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Mildred Hale Heckathorn

   A memorial service was held Dec. 10 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Chapel for Mildred Heckathorn, who died at her Woodinville home Dec. 6.
   Mrs. Heckathorn was born Aug. 25, 1918, in Cortland, Nebraska, and moved to Woodinville in 1988 after living for 30 years in Menlo Park, California.
   As the second of nine children in a poor farm family, she learned the value of hard work and education. Her childhood homes had neither indoor plumbing nor electricity. She and her sisters had to walk several miles to school even on harsh Nebraska winter days. During her teenage years, she twice won Gage County spelling contests and inspired her three younger sisters to become spelling champions.
   Mrs. Heckathorn began her nursing career at Stanford University Medical Center and throughout her career provided care for thousands of patients. She was known for her compassionate concern for others and as a loving mother to her children and grandchildren.
   When her eyesight began to fail, she became a fan of Jim French's radio dramas and KIRO's old-time radio shows. She also maintained her strong interest in the Seattle Mariners, the Nebraska Cornhuskers, and the San Francisco 49ers. This year, 49er quarterback Steve Young provided her with an autographed photo, which she displayed proudly.
   She was preceded in death by her husband, Thurman Heckathorn, her daughter, Rita Grant, her parents, and one brother. Surviving her are son Ted and daughter-in-law Claire Heckathorn of Woodinville; sisters Thelma Mitchell and Edith Thomsen of Beatrice, Nebraska; Stella Hubbard of Lincoln, Nebraska; and Ruth Freitag of San Marino, California; brothers Kenneth Hale of Corpus Christi, Texas, Norris Hale of Pella, Iowa, and Richard Hale of Omaha, Nebraska. She also is survived by eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
   Because Mrs. Heckathorn was an avid reader, her family suggests donations in her name be made to the Friends of Woodinville Library.

John Walfred Scheid

   Services were held Dec. 13 for John Scheid at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Kenmore. Burial at Abbey View Cemetery followed. Mr. Scheid, 36, of Petersburg, Alaska, passed away Dec. 5 while staying with family members in Bothell.
   He was born Jan. 25, 1960, in Port Angeles. In 1962, his family moved to Bothell, where he graduated with the class of 1978. He spent the past 12 years working in Petersburg.
   He was an avid Washington sports fan and loved fishing, golfing, hunting, and living in Alaska. He was a member of the Elks and Moose lodges in Petersburg. He was known to many as "Walla Walla John" and "Low Tide Scheid."
   Mr. Scheid is survived by his parents, Preston and Isabel of Bothell; sister Midge Tallman and husband Jon of Edmonds; sister Mary Pakinas of Sultan; brother Charles (Buddy) and wife Jeni of Bothell; and sister Melissa McNaughton and husband Brian of Gold Bar. Other survivors include nephews and nieces Dean, Matt, and Michelle Pakinas; Aimee Tallman and Don Henneke; Krystal, Chris, James, and Jordan Scheid; Michelle, Makayla, and Maria McNaughton; great-aunt Mildred M. Hanson of Seattle; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and other family members. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Walfred E. (Bud) Nelson, a Bothell native and 1914 graduate of Bothell High.
   In lieu of flowers, family members request donations be made to the American Legion Child Welfare Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 1055, Indianapolis, IN 46206; or Hospice of Seattle, 425 Pontius Ave. N., Suite 300, Seattle, WA 98109; or a charity of your choice in memory of John.
   Plans are being made to hold a memorial celebration in Petersburg on or about Jan. 25, 1997, which would have been John's 37th birthday.