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Berit Rebecca Cooper

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

ObitCooperBerit Rebecca Cooper was born at Evergreen Hospital in Kirkland, Wash., on September 19, 1995. She died of unexpected complications of AHC (Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood) on Aug. 30, 2011.  She was the third daughter of Laura Cooper. Her sisters are Ingrid and Hannah Cooper also of Washington. She was raised in Woodinville in The Farm where she loved taking walks and playing in her yard. She attended Hollywood Hill Elementary and Woodmoor Elementary. Her favorite activity while in elementary school was to swim in the Woodmoor pool. She attended Northshore Junior High where her favorite class was science and then Skyview Junior High where her favorite class was art with her cousin Erik.

Berit was born with a very rare disorder called  AHC. She had wonderful compensatory skills and just lived her life with determination. It was a mostly typical life for a very high spirited young lady with a big personality. She loved to sing and dance, she had a great fashion flair and was very girlie. Her best and worst quality was her independence. She could do everything! She loved her family and looked forward to how each day would unfold. She had great plans for her future, as did everyone who knew her. She was loved by all.

I would like to give my sincere thanks and appreciation to the staff at Swedish Hospital in the PICU. For 4 months their dedication to Berit and support of my family and me was amazing. A special thank you to Dr. Marcio Sotero, Berit’s neurologist, who allowed me to hope for the best and prepared me for the worst.

Her mother Laura, and sisters Ingrid and Hannah Cooper survive her. She is also survived by her half brother Chad Cooper who lives in California with his wife and two daughters. She will be greatly missed by her beloved grandfather, Robert Dahl of Bothell, her special Aunt “Teffy,” Stephanie Dahl, her Uncle David Dahl and her very cool cousins Tyler, Austen and Erik Dahl, all of Woodinville. Two other men in her life are John Dapper, Ingrid’s boyfriend, who Berit adored and has known since she was 7 and Alak Kittleson, Hannah’s boyfriend, who delighted in teasing her.

Her father and paternal grandparents of California survive her. Her father had chosen not to be part of her life long ago.

Berit’s guardian angel, her grandmother Patricia Anne Dahl, was waiting for her in heaven.

Berit’s service was on Sunday, Sept.11, 2011 at the Community United Methodist Church in Woodinville. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Berit Rebecca Cooper Memorial Fund at any Bank of America.

Berit’s last gifts were for others. She desperately wanted the doctors to cure AHC for the “other kids.”

To that end, her brain, brain stem and spinal column were donated to the University of Utah for research on AHC. She also donated her long, beautiful hair to Locks of Love. She had done this once before when she was 13.

She loved unconditionally. She lived with passion. She loved life. There will never be another like her. She was, in a word, splendid, the meaning of her name.

Berit: I love you every minute of every day for as long as I live. No matter what … Mom.

James Earl Scurlock

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Obit_ScurlockJames Earl Scurlock (aka Jimbo) was born June 20th 1959, in San Francisco, Calif., to Helen and Glenn Scurlock.

Jim spent most of his childhood in Daly City with his three brothers and two sisters. He attended the University of Chaminade in Hawaii before enlisting in the Marines.

After spending 10 years in the Marines stationed in Japan, Hawaii and California, he would later call Washington his home. While working for Microsoft he met the love of his life and future wife, Dawn Marie. Their love brought two families together on August 9, 1997, during a small ceremony in one of his favorite places — the California Redwoods.

He is survived by his wife of 14 years and their five children — Jim, Jacquie, David, Jesse and Jon.

After a 5-year battle with cancer, he passed away peacefully on September 8, 2011, at home surrounded by his family.

To his family and friends he will forever be remembered as outgoing, upbeat and always the life of the party.

One of Jim’s favorite pastimes was spending time with his family at their cabin in Cle Elum, riding snowmobiles and cruising on ATVs. He had a great love for Disney that he passed along to his family. Some of the best times of his life were spent with family and friends in “the happiest place on earth.” What made it the happiest place to his loved ones was the fact that they shared it with him.

At the office he was known as the “Master Trasher.”

His pranking and office decorating skills were notorious throughout Microsoft. He enjoyed leading morale events and activities and felt so lucky to have found a job he loved and a team he called family.

Around the community of Woodinville he loved coaching baseball and soccer for his sons’ teams.  He was well-known and loved by all.

