Judie Phillips

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Obit PhillipsJudie Phillips passed on October 12, 2013 after a 10-year battle with breast cancer. You might find her now tending God’s rose garden.

Born in Norfolk, Va. on the first day of spring, March 20, 1940, to Cmdr. Charles Phillips, USN, and his wife, June Neely Phillips.

Judie was a class officer and proud member of the first graduating class of Mercer Island High School in 1958. She was a graduate of the University of Washington in 1962 where she pledged Chi  Omega Sorority. 

Judie worked at Frederick and Nelson Department Store for 10 years, represented the University of Washington on their college fashion board and completed executive training to become an assistant buyer.

She returned to school to earn a teaching certificate from Seattle University and later received a master’s of education degree in 1968. Twenty-eight years were spent teaching in Seattle public schools, including: R.H. Thomson, Catherine Blaine and Ingraham High School. She belonged to the Junior Club of Seattle, was chairperson of the Seattle Symphony’s Symphonics, a member of the National Ski Patrol, an American Association of University Women board member in Anacortes, Wash., and served on the board of the Skagit Valley Rhododendron Society Komo Kulshan. Judie was also  a member of the Woodinville Garden Club and her garden was featured on their 2005 tour.

An avid traveler, she enjoyed dozens of cruises, numerous trips to the Kona coast of Hawaii, a camera safari to Africa, a flight to Paris on the Concorde, and an amazing trip around the world with National Geographic.

Roses were Judie’s passion. She was co-founder of the Skagit Valley Rose Society, past president of the Seattle Rose Society, and co-president of Heritage Roses NW.

She was an American Rose Society Certified Horticulture Rose Judge and a Master Consulting Rosarian.

Judie was honored by the Seattle Rose Society with a bronze medal award for service, the American Rose Society gave her a presidential award of merit, plus the Pacific Northwest District recognized her as the outstanding consulting Rosarian for 2012.

At Judie’s request there will be no formal service.

She will be laid to rest at Grand View Cemetery in Anacortes, Wash., with her parents, next to her grandparents, Lottie and Lee Neely, and near her Uncle Gene Neely.

Remembrances may be sent to Evergreen Hospice, Kirkland WA.

Sue Sinnett

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Sue Sinnett passed away peacefully on September 28, 2013 at the age of 92.

Sue was the wife of Bill Sinnett Sr. (deceased).

She grew up in Woodinville, living on Wellington Hills Golf Course, which her parents owned.

Sue was three times past champion of the Washington State Publinks Championship (1938, 1951 and 1952) and was among the first LPGA Women Professional Golfers in the state of Washington.

Sue graduated from Bothell High School and attended the University of Washington. She was an avid Husky fan.

In the winter of 1938, Sue married Bill and they moved to Seward, Alaska. Sue routinely left her interest in golf to raise a family, but would return to golf and again compete at a championship level.

In 1952, Sue was invited to play in the prestigious Weathervane Women’s Professional Tournament at Broadmoor Country Club.

She was befriended by the LPGA players she met there and was invited to join the LPGA Tour.

Sue chose to continue raising her family of four children.

In the 1960s Sue joined Bill Sr. in the food brokerage business, retiring in the 1980s.

Upon retirement they moved to Yakima/ Wenatchee and she resumed her golfing career.

Sue is survived by her children: Bill (Linda), Judy (Bert), Joan (Doug), Pat (Nancy). Sue also had 12 grandchildren and many great and great, great grandchildren.

Howard Miller

  • Written by Valley View Staff

Longtime resident of Carnation, Howard Miller, 97, born 2/29/16 in Kenosha, Wisc. to Fannie and Henry Miller, passed away peacefully on Sept. 23.

A graduate of Garfield High School in Seattle, he married the love of his life, Marion Freedman on Nov. 11, 1939 and they enjoyed nearly 50 years  together until her death on November 1, 1989.

