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Anacortes - Carole "Jeanie" Jean Elliott, 86, passed away peacefully in Sedro Woolley on October 6, 2021. Jeanie's story began in Wild Rose, North Dakota on March 29, 1935. Her parents, Ed and Anna Njos, already had her older brother Ray and older sister Elizabeth. Not too long after Jeanie was born, she gained a little brother, Ervin. Their family grew even more when they took in a relative, Florence Kinun. She and Jeanie were the same age and became as close as sisters. After hearing about how beautiful the Pacific Northwest was, Ed and Anna decided to move the family to Issaquah, WA. They did however keep their farm in North Dakota and would travel back each summer to harvest. Jeanie and the other children were hesitant about the move at first but quickly settled in. She graduated from Issaquah High School with a desire to pursue teaching. She made the move out west to Bellingham to attend Western Washington University (WWU) and graduated with her teaching certificate. A talented teacher to her very core, she had a fulfilling career at Anacortes School District for 50 years. Her students will remember her for her kindness and easy-going attitude. Jeanie met the love of her life, Dale Arthur Elliott, while attending WWU. He said he took one look at her and knew; it was a genuine story of love at first sight. They built a life together in Anacortes and enjoyed classic pacific northwest outdoor activities including camping, hiking, and fishing. Their greatest joy was raising their two children, Darce and Bryan. Jeanie is preceded in death by her husband Dale Arthur Elliott; siblings Ray Njos, Elizabeth Njos, and Ervin Njos. She is survived by her children Darce Elliott and Bryan Elliott; grandchildren Landon Daniels and Clara Elliott; great-grandchild Dakota Daniels; sister-at-heart Florence Kinun; special friends Maria Papritz and Carol Oglesbee. Jeanie was laid to rest next to her husband, Dale, at Grand View Cemetery in Anacortes. To share memories of Jeanie, please sign the online guestbook at www.evanschapel.com

Sedro Woolley - Bill Hoover joined his Heavenly Father at his home in Sedro Woolley, WA on September 30, 2021 surrounded by his loving family. William (Bill) H Hoover was born to Bertha (Marie Lloyd) Johnson in Fargo, North Dakota on June 22, 1947. He moved to Tacoma, WA where he graduated from Mount Tacoma High School in 1965. After graduating, he joined the US Navy in 1966 to see the world and was stationed at Whidbey Naval Air Station until 1972. He received several medals and rewards during his time in service. During and after his time in the Navy he graduated with an Associate in Arts Degree and Achievement Award with High Honors from Skagit Valley College. Bill worked as a manager of purchasing of the store house at Texaco Refinery in Anacortes, WA until he retired in 2004. Bill met the love of his life, Linda B (Messer) Hoover, in May of 1977 and they married 4 months later In September. They remained married for 36 years, enjoying camping, hunting, fishing, gardening and spending time with family and friends until Linda became terminally ill and passed away in 2014. Bill also enjoyed golfing, bowling, and woodworking. They raised their only daughter, Lisa Croke, in Burlington, WA until moving to what became the family home in Sedro Woolley, WA. Bill is survived by daughter Lisa Croke (Michael), 3 grandchildren Corey Summers (Cassandra), Chelsey Smith (Blake), Cammey Croke, 12; great-grandchildren that he loved and adored; brother-in-law, Charlie Messer, mother-in-law Louisa (Lou) Messer; many nieces and nephews, as well as many in laws and close friends who became family. He was preceded in death by loving wife Linda Hoover; parents Tom and Marie Lloyd; sister Donna Erb, and other close family members. A Celebration of Life will be held on Nov. 6, 2021 at 2 pm Inspire Church 805 Township St. Sedro Woolley, WA with a reception to follow. Arrangements by Whatcom Cremation and Funeral.

Anacortes - Carole "Jeanie" Jean Elliott, 86, passed away peacefully in Anacortes on October 6, 2021. Jeanie's story began in Wild Rose, North Dakota on March 29, 1935. Her parents, Ed and Anna Njos, already had her older brother Ray and older sister Elizabeth. Not too long after Jeanie was born, she gained a little brother, Ervin. Their family grew even more when they took in a relative, Florence Kinun. She and Jeanie were the same age and became as close as sisters. After hearing about how beautiful the Pacific Northwest was, Ed and Anna decided to move the family to Issaquah, WA. They did however keep their farm in North Dakota and would travel back each summer to harvest. Jeanie and the other children were hesitant about the move at first but quickly settled in. She graduated from Issaquah High School with a desire to pursue teaching. She made the move out west to Bellingham to attend Western Washington University (WWU) and graduated with her teaching certificate. A talented teacher to her very core, she had a fulfilling career at Anacortes School District for 50 years. Her students will remember her for her kindness and easy-going attitude. Jeanie met the love of her life, Dale Arthur Elliott, while attending WWU. He said he took one look at her and knew; it was a genuine story of love at first sight. They built a life together in Anacortes and enjoyed classic pacific northwest outdoor activities including camping, hiking, and fishing. Their greatest joy was raising their two children, Darce and Bryan. Jeanie is preceded in death by her husband Dale Arthur Elliott; siblings Ray Njos, Elizabeth Njos, and Ervin Njos. She is survived by her children Darce Elliott and Bryan Elliott; grandchildren Landon Daniels and Clara Elliott; great-grandchild Dakota Daniels; sister-at-heart Florence Kinun; special friends Maria Papritz and Carol Oglesbee. Visitation will be held at Evans Funeral Chapel on Friday, October 15, 2021 from 3pm to 5pm. Jeanie's graveside service will held at Grand View Cemetery in Anacortes on Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 1pm. To share memories of Jeanie, please sign the online guestbook at www.evanschapel.com

