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Carpenter, Jon Ryan

Mount Vernon - Jon passed away on November 10, 2021 after a brief illness. Jon was born on January 17, 1974 in Tucson, AZ to Larry Carpenter and his late mother Eileen (Ryan) Carpenter who also passed away earlier this year. Jon worked for more than 20 years for the City of Mount Vernon Shop with the assistance of his job coaches from Chinook Enterprises. Jon loved going to work and made a lasting impact on his co-workers. Jon's infectious smile and love of trucks were evident to anyone fortunate enough to know him. Jon loved to travel, take fishing trips, attend family reunions, and had recently discovered a new passion for playing the guitar-and he would insist on playing it for anyone who visited. Along with his father, those left to cherish Jon's memory include his sisters Michele (Charles) Sagona of Johnson City, TN and Jennifer (Nate Keim) Staite of Mount Vernon, WA; nephew Ryan Staite of Mount, Vernon, WA; and several beloved aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends especially the Gary Radovich and Alex DeBlasio families. As a last gesture of his love for others, Jon was an organ donor and his beautiful blue eyes gave the gift of sight to two people. A funeral mass will be held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on December 9, 2021 at 10:00 am. A Celebration of Life will be held afterward beginning at 11:30 am at Skagit Station. In honor of Jon, everyone is invited to wear any truck or fire department themed shirts, ties, or hats. In remembrance of Jon's life, his family asks that any charitable donations be made to Chinook Enterprises ( www.chinookenterprises.org ) or another organization assisting people with disabilities. Read more


Craner, Barbara Ann

Mount Vernon - Ms. Barbara Craner, 86, a long time resident of Skagit Valley, passed away in Bellingham on Monday, November 22, 2021. She was born in Burbank, CA, on June 7th, 1935. After retiring from Boeing, she moved from Seattle to Conway where she became an active member of her local church, the Skagit Valley community, and the local Audubon Society, along with her late husband, Lyle Craner. When you couldn't find Barbara out birding, traveling in her Airstream, enjoying the outdoors, or working to protect the environment, you could find her with her dogs. She loved agility dog training and competing with her rescued canine companions. She is survived by her sister Carolyn, her niece Karen, her nephew Keith, her dog Millie, and her husband's family, the Craners. A graveside service will be held at Fir-Conway Cemetery early this upcoming summer. You may offer your condolences and share memories of Barbara online at www.kernfuneralhome.com . Arrangements are under the care of Kern Funeral Home of Mount Vernon. Read more


Hofland, Memorial Announcement Dale

Mount Vernon - Dale Hofland, beloved friend and community treasure, passed away this summer. Join us Sat. Dec 4th 2pm, at Lincoln Theatre (712 S 1st St) to share remembrances and to honor his many significant contributions. Lincoln Covid policy will be enforced. Get more information at 360-336-8955 or email Lincoln Volunteer Britta Eschete at pugetsoundvoices@gmail.com. Read more


LaBar, Marian Margaret

San Juan Island - San Juan native, Marian Margaret LaBar, passed from this life on October 29, 2021 in Santa Rosa, CA. She was born November 7, 1926, to Lester W. (Bryan) LaBar and Marguerite Jakle LaBar in Friday Harbor, WA Marian graduated from Friday Harbor High School then worked briefly before being married to former husband George Flaherty and raising two daughters. During this time, she attended Sacramento State University and received her BA and Master's degree in Social work. She worked in Social Services for more than 20 years in Northern California. Marian returned to Washington in 1992 where she lived until 2018 when she relocated to Northern California. The last three years of her life she was lovingly cared for by her Granddaughter Gina Chapman and Great Granddaughter Leslie Baas. Marian was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Lester and Leslie LaBar. Also preceding her sadly was her daughter, Linda Flaherty Guinn, in 2014. She is survived by Linda's daughters Lori and Gina, her daughter and Son-in-law Margaret & Gary Moore and their three daughters Michelle, Kari and Kristen, 11 great grandchildren and eight great great grandchildren. A private interment will be held at Valley Cemetery at Friday Harbor. To share memories with the family, please sign Marian's virtual guestbook on her online obituary at www.evanschapel.com Read more


McPherson, Janette K.

