Bus Brown

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obit Stephen J BrownWith family by his side at the age of 96, Bus Brown passed away peacefully Tuesday, October 10, 2017. He was born February 16, 1921, the son of Wallace and Flora Brown in the home of his grandparents Stephen and Myrtle Collicott. He grew up in Woodinville with his younger brother Ben (Bud). They went to Woodinville and Bothell schools and were early members of Woodinville Methodist Church. Bus drove a school bus in early days and Ida May Erickson from Cottage Lake was his favorite passenger. They married August 25, 1945, and were devoted to each other for 72 years. Daughter Gail came along April 29, 1949. Son Eric was born July 18, 1952. Four grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren blessed their lives.

Bus loved farm life and worked for his grandfather Jesse Brown at his well-known Woodinville dairy. Bus and Ida May eventually bought the dairy and cows, but in 1959, the State took 30 acres to build a road that split the farm property in two. The dairy cows were sold to Merle Schenk and Bus became a beef farmer. Bus also delivered lumber for Saginaw Timber Products, and he delivered firewood and shavings to families with his own dump truck. He was chairman of the cemetery board and worked with early Lions Club recycling.

Bus lived a very full life. He was loyal, honest, humble, and generous. Though naturally quiet, he modeled and expected the many kids in his life to work hard and do their best. His close family and lifelong friends were important to him. If he could fulfill a need and help someone, Bus would do it. Friends became “family.” Besides being with family, he enjoyed hunting ducks and pheasants, making hay, taking care of farm equipment, and working in the garden. Sox was his favorite horse, and several bird dogs added joy every day. He attended auctions and hauled cattle with Bert Hardan for several years. He also mentored his young friend Ted Russell as  he  raised and auctioned cattle. Lake Chelan vacations brought the family together each summer and this tradition will continue. Everyone will miss Papa Bus.

Bus is survived by Ida May, now living in Oak Harbor; daughter Gail Stewart (Rick) in Oak Harbor; son Eric Brown of Bellingham; grandchildren Jake (Tanya) Stewart with Connor, Cassidy and Cole of Kamas, Utah; Matthew (Zena) Brown with Ellie and Jack in Allentown, Penn.; Kelly (Kelly) Stewart with Cori, Juliana, and Toby in Albion, Wash.; Lisa (Eric) Sieberson with Audrey and Maya in Seattle, Wash.

A memorial service will be held Oct. 28, at 2 p.m. at the Woodinville Methodist Church, 17110 140th Ave. NE, Woodinville. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to the Red Cross or another organization for disaster relief.

Donzetta Marie Drumheller

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Donzetta Marie Drumheller of Woodinville, Wash. was called to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, October 8, 2017 at Integris Miami Hospital, Miami, Oklahoma while being held by her husband, Dan.  She was born on December 17, 1934 in Carnegie, Oklahoma and was the first child of Ernest Lee and Ruth Irene Loyd Bigbie.  Donzetta grew up in Carnegie where she was active  in  the   Baptist  Church, enjoyed participating in vocal performance and competition, and graduated from Carnegie High School in 1953. 

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June Hope Hoff

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June Hope Hoff
Oct. 19, 1919-Sept. 19, 2017

Obit HoffJune Hope Hoff was born to Ella Mae and William Edwards on October 19, 1919 in St. Louis, MO. She was raised in St. Louis along with three brothers, Forrest, Everett, and Ted. She met her future husband, Donald Hoff, while both were in high school and they later married in August 1941. After 11 years in Iowa, Don made a momentous decision in 1952 (with June’s agreement, of course!) to join the foreign service. Over the next 24 years, Don and June traveled all over the world with their many children in tow. Their overseas adventures included tours in the Philippines, Germany (twice), Greece and Thailand until they retired in 1976 in Woodinville, Wash. so that June could be closer to a growing number of grandkids. In her 40+ years of retirement, June was happiest when surrounded by her large family and took an active interest in each and every one of their lives. June was also a lifelong bowler, reluctantly hanging up her shoes and bowling ball at age 95. As a woman of faith, June was a dedicated member of the Northshore Community Church and passed away peacefully on September 19th.  After 61 years of marriage, Don preceded her in death in 2002. She is survived by all seven of her children: Daryl, Donna (Steve), Dennis (Susan), Douglas (JoAnn), David (Kathleen), Duane (Karon) and Dawn, along with 19 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. Her family gratefully acknowledges the compassionate care of Evergreen Hospice staff who ensured her last days on this earth were peaceful. Her family suggests that in lieu of flowers, any desired donations be made to Evergreen Hospice.  June’s life will be celebrated on her 98th birthday, October 19th, at 1 p.m. at Northshore Community Church in Kirkland, Wash.

