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Yocom, Leota Lotta Patterson – Obituary

Leota Lotta Yocom, 72, of 718 N. Sixth Ave., Yakima, who received head injuries when she fell to pavement after being hit by a car at Third and West Yakima Avenues, Yakima, Friday morning, died Sunday [August 31, 1980] at St. Elizabeth Hospital. She was born in 1898 in Tokio, ND [MN], to Oscar and Odessa Patterson. She and Chester Yocom were married in Wenatchee; he preceded her in death. Mrs. Yocom taught school in Malaga and received education and trained as a practical nurse in Wenatchee. She and her husband moved to Edmonds and Seattle, where she was a practical nurse at Virginia Mason Hospital. She is survived by two sons, Chester Yocom of Seattle and Lance Yocom, of Anchorage, Alaska; and three brothers, Dwain Patterson of Everett, Robert Patterson of Phoenix, Ariz., and Paul Patterson of Seattle. Yakima Herald Republic, September 1, 1980 Contributed by: Shelli...

McKenzie, Charles Maxfield – Obituary

Former Yakima Valley resident Charles “Max” McKenzie, 84, of Edmonds, died Sunday in Edmonds [August 17, 1986]. Mr. McKenzie was born Dec. 8, 1901, in Omaha, Neb., to Charles and Maude McKenzie. They moved in 1903 to Quincy, where his family homesteaded until the death of his father in 1915. In 1917, they moved to the Kittitas Valley and took up farming. Mr. McKenzie went to work for the Northern Pacific Railroad in 1923, retiring in 1967. He was married in 1926 to Ruth Barnhart. They were transferred to Yakima in 1932. While working for the railroad, he maintained a farm in Badger Pocket in the 1930s, did fruit farming in Englewood in the 1940s and farmed in Moxee in the 1950s. Survivors include his wife, Ruth, of Edmonds; two sons, the Rev. Don McKenzie of Dallas, Texas, and Charles S. McKenzie of Seattle; seven grandchildren; a great grandchild; two brothers, Elvin McKenzie of Grandview and Don McKenzie of Yakima; and two sisters, Eleanor McGrath and Margaret Harrel, both of Ellensburg. He was preceded in death by a brother, George, and a son, David. Graveside services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday in the IOOF Cemetery in Ellensburg. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society or the charity of the donor’s choice. Contributed by: Shelli...

Yocom, Chester Lee – Obituary

Born Dec. 31, 1892 in Ellensburg, Wash. Passed away Nov. 1, 1974 in Seattle, Wash., at the age of 81. He operated a farm at Colockum Creek outside of Wenatchee, Wash., for many years. He also served in the U.S. Army during World War I. In 1940 he moved to Alderwood Manor, and later to Edmonds, where he operated his own ranch until 1948. In March of that year, he was married to Dorothy Zoellern, and they moved to White Center a short time later. He is survived by his wife Dorothy, of Seattle; a daughter, Roberta Stanfield of Yakima; two sons, Lance P. Yocom of Glennalien, Alaska; and Chester L. Yocom of Seattle. By three stepdaughters Muriel Kelley of Bellevue; Donna Mahood, Fallbrook, Calif., and Fran MacPhee of Reston, Virginia. By one stepson, Jim Zoellern of Seattle. Also by three grandchildren and 15 step-grandchildren. At the request of the family, no services will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Medic II of the White Center Fire Department. Seattle Times, November 2, 1974 Contributed by: Shelli...

Coen, Virginia “Ginny” Bertram Mrs. – Obituary

Virginia Bertram “Ginny” Coen, 89, died Oct. 20, 2005, at her home near Baker City. Virginia’s love of the Friday night jam sessions inspired her family to have her memorial service in the format of a jam session at her home, 14803 Mill Creek Lane. The service will be on Friday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m. All those who would like to celebrate her life with the family are welcome. There will be “open mike” opportunities for those who would like to speak. Those attending are asked to bring an appetizer or dessert if possible. Virginia Cromwell Bertram was born on Nov. 11, 1915, to George Murray Bertram and Ella Skinner Bertram at Toronto, Ontario, Canada. As a young girl she cherished summers spent with her family at a summer cottage in the Muskoka Lakes region north of Toronto. It was there that she developed a love of the natural world and the quiet rural life. After graduating from Havergal Girls School she attended the University of Toronto receiving both her bachelor’s and her master’s degrees in early childhood development. On Dec. 21, 1942, Virginia married Michael McPharlin, an American fighter pilot serving with the British Royal Air Force (RAF). She lost Michael on D-Day as he fought air battles over France. Five days later, on June 11, 1944, their daughter, Carleen Anne, was born at Toronto, Canada. Virginia and Carleen lived with family at Toronto and Ottawa throughout the war years. During this time Virginia supervised the preschool program and taught at Creighton Street Public School. Around this time she also spent one season as head of the...

Wiester, Emily Irene Street Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Emily Irene Wiester, 88, of Issaquah, Wash., a former Baker City resident, died Feb. 24, 2003, at her home. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Madeleine Sophie Roman Catholic Church in Bellevue, Wash. Irene was born on Jan. 26, 1915, in Prineville to Mary and Edward Street. Her parents moved to California shortly after she was born. Irene attended the University of Washington at Seattle as a freshman. There she met Harold Wiester. After graduation from the University of California, Berkeley, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in dietetics, she returned to the Northwest in 1938 as a dietetic intern at St. Joseph’s hospital in Tacoma. Subsequently she worked at Doctor’s Hospital in Seattle. Harold and Irene were married in 1939 and had three children while they lived at Edmonds, Wash. They set out on a farming adventure to Baker City in 1951. Irene worked as a caseworker for the Department of Human Services in Baker City for 22 years before she and Harold retired. They then moved to Lake Havasu, Ariz., where they enjoyed the sun and many rounds of golf. In order to be closer to family, Irene and Harold moved back to the Seattle area in 1995. Irene was a lifelong member of the Catholic Church. She belonged to the American Dietetics Association and the Baker and Lake Havasu Elks lodges. Family was very important to Irene. She was a constant source of inspiration to her offspring for her sharp mind and determination. She remained mentally alert her entire life and enjoyed family gatherings, travel and lattes....

Biographical Sketch of George Brackett

GEORGE BRACKETT. – Mr. Brackett, whose portrait appears in this work, was born in Canada East, May 22, 1842. There he resided until eighteen years of age. He then with his parents moved to Maine, his father being a native of that state. There they lived for six years, and then moved Eu Clare, Wisconsin, and embarked in the lumber business, which he followed until December, 1869.Then George came west to Washington Territory, and first found employment in Pierce county. In 1870 he came to Seattle, and in 1872 began logging on Salmon Bay, which business he followed until 1877, when he purchased the present site of Edmunds where he now resides in a beautiful residence overlooking the Sound. In 1884, Mr. Brackett laid off the townsite of Edmunds, named in honor of the great statesman of that name. Edmunds is beautifully located in a level plateau fourteen miles north of Seattle, and is at present a thriving village, and in the near future will be an important trading point on the Sound. Besides the townsite, Mr. Brackett owns five hundred and twenty acres of valuable land adjoining the town. In 1885, on the establishment of the postoffice at Edmunds, Mr. Brackett was appointed postmaster, which position he held for several years. He is a good, responsible, reliable business man, and highly respected by all who know him. He is married and has a family of four...

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