Obituaries — May 22, 2019

Michael David Stratton

Michael David Stratton of Sequim died in his Sequim home on May 10, 2019, of pancreatic cancer.

He was 61.

Stratton was born May 3, 1958.

A celebration of life is scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at the Sequim Elks Lodge, 143 Port Williams Road.

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Truman Richard Clay

Truman “Dick” Richard Clay of Sequim died from complications of cancer on May 15, 2019, in Port Angeles. He was 78.

Clay was born June 23, 1940.

A funeral is set for 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 22, at Drennan & Ford Funeral Home, 260 Monroe St., Port Angeles. Reverend David Moffit is the officiant.

A graveside service is scheduled for noon on Thursday, May 23, at Washington Memorial Cemetery in SeaTac. City of Kent Chaplain Pat Ellis is the officiant.

A complete obituary will be published in an upcoming edition.

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Stephen Charles McCabe

Stephen Charles McCabe of Port Angeles died of complications from a fall on May 15, 2019. He was 57.

McCabe was born July 18, 1961.

Services will be held at a later date.

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Elizabeth Burnham Wood Smith

July 5, 1920 – May 4, 2019

Elizabeth Burnham Wood Smith, 98, passed away peacefully, at Park View Villa, with her children and favorite companion, Snowball, present May 4, 2019.

Elizabeth was born July 5, 1920, and raised in Lawrence, Massachusetts, daughter of Charles Ernest Wood and Eva Alice Warburton.

She was a graduate of Lawrence High School, in 1937, and earned a Bachelor’s degree from Bridgewater Normal School (Now Bridgewater State University) with a degree in Education, in 1941. She completed a Masters of Education from Harvard School of Education, in 1943.

Elizabeth married Earl LeRoy Smith, in Twin Falls, Idaho, July 25, 1947, moving to Yakima. (Deceased Nov. 5, 1985). The couples four children include Wilson Burnham (Leslie) Smith, of Nanaimo, B.C., Canada, Burton Elliot Smith, of Barbourville, Kentucky, Nathan Burnette (Kathy) Smith, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Cheryl Ann Hay, of Sequim. Her family includes nine grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

Elizabeth was a fulltime homemaker, but involved extensively with community and church activities. She taught Sunday school, sang in the choir, and was President of Baptist women of New Hampshire and Vermont. She was also active in foreign missions at the American Baptist national level.

Elizabeth was very involved in scouting; being a den mother to her three sons, and then became a troop leader for Cheryl’s Girl Scout troop. Her scouting involvement progressed to an adult trainer in several areas and she held a Scouting Life Membership. In 1992, she was awarded the Thanks Badge, the highest award presented to Girl Scout volunteers.

Elizabeth was also an avid traveler. She and Earl made many trips throughout the US and abroad acquiring numerous lifelong friends. Several trips included Germany, visiting Alfred, her German “son,” an exchange student while living in Abington, Pennsylvania.

After Earl’s passing, Elizabeth continued traveling alone with Elderhostel (now Road Scholar), making many additional friends on numerous trips. She always asked friends to go with her, but said she would go regardless of what they decided. Just in the past year she traveled to Rhode Island, Hawaii, and, in March, a road trip to Twin Falls, Idaho. Even under hospice care, she was always ready for a wheelchair ride around the block. Her wonderful sense of humor and compassion made her a friend to everyone.

A memorial service will be held in Sequim, and ashes will be interred next to Earl in Yakima. A family reunion and Celebration of Life will be held next summer, in 2020, on July 5th. This would have been her 100th birthday.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please consider a donation to one of the following: your local Girl Scout council (camperships) or American Baptist Foreign Missions – Thailand (Elizabeth had a special love for Thailand and had hoped to serve there). American Baptist International Missions, 1003 West 9th Ave., King of Prussia, PA 19406