• Stroud, Gladys Adeline

    GLADYS ADELINE STROUD (ANGIE)

    Gladys Adeline Stroud, or Angie to those close to her, age 85, went home to be with her Lord Jesus Christ on Monday morning, March 22 nd , 2016 in Ferndale, WA surrounded by her loving children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

    Angie was born in Yakima, WA on September 20 th , 1930 to Paul and Alice Parks and was the youngest of four children. She had 2 sisters, Lenora Geraldson, Pauline Ward, and 1 brother, Earl Parks.

    In middle school she was the President of her 8 th grade class. While in high school, she was a model for local clothing stores, she had a beautiful singing voice and loved singing hymns in the church choir and in high school choirs, she often sang at weddings and on the radio as a soloist. After graduating from Anaconda MT. High School in 1948, she moved to Yakima, WA and worked for the Stock Exchange as a floor girl. It was during this time that she was offered a career working for the FEB. She went back home to Anaconda, MT to visit her family for a few weeks before she would have to move. She helped out in her friend’s parent’s diner as a waitress. She then met Keith Clyde Stroud, the love of her life, at the local Assembly of God Church she attended. After they met, she turned the job down for the FEB. so she could marry Keith only six weeks later, in 1950. They were married for 56 years.

    Angie continued to sing in choirs, on the radio, and at weddings because it was her passion. She also got to be in two records with The Loveland Cota Singers. She played Swat Ball for 15 years and made some very special friends. She loved writing poems and short stories.

    Through the years Angie shared her love of music, nature and eating healthy with her family, teaching them to preserve the environment and to eat healthy natural foods. She was lovingly called a “Health Nut” by friends and family, way before eating healthy became popular. She loved flowers and plants. Her geraniums got professionally photographed and put in the local newspaper. People used to drive by slowly just to look at them.

    Later in life Angie became actively involved in politics with her husband Keith and enjoyed engaging her family in political conversations.

    In her golden years she enjoyed collecting antiques, especially teapots. She loved to display them around her home. At one time she had over 200 antique teapots in her home.

    Angie also enjoyed traveling the world with her husband Keith to countries such as Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, and Australia. Fulfilling her lifelong dream of traveling overseas and swimming in the Indian Ocean.

    Angie is preceded in death by her son Stephen, who died as an infant, her sisters Pauline Ward and Lenora Geraldson, her brother Earl Parks and her husband Keith Stroud who passed away in October 2007. She is survived by her remaining 5 children Pamala, Jeffery (Aiying), Cheryle (Dan), Robert (Nicole), and Mike. Her sister-in-law Norma Parks and her 3 brothers-in-law, Ken Stroud, Wayne (Jeanne) Stroud, & Fred Geraldson. 15 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, and 3 great great-grandchildren.

    A celebration of her life will be held on Monday March 28 th at 11am at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 5800 Northwest Road Ferndale, WA

    GLADYS ADELINE STROUD (ANGIE)

    Gladys Adeline Stroud, or Angie to those close to her, age 85, went home to be with her Lord Jesus Christ on Monday morning, March 22 nd , 2016 in Ferndale, WA surrounded by her loving children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

    Angie was born in Yakima, WA on September 20 th , 1930 to Paul and Alice Parks and was the youngest of four children. She had 2 sisters, Lenora Geraldson, Pauline Ward, and 1 brother, Earl Parks.

    In middle school she was the President of her 8 th grade class. While in high school, she was a model for local clothing stores, she had a beautiful singing voice and loved singing hymns in the church choir and in high school choirs, she often sang at weddings and on the radio as a soloist. After graduating from Anaconda MT. High School in 1948, she moved to Yakima, WA and worked for the Stock Exchange as a floor girl. It was during this time that she was offered a career working for the FEB. She went back home to Anaconda, MT to visit her family for a few weeks before she would have to move. She helped out in her friend’s parent’s diner as a waitress. She then met Keith Clyde Stroud, the love of her life, at the local Assembly of God Church she attended. After they met, she turned the job down for the FEB. so she could marry Keith only six weeks later, in 1950. They were married for 56 years.

    Angie continued to sing in choirs, on the radio, and at weddings because it was her passion. She also got to be in two records with The Loveland Cota Singers. She played Swat Ball for 15 years and made some very special friends. She loved writing poems and short stories.

