Mar 02, 1930 - Aug 20, 2023
Apr 14, 1931 - Jan 18, 2024
Lydia Dohring, 92, passed away January 18, 2024, in Tumwater, Washington. She was born April 14, 1931, in Germany. She married Dan Dohring in 1948 and they enjoyed 75 years together. Lydia worked for Olympia Cleaners as a seamstress and clothes presser. She loved knitting, crocheting, baking, gardening, square dancing, and round dancing. She was a member of a Bible study group and sang in the choir. Services will be held Friday, February 16, 2024, 1:00 p.m. at Westwood Baptist Church, 333 Kaiser Road NW, Olympia, WA 98502.
Christina Lee Abel
Nov 16, 1950 - Jan 06, 2024
Christina Lee (Billington) Abel passed away January 6, 2024, in Tumwater, Washington. She was born November 16, 1950, to Gerald Billington and Betty (Williams) Leahy in Yakima, Washington. She also resided in Shelton, Washington, and Hillsboro, Oregon. Christina graduated from Sunset High School in 1969. She worked for Career Quest for 17 years; her co-workers were part of her extended family. Also, she loved her clients and they loved her in return. She was known as Nana and Aunt Chris to her family and friends. Christina is aptly described by a quote from Shakespear’s , “Though she be little, she is fierce.” She planned to travel more and just received her passport to venture outside the U.S. She also loved dressing up for Halloween, playing darts, and singing Karaoke. She is survived by her daughter, Tracy Abel (Todd Rowley); sister, Peggy Leahy; and nephews, David Pfaff and Jake Pfaff. A Celebration of Life will be planned for a future date at the River’s Edge restaurant at the Tumwater Valley Golf Course. Please check back for details.
Dec 19, 1953 - Dec 19, 2023
Janet Elizabeth Partlow, healer, naturalist, family historian and musician, went home to a beautiful welcome from the ancestors she knew so well after dying peacefully December 11, 2023, in Tumwater, Washington. Janet was born March 18, 1953, in old St. Peter Hospital overlooking the Deschutes Estuary in Olympia, Washington. She was the fifth of seven children born to Shirley Patterson Partlow and Verne Austin "Bud" Partlow, whose families were deeply rooted in the community. She attended Lincoln Elementary School, Jefferson Middle School and Olympia High School, where she graduated in 1971. She went on to earn a bachelor's degree in 1976 from The Evergreen State College, then began training as a physician assistant and working for the Thurston County Health Department's Family Planning Clinic. In the 1980s, Janet completed the University of Washington's Medex Northwest Physician Assistant Program, which trains healthcare providers for medically underserved areas. Janet moved to the Yakima Valley, where she worked in a community migrant health organization for six years. There, she began to learn Spanish, an interest that spurred extended visits to Mexico and Central America. Her time there included several months in Nicaragua, where she studied the language and worked with the human rights organization, Witness For Peace. In 1987, she accepted a job with the University of Puget Sound Health Center and, in 1990, returned to Olympia to join the staff of The Evergreen State College's Health Center. Janet earned her master's degree in physician assistant science a short time later from the University of Nebraska. She retired from working as a physician's assistant in 2001 to establish Yerba Buena, her herbal consulting practice. She had begun studying botanical medicine in 1998 with several respected North American herbalists in her quest to become a registered member of the American Herbalist Guild. After fulfilling the hundreds of hours of clinical experience and botanical medical knowledge required, she accomplished that goal. And she was an excellent practitioner. Those she cared for valued Janet's knowledge, as well as her keen perception, calmness, and commitment to their well-being. Through Yerba Buena, she served the area community as a certified herbal consultant until her retirement in 2019. A lifelong scholar, Janet filled her 70 years on earth pursuing countless interests and inspiring others by sharing what she'd learned through classes, nature walks, books, and groups. She loved and cared for life in all its forms, and she understood the spiritual connection among them. Studying the wonders of the natural world was a passion began at a young age, spurred by annual family vacations to Cannon Beach, Oregon, visits to Mounts St. Helen's and Rainier, and her mother's interest in the natural world. Janet's fascination with sea mammals led her to join an Earthwatch Institute expedition Mexico's Sea of Cortez in 1986. She also was active with the Puget Sound Estuarium for some