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

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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).

Susan Evelyn Dunn

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Obit DunnSusan was many things to many people. She was a daughter, a sister, a mother, a grandmother; a teacher, an artist and an amazing cook, a beloved friend and a faithful follower of Jesus Christ. Susan left this world with loved ones by her side on Monday, August 19, in Duvall, Wash., at the age of 75.

Susan was born to Wilbur and Evelyn (Miller) Grant on December 16, 1937, in Seattle, Wash. She spent her early years growing up on a Vashon Island farm with her brother, Jeff Grant, and formed life-long friendships with her peers at the local schools. It is also thought that she developed her fondness to chocolate during this time, a problem that has been passed down to two generations (and counting).

Susan married in October 1, 1955, to Ralph Gonzalez of Puerto Rico and in March 24, 1961, to Harry M. Dunn of Fife, Wash. From these two unions came three children: Kathleen Bell of Kent, Wash., Patrick Kelly Dunn of Monroe, Wash. and Kendall Dunn of Des Moines, Wash. She had six grandchildren, all of whom she spoiled with her famous homemade pies, cinnamon roll ups and, of course, chocolate.

During her career, Susan worked to make a difference in the lives of her students. As she taught English to non-native speakers, she enjoyed the opportunity to practice her Spanish as well.

Throughout her life, Susan championed many causes and donated to a variety of charities. It is in this spirit that her family requests that donations be made in her memory in lieu of flowers. Some of the causes that were close to her include:

Evergreen Hospice Services

2822 124th Lane N E

Kirkland, WA 98034

Prisoners For Christ-Juvenile Division

P O Box 1530

Woodinville, WA  98072-1530

Susan’s family would also like to thank all of her friends who supported her in her final months. The outpouring of well wishes was a testament to the amazing person she was (and the fantastic company that she kept).

A celebration of Susan’s life will be held on Saturday, September 28, at 2 p.m. at the Cottage Lake Presbyterian Church in Woodinville, Wash.

Donald W. (Bill) Fraser, Jr.

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Obit FraserDonald W. (Bill) Fraser, Jr. was born December 28, 1948, to the world famous gold medal skier, Gretchen Kunigk Fraser and passed away on Sept. 1, 2013.  Bill grew up in Vancouver, Wash., where his father owned the Don Fraser Oil and Gas distributing company.  He attended school in Vancouver and attended Shaddock Military Academy in Minnesota.  He joined the army in 1968 and served in Viet Nam.

He married Linda in 1970 and they raised their children, Heather and Jeff in Woodinville. He was part of the Army Reserve’s 92nd aviation company and was a hydraulic specialist on Chinook Helicopters at Paine Field in Everett, until 1980.

He managed Aurora Rents North, an equipment rental shop after that time until 1988. 

After a divorce in 2000, he moved to Texas where he resided with long time partner and friend, Mary Lou King, until he passed away due to a stroke.  He was a mechanically gifted person and his passion was working on and showing classic cars. He belonged to numerous car clubs and won awards for his ’72 Pantera, ’55 Chevy, and  ’03 Mini Cooper.  

He was preceded in death by his parents, Gretchen and Don Fraser of Sun Valley, Idaho. He has left behind his children, Heather Fraser in Snohomish, Wash., Jeff and Michelle Fraser and grandsons, Nathan, Parker, Wyatt and Eli in Lake Stevens, Wash. and a lot of friends and other relatives. An open house celebration of his life will be held at 3263 Lk. Park Rd. Belton, Texas, on Sept. 7 from 12:00 – 3 p.m. and at 4717 143 St. S E, Snohomish, Washington on Sept. 21 from 12:00-3:00 pm.

Maria Ursula Maxfield

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Obit MaxfieldMaria Ursula Maxfield, 81, a resident of Brittany Park for the past three and a half years, died peacefully in Kirkland, Wash., August 31, 2013 with her daughters by her side after suffering a stroke.

Born between the World Wars in the German region of Bavaria, she completed her education and worked for a German trade union in Munich. Her leadership potential, as well her fierce intelligence and independence, won her a German Marshall Fund scholarship to study at Cornell University in the Industrial and Labor Relations School. A12-month trip followed, backpacking across four continents with her would-be husband. Maria worked as a journalist at Time Inc. in New York City, when few women did, and later earned her living translating and abstracting academic work from seven languages for an academic information service. She was also employed as a technical writer at the Rutgers Institute for Alcohol Studies and Werner-Lambert – Pfizer.

Maria was often sighted walking at Brittany Park or at Crystal Lake swimming during the summer months. An avid reader and intellectual, she read several books a week. She started a poetry group and a science DVD group, and was a proud ambassador for Brittany Park.Maria is survived by her daughters: Sylvia Maxfield of Brookline, Mass. and Solveig Whittle of Woodinville, Wash. and six grandchildren: Terrell Maxfield Bulger of Portland, Ore.; Zoe Maxfield Bulger of Durham, N.C.; Katherine Maxfield Bulger of Durham, N.C.; Alexandra Frances McCarthy of Seattle, Wash.; Fiona Maria McCarthy of Woodinville, Wash.; and Christopher Pace Robinson of Woodinville, Wash. A private service will be held in Boston, Mass. Donations in Maria’s memory may be made to Evergreen Hospital Foundation – Hospice Services