward

Rebecca Ann Ward of Sequim died at Olympic Medical Center on June 28, 2019. She was 33.

Ward was born May 30, 1986.

A full obituary will follow at a later date.

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Randy J. Holt

On June 30, 2019, we lost our beloved Brother, Uncle, Boyfriend and Friend. Cancer finally took the big guy down, after a brief, but hard battle.

Randy loved living in Sequim for the past 40 years. He worked as a self employed commercial crabber here in Sequim and Alaska. Most recently as a seafood buyer.

He had made many friends in Sequim, La Push and Neah Bay. We always teased and called him, “The Mayor of Dungeness” or “The Crab Man.” Randy was forever the story teller, with a quick wit, and the King of B. S.

Born in Bremerton, April 1949. He graduated from West High School in 1967, where he played football and baseball.

He leaves behind Evelyn and Tom Wagner, of Federal Way: Butch and Kathe Holt, of Sequim; Cristie Holt Nelson, of Everett; girlfriend, Debra Nesbitt, of Sequim; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Gene and Betty Holt; and sister, Lisa Holt.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Pioneer Park, 387 E. Washington, Sequim, on Saturday, August 24th, from 12 to 4 PM. Please join us for a BBQ and sharing your good times with Randy.

Pauline “Pat” Jones

April 10, 1924 – June 8, 2019

Pat Jones was born in Winnipeg, Canada, to Ukranian Catholic parents on April 10, 1924, the third and shyest of four children. She was baptized Pauline, but her closest friends called her “Pat;” her preferred name. She passed away peacefully—as she had lived—on June 8th.

After high school, Pat first worked as a clerk, then as a model for Elizabeth Arden. In the years shortly after World War II, when women weren’t yet doing such things, the company sent her to open new product lines in Christchurch, New Zealand.

It was on that trip, during her ship’s layover in Long Beach, California, that she met Kenneth Jones, who was to become her husband. Following an earnest, creative, trans-world courtship on Ken’s part, he and Pat were married in 1954, and lived in Long Beach, where she worked as a pharmacy assistant. She retired and was widowed in the late 1980s.

Pat retained her Canadian citizenship, but lived in the United States for over sixty years, becoming increasingly involved in parish activities at Our Lady of Refuge Church, in Long Beach. She was loving, compassionate, wise, and generous, and her broad range of interests included such disparate topics as ancient history and contemporary fashions. If her life could have begun again, she would have chosen to become an archaeologist.

When friends, Jackie and Fred Middaugh, decided to move to Sequim in 2007, Pat spent a couple of months visiting them, fell in love with the town and moved there to her own condo.

She later lived with Jackie and Fred and enjoyed her remaining years with them, their two cats, and good friends from next door and from church.

Throughout her life, Pat enjoyed exploring new places and traveled extensively, managing to visit five of the seven continents. Her idea of a perfect activity, after attending morning Mass, was to listen to a good book read aloud at Port Williams while she sipped coffee from The Cracked Bean and nibbled one of Pan de Amore’s cinnamon twists. Her literary favorites included The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants collection, the Father Tim novels by Jan Karon, and The #1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series.

Pat loved baked potatoes and hated broccoli. She was both fascinated and perplexed by politics in the U.S. and Great Britain; she enjoyed documentaries and English mysteries on PBS; held a special affection for cats and dogs; and treasured a childhood memory of once seeing then-Princess Elizabeth who was visiting Canada when she and Pat were nearly the same age.

Pat especially valued her relationships with her relatives in Canada: her now-deceased siblings, Kenneth and Mary Ann; niece, Sharon La Bine, along with Sharon’s husband Joe, their three grown children, Lori, Brian and Lisa, and their growing families.

She was also devoted to the Sister Servants of Mary Immaculate religious community in Winnipeg.

A funeral Mass will take place at noon on Wednesday, July 10, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sequim.

In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to consider donating to a worthy charity of their choice.

Betty Alice Miller

February 15, 1938 – June 29, 2019

Sequim resident, Betty Alice Miller passed away suddenly of a heart attack on Saturday, June 29, at the age of 81.

She was born in Orgas, West Virginia, on February 15, 1938, to Virgie and Hughie Ferrell.

She graduated from Warren Wilson Junior College in Swannanoa North Carolina, in 1959, and received her BS in Business Administration from California State University in Sacramento, in 1989.

Betty served in various administrative positions for the Federal Aviation Agency, from 1959 to 1971, in Washington D.C.; San Bernardino, California; Charleston, West Virginia; and Manila, Philippines.

She was a very adventurous lady, travelling all the way to the Philippines, where she obtained her private pilot’s license.

She met her husband, Roland, there when he crashed her housewarming party, and they were married in Perth, Australia on June 22, 1971.

In 1975, her husband’s job took them to Singapore for 7 1/2 years. In 1982, she returned to the U.S. where she and her husband co-founded an export marketing business.

In 1999, they moved to Sequim, where she and Roland designed and built their retirement home in the Sunland community.

Betty’s hobbies were playing the piano, golf and gardening. She was a member of the Sunland Golf & Country Club and attended the Trinity Methodist Church.

She is survived by her loving husband, Roland; nieces, Rachel Ferrell, of Ohio, Bonnie Perdue, of West Virginia; and sister-in-law and brother-in-law Barbara and Peter Wertheimer, of San Mateo, California.

At her request there will not be any services.

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