time. Through observation and devouring numerous books, she researched shorebirds, bats, owls and area birds and butterflies. An avid gardener in earlier years, Janet enjoyed nurturing her medicinal garden and her pollinator gardens to support bees and butterflies. Music accompanied it all, for Janet also found great joy in music. She began singing with the St. John's Episcopal Church youth choir when young and played flute in high school band. She also took up guitar, often composing her own music, and performed some of her pieces in concert while in Yakima. Her pleasure in music led to mastering several instruments, including folk instruments like the concertina and Irish pennywhistle. It was through her participation with the Olympia Song Circle and Olympia Contra Dance groups that she met her husband, Glen Buschmann, whose own interests dovetailed with her own. They were married November 21, 1994, at the Quaker Meeting House in Tumwater. Until Glen's illness and death in 2019, their lives were full of shared adventures and activities. Two curious people, they found joy in shared trips, camping excursions, studies of area flora and fauna and exploring their genealogies. Together, they often led study tours and walks, helping others learn and enjoy the area's rich ecological wonders. The couple shared a great sense of fun, enjoying nothing more than a night of cut-throat board games or conversations with friends or family. And they loved simple pleasures - canning peaches, stirring up a pot of jam or joining friends for a night of singing folk songs. About 1996, Helen Ramsey Patterson, her elderly grandmother, asked Janet to take over the genealogical studies she had labored on for many years. Janet had faint interest but agreed. Soon, she became captivated by her family's history and some of the predecessors she discovered on her family tree. Her research consumed hours in courthouses, libraries and on the internet, and her search continued until recently, filling every nook and cranny of her office. It took the form of trips to various ancestral locations and correspondence with fellow descendants and researchers to share and swap information. She chronicled her family's roots in two books, leaving her family a wonderful legacy. Janet's ancestors included a sizeable Irish contingent, and she loved all things Irish. In typical fashion, she soon was studying Irish language and culture, a process that resulted in three trips to Ireland to take part in an Irish language program. During one trip, she found the farm of one of her ancestors and walked on their land, one of her happiest memories. In Olympia, she facilitated an Irish language study group and enjoyed Irish song nights. A fourth trip to Ireland was thwarted only by the COVID epidemic. Through her many interests, her vibrant spirituality, and her quest to help and heal others, Janet touched so many. Her family and friends are grateful for the many ways she enriched our lives. She is survived by her sisters, Sherry Partlow, and her husband, Barry Mullen of Bellingham, Washington, and Nancy Partlow of Tumwater; her brothers, Sammy Partlow and Verne R. "Bob" Partlow, and his wife, Deanna, all of Olympia, and David Partlow, and his wife, Angelle, of Issaquah; and several nieces and nephews. Besides her husband Glen, she was preceded in death by her parents and by her sister, Barbara Partlow, who died in 1993. At her request, no services will take place.
Dec 09, 1946 - Dec 09, 2023
A lifelong resident of Olympia, Washington, Margaret Anne Sorensen was born April 7, 1946, to Joseph and Marjorie (Gruning) Bienick and passed away November 28, 2023, at the age of 77. She graduated from Rochester High School and studied at The Evergreen State College. Margaret married Don M. Sorensen on April 19, 1969, at St. Michael Catholic Church where she was a devoted parishioner. She always kept compassion in her mind and heart. She loved her family dearly and held fond memories of many family gatherings. Professionally, Margaret worked in childcare; for the Thurston County Soccer Association; and sold Amway. She loved to read, watch movies and documentaries, do puzzles, and try new foods. She is survived by her son, Michael Sorensen of Rochester, Washington; daughters, Rita Mason of Olympia and Mary Sorensen of Las Vegas, Nevada; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and six sisters living in Washington, Linda Rham of Kent, Mary Oehlerich of Bellingham, Kathy Boyce of Wenatchee, Beth Strange of Olympia, Irene Koester of Olympia, and Terry Bienick of Lacey. She was predeceased by her parents. A memorial service will be held Friday, January 12, 2024, 1:00 p. m. at South Sound Manor, 455 North St. SE, Tumwater, WA 98503.
