Frances Lois Ely
Frances Lois Ely, 96, passed away peacefully on April 14, 2015 at her home, The Courtyard in Colfax, Washington. Frances was born May 31, 1918 to William and Margaret Hereth Tuengel in Snohomish, Washington. The family farmed in the area, so Fran learned many of the arts of home making from her mother, and generously passed those skills along –– baking, cooking, canning, knitting, gardening, and a strong sense of self-reliance. In her kitchen hung a plaque with her motto “I will do it myself.’’ And that she did, with grace and good humor.
She met Everett Charles Ely when they both worked at Everett Pulp and Paper Company in Everett, Washington in 1940. Her mother had given her some advice: marry a man who is nice to his mother. When she saw how kind Everett was to his mother, she knew she had found her future husband. They were married in 1941 and made their home in Snohomish. They moved to Cashmere during WWII where Everett was employed by a fruit packing company as an accountant.
They moved back to Snohomish after the war, and opened Ely Hardware in 1948, which they operated together until they retired in 1978, making it into one of those venerable meeting places where you could always get help with what you needed, credit when you were a little short, and plenty of friendly chats. During those years they both worked hard at the store, but Frances was always home by the time their two children got home from school.
After closing the hardware store in 1978, both became active as councilors for the Small Business Administration’s SCORE program. They traveled the state in all seasons to assist people in a variety of independent business operations, and occasionally helped families reestablish themselves following floods and other natural disasters.
In 1996, Frances and Everett moved to Portland, Oregon to be closer to family. In 2001, Frances moved to Colfax, Washington with her son and daughter-in-law, where she made many friends at Hill Ray Plaza’s infamous “Table 1.” In Colfax, she turned her love of knitting to the good of the community, making many hats, booties, mittens, and blankets for charity.
Frances was preceded in death by her husband Everett in 1999, and her two brothers. She is survived by her son Timothy (Ann) Ely, Colfax, WA, and her daughter Margo (Larry) Gerbrandt, San Juan Bautista, CA, two grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
A private family service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions in Frances’ honor are suggested to the Snohomish United Methodist Church, Snohomish, Washington.
James Allan Pulliam
September 20, 1955 - March 14, 2015
James Allan Pulliam, 58, died on March 14, 2014 in Tulalip, Washington from injuries sustained in a workplace accident.
Born on September 20, 1955 in Seattle, Washington and raised in Snohomish, Jim remained active in sports his entire life. Early in his life, he followed his passion for baseball and played on many successful Little League teams and at Snohomish High School. His passion for golf soon dominated as he excelled at the sport, despite the fact that he was left handed and taught himself to play with right-handed clubs. He was also one of the first lifeguards at the inauguration of the Hal Moe Pool in 1972.
Jim graduated from Snohomish High School in 1973 where, along with sports, he toured Europe as a trumpet player in the marching band and won awards for his acting in school plays. After graduation, he continued to play baseball at Everett Community College. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1975 and upon completion of his duty returned to Washington and continued college.
Jim worked at the Snohomish Golf Course where he earned a Professional Golfers Association membership. In 1991, the Battle Creek Golf Course opened near Marysville and hired Jim as the head professional, and he worked there in many capacities up until a tragic accident took his life.
Jim was a devoted family man involved with local community activities and the Snohomish United Methodist Church. He is survived by his two daughters Jenna (Joe) Nijem of Mukilteo and Karinne Pulliam of Irving, California; his mother, Marilyn Pulliam of Snohomish; his siblings John Pulliam of Seattle, Jan (Pete) van Leynseele of Mukilteo, Jeff (Shellie) Pulliam of Bellingham, and Jay Pulliam of Snohomish; and grandchild, Ramsey Nijem. He is preceded in death by his father, Dr. James Arthur Pulliam, in 2011.
Hal Ray Henshaw
December 22, 1948- April 1, 2015
Hal Ray Henshaw, born Dec. 22, 1948 in Seattle, WA, passed away on April 1, 2015 at his home surrounded by family. Hal proudly served his country in the Army during the Viet Nam War. He is survived by his loving wife of 20 years, Diane, his father Richard Henshaw Sr. and step-mother Phyllis Henshaw, step-sons David Snell (Sherry) and Dwayne Taylor (Jennifer), 6 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, brothers Doug and John Henshaw, 1 half-brother, 5 half-sisters, cousins, and many nieces and nephews, and many loving friends. Hal was a very compassionate, sensitive, honest, loyal, considerate, humorous, and thoughtful person. He will be deeply missed by his family and all who knew him. A private celebration of life for family and friends will be held to honor Hal’s life. Memorials in his name may be made to the American Cancer Society.
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