Middleton, ID - Dr. Ronald Guard Crawford, Ed.D. passed away on September 29, 2021, at his home in Middleton, Idaho. He was born on May 9, 1941, to Captain Larry and Edythe (Guard) Crawford in Washington and grew up in Friday Harbor, Washington where his father was Commodore of the Washington Ferry System. Ron's families (Fowler, Guard and Crawford) were five-generation descendants of San Juan Island pioneers. He graduated from Friday Harbor High School in 1959. Ron attended Washington State University, University of Washington and Columbia University, obtaining his B.S., M.A's. and a Doctorate. Ron worked in the public school system serving as a Teacher, Counselor, Principal and Superintendent in Renton, Seattle, Monroe, Snohomish and Mukilteo School Districts in the State of Washington as well as Larchmont, New York. Following retirement, Ron renewed his love for the San Juan Islands, designing and building yachts with San Juan Yacht Sales in Anacortes and Adventure Yacht Sales in Seattle. Ron has fond memories of his nearly 150 trips to Taiwan and China where his yachts were manufactured. Ron's service to his community was important to him and he was active with The Lion's Club, Exchange Club, American Heart Foundation, Boys and Girls Clubs, Chamber of Commerce, the Northwest Educational Service District, several HOA boards, and NW Yacht Brokers. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Patricia Ryan Crawford of Middleton, Idaho and children: Steve (Yvette) of Chesapeake, Virginia, Robert (Shanon) of Lake Stevens, Washington, Nichole (Crawford) Calico (Bruce) of Carnation, Washington, Ryan (Carey) Henson of Star, Idaho and Celeste (Henson) Stein (Erik) of Middleton, Idaho; grandchildren: Victoria, Joshua, Rylee and Rebekah Crawford, Mac Calico, Brooklyn and Logan Crawford, Kaylee and Maya Henson and Ava and Vivian Stein; siblings: Jan Crawford-Sanford of Kirkland, Washington, Larry (Helen) Crawford of Lake Stevens, Washington and Ken Crawford of Poulsbo, Washington. Ron and Patty's passion for travel took them to over 40 countries in their time together. Ron and Patty lived part-time in Mazatlán, Mexico where Ron and Patty enjoyed the ocean, golfing and spending time with their friends at the Estrella Del Mar, golf community. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Apostles Catholic Church in Meridian, Idaho October 15, 2021 at 2:30. A memorial service and an additional celebration for Ron will be scheduled during the summer of 2022 in the Anacortes area followed by a burial in the Shaw island Cemetery family plot in the San Juan Islands. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Luke's Hospice or Holy Apostles Catholic Church, both in Meridian, Idaho.

Mount Vernon, WA - On September 18, 2021 Christopher C. Smith, loving husband, father of three and grandfather of two, passed away at the age of 83. Chris was born in Boston, MA to Lyman and Ruth Smith and grew up on the East Coast. He met his wife, Ann Stalheim Smith, at the University of Colorado in a biology class. They moved to Seattle where he got his Masters and Ph.D. in evolutionary ecology at the University of Washington. He worked in Panama with the Smithsonian Institute and taught at Fisk and the University of Missouri before settling at Kansas State University where he worked in the Dept. of Biology from 1970-2003. He published many scientific articles that were cited hundreds of times. He and Ann moved to Mount Vernon, WA 10 years ago to be closer to their grandchildren. Chris loved nature and was a proud advocate for the environment. Hiking and bird watching were two of his favorite hobbies. He once said that he became a biologist because it was the only job that he could think of where he could be paid to go hiking. He believed in social activism and was involved in the civil rights movement, was active in protecting the environment, volunteered with Big Brother Big Sister, was a docent at the Manhattan, KS Zoo and was very active in Habitat for Humanity. He touched the hearts and minds of students, faculty, friends and family and will be missed by all. Chris is survived by his daughters; Heather Smith and Andrea Lowe; son, Jamison Smith; grandchildren, Christopher and Odessa Lowe; sister, Constance Schuyler and many nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ann Smith; brothers, David and Steve Smith and sister, Donna Hoffman. A celebration of life ceremony will be held later due to the pandemic. In lieu of flowers please donate to Habitat for Humanity. Arrangements are under the care of kern Funeral Home, Mount Vernon, WA.

La Conner - Faye Martin, who grew up in La Conner, WA, died at age 66 on Wednesday, September 22, 2021, in Port Angeles, Washington at the Olympic Medical Center. She died peacefully while being treated for Covid-Pneumonia. Though vaccinated, Faye's immune system was too compromised. Faye Ellen Martin was born in Seattle, on August 11, 1955. The family moved to La Conner in 1956. She attended La Conner Grade School and La Conner High School, graduating in 1973. She then attended Skagit Valley College and received an associate degree in Library Science. Faye was employed for many years at the Skagit Valley Library in Mount Vernon and then at the University of Washington Suzallo Library on the UW Campus in Seattle. She retired at the age of 55 for medical reasons. Faye was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church and was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Mount Vernon where she sang in the choir. Faye was good natured to a fault and everywhere she lived and worked she was known as a cheerful, happy person and was beloved by all. Faye enjoyed taking care of her rescue dogs, crocheting, baking, classical music, reading, and giving gifts to her family and friends. Faye was preceded in death by her parents, Fredrick and Margaret Martin of La Conner. Faye is survived by her brothers John (Denise), Glen (Rita), and sister Karen (Dennis), nephews Jonathan (Tori) and Matthew, and her great-nephew, Boyd Everett Martin. Due to Covid-19 concerns, a public memorial service will not be held at this time. Please make any donations to the First United Methodist Church of Mount Vernon, WA.