Northwest NEWS

Nember 13, 2000

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Helen Mercedes Minshull
   Helen Mercedes Minshull, age 84, died peacefully at her home in Carnation on Sunday, Nov. 5. She was born in Seattle on Feb. 5, 1916, to William and Martha Jane Weber.
   Helen lived most of her life in the Snoqualmie Valley, being one of the last to graduate from Cherry Valley High School. She attended the University of Washington for two years before marrying Lee in 1936. Throughout her life Helen enjoyed handcrafts of many kinds and used her expertise to create a loving home and special gifts for her family and friends.
   For many years she was involved in the Sunday School program of her church and she was a member of the Dr. Joseph W. Yowell Auxiliary, a member of Children's Hospital Guild Association.
   In retirement Helen and Lee traveled extensively, visiting family and friends and seeing the United States.
   Helen is survived by her dear husband Lee Boyd Minshull of Carnation; son and daughter-in-law Gary and Lorraine Minshull of Bothell; daughter Arlene Davidson of Carnation; and daughter and son-in-law Sharon and Robert Rogland of Tacoma; 14 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren. A memorial service was held Nov. 11. Memorials may be made to Children's Hospital, Seattle, WA. Arrangements by Bleitz of Bellevue.
   Roy Morris Wickstrom
   Roy was born on Nov. 5, 1927, and died from complications during heart surgery in Virginia Mason Hospital on Nov. 2. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1945, continuing his education at the University of Washington where he graduated with his bachelor's degree in business administration.
   Roy married his wife of 50 years, Ann Walthew, in 1949. Roy later returned to the "U" and obtained his teaching certificate.
   Throughout the years, Roy was employed at The Bon Marché, Warshal's Sporting Goods, the University Book Store, the Alpine Haus and Olympic Sport Center.
   In 1986 Roy obtained his real estate license and began his career at Duvall Realty. Throughout Roy's working career, his first love was always salmon fishing, spending parts of nearly every year on the ocean on a variety of trolling boats, all of which he had a hand in building or re-creating as needed.
   After starting his real estate career, Roy became involved in helping to shape the future of his community serving in the Duvall Business Association (past president) and on the board of the Depot Village Mobile Home Park. Roy was a member of the board of commissioners of Water District 119 and was the water district manager.
   Roy is survived by his seven children, 14 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Memorial services have been held. Arrangements by Bleitz Funeral Home.
   Verna H. Brown Hupton
   Verna H. Brown Hupton, 84, of Santa Paula, Calif., died on Friday, Nov. 3, following a lengthy illness. Verna was born Dec. 10, 1915, in Forman, N. D. and was a four-year resident of Santa Paula. She lived for many years in Duvall, moving to Santa Paula in 1996.
   Verna was a registered nurse for 30 years, working in Minneapolis, Mich., Kirkland, Wash. and last working for Valley General Hospital in Monroe. She loved to cook and do crossword puzzles. Verna loved and enjoyed her family, especially her grandchildren.
   She will be dearly missed by her family and all who knew her. Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas and Katharine Brown, Jerry and Janet Brown, Santa Paula, Calif.; daughter Carol Headley, Port Townsend, Wash.; son Lyndon Brown, Duvall; sister Mildred Wilson, Mesa, Ariz.; 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
   Memorial donations may be made to Santa Paula Memorial Hospital, 825 N. 10th St., Santa Paula, Calif. 93060.