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October 22, 2019

“I started painting and drawing as a little kid and it has dominated my life ever since.” - Larry Heald.
“Larry” passed away quietly and peacefully in the early hours of October 1st with his loving wife, Dana, and his faithful furry friend, Emme, at his side. He lived as he died: a man of great dignity, wisdom, kindness, and talent.  Always a soft-spoken man, 10 years of living with Alzheimer’s eventually robbed Larry of his wisdom and talent, but he maintained his dignity and sweet nature to the very end.  However, it is the legacy of his talent as a most gifted and extremely hard-working painter that will live on throughout the ages.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Charles Robert Hedlund passed on September 10, 2019 at the age of 81. “Chuck” to his friends, which was just about everyone, was a lifelong Skagit Valley and La Conner resident. Born on June 20, 1938 in Mt. Vernon, WA he attended Lincoln and Roosevelt grade schools until moving to La Conner in third grade. 
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Whit was born in Seattle on November 6, 1930, to Willard Milton Hansen and Marjorie Whitney Hansen; he passed away at his home in La Conner on August 2, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. 
Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Betty J. Foster passed away on Friday, August 9, 2019 at Skagit Valley Hospital at the age of 74. Betty was born on March 5, 1945 to William and Bertha (Jolley) Gwynn in Tacoma. On May 24, 1969, Betty married James “Jim” Henry Foster in Bremerton, WA. 
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Remembering Betty Batchelor Miles

I first met Betty Miles in her ditch. She loved to transplant roadside flowers along the ditch at her Samish Island property so she would have something beautiful to look at whenever she left her home. Creating beauty was a part of her life, whether in the yard, areas for visiting friends, or on the canvas; beauty was a value for Betty. 

Betty loved nature and animals and especially loved watching wildlife. Her deep desire was that critters have a place to live. She and her husband Gary made their beautiful 10-acre home, “Deerpond,” into a sanctuary for all kinds of birds and animals. Molly Doran, Skagit Land Trust executive director, noted, “It feels very peaceful there – Betty cultivated that. She also allowed her artistic expression to come out on the land.” 

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Lillian Cushner Steinberg passed away peacefully on June 15, 2019, one week shy of her 92nd birthday.
She was a well-known watercolor artist in La Conner, Washington, who exhibited her paintings at several local galleries, including Art in a Picklebarn at several annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festivals. She and her husband, Maynard Steinberg, lived in Shelter Bay, La Conner in their retirement. Some years after his death, Lillian moved to Portland Oregon to be near her youngest daughter, Emily Orth, her son-in-law Alan Orth, and grandson Benjamin Orth.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Forrest Eisen Jr. was born June 26, 1942 in Mount Vernon, Washington to Anita and Forrest Eisen Sr. He attended grade and high school in La Conner until his senior year.
He joined the Army in 1961 and was medically discharged due to a shrapnel injury losing his left eye. He later moved to Oregon and worked in the logging industry. Later he moved to Bremerton. He attended an apprenticeship at the naval shipyard as an electrician. He worked 29+ years, then retired in 1989.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

October 8, 1930 to March 3, 2019
Memorial service will be held on Sunday, June 30, 2019, 2:00 pm at First Christian Church. 495 E. Bakerview Road, Bellingham, WA 98226

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Donna E Zimmerman 87, a long-time resident of La Conner passed away in Seattle on June 12, 2019. Donna was born in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota on August 5, 1931 to SR (Bob) and Mina Green. She lived in the Avon-Fredonia area, working on farms. Donna attended school in Avon and Burlington and graduated from La Conner High School in 1949. She was married to Boyd Zimmerman for 68 years. Donna worked for the post office as a rural mail carrier, retiring in 1991. Donna was a member of the La Conner Methodist Church and Billkens Club.
Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Walter Ardell Johnson, Sr. was born on February 16, 1927 at the Rowley Hospital, to John Linley and Mary Kathrine (O’Brien) Johnson in Mount Vernon. On June 7, 2019 he passed away at a care facility in Mount Vernon. He is survived by his children, Patty (Larry) McCormick, Carol (Gene) Johnson, Mary (Jeff) Hartshorn, Walter Johnson, Jr. and Heidi (Mike) Riley; son-in-law, Ellery Gage; many grandchildren as well as many great grandchildren.
Wednesday, June 19, 2019

On May 30, 2019, Barbara Vogland Stockwell of Shelter Bay completed all the chapters in her book of life. Born November 7, 1939 to Henry & Lillian Vogland in Portland, OR. Barbara married Jon Nelson in 1959 having two children, Julie (1963) & Robert (1965). Divorced in 1974 Barbara and her children traveled and moved several times before moving to La Conner in 1979. Through those years Barbara was a secretary, marketer for independent businesses, sold wood stoves, remodeled houses, realtor, took properties through the purchase, permit process and marketing for the original Holiday Inn owner, John Q. Hammons.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

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