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Obituaries and Death Notices

Abbott, Muriel D.
With quiet dignity and grace, Muriel D. Abbott, died peacefully on May 20, 2007, after saying goodbye to her family.  Born on February 23, 1922, Muriel touched the lives of many as she raised, taught, and provided wisdom to her children and the children of others.  As a longtime middle school teacher in Bellingham, Muriel especially valued and respected those students who struggled, those who were angry, and those who needed a kind word of support.  Muriel was most proud of her children and gave each of them elements of her courage, independence, and resourcefulness, Her presence will be greatly missed by those children: Kathy and Jeff Dorr, Tom and Claudia Abbott, Karen Hougen, and Barb and Terry Noteboom.  Grandchildren held a special place in her heart and she loved each one in a special way unique to them.  Kenny, Katie, Jayme, Dustin, Hans, Sammi Jo, Sean, Kellan, and great-grandson Logan will treasure the times they spent with their grandma.  [The Bellingham Herald, May 27 2007- Sub. by Marla Snow]

Acord, Tim Louis
Tim Louis Acord of Blaine, Washington. passed away March 16, 2002 of lung cancer, he was 51 years old.
Tim was born March 16, 1951 in Yreka, California to Donald and Mary Acord. He attended grammar school and high school, graduating from Yreka High School in 1969. He worked in the logging industry for 15 to 20 years as a truck driver, and later worked as a long-haul driver.
Survivors include his fiance Judy Fennell of Washington, Children Tim Louis Acord, Jr. of Montague, Sharon Knudson of Colorado Springs, Colorado, brother Tom Acord of Oregon, and sister Donna Acord of Montague. Grandchildren Shayla, Emily, and Jacob Acord all of Montague, California. Tim was preceded in the death by his parents. Tim will be greatly missed by those who loved him and befriended him.
There will be a graveside service held Sunday, May 26, 2002 at 1:30pm at the Haynie Cemetery on Valley View Road (in the 8800 block), Custer, WA.
[The Bellingham Herald, March 2002- Sub. by Marla Snow]

Adams, James M.

James M. Adams, 88, of Lummi Nation, passed away at a Bellingham care facility on July 27, 2007.  James is survived by his wife, Violet; children, Larry Adams, Perry (Diana Kale) Adams, George Adams, Ron (Beverly) Adams, Valerie (Kevin O'Leary) Jefferson, Allen Jefferson, Veda Jefferson, Boyd (Colette Bob) Jefferson, Velda Jefferson, Vera (Mike Peters) Adams, Jessie (Leroy, Sr.) Deardorff, Garnet (Diane Jimmie) Adams, Gordon (Melinda) Adams, Joe (Andrea Point) Adams; 42 grandchildren; and 52 great-grandchildren. [The Bellingham Herald, July 2007 - Sub. by Marla Snow]

Adams, Phillip C.
Phillip C. Adams aged 45 years one of Bellingham’s most prominent business men passed away at the family home at the Hull Apartments yesterday. Sunday August 20, after a short illness. Mr. Adams had resided in this city for the past sixteen years being engaged in conducting the Adams Style Shop, until his illness. His death comes as a very great shock to the community. Surviving Mr. Adams are the widow Mrs. Lillian Adams one brother and three sisters , Joseph Adams of California, Mrs. Elizabeth Griffin and Mrs. Joseph Taylor, Seattle and Mrs. John Evans, Westville, Ill. The remains are being cared for at the Harry O, Bingham funeral parlors. [August 21, 1922, Bellingham Herald (Bellingham, WA)- TE - Sub by FoFG]

Ahrens, Rev. Fred

A sad message from New Whatcom, Wash., bears the news of the death of Rev. Fred Ahrens. The young man was pastor of the German Lutheran church in that town. He leaves a deeply-bereaved wife, who will be recalled by many Iowa Cityans as Miss Emma Murschel. The decedent also lived here formerly, and left this city but a few years ago. He was recently ill and alarm was felt at the time of his earlier sickness, but all fear had passed away as he had seemingly recovered. Details of the fatal illness were not received, and it is not known whether he had a relapse or whether another ailment suddenly prostrated him last week. The end came Saturday night.  
[Daily Iowa State Press, Iowa City Iowa February 17, 1902 - Sub. by Shauna Williams]