    Through the years Angie shared her love of music, nature and eating healthy with her family, teaching them to preserve the environment and to eat healthy natural foods. She was lovingly called a “Health Nut” by friends and family, way before eating healthy became popular. She loved flowers and plants. Her geraniums got professionally photographed and put in the local newspaper. People used to drive by slowly just to look at them.

    Later in life Angie became actively involved in politics with her husband Keith and enjoyed engaging her family in political conversations.

    In her golden years she enjoyed collecting antiques, especially teapots. She loved to display them around her home. At one time she had over 200 antique teapots in her home.

    Angie also enjoyed traveling the world with her husband Keith to countries such as Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, and Australia. Fulfilling her lifelong dream of traveling overseas and swimming in the Indian Ocean.

    Angie is preceded in death by her son Stephen, who died as an infant, her sisters Pauline Ward and Lenora Geraldson, her brother Earl Parks and her husband Keith Stroud who passed away in October 2007. She is survived by her remaining 5 children Pamala, Jeffery (Aiying), Cheryle (Dan), Robert (Nicole), and Mike. Her sister-in-law Norma Parks and her 3 brothers-in-law, Ken Stroud, Wayne (Jeanne) Stroud, & Fred Geraldson. 15 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, and 3 great great-grandchildren.

    A celebration of her life will be held on Monday March 28 th at 11am at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 5800 Northwest Road Ferndale, WA

    GLADYS ADELINE STROUD (ANGIE)

    Gladys Adeline Stroud, or Angie to those close to her, age 85, went home to be with her Lord Jesus Christ on Monday morning, March 22 nd , 2016 in Ferndale, WA surrounded by her loving children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

    Angie was born in Yakima, WA on September 20 th , 1930 to Paul and Alice Parks and was the youngest of four children. She had 2 sisters, Lenora Geraldson, Pauline Ward, and 1 brother, Earl Parks.

    In middle school she was the President of her 8 th grade class. While in high school, she was a model for local clothing stores, she had a beautiful singing voice and loved singing hymns in the church choir and in high school choirs, she often sang at weddings and on the radio as a soloist. After graduating from Anaconda MT. High School in 1948, she moved to Yakima, WA and worked for the Stock Exchange as a floor girl. It was during this time that she was offered a career working for the FEB. She went back home to Anaconda, MT to visit her family for a few weeks before she would have to move. She helped out in her friend’s parent’s diner as a waitress. She then met Keith Clyde Stroud, the love of her life, at the local Assembly of God Church she attended. After they met, she turned the job down for the FEB. so she could marry Keith only six weeks later, in 1950. They were married for 56 years.

    Angie continued to sing in choirs, on the radio, and at weddings because it was her passion. She also got to be in two records with The Loveland Cota Singers. She played Swat Ball for 15 years and made some very special friends. She loved writing poems and short stories.

    Through the years Angie shared her love of music, nature and eating healthy with her family, teaching them to preserve the environment and to eat healthy natural foods. She was lovingly called a “Health Nut” by friends and family, way before eating healthy became popular. She loved flowers and plants. Her geraniums got professionally photographed and put in the local newspaper. People used to drive by slowly just to look at them.

    Later in life Angie became actively involved in politics with her husband Keith and enjoyed engaging her family in political conversations.

    In her golden years she enjoyed collecting antiques, especially teapots. She loved to display them around her home. At one time she had over 200 antique teapots in her home.

    Angie also enjoyed traveling the world with her husband Keith to countries such as Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, and Australia. Fulfilling her lifelong dream of traveling overseas and swimming in the Indian Ocean.

    Angie is preceded in death by her son Stephen, who died as an infant, her sisters Pauline Ward and Lenora Geraldson, her brother Earl Parks and her husband Keith Stroud who passed away in October 2007. She is survived by her remaining 5 children Pamala, Jeffery (Aiying), Cheryle (Dan), Robert (Nicole), and Mike. Her sister-in-law Norma Parks and her 3 brothers-in-law, Ken Stroud, Wayne (Jeanne) Stroud, & Fred Geraldson. 15 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, and 3 great great-grandchildren.

    A celebration of her life will be held on Monday March 28 th at 11am at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 5800 Northwest Road Ferndale, WA

  • Usery, Helene Rae

    Helene Rae “Nyberg” Usery was born June 12th, 1934 in Mountain Home, Utah to Ernest Don and Ruby Helene “Hansen” Nyberg. She passed away at her Ferndale home with family at her side on St. Patrick’s Day, Thursday, March 17th, 2016. She was 81 years old.

