PostHeaderIcon Mary Ellen Maffia

Mary Ellen MAFFIA June 25, 1937 - May 31, 2011 Born in Seattle and raised in Yakima, Mary Ellen’s commitment to education and child welfare began early. In high school she became involved with the March of Dimes Teens Against Polio (TAP) drive. In 1957 she was appointed the TAP National Co-Chairperson, along with Eddie Fisher, and traveled around the country organizing young adults to engage in the unfinished fight against polio. Valedictorian at St. Joseph’s Academy, Yakima class of 1955, Mary Ellen went on to receive her BA in education from Seattle University in 1959. Starting her career teaching English at Queen Anne Junior High School, she found her real niche working with first, second and third graders. She touched the lives of hundreds of children and their families during over 30 years of teaching at Our Lady of Fatima, Laurelhurst, Whitworth, Madrona and Lowell elementary schools. Despite earning a Masters in Education Administration, she decided to remain a classroom teacher fulfilling her passion of working with gifted and advanced placement students. Her commitment to children did not end with her retirement. She spent time volunteering at the Children’s Hospital Thrift Store on Bainbridge Island. Outside of the classroom Mary Ellen enjoyed travel, gardening and was a voracious reader. Mary Ellen is survived by Paul, her loving husband of 51 years; and her children, Timothy and Felicia. Mary Ellen’s life will be celebrated during a Funeral Mass Saturday, June 25th at 11 AM at St. Olaf Church, 18943 Caldart Ave. N.E., Poulsbo, WA 98370. Please sign the on-line Guest Book at Hoffner Fisher & Harvey

PostHeaderIcon Mary Philonese “Phil” Covington

Entered into rest Saturday June 11, 2011 in Grand Coulee Dam, WA. Born April 3, 1935 to Milo and Millie Abrahamson in Ford, WA., A member of the Spokane Tribe, She was raised on the Reservation in Ford. She attended grade school in Ford and was a 1953 Graduate of Mary Walker High School in Springdale, She moved to Spokane and worked briefly as a nurses aide at Sacred Heart Hospital, prior to becoming an operator for Pacific Northwest Bell, where she worked until 1968. During this time, she met Emery Covington while attending various community/social events, whom she married at Our Lady of Lourdes Cathedral on July 15, 1961. The couple lived in Spokane, WA and Orofino, ID before settling in Elmer City, WA in 1969, where Emery worked during the construction of the Third Power Plant at Grand Coulee Dam. She worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Elmer City and surrounding communities, where she retired after 30-years of service in 2009. She enjoyed crocheting, weekly crossword puzzles, watching various television programs, such as; American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, Tennis, Figure Skating and, of course, Gonzaga Basketball and Seattle Mariners Baseball! She thoroughly enjoyed visiting with Friends & Family and treasured the many relationships she was blessed with, in the community, she called “home.” She was a loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Sister, Aunt, Godmother and Friend, who will be dearly missed by all who knew her. She was preceded in death by Husband Emery in 1997 and a Baby Girl in 1962. Survivors include; Son Royce Covington, Daughters Lliane and Michelle Covington, Grandchildren Brianna Carson and Zachary (Kat) Covington, Brothers James, Thomas, Irvie and Melvin Abrahamson, Sisters Delores Smallwood and Linda Abrahamson, numerous Nieces, Nephews, Cousins, Godchildren and Friends., Rosary will take place 7PM on Friday, June 17, 2011 at Ball & Dodd Funeral Home at 5100 West Wellesley Ave., Spokane, WA 99205. Funeral Mass will take place 12PM on Saturday, June 18, 2011 at St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church in Ford, WA with Burial following at Hubert Cemetery in Ford, WA., Strate Funeral Home of Grand Coulee Dam, WA is in charge of arrangements.

