Barbara Hanke Wilshire
August 14, 1934 – February 13, 2015
Barbara Hanke Wilshire, 80, passed away on February 13, 2015 in Snohomish. She was born on August 14, 1934 in Spokane, Wash., to Lawrence and Giovanna Hanke.
Barbara was raised in Spokane and Salt Spring Island, Canada. She graduated cum laude from Whitman College in 1955. Her life’s work was associated with thoroughbred horse breeding, training and racing in Washington and California. She was also active for many years with the Seattle Opera Guild.
Barbara married David Cartwright, a Boeing Human Resources executive, in 1955. They were married for 22 years. She later married J.D. Wilshire, a thoroughbred horse trainer, in 1989.
Barbara is survived by her brothers, Peter Hanke of Port Townsend, Wash. and Fred Hanke of Nanaimo, British Columbia; her son, Larry Cartwright of Maple Valley, Wash.; her daughter, Lisa Campos of Monroe, Wash.; her grandchildren, Jennifer, Darren and Dan; and great grandchildren Luke and Corban.
Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, Lawrence and Giovanna Hanke; and her husband, J.D. Wilshire.
A memorial service will be held at A Chapel on Swans Trail, 5419 - 64th St. SE, Snohomish, on February 28, 2015 at 2 p.m.
Kenneth Lee Harris
June 8, 1935 - January 23, 2015
Kenneth Lee Harris, 79, formerly of Port Orchard, Lynnwood and Snohomish, died January 23, 2015 in his garden in Wynyard, Tasmania, Australia of congestive heart failure.
He was born June, 8, 1935, in Bremerton to Franklin Rosecrans Harris & Mary Marguerite (Prichard). He graduated from South Kitsap High School in 1953, served in the U.S. Air Force, and worked for Boeing, retiring in 1993 after 34 years. He was married to Karen (Sheley) from 1957 until she passed in 2000. He married Clare McConnville in 2000 and moved to Tasmania in 2003. He loved travel, photography, painting, hiking, his garden and anything to do with airplanes.
Kenneth is survived by his wife Clare; brother Darrell R. Harris; son Kenneth David Harris (Kellie); daughter Kalleen (Larry) Ormand; grandchildren Michael, Joseph, Korrie, Benjamin, Rachel and Joshua; and several great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sister Kathryn Hylback.
A memorial service is scheduled for Sunday, February 22, at 1:00 at the Future of Flight Museum at Paine Field in Everett.
Barty Jean Pinkham Courtney
1927 – 2014
Visionary and pioneering woman, beloved mother, cherished wife, doting grandmother and great-grandmother, Barty Jean Pinkham Courtney, 87, passed away peacefully and surrounded by loved ones on the morning of December 19th, 2014.
The daughter of Ellis Barty Bunn and Juanita Jewel Hulsey Bunn, Jean was born in Greenville, Texas on April 25th, 1927. She moved with her family to Omaha, Nebraska and back to Texas before finally settling in Kansas City, Missouri in 1940.
Always with a keen eye for design and the nuances of communication, she attended Southwest High School, the University of Missouri – Kansas City, and the Kansas City Art Institute before beginning her professional career as a greeting card designer at Hallmark.
A lifelong traveler, Jean worked as a stewardess at Mid-Continent Airlines, (which then merged with Braniff) in the late 1940’s, before marrying B17 pilot Ernest James Pinkham in 1950, and moving with him on her wedding night to Seattle. The two settled in Snohomish in 1954.
A woman ahead of her time, Jean was representative of a coming generation of working mothers. Juggling her own professional aspirations with the demanding pressures of the time, she and Ernie acquired the Snohomish Furniture and Carpet Company in 1959, later changing the name to Pinkham’s Interiors, and eventually buying and moving into the old Pioneer Market Building on 1st St. in 1970. During this time they were both heavily involved with the Planning Commission and the Historical Society, and raising their 4 daughters. They were largely instrumental in saving many of the historical buildings in downtown Snohomish.
Jean was a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), and a longtime contributor to the cultural and artistic growth of the Snohomish County region. Besides designing and decorating countless homes in the area, she was the Founder and President of the Snohomish Saturday Market, an institution that lasted 28 years and was a popular meeting place for local artists, craftspeople, and the community-at-large. The Market was a showcase for artists, and was also credited with starting scholarships for students, and providing many gifts to the city, including fountains for the town, benches for the River Walk, computers for the Senior Center, and donations to the new Snohomish Public Library.
Jean had many unseen talents. In her free time, she crafted beautiful paintings in oil and acrylic of her beloved family members as well as making elaborate Halloween costumes for the entire family. Her artistic qualities extended into the kitchen as well, as she loved hosting parties and bridge games for her friends. Many of her well-guarded family recipes will be gracing tables for generations to come. But perhaps most of all, her greatest gift was her belief in others. She empowered us all to believe in our dreams and visions of what and who we could be.
Her sharp wit and southern hospitality was always present in all facets of life. As a wife, mother, grandmother, businesswoman, artist, and friend, Jean was the quintessential Renaissance woman. She could do it all, and would do it for you with grace and charm. Her spirit will live on in those who knew her and were touched by her.
After Ernie’s death in 2006, Jean continued to work and live with the same vigor that characterized her curious and energetic spirit. Her love of adventure rewarded her, as she met Herbert Courtney, a longtime Snohomish resident, and a man whose generous spirit complemented her own. Always young-at-heart, they eloped in 2013 and took the plunge at Niagara Falls, followed by a week-long journey to see the Fall colors in Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York and Maine. This was the second marriage for them both, after having 50+ years in happy first marriages. They continued being active and were always on the go, and had just returned from a road trip to Reno, to celebrate their 1 year anniversary.
Jean leaves behind her four daughters, Cynthia, Phyllis, Dayna and Hayley, Hayley’s husband GJ, who was adored by Jean and more like a son to her, as well as 5 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
Jean also leaves her dear husband Herbert Courtney. She couldn’t have been more happy with this gentle man in her last years, and we couldn’t be more grateful to him and his entire loving family. Barty Jean was truly blessed to have him, and them, in her life.
Her family will be holding a loving tribute to her on Sunday, February 22 from 12:00 to 2:00, at the Snohomish Senior Center where her many cherished friends can join us in celebrating this remarkable woman’s life.
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