Kristin Linnae Higginbotham

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Kristin Linnae Higginbotham, 26, of Bothell, joined the angels in heaven on June 21, 2014.

Kristin was born March 24, 1988 to Julie and Brian Higginbotham. Kristin is survived by her father Brian and stepmother Mamie; her mother Julie Chase and Julie’s fiancé Pat Healy; her brother Kevin (Ashley), nephew Garnet; her sister Kailin; stepsisters Anita Kolendar (Jess), nephews Tristan and Gaige; Cristina (Thomas) Holmes, nephew Elijah and niece Mia; Mary Kolendar and Caryn Swanson; Aunt DeeDee (Steve) Coughtry, cousin Kimberly; uncle Kelly Chase (Heather); aunt Angelina; grandparents Laurie Higginbotham, Bob Chase and Barbara Jones as well as numerous extended family and close friends. She is predeceased by her beloved grandpa “Boppa” Higginbotham.

Kristin attended Kokanee Elementary, Canyon Park Junior High and Bothell High (2006). She attended Central Washington University (2007) and Washington State University (Vancouver) earning a bachelor of science degree in psychology (2010). She continued her education at City University, earning the degree of master of education in guidance and counseling (2012). Kristin worked at Canyon Park Junior High as a substitute counselor for the past two years. She was also a nanny for many years, developing close bonds with the children she cared for.

Kristin played many sports growing up; her favorites were softball and soccer. She also loved snowboarding. While she will ever be known for her contagious smile and laugh, her teammates also knew her for her competitiveness and fierce determination on the field. She was a free spirit who loved to travel and journal about her life adventures. She loved being a student and loved to read.

While preparing to join the Peace Corps in Guyana, Kristin met the love of her life, Mitchell Chicha. While their relationship was cut short by her passing, those who knew them could see their passion, friendship and love for each other.

Kristin was a young woman of faith. She believed in the power and strength of Jesus Christ’s love, and the beauty and peace that would await her after her passing.

A memorial service was held on Sunday, July 13 at Northlake Christian Church, followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation in her name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital ( or a charity of your choice.

Helen McMahon

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Obit McMahonBorn March 1, 1918, passed away peacefully on June 10, 2014 at Overlake Hospital in the presence of her family. Helen was a community leader, volunteer, artist, historian and pioneer whose impact on her community is a legacy to be remembered.

Helen came to Woodinville in 1923 at the age of five with her Danish parents and lived most her life on the family farm on Hollywood Hill. After graduating from Bothell High School in 1936, Helen married John McMahon and they settled on the family land to raise their three sons.

Launching a life of volunteerism, they played Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus for community groups for 34 years. They carried food to local food banks and Seattle homeless shelters and supplied Hopelink. They were recognized often, including Citizens of the Year by the Woodinville Rotary Club. Helen served the Sammamish Grange, Lady Lions, Children’s Orthopedic Hospital Guild, Northshore Senior Center, Bothell HS Alumni Association, Woodinville Heritage Society and many more. She was a popular speaker about pioneer life in local classrooms, and as an accomplished artist, in 2010 she created a coloring book with Woodinville historic scenes that can now be found in most local elementary schools and is available from the Woodinville Heritage Society. Helen’s awards for civic involvement are long and many. Most recently, Helen was honored as a 2012 Northshore Wall of Honor inductee for her long dedication to her community.

Helen is preceded in death by her husband John and sons Johnny and Jim. She is survived by her sister Edith, son Jeffrey and step-daughter Diane, her 13 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.
A community celebration (open to all) of Helen’s beautiful life will be held Saturday, July 19 at 2 p.m. at the Northshore Performing Arts Center, 18125 92nd Ave. NE Bothell, WA 98011. Memorials in her name can be directed to Woodinville Heritage Society or Bothell HS Alumni Association Scholarship Fund.

June (Wilkinson) Axelson

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July 2, 1930
to June 29, 2014
June was born in England on July 2, 1930 in the Village of Anlaby to Amy and Charles Wilkinson. She passed away June 29, 2014 at her home, cared for by her husband, son and daughter.

June grew up in England and was proud of her heritage. Surviving World War II, she met her husband of 60 years, Cliff, while he was a soldier stationed in England during the Korean War. At the age of 24, June married Cliff in England and moved to America. She had three children — Suzie, Sandra, and John — and was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She is survived by four grandchildren — David, Jeremy, Dylan and Quin, all of who affectionately referred to her as “Nana.”

Her passions were painting, gardening, sewing, and spending time with her family. She was also President of Aglow, worked in a doctor’s office and was a homemaker. She enjoyed volunteering, including being a Girl Scout leader, a school room mother and teaching children about art.

She will always be remembered as a kind, patient, and caring person with a great sense of humor and strong faith in God. She will be greatly missed.

Gregory L. Pickering

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Gregory L. Pickering, our beloved brother, uncle and son, passed away June 23, 2014 at his home in Duvall, Wash. He was born on Nov. 29, 1951 in Denver, Colo. to Stanley and Kathryn Pickering. He is survived by his mother Kathryn, his four sisters Linda Pickering, Sandra Dodson, Cathy Sims and Kim Pickering, three nieces and five nephews. Greg was a member of the Navy and proudly served his country in Vietnam. He loved Harley Davidsons and fishing.
A memorial service will be held at Tahoma National Cemetery on Wednesday, July 2 at 1:30 p.m. Greg, we love you and you will be missed.

Owen Baker

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June 19, 1986 to January 22, 2014

You left our world way too soon. We know you are now at peace. We miss you so very much. We love you and will always be in our hearts. You now have the wind beneath your wings.
— Mom, Grandma, Grandpa, Sarah, Clint, Dad and family.