Allen, Ella G.
Ella G. Allen, age 87 formerly of 1147 Mitchell Street, Blaine, died Wednesday, March 24, 1982. She had come to this area in 1903 and was a member of the Peace Arch Assembly of God Church where she was active as a Bible instructor and missionary programs. She is survived by 2 sons, Phillip of Vancouver, B.C.; and Wayne in Oregon; 3 daughters, Joy Davey of Birch Bay; Mavis Allen of Seattle; Muriel Ellis of Blaine; a nephew, Patrick Hickey of Ferndale; numerous grand & great grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, March 27 at 1 pm in the Jerns-McKinney Funeral Chapel in Blaine with Pastor Thermon Scevers officiating. Interment Haynie Cemetery. Visitation hours Thursday & Friday, 4-8 pm in the Blaine chapel. [Sub. by Marla Snow]

Anderson, Howard L.
Howard was born 2/8/29 to Ray and May Anderson, spending most of his life in Bellingham.  He is survived by his wife, Pat, two sons, Scott of Lynden and Charles of Olympia and Shannon Anderson Sledgeski of Crofton, MD and 7 grandchildren who loved Howard very deeply. [The Bellingham Herald, June 23 2007 - Sub. by Marla Snow]

Anderson, Kevin J.
A prayer service for Kevin James Anderson of Everson will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at Immanuel Lutheran Church near Nugents Corner. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Deming Log Show grounds in Deming with the Rev. Stan Jacobson of Immanuel Lutheran Church officiating. Mr. Anderson died as the result of smoke inhalation during a vehicle fire on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2000, in rural Whatcom County. He was 23. Born June 25, 1977, to Donald J. and Linda M. (Clement) Anderson in Bellingham, he was a lifetime Whatcom County resident. In 1995, he graduated from Mount Baker High School. Mr. Anderson worked as a timber cutter for his friend Andy Postlewait. He loved fishing and being outdoors. Survivors include his wife, Stacie Leanne Anderson, and son Tyler James Anderson, both of the family home parents of Everson sisters Heather Gorum of Acme and Robin Bass of Sedro-Woolley brother Erik Anderson of Acme grandparents Gustaf and Dorothy Anderson of Bow and Harold and Edith Clement of Chimacum four nephews and many other relatives. Memorials may be made to the Kevin James Anderson Memorial Trust Fund for Tyler Anderson, c/o Georgia-Pacific Credit Union, 2501 James St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Arrangements are by Jones-Moles Funeral Home.
 [The Bellingham Herald, November 2000 - Sub. by Marla Snow]

Auguston, Vera Ruth
Our beloved mother, Vera Ruth (Sand) Auguston, passed peacefully on August 14, 2007.  Vera was born in Centralia, Wa, on June 2, 1918.  She moved to Bellingham, with her parents Rosa and Oscar Sand and her older brother Robert, in 1919.  Vera married August (Augie) Auguston on 4/23/1938.  Vera worked at a variety of jobs including sales clerk at Wahl's in the 50's, Attendance Clerk and Library assistant at Bellingham HS from the early 60's to 1981.  In the late 60's early 70's she would join Augie in Alaska, where he worked summers for Alaska Packers.  Vera would venture out in this wild area searching for historical items.  Another passion was to scour the beaches in Puget Sound, looking for agates that she then polished.  She was an avid reader and belonged to both a long running card club and bowling team with her friends.  Vera is survived by her sons Jim, wife Sharon of Bellingham and Steve, wife Sandy of San Diego; 4 grandchildren, Richard Auguston, Lori Hepki, Heather Vickers, Craig Auguston and a step-grandchild Robyn Ralston.  Vera is also survived by 7 great-grandchildren and many nephews and nieces.  Mom, we will miss you greatly. [The Bellingham Herald, August 18 2007 - Sub. by Marla Snow] 

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