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Wednesday, May 30th

Shirley Bonita Nielsen

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December 19, 1934 - May 27, 2007

Friday Harbor resident Shirley Bonita Nielsen, 72, died May 27, 2007, after a long-battle with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. A service is planned for 2 pm on Saturday, June 2, at Roche Harbor Resort.

Shirley was born December 19, 1934, in Victoria, British Columbia, and adopted by Elsie and George McDonald. She graduated from St Anne's Academy in 1952. Though her father wished her to go into the family business, Shirley was determined to go to college and convinced her parents to allow her to attend Gonzaga University along with her lifelong friend, Margaret Levis. She received a bachelor's degree in business from Gonzaga in 1956. She married Charles Cannon Schmidt on December 31, 1955, in Seattle, Washington. Charles obtained a position as the prosecutor for San Juan County, and the young couple moved to the then small town of Friday Harbor.


Rae Case Anderson April 10, 1914 - May 11, 2007

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Born in a log house in Range, Oregon on April 10, 1914, Rae was the daughter of Mabel and Lou Case. Rae was practically born on a horse. She loved horses all her life as well as anything to do with nature. She spent her summers on her Dad’s E Quarter Circle Ranch, helping with the work of the ranch, riding and learning from her Mom, Dad and extended family.

Rae was formally educated in a 2 room school house where her teacher, Ray Baker, inspired her to dream, go to college and amount to something. After she finished the 5th grade, the family moved to Weston, Oregon, so her sister, Ruby, could go to high school. Rae loved school, especially math, and she was always best in her class.


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