    Helene loved to garden, crochet, sew, collect rocks, and read. She was an avid water-colorist. She traveled extensively. She loved spending time with her grandchildren. The oldest grandchildren each had the privilege of taking an individual trip with her.

    She was the fifth of seven children. She was raised in Mountain Home. In her youth she was known as “Midge.” She attended grade and high school in Mountain Home, Utah. She excelled as a student. She was the salutatorian of her senior class. In 1952 she attended the University of Utah, School of Nursing for one year. In March of 1954 she met the love of her life, Raymond Usery. They were married 16 October 1954. Raymond and Helene with their children lived in Rangley, Colorado; Meeker, Colorado; Blanding, Utah and settled in Cortez, Colorado where they raised their family.

    When Helene and her husband retired, they moved to Bellingham, Washington, later settling in Ferndale, Washington. She is the mother of two daughters and two sons. She worked as a court reporter, and worked in the S&H Green Stamp Store and as an office manager for the local TV station. She served as the PTA President in Cortez.

    Raymond and Helene with their children were sealed as a family in the LDS Manti Temple in Manti, Utah on 25 August 1973. She has fourteen grandchildren and one great grandchild. She was a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She served as a missionary for the LDS church with her husband in Alabama for one year in 1985. She is survived by: daughters Dawna and (David) Palmer of Mesa, Arizona; Barbara and (Austin) Stegner of Mount Vernon, Washington; sons Charles and (Beth) Usery of Ferndale, Washington; Thomas and (Valerie) Usery of Mesa, Arizona; grandchildren Dylan and Megan Palmer, Linnea and Andre Stegner, Sara and (Jeffrey) Laugenour, Nicole and (Jon) Slater, Charly Rae and (Robert) Schindler, Joshua and Dexter Usery; Aaron, Shawn, Drake and Jessica Usery; great grandchild Lisa-Mckenzie Laugenour. She is also survived by three brother in-laws, three sister in-laws, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceeded in death by her husband Raymond Usery, her parents, her siblings: Robert Nyberg, Margie Boswell, Blaine Nyberg, LaVon VanTassell, Nellie Hyatt and Peter Nyberg; and her grandson Michael Harvey Usery.

    Viewing for Mrs. Usery will be at the LDS Church-2550 Thornton Road, Ferndale, Washington on Friday, March 25th, 2016, 11:00am-12:00pm. The funeral service will follow at 1:00pm with internment afterward at Enterprise Cemetary in Ferndale. Flowers and cards maybe be sent to 3778 Aldergrove Road, Ferndale, WA 98248.

    Arrangements are by: safeharborfunerals.com

  • Fife, TJ Mitchell

    TJ Mitchell Fife, age 26, passed away on Wednesday, September 23, 2015, after a courageous and long battle with depression.

    TJ was born in Bellingham, Washington on April 3, 1989.

    TJ was involved in athletics from an early age. His passion was basketball, he also played baseball, football, golf, and bowled. In baseball TJ played outfield and was also a pitcher. He played on a Babe Ruth Baseball team that was state champions in 2002. He attended Sehome High school, where he played baseball and was on the State Champion team in 2007. Also the Bellingham Post 7 baseball team that year which went to the Senior American Legion World Series in Bartlesville, OK. In college TJ was a walk on to the baseball team at Brigham Young University, but had to abandon his baseball career due to a shoulder injury.

    TJ attended Whatcom Community College, Brigham Young University and Peru State College, where he obtained a degree in Accounting.

    He interned with the local accounting firm Larson Gross.

    TJ’s great passion was athletic shoes. He owned dozens of pairs of shoe. He studied their design, style and manufacture. The pinnacle of his working career was his dream job, working at Adidas North American headquarters.

    TJ loved gourmet cooking, watching cooking programs and recreating the dishes. He was especially good at making sauces and homemade pasta.

    TJ is known for his infectious smile and sense of humor. Laughing was always present if TJ was there. He also loved to do voice impersonations. TJ was a competitor, regardless of the activity, be it sports, cooking, researching shoes, plays in school. It was always done with intensity.

    TJ is survived by his fiancée, Gina Christensen of Portland; his parents Terry & Doreen Fife of Bellingham; his sister Valerie and her husband, Jeremy Swayne and his daughter Jeslynn Swayne of Bellingham; his brother Shawn and his wife, Melissa and their daughter, Hartley, also of Bellingham; his grandparents, Garry and Karen Fife of Nyssa, Oregon, and Sam and Juanita Mori of Ontario, Oregon; as well as aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.

