Iline Annette Meek died peacefully in her home Saturday morning, December 14, 2013, surrounded by family which was her greatest wish.
She was born on March 17, 1917, on a farm in North Dakota that her father had homesteaded.
She lived her growing years without electricity or running water. Her legs had almost frozen walking to school in the below zero winter and as a result she never grew hair on her legs. As a child she picked rocks out of the fields, herded cows to greener pastures, caught prairie dogs for a penny a head for the government and basically worked hard her entire life.
When asked what her secret was for her long life, she replied "hard work never hurt anyone" and that belief was at her very core.
She knew that she did not want to be a farmer’s wife so after high school graduation she moved to Spokane, Wash., and went to business college. After working as a bookkeeper for several years, she met her husband Kenneth Meek at a little mission in downtown Spokane. She often joked that she had to go to "skid row" to get a husband. Kenneth was a minister, so Iline spent many years as a minister’s wife. They built a home in Woodinville in 1978 next to her daughter. Kenneth died in 1998.
Iline and Kenneth had four children: Darlene Durfee, Kendell Meek, Ron Meek and Donald Meek. Her children produced 7 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.
Graveside servinces have been held.There will also be a celebration of life on Jan. 4, at 1 p.m. at Mercy Seat Church, 5110 196th St. SW., Suite 101 Lynnwood, Wash.
Chuck was born February 8, 1929, in Chicago, Ill., to Concettina (Avola) and Carlo Candiano.
He grew up in an Italian-Polish neighborhood in Chicago, and attended Wells High School, where he played trumpet in the school band and participated in student government and theater.
An avid music lover, he managed to see all the popular big bands of the era whenever they came to town.
Following high school, he worked four years at Wrap-In-Wax Paper Company before attending University of Arizona in Tucson, where he continued to play the trumpet, joined the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and received a BS in business administration/advertising.
To fulfill his ROTC requirements, he completed 2 years of military service in the U.S. Army, serving as platoon leader and company executive officer in Recon Company, 4th Infantry Division.
In 1957, Chuck and Sally Neill married in Encino, Calif., after meeting in the U.S. Officers’ Club in Frankfurt, Germany where he was stationed after World War II and she was employed at the U.S. Embassy in the Foreign Service Corps.
They lived briefly in Arizona, where Chuck attended the American Institute for Foreign Trade (Thunderbird).
From there, while he pursued a career in international business, they moved to Wash. D.C., NYC, Chicago and New Mexico before moving to Los Altos, Calif., where they lived for 37 years and raised their daughter, Nicole.
Chuck worked in the wine industry in California (Italian Swiss Colony, Christian Brothers, Mirassou) for 34 years. He traveled extensively overseas during this time. He was a pioneer in the export of California wines in an era when they were just beginning to be recognized around the world.
Chuck was chosen to accompany the California secretary of state on a trade mission to Asia during the late 1970s — a career highlight. He maintained warm and long-lasting friendships over the years with his business contacts in many countries.
Chuck and Sally retired to Cloverdale, Calif., in 2000, where they enjoyed visiting the nearby wineries and the redwood forests of Northern California and made many new friends.
In 2006, they moved to Washington to be closer to family and resided at Emerald Heights in Redmond, where their circle of friends expanded again.
Chuck was a devoted husband, exemplary father and proud grandfather.
Family always came first for him.
Following a serious stroke in the late 90s, he endured many years of disability with humor and grace, always making sure others were comfortable. His generosity was immeasurable.
Chuck died November 19, 2013. He was 84.
Chuck was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Sally, and sister, Nancy Mylander.
He is survived by his daughter, Nicole; son-in-law, Bruce (Johnson); granddaughter, Caya; sister, Grace Santangelo (Bartlett, Ill.); one niece, four nephews and their families.
A memorial Sservice will be held on Dec. 14, at 11a.m. at Emerald Heights, Redmond, Wash.
A Funeral Mass will be said on Dec. 16, 9AM at St. Jude Catholic Church, Redmond Wash.
Pamela Jean Baugh passed away November 4, 2013, of complications from the cancer she had been fighting for 20+ years.
She was born on July 29, 1948, in Los Angeles Calif., and is survived by her husband of 43 years, Donald R. Baugh; her two children, Thomas A. Baugh and Patricia K. Allen; and one grandchild, Jonathan P. Allen.
Pamela moved with her family to Bothell in 1981 and had been a resident there ever since.
She had a rich and full life balancing work, volunteering and her love of music, live stage performances and sports.
A celebration of her life was held on November 17, at her daughter’s house in Bothell.
In lieu of flowers, please take a moment to share your favorite memory on her Facebook page.