Geraldine McClure Darling
1929 – 2016
Geraldine (Gerry) Darling went to be with God on June 21, 2016 as her husband, Jack, their 5 children and 2 grandsons were at her side.
Gerry was born on November 15, 1929 to James Gordon and Dorothy Grace McClure in Los Angeles, California, where she was raised.
She attended the University of California at Davis where she met the love of her life, Jack Darling. They were married on August 25, 1951 and started a family right away; eventually moving back to live in the L.A. area. In 1967 Jack and Gerry visited the Seattle Area, loved the beauty, and moved to Snohomish in 1968. In 1971 they moved to Redmond and finally in 2002 built a home in Arlington.
Gerry had a unique passion for nurturing and beautifying everything living in her yard; she spent countless hours outdoors beautifying her yard.
Gerry was always crafting gifts for her family, always giving of herself in what she created.
Along with her husband Jack, she was a shining example of the importance of unconditional love, unselfishness through sacrifice and good-naturedness, always wearing a smile. Throughout life’s changes, she always had a sense of humor.
In 1994 their son-in-law passed away and Jack and Gerry spent the next eight years helping their younger daughter, Dianna, raise her 2 young sons - Austin and Cantrell.
As Gerry became disabled later in her life, she always remarked to her family how blessed she was to have the loving care of her husband Jack, who, in turn would tell the family that HE was the blessed one, to have the honor of caring for her.
Gerry is survived by her husband of 65 years, Jack, their 5 children - David, Meredithe (Ibrahim), Tim (Sheila), Dianna (Erik), and Tom (Julie), seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, her brother Robert McClure (Virginia) of Laguna Hills, California, numerous nieces and nephews, and Josie, whose daughter-like love and care through the years was and is appreciated.
There will be a memorial celebrating Gerry’s life at a later date.
William (Bill) Sasse
February 28, 1925-July 10, 2016
William (Bill) Sasse passed away July 10, 2016 – he was born February 28, 1925 to Gus and Molly Sasse in Bellingham.
After his graduation, Bill enlisted in the Navy and was a submariner during WWII - his whole life, he was extremely proud to be a veteran. He was also a long-time member of the American Legion the Elks Club. He worked at Boeing for 42 years, retiring in 1988. He loved to read, garden, travel and his favorite hobby was building his model railroad systems and playing cards with “the girls” at Green Acres. But nothing was more important to him than his family.
He is survived by his long-time partner and love of his life Elizabeth Anderson – they enjoyed traveling together by both land and sea, having been through the Panama Canal and twice to Alaska by cruise ship. He is also survived by his daughter Ruth, granddaughter Heather and great-grand daughter Madeline of Texas; his daughter Johnette and her husband Bob of Lynnwood, his grandson David and his husband Steve of Seattle, and granddaughter Gina of Phoenix.
Bill was preceded in death by his wife of 36 years Betty Rash and also his son James Toti and wife Merrilyn. He had several other grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews who he loved and of whom he was proud.
Bill was a great companion, husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend to many. He lived a full and happy life and will be missed by all who knew and loved him. There will be a Celebration of Life honoring Bill at the Clubhouse in Green Acres Mobile Home Park in Bothell (23825-15th Ave SE) Saturday, August 20 from 12-4PM. All are welcome to attend.
Eugene Orien Royseth
1943 -June 26, 2016
Eugene ‘Gene’ Orien Royseth, a Northport area resident, passed away on June 26, 2016 at the age of 73. Gene was born in Port Gamble, Washington to Einar and Mary (Helland) Royseth. During Gene’s youth the family moved to Kalispell, Montana where he finished out high school.
Gene enlisted in the Navy and served 4 years. He married during this time and had 3 boys; Kris, Kevin and Keith. Gene was an outdoorsman through and through. He especially loved fishing. He most enjoyed hopping in the boat and trolling for trout in local lakes.
Gene met Mary Parker in the Everett, Washington area and in 1994, on what was supposed to be a vacation to Alaska, they decided to marry.
Gene is survived by his wife Mary, three sons; Kris, Kevin and Keith Royseth; step-daughter Linda Lukehart and grandchildren CJ and Kyle.
A Celebration of Gene’s life will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be sent to Hospice of Spokane (www.hospiceofspokane.org).
Please visit www.danekasfuneralchapel.com and sign the guestbook.
Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory has been entrusted with the arraignments.
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