Nov 22, 2023 - Nov 22, 2028
Merlin Smith was born in San Diego, California, to Arthur and Lolita Smith on August 8, 1928. His father was in the U. S. Navy; his mother was a homemaker. Merlin was the older of two children. He spent a lot of his formative years being raised by his Grandmother Watson in Caldwell, Idaho, and later traveling and working with Grandfather Jesse Watson, building Albertson's grocery stores. Merlin had to do his studies while they traveled. He enlisted in the Navy at the end of World War II. After being injured in a flying accident and spending a lot of time in hospitals back East, Merlin attended the University of Idaho. While at a church youth gathering in 1948, playing pool one day at a Methodist and Presbyterian Church gathering, he met another student, Irene Horning. After dating for about two years, they were married June 7, 1951. They honeymooned that summer on a remote Forest Service fire lookout tower. Irene surprised Merlin (and his coworkers) by bringing a stove-heated cast iron and curtains to the remote location. Merlin also shortly found out that her passion for flowers meant he would be hand carrying water 1. 5 miles uphill to the lookout tower every day for her flower garden. They turned out to be an ideal match and shared a lifetime love of flowers and are still known locally for their rhododendrons. After the summer at the lookout tower, they moved back to Moscow, Idaho, to complete their educations. Irene finished first and taught students at Troy and Dery High Schools, while Merlin finished his degrees in Forest Management and Business. After college, they moved to Emmet, Idaho, which was the first of many moves while Merlin worked for a Boise company selling lumber and the U. S. Forest Service. In addition to being a forester, he was a forest fire fighter and led inmate firefighting teams. After several moves, Irene put her foot down and told Merlin no more moves. So, Olympia became their home from 1964 until today. Merlin joined a newly formed organization called the Department of Natural Resources and extensively traveled the state. Later he transferred to the Department of Commerce as the Industrial Development Specialist. Because of his forest and state knowledge, he was selected to serve on the Forest Practices Board, Energy Facilities Site Evaluation Committee, Governor's Wilderness Area Task Force, and Governor's Hardwood Commission. He served the Hardwood Commission until he finally requested the Governor find a replacement when he turned 80. After his retirement in 1983, Merlin started a business to provide dried hardwood to a North Carolina furniture factory. But he was better known for his 60 years of individual and civic community service. For as long as anyone can remember, he supported elderly folks for decades, ensuring they had food, shelter, and medical care, as well as a friend whenever they needed it. Merlin was also active in the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 4H programs, and a range of other philanthropic programs and activities. In particular, Merlin actively supported the Scottish Rite's speech therapy work and a program that discretely provided shoes for children and young adults that could not afford them. Merlin was a dedicated Mason, served as Master of his Lodge, Harmony #18, and was later coroneted as a 33rd Degree Scottish Rite Mason. He particularly felt he was making a difference as the President of the state-wide college Scottish Rite Scholarship Foundation, which he led for over 20 years and stayed active supporting well into his 90s. When Merlin and Irene traveled the country, visiting family and friends, Irene would sit in the back seat of their car with her feet up, hand sewing, writing letters, and navigating. Merlin recalls that Irene insisted on stopping to see every unique attraction advertised along their route, regardless of how iffy the road was for the excursion. Secretly, Merlin did not mind those excursions as there was something new to share with Irene and laugh about every day. Merlin loved her dearly. Merlin also loved his family, and lived an honest, sincere, religious, and faithful life that valued everyone he met and helped those in need that had no one else. Merlin passed away on November 14, 2023. He is survived by his four children, Kevin, Karen, Kendra, and Kyle; 15 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. The Celebration of Life for Merlin Smith will be held at 11:00 a. m. on December 9, 2023, at South Sound Mannor, 455 North Street SE, Tumwater, WA 98501. Per Merlin's wishes, in lieu of flowers, please provide a donation to the Scottish Rite Scholarship Foundation at .
Nov 16, 1932 - Nov 16, 2023
Joan Ardell Evans passed away of Alzheimer's Disease at home on November 5, 2023, in Olympia, Washington Joan was born November 13, 1932, to Edwin Franklin McLellan and Omie Robertson in a shack near the ocean in Moclips, Washington. She went to school in Moclips and later the family moved to Olympia, where she graduated from Olympia High School. After graduation, Joan was hired as a bookkeeper at the United Dairy where she met Edgar Evans, a milkman. They were married on August 23, 1952, in Olympia, and raised three children. Joan worked for a brief time as a state employee and later got a job at a travel agency. Later, Joan and a friend started their own agency, Allways Travel Service, from which she retired. Over the years, her love of travel took her to such places as Hawaii, Japan, Australia, and London. She visited almost every continent and many countries. Joan was a was a kind, generous, friendly, humble, empathetic, compassionate, and thoughtful woman of God. She was a member of the Tumwater United Methodist Church, sang in the choir, and taught Sunday school. She also was a loving mother and friend who will be remembered for her positive outlook and wonderful hugs. She loved to collect things like Hallmark ornaments. She also liked to sew, knit and crochet; she made many blankets for baby showers. She really enjoyed watching Westerns; Bonanza and Gunsmoke were her favorites. She liked to play card games, especially solitaire, and loved to go to garage sales, too. Joan was an avid Mariners and Seahawks fan. She was a fantastic cook and loved cooking for family and friends. She loved the holidays, especially Christmas; one year she set up seven Christmas trees in the house. Joan will be missed and never forgotten. She is survived by her son, Lowell Dean Evans; daughter, Sheri Dawn MacKenzie; five grandchildren; brother, Edwin Lowell McLellan; and sister, Barbara L. Vaughn. She was predeceased by her parents; husband, Edgar Sampson Evans Sr. ; and son, Edgar Sampson Evans Jr. Services will be held Saturday, December 2, 2023, 11:00 a. m. at Tumwater United Methodist Church, 1401 Lake Park Dr. SW, Tumwater, WA 98512.
