Obituaries — Oct. 6, 2021

Carol Anne Bugay Tidyman

February 28, 1931 – September 6, 2021

Carol Anne (Bugay) Tidyman of Sequim, Washington, passed away peacefully on September 6, 2021 of natural causes at Avamere Olympic Rehabilitation in Sequim, Washington. She was 90.

Carol was born February 28, 1931 in Cleveland, Ohio, to Alexander and Pauline (Dreger) Bugay. Carol continued to reside in northern Ohio until 1953 when she earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Baldwin Wallace College. Relocating to the southwest, Carol received her Master of Science degree from the University of New Mexico in 1957.

Five years later, while living in Reedley, California, Carol acquired several brown belts in Judo and at the age of 36, completed flight training for her commercial pilot’s license. Later, Carol received her instrument certification that expanded her pilot license to land in mountainous terrain.

Passionate about sailing, Carol met her love, Willard “Fred” Tidyman while racing her Lido 14 in Fresno, California. The two exchanged vows in Carmel on April 5, 1977 and continued to reside in Fresno where Carol taught science studies.

In the early 1990’s, the couple relocated to Sequim, Washington, where their passion for sailing continued at the Sequim Bay Yacht Club. The Fred Tidyman trophy, an award that was founded at the club in honor of Fred’s stellar sailing skills, continues to be awarded to the fastest sailboat and crews in competing divisions at the Club ‘s annual Reach and Row for Hospice regatta.

After Fred’s passing in 1995, Carol joined a group of women hikers in Sequim fondly known as the Goat Girls. A group of nine outdoor enthusiasts, these women accomplished many epic treks including the Press Expedition route from Quinault to Whiskey Bend, Mt. Olympus, Enchanted Valley and Cameron Basin.

Fascinated with her family’s genealogy, Carol attended Russian studies at the Peninsula College in Port Angeles prior to her travels to Russia where her father was born.

A truly ambitious and kind-hearted woman, Carol will be missed and leaves a rich legacy of memories for the many lives that she touched.

She is survived by her two sons, Tom Tidyman of Los Osos, California and Mark Tidyman of Oakland, California.

No services will be held. Carol will be inurned at Dungeness Cemetery where she will reside next to her late husband, Fred Tidyman.

Memorial contributions in Carol’s memory may be made to the Dungeness River Audubon Center.

Sequim Valley Chapel is honored to serve the family. (360) 683-5242. Please visit our online register book at to leave treasured memories for the family.

Phyllis L. Bower

May 11, 1936 – July 20, 2021

Phyllis L. Bower was the third child born to Walter and Vera Bower on May 11th, 1936 in Spirit Lake, Idaho. From there the family moved to Carlsborg when Phyllis, Mom, was 5 years old. As she said, “from one sawmill town to another”.

Mom lived in a small home in Carlsborg, with brother Ron, sister Kay, and attended school in Sequim. Mom learned to work hard. She often talked about picking peas or plucking turkeys in the fertile fields of Dungeness-to pay for school clothes or purchase a piano with sister, Kay. She grew up watching her Grandpa, William Meng, work his two large draft horses to log the land and build the barn where he and Grandma Meng lived-up Atterbury Rd. She got to ride one of the work horses- Babe, and later went on to buy her own horse, Chico. She never lost her love of horses and later in life bought another horse, Dusty. (One thing that Mom wanted to do recently was to “find the horses you can rent up on Atterbury and go for another ride” ~sadly, we didn’t get that chance.)

After graduation in 1954 from Sequim High, she moved to Bellingham where she attended Western Washington College and received her teaching degree. It was there she met Joe A. Hallberg, also a teacher, and they married and had four kids- Joey, Terri, Vicki, and Jeff. Mom taught in Monroe, Tacoma, Shelton, and Sequim School Districts. She even taught a couple years at McNeil Island. She reminisced recently about her fourth grade class in Shelton making a Washington State quilt~she loved that and I think her students did too! She was well thought of by her numerous students and was an exceptional teacher!

One of Mom’s interests and passions was to make places beautiful which she would do with lots of landscaping, decorating, often with wallpaper, remodeling, recreating, and planting flowers. One young boy visiting her home once called her the ”Flower Lady”-she got a kick out of that!

Another one of Mom’s passions was that of being a Christian! In her last days she loved watching her SBN and Jimmy Swaggart. She was a beautiful example of what it means to trust in and praise the Lord~thru life’s ups and downs.

Another love of hers was her kids. She gave and gave and then gave some more. She was not selfish but always wanted to give. I need to confess, more than once she would slide me a 20$ bill when I was out of dough when we were playing slots at the casino! Thanks Mom! She was always there, a part of family gatherings at the Sand Piper for a clam dig or a camp out at Hobuck.

Finally, I must give an honorable mention to Pekoe~her faithful and loving companion. Pekoe was her Lhasa Apso-Pekingese dog that she got when she was a puppy and had her for 17 wonderful years! “Run Pekoe run” Mom would say as Pekoe would do figure eights, over and over and oh so fast!

Mom passed this summer on July 20 th at Olympic Medical Center. She is survived by all four of her kids and her first husband, Joe. Additionally, she was blessed to have seven Grandchildren and 11 Great Grandchildren as well as several nieces and a nephew. Mom will be missed by all who knew her and will remain in our hearts forever! Thank you, Mom, for all you are and all you have done! We love you with all our hearts! -Joey, Terri, Vicki, and Jeff