    A memorial service will be held Thursday, October 1, 2015, 1pm, At the LDS chapel, 2925 James Street, Bellingham, WA.

  • Stewart, Duane Walker

    Duane Walker Stewart was called home to his Heavenly Father on June 25 th , 2015. He was preceded in death by his sisters: Delna, Norma, Florence, and Joy, and brothers: Walker, Lyle, Reed, and Don. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife: Ivania; two sisters: Jean Caldwell of Lake Arrowhead, CA , and Mary Abbott of Delta, UT; his children: Dana (Peter) Watkins of Orange, CA, Douglas (Lora) Stewart of American Fork, UT, Diana (Bruce) Bugbee of Logan, UT, Preston Stewart of Alpine, UT, Stephanie (Stephen) Pratt of Ferndale, Marci (Ty) Brooks of Everson, Elizabeth (Paul) Baltes of Springville, UT, and Miriam (Matthew) Trott of Bellingham; grandchildren Luke, Bryn, Seth, Rachel (Scott), Sarah (Dustin), Marissa, Micah (Laura), Hannah (Pete), Gabriel, Hillary, Elijah, Maxx, Abbey (Jake), Brigham, Rosie, Emily (Jason), Haley (James), Eli, Tiana, Meagan (Greg), Maddy (Adam), Maisey, Emma, Micaela, Madison, Brighten, Daniel, Rachel, Mylo, Millie and 16 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

    Duane was born on November 9 th , 1932, to George Lyle Stewart and Clara May Walker of Hinkley, Utah. He was the 10 th of 11 children, and was born just shortly before the death of his older brother, Duncan Walker Stewart.

    Duane was committed to his faith, his family and to his profession of helping others. He was a teacher, marriage and family counselor, group home administrator, and drug and alcohol rehabilitation counselor. He took great satisfaction in serving and lifting others. He recognized goodness in others and wanted all to reach their full potential. He was a man of great intellect and had a love of the scriptures. He served a mission to Helsinki, Finland, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and served in the Army September 1956 – September 1958, of which 18 months were served in Germany. Another five years were spent in the Army Reserves.

    After completing his associate’s degree at the College of Southern Utah in Cedar City, he earned his Bachelor of Science at Brigham Young University. Having a continual thirst for knowledge, he continued on to receive his Master’s degree in Family Life Education and then his PhD in Child Development and Family Relationships at BYU.

    Duane had a beautiful voice and took the leading role in many operas. No matter how he was feeling, he would always find peace through singing. He brought much joy to those around him through his voice.

    He loved animals and was a gentleman farmer. He won trophies at stock shows and rode brahma bulls and broncos in the county rodeos. He wanted his children to learn the value of hard work and always had horses, pigs, calves, and even some sheep to care for. Riding horses was a hobby and a love.

    He was good at sports, and loved to play basketball well into his older years. When he was younger, they referred to him as “Dart” because he was such a fast runner. Parkinson’s disease took its toll on him but he endured it well. He always told his kids, “The race is not to the swift, but to those that endure to the end.” He was one that endured to the end. We feel comfort in knowing that he is no longer suffering and is able to use his legs once again.

    He described his faith by writing, “It is my all and it gives every instance of my life purpose, a purpose which goes beyond my frailties and my temporal existence.“ He has fought a good fight and has kept the faith. We love him and miss him but know that we will be reunited with him again.

    Scripture:

    Doctrine and Covenants 98:18

    Let not your hearts be troubled; for in my Father’s house are many mansions, and I have prepared a place for you; and where my Father and I am, there ye shall be also.

  • Ross, James

    James August Ross passed away surrounded by his family on February 14th. He was 64. He is survived by his two sons Eryn and Joel Ross, his sister Barbara and her two children, his devoted wife Margarette Grant, and his five stepchildren and seven grandchildren who affectionately refer to him as ‘Popz’.

