Winifred E. (Johnston) Russe

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Obit RusseWinifred E. (Johnston) Russe passed away due to heart failure on July 8th. Born October 25th, 1914 in Detroit she was raised in Texarkana, TX with her five siblings. She moved to Seattle after WWII to escape the heat. She married William H. Russe in 1946 and had four children over the next five years. They moved to Woodinville in 1956 and immediately got dogs, cats, chickens, rabbits, cows and horses. Adjusting to a 10 party telephone line, a well that only worked when there was power, and power being quite sporadic, she still thrived.

In 1957 her husband won the Tack Shack in a poker game. It was a very small western wear and horse equipment store in a rented room in Bothell. They divorced soon after and Win began growing the business to support her family. Due to her hard work and the help of all her children she was able to buy some land and build a larger store a few years later.

Following the Boeing layoffs in the 70’s she started Hay, Inc. and rescued hundreds of abandoned and starving horses. Through donations and with many volunteers she fed and paid for veterinary care. She found homes for these desperate animals through friendships she had made in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.

Eventually, even after several additions she decided she needed more room. In 1979 she bought land in Woodinville with plans to design and build a bigger store in a  few years, (with a parking lot where you could actually turn a horse trailer around). When a serial arsonist destroyed her Bothell store in 1980, she rushed to build a new Tack Shack. It became the largest of its kind north of Cali-fornia and west of Denver.

For 30 years she was known for dedication to provide her customers with boots that fit, clothing to fit the job, and the right horse equipment for whatever that horse required. She was known for her ability to hand-block hats to fit every size and shape of head and made them look good.

Upon her retirement she moved to a senior housing park, where she made many more friends and became the  manager. She was a strong, independent, brilliant woman who will be missed by many.

She is survived by her four children;  Mary Ellen,  Richard (Mary Beth), David and Nancy (Bob), two grandsons and one great grandson. Mary Ellen and Nancy still live in Woodinville, while Richard and David live near Spokane.

A date and location for her memorial will be posted at once arrangements have been made.

Susan L. “Susie” Farquharson

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Susan L. “Susie” Farquharson, born in Seattle, Wash. on Feb. 12, 1948. Sue moved to the Woodinville area in the mid-50’s with her parents and brothers, graduating from Bothell High School in 1966. Sue’s passion of hair led her to beauty school and a lifetime career in the hair salon business. In the early ’70’s she met the love of her life, Len and later married in 1974. In 1975 they welcomed their first child Jeff and in 1981 daughter Stacey. Sue opened and operated The “Y” Boutique for 10 years. She then worked for a few local salons before finding a home and retiring after 20 years of service at Emerald Heights Retirement Community in 2013.
Leading into her retirement, she enjoyed traveling, camping and serving as Ladies Auxiliary President at F.O.E #3324 in Redmond for two years.  Sue lost her battle with Parkinson’s and Lewy Body Dementia on Jun. 29, 2017. She is survived by her son, Jeff and his wife Lori and her daughter Stacey, both of Woodinville.   She is preceded in death by her husband Len, parents Warren & Tina King and brothers Tom and Donnie. 
Celebration of Life will be held on Sat, Aug. 26, 2017, 3:00 p.m. at F.O.E. #3324 located at 11440 Avondale Rd NE, Redmond 98052.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to  The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

Susan Potter Anderson

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Susan Potter Anderson, 70, of Woodinville, passed away on Tuesday, June 12, 2017.  She was born June 10, 1947 in Seattle, WA, the daughter of the late James Clyde and Phyllis (Gordon) Potter.  In 1969 Susan graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in History, and married Daniel T. Anderson later that year.  Shortly thereafter she and Dan moved to Hawaii, where they spent the next 17 years enjoying island life before moving back to the Seattle area to raise their young family. 

Finally settling in Woodinville, WA, Susan joined the Everett-based law firm, Bell & Ingram, and worked there for over 20 years as their Legal Administrator  before  joining  Beresford Booth, LLC in  Edmonds as their Law Firm Administrator.  During  her time at these firms she was an active and valued member of Washington state's Association of Legal Administrators (ALA).  Susan was a kind  and  caring  person with an insatiable desire for knowledge.  She loved  to  travel,  read and spend time with her family and friends.  Susan is survived by her husband of 47 years; her daughter, Kimberly Warriah and husband Sandeep; her three sons, James Anderson, Michael Anderson and wife Jennifer West and David Anderson, and her three brothers, James, Steven and Robert Potter.  She was preceded in death by her brother, Richard Potter.  A private family memorial is planned.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) or National Public Radio (NPR).

Dianne Marion Wilder-Sarusal

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Dianne Wilder - School picDianne Marion Wilder-Sarusal passed away on May 30, 2017. A graveside service for family members and close friends will be held at Floral Hills Cemetery at 409 Filbert Road in Lynnwood on Saturday, June 17, at 10:30 a.m. A Celebration of Life will be held following the service at the Seattle Marriott Redmond at 7401 164th Ave NE in Redmond Town Center at 12:30 p.m. All friends of the family are welcome to attend.
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Patricia (“Pat”) Moody

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Pat Moody 2Patricia (“Pat”) Moody passed away peacefully surrounded by family on May 23, 2017 at the age of 81. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.
Pat was born and raised in St. Paul, MN. She attended the University of MN and trained as an x-ray technician. Following graduation, she moved to Seattle, where she met and married John Moody. They made their home in Bothell and were married for 35 years when he passed away.

Pat was active in many organizations and her church. She was an avid gardener and received her Master Gardner Certification from WSU Snohomish County. She was most passionate about fuchsias. She was a skilled competitive grower with two large greenhouses, a collector of anything with fuchsias on it and a member of the NW Fuchsia Society, where she served on the board as president, as well as belonged to several local fuchsia clubs. She received numerous awards for her beautiful flowers.

Pat is survived by three children and three grandchildren.

Donations may be made to Snohomish County Master Gardener Foundation.