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Peggy (McDonald) Banker

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Peggy Banker

Mrs. Peggy (McDonald) Banker of Woodinville, passed away in her sleep on July 18, at the age of 101.

Mrs. Banker was born in Sedro Woolley, Wash. in 1916, the daughter of Norman McDonald and Maude Oughton McDonald. She attended public schools and Mt. Vernon Junior College before transferring to Washington State College (now University), graduating in 1936. For 33 years, she worked for Seattle First National Bank, rising to the position of head teller for the bank’s entire system and becoming one of the first woman vice presidents.

She was a past matron of Eastern Star and also belonged to the Daughters of the Nile, the Bothell American Legion Auxiliary, the Lake Washington VFW Auxiliary and the Delta Zeta sorority.

Mrs. Banker was preceded in death by her husband Casey Banker and siblings Gene McDonald and Dorothy Freeman. She is survived by her daughter Carol (Banker) Gittins, son-in-law Boyd Gittins, and granddaughter Renee Gittins. She also leaves behind her beloved companion of 39 years, Arthur Hammond of Redmond.

An ardent traveler on both land and sea, Mrs. Banker requested that her family take her one final cruise and scatter her ashes on the ocean.
Arrangements have been made through A Sacred Moment Funeral Service.

Mrs. Banker asked for remembrances to be sent to the Shrine Hospital for Crippled Children, 500 NE 205th, Edmonds Wash.

Carol Stipek

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Mr. Carol Stipek, 93 of Bothell, Wash, passed away peacefully on July 16, 2017 at his home. He was born February 26, 1924 in Rimrock, Wash., the son of the late Frank Joseph and Eleanor (Harris) Stipek and was the third of 12 children. He grew up in Tacoma and Seattle. After graduating from Ballard High School, Carol enlisted in the US Army. He served from 1943 to 1946 as a Gunnery Instructor. Carol’s first wife Lillian Sphung, with whom he had a son David, passed away on August 26, 1950. Carol was introduced to Shirley Mae Olson by close friend, Fr. William Treacy. He married them on May 16, 1953 at St. Benedict Catholic Church in Seattle. Shirley preceded him in death on January 9, 2014. They moved to Bothell in 1956 and raised their large family on the five acre farm north of Bothell, which later became Stipek Park. Carol was a member of St. Brendan Catholic Church for over 60 years. He retired as Postmaster from the Bothell Post Office in 1980 with 34 years of service. Carol was on the Bothell Park and Recreation Board, an Honorary Lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus, was active with Rotary International, his church and the Democratic Party. Carol and Shirley traveled extensively. He also loved to play dominoes.

He is survived by his children, David Stipek (Toy), Mike Stipek (Cheryl), Tracy Stipek (Betty), Carole Tucker, Mark Stipek (Marcia), Betsy Black (Bob) and daughter in law, Pat Stipek; 21 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and five siblings. He was preceded in death by his son Tim Stipek, great-granddaughter Emma Johnson and six siblings.
A Memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, August 11, 2017 at St. Brendan Catholic Church, 10100 192nd Street NE in Bothell. Inurnment will follow at Holyrood Catholic Cemetery in Shoreline. Arrangements are being handled by Lifetime Celebration by Washelli, 18224 103rd Avenue NE in Bothell.

Maurice L. Drumm

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October 24, 1940 – June 30, 2017

Maurice (Moe) was called home by the Lord on June 30, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Virgil, and sister, Lorita. He is survived by his brother, Roland and wife Peggy, his nieces, nephews and their families. Maurice lived in the Monroe / Duvall area most of his life. He worked in the logging industry and was a truck driver with construction businesses. Maurice enjoyed riding motorcycles, photography, working with wood, fishing and shooting. He will be remembered best by his sense of humor, his generosity in helping others & sharing his political views. A graveside service will be held at the Novelty Cemetery on Saturday, August 12th at 11:00 am.

Winifred E. (Johnston) Russe

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Obit RusseWinifred E. (Johnston) Russe passed away due to heart failure on July 8th. Born October 25th, 1914 in Detroit she was raised in Texarkana, TX with her five siblings. She moved to Seattle after WWII to escape the heat. She married William H. Russe in 1946 and had four children over the next five years. They moved to Woodinville in 1956 and immediately got dogs, cats, chickens, rabbits, cows and horses. Adjusting to a 10 party telephone line, a well that only worked when there was power, and power being quite sporadic, she still thrived.

In 1957 her husband won the Tack Shack in a poker game. It was a very small western wear and horse equipment store in a rented room in Bothell. They divorced soon after and Win began growing the business to support her family. Due to her hard work and the help of all her children she was able to buy some land and build a larger store a few years later.

Following the Boeing layoffs in the 70’s she started Hay, Inc. and rescued hundreds of abandoned and starving horses. Through donations and with many volunteers she fed and paid for veterinary care. She found homes for these desperate animals through friendships she had made in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.

Eventually, even after several additions she decided she needed more room. In 1979 she bought land in Woodinville with plans to design and build a bigger store in a  few years, (with a parking lot where you could actually turn a horse trailer around). When a serial arsonist destroyed her Bothell store in 1980, she rushed to build a new Tack Shack. It became the largest of its kind north of Cali-fornia and west of Denver.

For 30 years she was known for dedication to provide her customers with boots that fit, clothing to fit the job, and the right horse equipment for whatever that horse required. She was known for her ability to hand-block hats to fit every size and shape of head and made them look good.

Upon her retirement she moved to a senior housing park, where she made many more friends and became the  manager. She was a strong, independent, brilliant woman who will be missed by many.

She is survived by her four children;  Mary Ellen,  Richard (Mary Beth), David and Nancy (Bob), two grandsons and one great grandson. Mary Ellen and Nancy still live in Woodinville, while Richard and David live near Spokane.

A date and location for her memorial will be posted at CascadeMemorial.com once arrangements have been made.

Susan L. “Susie” Farquharson

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Susan L. “Susie” Farquharson, born in Seattle, Wash. on Feb. 12, 1948. Sue moved to the Woodinville area in the mid-50’s with her parents and brothers, graduating from Bothell High School in 1966. Sue’s passion of hair led her to beauty school and a lifetime career in the hair salon business. In the early ’70’s she met the love of her life, Len and later married in 1974. In 1975 they welcomed their first child Jeff and in 1981 daughter Stacey. Sue opened and operated The “Y” Boutique for 10 years. She then worked for a few local salons before finding a home and retiring after 20 years of service at Emerald Heights Retirement Community in 2013.
Leading into her retirement, she enjoyed traveling, camping and serving as Ladies Auxiliary President at F.O.E #3324 in Redmond for two years.  Sue lost her battle with Parkinson’s and Lewy Body Dementia on Jun. 29, 2017. She is survived by her son, Jeff and his wife Lori and her daughter Stacey, both of Woodinville.   She is preceded in death by her husband Len, parents Warren & Tina King and brothers Tom and Donnie. 
Celebration of Life will be held on Sat, Aug. 26, 2017, 3:00 p.m. at F.O.E. #3324 located at 11440 Avondale Rd NE, Redmond 98052.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to  The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.