He spent his last months with his family and friends, going to Mariner games and having barbecues at his house and just enjoying life with everyone.  One of his favorite sayings was “life is good” and “this doesn’t suck.”  His smile and laughter brought out the best in everyone and he will be tremendously missed by all who knew him.

“God bless us, everyone.”

Funeral service:

Saturday, September 17

Mass: 1 – 2 p.m.

Cake & Celebration of Life: 2-3:30 p.m.

Holy Innocents Church

26526 NE Cherry Valley Road

Duvall, Washington 98019-0850

“Go Niners!”

Emma Josephine de Jong

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Emma Josephine De Jong, age 98 of Fall City, passed away on August 28, 2011, at Evergreen Hospice in Kirkland.

Emma was born on March 19, 1913, in Vincent, Wash., the daughter of Olaf and Inga Quaale.

She was raised in Vincent and graduated from Tolt High School. She married John Cornelius de Jong on July 11, 1935, in Goldendale.

Due to his work they moved several times, settling back in Carnation in 1946.

John passed away on February 10, 1986. She moved to Fall City in 1998. Emma was a member of the Sno-Valley Senior Center in Carnation.

Survivors include daughter Marjorie Diane Conner of Spanaway and son Gary Neil de Jong of Fall City; Grandchildren, Darrell, Jeffery, Tracie, Brian and Christofer Patrick; 10 great grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret Quaale Perrigo, two brothers, Edgar and William Quaale.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, September 8, at 1 p.m. at Flintofts Issaquah Funeral Home, 540 E Sunset Way, Issaquah. Her final resting place was at the Novelty Hill Cemetery in Duvall next to John.

Remembrances may be made to the Sno-Valley Senior Center in Carnation.

Friends are invited to share memories and sign the family’s on-line guest book at www.flintofts.com.

Arrangements are by Flintofts Funeral Home and Crematory.

Marie F. Treece

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Marie F. Treece of Mill Creek died Saturday, August 27, 2011 in Redmond, Wash. She was 90 years old.

Marie was born on March 19, 1921, in Spokane, Wash., to Thomas Bee Rowland and Mary (Cousin) Rowland. She was raised in the area and attended Lewis and Clark High School in Spokane, Wash.

She moved to Seattle in 1937 and attended the University of Washington where she earned her bachelor of arts degree.

She married Glen E. Treece in Seattle and stayed home to raise their three children, before returning to her professional career as a rate analyst for Safeco Insurance.

Marie is remembered as a loving and devoted wife and mother. She enjoyed reading, gardening, cooking, being her son’s Cub Scout den mother and playing cards with her friends.

She is survived by her husband, Glen E. Treece of Mill Creek; their three children, son Dennis C. Treece of Auburn, Wash., daughter, Glenna Wing of Bothell, Wash. and Tim Treece of Seattle. She will also be missed by nine grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Marie was preceded in death by her brother, Cecil Rowland.

By her request, a private family gathering will be held. In lieu of flowers, friends are encouraged to donate in Marie’s memory to a charity of their choice.

Friends are invited to share memories, view photos and sign the family’s on-line guest book at www.flintofts.com.

Arrangements by Flintofts Funeral Home and Crematory.

Norma Hall

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Obit HallNorma Macmillan Hall, 96, of Kirkland, Wash., passed away on August 10, 2011. She is survived by two daughters-in-law, Donna Senko of Capitola, Calif., and Tinka Hall of Bainbridge Island, Wash., grandchildren Trey Hall, Kristy Senko-Hall, Jeannie Senko-Hall, and Robbie Hall, as well as two great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, J. Weston Hall, and her partner in her later years, Fred Fisher, her children Weston, Robert, and Nancy Jane and her siblings Del and Mary. Norma was born in 1915 in Sherman, Texas. She graduated from Denton College for Women and for many years taught elementary school in Texas. In 1981 she and her husband J. Weston moved from Texas to Santa Cruz, California. During her California years she was actively involved in local churches and soup kitchens for the homeless. Following J. Weston’s death in 1996, she moved to Woodinville, Washington, where she met Fred Fisher, who became her companion until his death in 2008.

Norma will be remembered for her ferocious energy and her southern drawl. She was outspoken and always the life of the party. She loved cooking and entertaining, RV traveling and boating, sewing and collecting dolls.

No public services are planned. Memorial contributions may be made to your favorite charity.