    Jim was born in 1950 to Bill and Dorothy Ross in Saddle Brook, New Jersey. He moved to Boston after high school and became a radio DJ while attending college. After graduating Emerson college with a degree in broadcasting, in 1976 Jim married Robin Murphy outside of Portland, Maine. After a brief time working at a television station in Pittsburg, Jim and Robin moved out to Washington state, where he started working at KVOS television in 1978 while residing in Mt. Vernon. They gave birth to their first son Eryn, in 1980, and to their second son Joel, in 1983. In 1990, Jim spent the summer in Seattle working as a media producer for the International Goodwill Games. He began working for the Seattle Supersonics as a touring production manager in the early 1990s while continuing his work for KVOS, allowing him to travel all throughout the United States, as well as to Japan and Russia for diplomacy games.

    He moved up to Bellingham in 1998, where he met Margarette Grant. They were married in 2005.

    Jim was known for his warm and loving attitude, his enduring sense of humor, and endless love for jazz and the outdoors. As an Eagle Scout in high school, Jim continued his adventurous nature by hiking Mt. Baker, Mt. St. Helens, and Mt. Adams. He was one of the founding members and saxophone players for the big band outfit “Swing Connection”, as well as an avid bicyclist, riding several times in the “Seattle to Portland” race.

    Friends are welcome to attend a ‘Celebration of Life’, which will be held at the Squalicum Boathouse 2600 N Harbor Loops Drive on May 3 rd from noon to 3:00. Guests are encouraged to share any memories, pictures, and stories they may have. Those who plan on sending flowers are encouraged to make a donation instead to a non-profit of their choice.

  • Clutts, Earl Eugene

    Earl Eugene Clutts died Monday, March 23, 2015 in Bellingham from an extended illness.

    Earl was born April 22, 1931 in Murphysboro, Illinois to Harry Everett and Delores Lula (Brothers) Clutts.
    He served his country by enlisting in both the Army and Air Force for 20 years during the Korean War. At this time he was blessed to travel to many foreign lands, including Germany, the Philippines, Thailand, Bermuda and more.

    Woodworking, golfing and camping were some of his favorite pastimes as well as square dancing and playing guitar in a band with wife, Beverly.
    Earl was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly; parents; as well as a brother, Homer Leon Clutts. Earl was also preceded by his first wife, Sharon Jackson Kovacsics.
    Survivors include: his sons, Dale (Karen) Clutts of Bonney Lake, David Clutts of Hoquiam, Danny Clutts of Federal Way as well as daughter Debbie Jackson of Tacoma; a sister Linda Schack of Murphysboro, IL and brother, Harry Clutts of Herrin, IL. He was blessed with 4 children, 5 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren.

    Funeral services with military honors will be held Monday, March 30, 1pm at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at 503 Everson Rd. Everson, WA. Burial will follow at Nooksack Cemetery.

  • Johnson, Earl

    Earl Johnson of Blaine WA passed away on March 3rd 2015 at the age of 91.

    A viewing and visitation will take place on Friday March 20th from 1:00 to 3:00 at the Squalicum Boathouse located at 2600 North Harbor Loop Drive, Bellingham, WA.

  • Clutts, Beverly Jane

    Beverly Jane (Lenon) Clutts died at her home in Everson, Thursday morning, February 26, 2015 after valiantly fighting pancreatic cancer.

    Beverly was born in Neodesha, Kansas on December 9, 1936 to Edgar Lee and Myrtle Magdalene (Johnson) Lenon.

    Gardening, doing genealogy and camping were just a few of her favorite past times. She also enjoyed canning, square dancing and playing her steel guitar in a band with her husband, Earl.

    Beverly was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Shirley Harrison; and brothers Edgar Jr. and Jerry Lenon.

    Survivors include: her husband, of the home, Earl Clutts; sons, Daniel Lee (Cheryle) Schindler of Ferndale; Joseph, Rodney (Janae) and Edgar (Debra) Schindler of Everson; and Duane (Lanie) Schindler of Hayden, ID; daughters: Brenda (Steve) Moa of Lake Goodwin, WA and Mary (Angela) Licon of Montesano, WA. Also surviving is her friend and first husband, Robert (Christine) Schindler of Lynden. She leaves behind 30 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren as well as two nephews (Darrell and Randy Judd).

    Funeral Services will be held Monday, March 2nd, 1:00 pm at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at 503 Everson Rd. Everson, WA. Flowers can be sent to Safe Harbor Funeral Service, 2750 Peace Portal Suite D Blaine WA.

  • Benton, Douglas

    On January 22, 2015 Douglas Oliver Benton of Blaine WA, passed away at the age of 53.

  • Tugman, Merrill

    On January 13, 2015 Merrill Tugman of Bellingham WA, passed away at the age of 83.