Obituaries — Oct. 3, 2018

Judy Beavers

Judy Beavers of Port Angeles died Sept. 23, 2018, at age 74 of lung complications in her home in Port Angeles.

She was born Jan. 3, 1944.

A celebration of life is scheduled for noon on Saturday, Oct.6, at the Port Angeles Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge, 2843 E. Myrtle St.

Those interested are encouraged to sign an online guest book for the family at

Barbara Van Flandern

Barbara Van Flandern was born 1942 in Covington, KY and grew up in Newport, KY. Barbara met her husband, Tom Van Flandern, at a dance in Cincinnati, OH in 1961 where they had so much fun he invited her outside to look at the stars. He loved that she was so immediately warm and vivacious. She had boundless enthusiasm and curiosity. She saw the stars as art and he saw them as science. They were the perfect match.

On their third date he took her to the Cincinnati observatory where he was leading a team of student astronomers reporting satellite activity to NASA. Back then there was only one satellite, launched by Russia, and it was my dad who observed it explode. NASA rewarded his observations with career opportunities which brought him to the US Navel Observatory in Washington, D.C.

Barbara was impressed sitting under the constellations with him-so handsome and smart. They were married 47 years living in DC before retiring and settling under the blue hole over Sequim, WA in 2005. They deeply enjoyed their life together on the Olympic Peninsula. Tom suddenly passed away from colon cancer in 2009 and Barbara missed him so viscerally. Every day.

On Sunday September 2, the late summer sun set pink over the Olympic Peninsula, and Barbara wanted to share the beautiful sunset with her beloved Tom at the pretty little Dungeness cemetery near the sea where the Eagles nest in Douglas Firs. She turned her car north and headed toward him. That beautiful pink sun, setting to the west, blinded her as she pulled out into and intersection. By the time she saw the truck traveling 60 MPH it was to late. The sun, our star, was leading her back to him. She passed away from her injuries at Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA, on September 14, 2018.

On Saturday, September 22, Barbara joined Tom under the stars. The constellation they created- their 4 children and 5 grandchildren- keep their stories alive. May they both Rest In Peace.

In her life Barbara was a talented sculptor and painter who studied at the University of Maryland. Her creativity and affection for children was limitless. She was a pre-school teacher, art teacher, and loving wife, mother and grandmother.

Barbara is survived by sons Michael Van Flandern, Brian Van Flandern, Kevin Van Flandern, daughter Constance Van Flandern, granddaughters Elizabeth, Julia and Erin, and Katherine Rose, grandson Marston Wolf, and brothers Richard Weber of Winter Park, Fl., and Donald Weber of Cincinnati, OH.

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