Mount Vernon - Sadly, Janette Katherine McPherson (O'Leary) closed her smiling blue Irish eyes forever on November 18, 2021. The daughter of Thomas E. And Violet O'Leary (Renilson), she was a graduate of Mount Vernon High School, and enjoyed a dual career as a homemaker and as a retail clerk at the former Jo's Styles. 95 years young, she is survived by her daughter Deborah (David) Lenz, Grandson Scott (Sally) McPherson, Granddaughter Colleen (Chris) Kelly, former Daughter-In-Law Janie (Art) Woolbert, three Grandchildren, Connor, Lesley, and Rhiannon, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Preceded in death by her beloved husband Bill, her dear son Tom, her sister Therese (Lyle) Ovenell and brother Ed O'Leary. Special thanks are due to the most compassionate and considerate home caregivers of Visiting Angels-Brittney, Angela, Amy, Danielle, Colleen, Brooke, Alyssa, Josie, Linda, and Joann. Her family is also indebted to Skagit Valley Hospice, who supported her in her last days with us. A funeral mass will be held at Immaculate Conception Church in Mount Vernon, WA on Wednesday, December 1, 2021, at 11:00am. A graveside service will be held at Hawthorne Memorial Park on Wednesday, December 1, 2021, at 12:00pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Skagit Valley Wound Center would be most appreciated. May the lilt of her Irish laughter ring in heaven! Please visit www.hawthornefh.com to share your thoughts and memories and sign the online guest register. Arrangements are under the care of Hawthorne Funeral Home, Mount Vernon, WA. Read more


Solver, Janene Marie

Mount Vernon - Janene Marie Solver, 78 of Mount Vernon, WA went peacefully home to Jesus on Sunday, November 14th, 2021. She was born March 6th, 1943 to James and Myrtle Campbell in Stanwood, WA. At a young age she asked Jesus to be her Lord and Savior. Janene met her husband Larry Solver in Stanwood while walking on the side of the road with a friend. It was love at first sight. After she met Larry, Janene told her friend she would marry him one day. They were married on March 14th, 1958, and started building a life they both dreamed of. Janene and Larry moved to Mount Vernon from Mountlake Terrace in 1963. They began attending Emmanuel Baptist Church in the old building on South 1st Street in Mount Vernon. Janene was Baptized at Emmanuel Baptist Church. Larry and Janene helped to build the new church on College Way. They welcomed five sons in ten years as well as many foster children into their home. Together with Asa Pearson they opened Avon Body Shop where she worked once her children were grown. Later she and Larry began attending Faith Baptist Church in Burlington. Then CTK Skagit. Janene was involved in serving the Lord and honoring Jesus with her life. Janene was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She had a profound way of serving her family and was a pillar of wisdom for advice and help. Janene enjoyed pouring her love into others with the food she served. She welcomed others with open arms and hosted friends and family at many gatherings and events. Janene spent many summers camping and fishing with friends around the country. She loved game nights and was known to be a bit competitive. Above all, Janene treasured the time she spent with her family, near and far. Family events, talking with her children, grandchildren, and friends was very important to her. Larry and Janene were married for 63 years. She is survived by her husband Larry, their 5 sons: Richard (Tracy), Jim (Peggy), Dave (Imee), Tim (Kristi), and Scott (Michelle), 11 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren. Janene will be remembered serving the Lord as a bright, shining light. Please join us in celebrating Janene Solver's life at CTK Skagit on 12/3/21 at 11 am viewing at 10:30am. Read more


Watson Jr., Edward J. "Ed"

Edward J. "Ed" Watson, Jr., of Mount Vernon, died Tuesday, November 23, 2021. Funeral Home: Hawthorne Read more

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