They operated Miller’s Dry Goods in Carnation from 1938-1983. Howard was a local high school sports fan and wrote about youth sports for the local paper for years. The athletic field at Tolt Middle School is named in honor of Howard.

Howard is survived by his daughter Marilyn  Miller and son Martin (wife Kathy Morse-Miller) three wonderful granddaughters: Haylee, Alyssa, Keena, and his very dear siblings: Ralph, Phyllis Danz and Lorraine Trotsky and their families.

Howard was an active member of the American Legion Post #199 for over 60 years and with Marion participated in many other area organizations. A celebration of his life was held at the Sno-Valley Senior Center.

Carole Anne (Hamilton) Watts

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Carole Anne (Hamilton) Watts, born August 15, 1949, passed on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 of natural causes.  She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Jimmy Denis Watt;  daughter, Arielle and son, Jameson. Services will be at Purdy and Walters at Floral Hills, Lynnwood, on Thursday, October 3, with viewing at 1 and the service, at 2 p.m. Graveside services will be at 3 with a reception to follow.

Carole grew up in Long Beach, Calif., graduating from Cal State University at Long Beach in 1973. 

She married  Jimmy Denis Watts August 25, 1973 and gave birth on September 19, 1986 to the "miracle twins," Arielle and Jamie, after 100 days in the high risk maternity unit of Huntington Memorial, in Pasadena, Calif. 

She was an employee of the IRS and a small business owner.

She relocated with her family to Woodinville in 1989. Carole took a very active role in the education of Arielle and Jamie while they attended PACE at Woodmoor Elementary.

"Ca" will be remembered for her joy of fusing glass, her two children, reading, being fashionably late, gardening, collecting unique treasures and decorating for every season and holiday.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Carole Watts’ name may be made to Homeward Pet Adoption Center, 13132 NE 177th Pl, Woodinville, (, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (425) 488-4444.

Robert A. Matthews

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Obit MatthewsRobert A. Matthews (Colonel, United States Army, retired) died in hospice on Monday, September 9, after a brief hospitalization for congestive heart failure. He was 94 years old.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, October 6, at 3 p.m. at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church. The family requests that in lieu of flowers any memorial donations be sent to the Northshore Scholarship Foundation, P.O. Box 173, Bothell, WA 98041 to support the Pat Matthews Masters of Education Scholarship at UW Bothell, which Bob established in loving memory of his beloved wife.

Bob Matthews was born to homesteaders Claude and Ruth Matthews in Boise, Idaho, in December 1918.  He was the youngest of six brothers and outlived them all. His long military career started with a stint as a non-commissioned officer in the Field Artillery. During WW II Bob commanded an airborne mortar battery in the 101st Airborne and was besieged with his division at Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge; he served in Korea as a "straight-leg" infantryman. 

He and his family were in Heidelberg when the Berlin Wall went up, and the family took many Sunday drives that combined tourism with the practical purpose of learning evacuation routes across the West German countryside.

During the 60s he earned his Green Beret and served in the operations branch of the Special Forces school at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, prior to a posting overseas to New Delhi, India.

Bob retired to Bothell, Wash., in 1968. He returned to school to gain a teaching degree, which led him to a new career in tutoring. He and his wife Pat Matthews joined Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in 1968, where he remained active until his dying day in community activities and organizations, such as Kiwanis, the Northshore Senior Center, the Seattle Welsh Choir, and the Seattle Rose Society (in which he combined his longstanding interest in roses with a developing interest in photography). He enjoyed lively political contentions with his friends and associates at the Foundation House at Bothell.

He was widowed in 1998 and is survived by six children, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, including Robert Ivan Matthews (Donna McKay), Patricia Williams (Bill Williams; Dan Williams, Abigail Herrera, Aaron Williams), David Matthews (Becky Fox Matthews), Susan Matthews (Maggie Nowakowska), Gwyn Stobie (Bruce Stobie; Duncan Stobie, Alyson Stobie), and James Matthews (Vivian Van Matre; Mackenzie Burton, Isabel Matthews).