Lovingly known as Sue, of Spokane, died January 4th, 2011, at Hospice House of Spokane, of aggressive cancer. She was born in Newton, Kansas to Rodger Neil and Mary June Elliott. She graduated from Page, Arizona, High School in 1977; Lincoln Christian College in Lincoln, Illinois (B.A. 1983); and Lincoln Christian Seminary (now Lincoln Christian University) in 1987 with a Master of Divinity degree. She is survived by her loving mother, Mary Hess, and stepfather Ransom Hess; brother Neil Elliott and sister-in-law Mary Ellen Elliott; nephews Austin and Jeremy Elliott; loving cousins; fond friends and co-workers at Advantage IQ; and companion bird Bubba. Sue was preceded in death by her father, Rodger Elliott. Sue was active in theater in high school and college and was an accomplished pianist and piano teacher. She will be remembered for her faith, her humor, her courage, and her great loyalty to friends. A memorial service will be held on Friday, January 21, at 3:00 p.m., at SPOKANE CREMATION & FUNERAL SERVICE, 2832 N. RUBY, SPOKANE, WA, 324-9375. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Hospice of Spokane.
Kennith L. Jones, of Central Park, Grays Harbor, WA, was born in Silva, NC on March 21, 1943 and passed away on January 12, 2011 at the age of 67., Ken was the first child of Ray and Lucille Jones, of Darrington, WA. Ken moved to Aberdeen, WA in 1962 and worked as a timber faller for many years, then retrained and retired as a detention officer from Junction City Juvenile Center in 2008., Ken’s favorite sport was to hunt with and talk hounds with his hunting buddies, dad and brother. He liked to hear a good joke as well as tell them. Ken liked to “come home to Darrington”, be with his family and eat Mom’s cornbread and beans., Ken is survived by his parents; his wife and soul mate, Jan, of Central Park; son, Travis; grandson, Dallas, of Hoquiam, WA; step children, Corey Luck and Amanda Balstzell and husband, Todd; brother, Dennis and wife, Kathy; sisters, Elena “Lee” Cook and husband, Willard, Linda Lindstrom and husband, Cliff; and our “other brother, Jody Reece.”, He was predeceased by his ex-wife, Susan Adams Jones; and his brother, Mitchell Jones., A private celebration of Ken’s life will be held for family and friends at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 5, 2011, at the Darrington Community Center., Donations can be made to the Darrington Memorial Dinners, PO Box 608, Darrington, WA 98241.
Laurel McKenna, age 72, passed to the hands of God suddenly at his home on January 14, 2011. He was born September 15, 1938, in Whitewater, WI, to Mae and Robert McKenna. Laurel spent his early years in Wisconsin, moving to Washington with his mother and step-dad when he was 12. He attended school in Orondo.
NEILSEN, Leo Pete, A long time resident of Almira passed away suddenly from a stroke in Spokane, WA, his home for the last 20 years., Casey was active in the community serving on the Almira Town Council, Almira Fire Department, Lincoln Mutual #1 Board, District 8 Fire Commission, and Almira’s Farmers Warehouse Board of Directors. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, the Scottish Rite, the Almira Community Church and a 50 year perfect attendance of the Almira Lions Club. Casey was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents, and his brother, Cecil Neilsen. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Beverly, his children Chris and Kate Neilsen of Almira, Debra and Cliff Steveson of Grand Coulee, Karin Neilsen of Ritzville, and Kim Neilsen of Desert Aire; five grandsons, Brian (Lathy) McKay, Ben (Aimee) McKay, Kyle (Alison) Steveson, Casey (Terri) Neilsen, and Brett (Jamie) Neilsen and 12 great-grandchildren. Casey will also be missed by his pal at home, Gus. A Celebration of Casey’s life will be held on Monday, January 24, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at the Almira Community Church. The family suggests in lieu of flowers, a donation be made to the Shriner’s Hospital of Spokane, or the Almira Cemetery Endowment Association. STRATE FUNERAL HOME, Wilbur, WA is caring for the family.
Lester W. Smith, 80, went to be with the Lord on December 27, 2010, at home in Wenatchee. He was born May 28, 1930, in Wallace, ID, to Theodore and Beula (Schumacher) Smith. Les moved to Selah, WA in 1931. He graduated from Selah High School in 1948, where he excelled in track and basketball.