Joy L. Wimberly

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Joy L. Wimberly
Oct. 14, 1939 – Oct. 11, 2017

WimberlyJ2Joy L. Wimberly was born in Kansas City, Kansas October 14, 1939.  She spent much of her youth growing up on her grandparent’s farm in rural Wyandotte County.   She graduated in 1957 from Shawnee Mission High School in Overlake Park, Kansas.  Joy married Ronald J. Wimberly on November 14, 1959 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Wichita, Kansas.

They  began  their  family soon after and a job opportu-nity at Boeing brought the family to the Pacific Northwest in the summer of 1966 where they raised their four children.  As the children grew, Joy transitioned from homemaker to the workforce in Customer Service and Sales for several local telecommunications companies.

Joy boasted that her greatest accomplishment was raising her four children to be productive adults, and she enjoyed watching them begin families of their own.  Her greatest pleasure was sharing in the lives of her grandchildren while participating in their busy and active schedules. 
Joy’s hobbies included gardening, floral arranging, arts & crafts, holiday decorating, and researching the family’s genealogy.   Her most precious companion was her loyal, beloved dog Beau, whom she adored beyond words. 

Joy is survived by her three daughters, Dawn Winslow (Bret), Erin Peerboom (Paul), Lesli VanAchte (Mark), 11 grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild.  She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Eva and Noah Minnix, her husband, Ronald Wimberly, and her son Branson Wimberly.
Joy always greeted everyone with a warm smile and always left family members with her famous phrase, “Love you BIG!” 

We invite you to visit the online memorial site to share any favorite stories and for information of her Celebration of Life, at

Preston West Kelly

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Preston West Kelly died peacefully on September 19, 2017, at Evergreen Hospital, as he fought the complications of recent surgery. He was born on June 2, 1936, to Henry G. and Elizabeth West Kelly in Chicago, Illinois. He was a Boy Scout, literally and figuratively, and President of the National Honor Society at North Park Academy.

Preston West Kelly photo - woodinville weeklyAfter he graduated from Carleton College, Preston became an editor at Scott Foresman Publishing in Chicago, and later an executive at McGraw-Hill Publishing in New York City. Preston met Lois (née Velma Lois Van Dyke), his beloved wife of 53 years, while at Scott Foresman in 1963. They married in 1964, then relocated to Connecticut. In 1970 they welcomed their beloved daughter Susan Elizabeth. In the mid-‘90s Preston retired from McGraw-Hill, and he and Lois moved to Woodinville, Wash.

Preston was an avid reader,  connoisseur of opera and classical music, and a dedicated film buff. He was an indefatigable hobbyist with interests ranging from kite flying and bonsai sculpting to photography, woodworking, and welding, to piano and voice lessons; he was active in the Woodin-ville Unitarian Universalist Church and Choir. Preston engaged wholeheartedly in his life-long passion for trains and steam engines, and at the time of his death he was building a model railroad in his home.

Preston was preceded in death by his mother, Elizabeth; his father, Henry; and his sister, Marla Dankert. He leaves behind wife Lois; daughter Susan and fiancée Marcella; several nieces and nephews; and countless fans in those he knew along his way. Those who met Preston were immediately struck by his beautiful blue eyes, his kindness, quick mind, and ever-present sense of humor. He possessed a rare optimism and the ability to make even strangers smile a little brighter for the rest of the day.

Preston, we love you dearly and miss you tremendously. Thank you for sharing your life with us.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 21st, followed by a reception, at the Woodinville Unitarian Universalist Church. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Woodinville Homeward Pet Adoption Center.