Died : Nov 04, 2023
William "Bill" Sandell of Lacey, Wahington, passed away on Saturday, November 4, 2023, at the age of 83. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, JoAnne; his children, Julie (Don) Loski, Mark, Richard, Randall, and Gregory (Tina); and his brother, Lawrence, of Pennsylvania. He is Grandpa to 11 grandchildren and Great-Grandpa to six great-grandchildren, who will all miss his astounding stories and entertaining sense of humor. Bill was born to Herbert and Edith Sandell of Rochester, Washington. Living in a Scandinavian community on a farm in his youth, always thinking that he was Swedish, he didn't learn until years later that he was actually a Swedish-speaking Finn or a "finlandssvenkar. " Bill went on to attend Rochester High School, where he was always active in school activities and leadership and even spent time as one of the school's sports broadcasters. It was also here that his fancy footwork on the dancefloor and tenacity won over his high school sweetheart, JoAnne Keesee. They graduated in 1958 and were married later that same year. At age 17, Bill joined the Army Reserves and continued serving for eight years. After getting married, they wasted no time starting a family and Bill wasted no time starting his career. Obtaining a job at Boeing right out of high school, he spent over 42 years in the Space and Defense Group and retired in 2000. While at Boeing, Bill earned the opportunity to work on many historical projects. One of these was the Lunar Rover Vehicle program, where he helped the astronauts of Apollos 15, 16, and 17 explore the moon in the "Moon Buggy. " After his time at Boeing, Bill traded in his pocket protector for a set of golf clubs and embarked on his second career--retirement. This career saw many highlights. Bill and JoAnne became world travelers, seeing many countries, including Finland, where he was able to meet some extended family and even tour the house his father grew up in. They visited all 50 states and have the refrigerator magnets to prove it. Bill had many hobbies; golf, fishing, photography, camping, and metal detecting are just a short list of what he enjoyed. What he really enjoyed was family. That was the essence of his time and support. Whether it be a family gathering , a grandchild's graduation or a great-grandchild's football game, he was always there and will remain there in our hearts. A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, November 19, 2023, from 2:00 p. m. to 5:00 p. m. at South Sound Manor, 455 North St. SE, Tumwater, WA 98501. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Gary Sinise Foundation or Wounded Warriors Program.
Oct 06, 1942 - Oct 06, 2023
Sharon Lois Jamison passed away September 25, 2023, in Tumwater, Washington, her home of 57 years. She was born March 15, 1942, to Clarence E. "Mac" and Lois P. McCann in Alton, Illinois. She also resided a short time in Seattle (1962-1964). Sharon graduated from North Thurston High School in 1961 and attended Mr. Roberts Beauty School. Professionally, she was a beautician and a Realtor from 1988 to 1999 with Boone & Boone Realty, The Prudential Premier Properties One, and Black River Real Estate. In 1992, she received a special achievement award from the Olympia Thurston County Association of Realtors. Sharon married Robert David Jamison on December 15, 1962, in Lacey, Washington. She loved sewing, crocheting, oil painting, jewelry making, and bowling. She was a member of the Tumwater Allied Arts (1977 Vice President, 1978 President); Olympia Art League; Olympia Thurston County Association of Realtors (1992 local Director, 1995 Vice President, 1996 President); American Business Women's Association; and a league bowler at The Bowl. In 1982, she was the Regional Grand Counselor of the Order of the United Commercial Travelers of America; her jurisdiction was Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia (also former President of the local auxiliary). Sharon is survived by her husband, Bob Jamison; and daughter, Diana McCutcheon. She was predeceased by her parents; and brother, Steven L. McCann. Services will be held Friday, October 13, 2023, 1:00 p. m. at Littlerock Community Fellowship, 11510 Littlerock Road SW, Olympia, WA 98512. Memorial donations may be made to Thurston County Medic One, 2703 Pacific Avenue SE, Suite C, Olympia, WA 98501-2036.
Aug 30, 1941 - Aug 30, 2023
Milo E. "Mick" Dingman, 82, a resident of Tumwater, Washington, lost his battle with cancer and passed away August 27, 2023. Mick was born February 18, 1941, in Reed City, Michigan, to Walter and Edna (Henry) Dingman. He graduated from Clare High School in Michigan in 1959. Mick was employed by the State of Washington Department of Transportation Planning Division and retired after 27 years in 1996. He served in the United States Army from 1961 to 1964, where he was stationed in Korea and Fort Lewis, Washington. Mick enjoyed a variety of sports but spent most of his leisure time fishing and playing pool. He loved growing a garden and always said, "You can't buy a decent tomato in the grocery store. " He was a member of the Olympia Eagles Aerie #21, American Legion Post #13, and the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #1759. He is survived by his daughters, Miki Hadfield and Deborah Sabo; three grandsons; and a granddaughter.
Mar 02, 1930 - Aug 20, 2023
Meryl Williams Gates, age 93, of Tumwater, Washington passed away on Sunday, August 20, 2023. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www. butterworthfuneralhome. com for the Gates family.