PostHeaderIcon Merleen Hyde Bliley

Merleen Hyde Bliley, 63, of Lake Stevens, WA passed away on Thursday, June 9, 2011 at home with family by her side after a courageous seven month struggle with esophageal cancer., She was born in Everett, WA on March 15, 1948 to Al and Carol Hyde. She graduated from Lake Stevens High School in 1966 where she maintained an honor roll status and later attended Everett Community College. Merleen started her secretarial career at the Snohomish County Fire Marshall’s Office and in 1975 she moved to California where she was employed at various high tech microcomputer companies. She returned to Lake Stevens in 1991 and later started working for GTE/Verizon., Merleen was married to Jerry Mathis in 1966, Barry Wilson in 1976, and Tom Bliley until he passed in 2003., She is survived by her daughters, Jean Mathis and Heather Mathis; grandchildren, Jacquelyne Candelario (Jon), Chase Geer, Isaiah and Mariah Murray; great-grandchildren, Troy and Alena Candelario; her dachshund companion, Prince; sisters, Sherry Lewis and Vicki Hopkins; niece, Tonya Myers; and nephews, Tyson Lewis and daughter, Shaylee; and Justin Myers (Keara) and son, Jaxon., Merleen was a volunteer, in her early years and also spent several weekends attending street rod car shows with Barry and family. She enjoyed cruising the Caribbean, watching her favorite TV show, ID Discovery, was an avid crossword puzzle solver, Washington State Sports Fan and collected frogs of all kinds., A special thanks to everyone at Forest View THC in Everett for their exceptional care during Merleen’s six month stay, to Providence Hospice of Snohomish County, and to Delynn Schlecht and Dianne Checkos for their dedicated caregiving in assisting Merleen’s sisters., Please join us in celebrating Merleen’s life on Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at Evergreen Funeral Home, 4504 Broadway, Everett, WA., Donations may be made in Merleen’s name to Providence Hospice of Snohomish County, 2731 Wetmore Ave, Ste 500, Everett WA 98201; or to The, , 728-134th St SW, Ste 101, Everett, WA 98204.

PostHeaderIcon Michael Arthur Church

Michael Arthur CHURCH With great sadness, we announce that Mike lost his life on June 10, 2011 as the result of a tragic accident onboard a tugboat in Seward, Alaska. Mike was born March 1, 1945 in Seattle to Arthur and Martha (Stowell) Church. He grew up in Bellevue, graduating from Bellevue High in 1963 and the UW in 1967. He then served as a naval officer before beginning his long career in the maritime industry. Mike was well known and respected on the waterfront for both his navigational skills and his mechanical abilities. He will also be remembered by many for his ‘pile’ of treasures. Mike is survived by his wife, Lynne, of Bellevue; daughters, Sarah and Christina (and Peter Closovschi); grandson, Braden; sisters, Cathy Williamson (husband Leroy) and Peggy Zylowski; nephew, Walter Zylowski III and nieces, Alexandra and Thea Williamson. As well as by hisin-laws, the Schuh family of Green Bay, Wisconsin. Please join us on Saturday, June 25th at 7:00pm at The Canal in Ballard (5300 34th Avenue NW, Seattle) for a cocktail celebration in his honor. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Mike’s memory to the Sea Scouts/ SSS Argo (16508 SE 19th Street, Bellevue, 98008). Smooth Sailing……

PostHeaderIcon Michael J. O’Hare

Born October 7, 1941 and passed away June 10, 2011 in Spokane. Visitation will be held Sat, June 18, 2011 from 12 Noon to 4 PM at the funeral home. Memorial Service to be held Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 11 AM at the funeral home. Full obituary to print in the coming days. Arrangements entrusted to:

PostHeaderIcon Muriel Fairchild

Nov. 12, 1934 - May 26, 2011
By Walla Walla Union-Bulletin Staff

PostHeaderIcon Nancy W. Tonkin

Nancy W. TONKIN Nancy Tonkin was a rodeo princess, angler, camper, boater, water skier, golfer, tennis player, snow skier, gorgeous diver, gourmet chef, world traveler, fun-loving friend, shotgun-toting mother of three, grandmother of six. She went out in style on May 25th, choosing to pass away on her late husband’s birthday. She was 81. Nancy was born in 1929 in New York City to Helen Robertson, a Yakima native, and Robert Wright of NYC. She moved to Yakima at the age of 2. She attended the Bush School, Mills College, and graduated from the University of Washington where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. She married James E. Tonkin of Seattle and they settled in Yakima where he eventually became publisher of the Yakima Herald-Republic. She raised their daughters, taught many a child to ride or swim, volunteered and played bridge, tennis and golf. Their latter years were spent in Rancho Mirage, CA, Yakima and Woodinville. Nancy was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Bob. Her daughters are: Susan Jones (Dick Pratt), Sally Tonkin (Casey Corr), Stacy Heintz (Brad Heintz). Grandchildren are Katlin and Chase Jones, Evan and Michaela Corr, and Cameron and Abby Heintz. Her grand-children will never forget how she would trace animals on their backs and ask them to guess what she’d drawn. Friends and family of Nancy Tonkin are invited to a celebration of her life at Gasperetti’s in Yaki- ma June 27 from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm.

PostHeaderIcon Norma Jean Milliken

MILLIKEN, Norma Jean, Norma Jean was born July 10, 1935 to Peter and Alberta Martinson in Spokane and passed away June 12, 2011. A Spokane Pioneer family descendant she attended Spokane schools and graduated from Lewis & Clark in 1953. Jean married David Tuck and as an Air Force wife she traveled throughout the US and lived in the Philippines for a time. Jean and David had three children and later divorced. Norma Jean began working as a waitress and she met Don Milliken. They were married and Don brought his sons Don and Ron to the family. Norma Jean and Don had two children and enjoyed each other’s company until Don’s passing. Norma worked many years as a waitress, most recently at the Studio K. If you ever dined there she knew your name, what you wanted to eat and where you wanted to sit. Norma Jean was all about family and is survived by her children, Don (Linda) Milliken of Hoffman Estates, IL, Ron (Nancy) Milliken of Tracy, CA, Dorie (Clay) Hobbs, David (Kay) Tuck, Debbi Rice all of Spokane, Nancy Milliken (Kevin Moll) of Kennewick and Ward Milliken of Seattle. Norma Jean is also survived by her eleven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. A time of visitation will be held at Heritage Funeral Home on Thursday, June 16th from 11:00am to 5:00pm. A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, June 17th at 2:00pm at Heritage Funeral Home.

PostHeaderIcon Nykole Alaina (Nykee) Alskog

Nykole (Nykee) Alaina Alskog passed away on June 10 at her home in Marysville, WA. Nykee was born in Everett and grew up in the Marysville area all of her life. She attended Marysville Pilchuck High School in the early 1990s., She loved to swim and play softball until an injury set her back. When her son, Ryker, was born he became her focus and greatest love. She had recently supported him in his passion for baseball. Although gone suddenly, Nykee will be deeply missed., She is survived by her son, Ryker; mom, Barb; dad, Paul; brother, Ryan; nieces, Bailey, Ashley and Cinthia; nephews, Blake, Braydon, Tryston, Curtis, Jeremy, Tylor and Joshua; step-siblings; uncles and aunts., A memorial service will be held at Marysville First Assembly on Thursday, June 16 at 4 in the afternoon., In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Nykole Alskog Memorial Fund at the Marysville Branch of Union Bank.

PostHeaderIcon OBITUARY: Barbara Peterson Carey

Barbara Peterson Carey, 93, died peacefully Monday, June 13, 2011, at The Aspens Nursing Home in Moscow after a long decline. She was born in Bainville, Mont., to Albert and Maude Peterson. Albert, born in Minnesota to Danish parents, came west building the Northern-Pacific rail line and met Maude Miller who was teaching school and homesteading with her [...]