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Thursday, July 28th
Wilma Denise Munsey
December 27, 1936 ~ July 20, 2011
Born Wilma Akers on December 27, 1936 in Everett, Wilma passed away suddenly on July 20, 2011 at her home in Friday Harbor.
She leaves behind her loving husband Tom Munsey, children Craig and Grant Arno and Denise (Robert) Gamboa; stepchildren David (Jennifer), Curtis (Jennifer), and Rebecca Border; grandchildren Elizabeth, Ben, and Victoria Arno, Alex and Glen Gamboa, Logan, Colby, Sarah, and Christopher Border; and several nieces and nephews.
Wilma was an active organizer in every community in which she ever lived. Over the years she led scout troops, church groups, support groups, and other volunteer activities too numerous to list. She earned her college degree in Technical Writing at age 60 in Manassas, VA, and put it to use writing, among other things, a gardening column in the Friday Harbor newspaper. She was past president of both Garden Club and Horticultural Society, coordinator for San Juan County Cancer Support Group, and leader of the Cancer Incidence Mapping Project. She had organized annual plantings at the formal garden and Pig War Reenactments at English Camp, was active in the county fair, and was proud to reinstate the printed fair booklet this year. She also worked on the County Salary Commission.
Her professional life was equally varied, from dental receptionist to career counselor to owner of an employment agency. However, her first priority was always family and home. She was a great cook, and enjoyed gardening and decorating. She always liked to look her best in company. And she loved giving gifts! Her family and friends will dearly miss her warmth and generosity. She gave her everything to everyone.
Wilma was preceded in death by parents Ivan Akers and Lois VanLaningham Akers, brother Jack Akers, sister Patricia Mills, and nephew Mark Mills.
Family and friends are invited to a gathering at noon on Saturday, July 30 at Mullis Senior Center, 589 Nash St., Friday Harbor, WA. There will be a brief eulogy and we hope people will bring memories to share, and then a light buffet lunch. Shuttles will be available for ferry walk-ons. Wilma loved hats, so feel free to wear one if you wish.
Memories can also be shared at the online guest register at www.evanschapel.com.
Tuesday, July 26th
Patty Ann (Patt) Leake
November 11, 1951 ~ March 20, 20111
Born in Mt. Vernon, Washington to Vernon and Freida Stoney Leake, Patt died suddenly March 20, 2011. She was the great grand daughter of Island Pioneers James and Adeline King and was raised in Friday Harbor. She graduated from Friday Harbor High School in 1969. After attending Western Washington State College, she graduated from McDonald’s School of Beauty.
Patt worked as a hairdresser in the Seattle area for twenty-five years, returning to the Island in 1996 where she held various jobs. Patt loved her dogs, NASCAR, music, writing poetry and studying genealogy.
She was preceded in death by her sister Sally Jo Leake, her parents, aunts and uncles Hollis and Marjorie Hassell, Howard and Marie Dean and Selma Stoney. Patt is survived by Wendy, Dave and Marc Picinich of Friday Harbor and Jill Picinich Whitfield of Las Vegas.
Remembrances may be made to the Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor, PO Box 1355 Friday Harbor, WA 98250.
A graveside service will be held July 30 at 1:00 pm at the San Juan Valley Cemetery. A reception will follow at the home of Dave & Wendy Picinich, 780 Harbor Street.
Sunday, July 17th
July 23, 1953 ~ July 4, 2011
Michael was born in Jacksonville, Florida, but grew up in Minnesota. He joined the Navy with the expectation of seeking
adventure on the high seas and in exotic ports around the world. He spent 1 week at sea in U.S. waters, and that was the extent of his adventures with the Navy.
Michael was extremely smart and excelled in engineering, computers and anything electronic. He was always experimenting with different devices and making new items. He was constantly upgrading stereo, television, and computer equipment. He had several inventions that were patented and are still in use today.
Michael had a passion for music. His collection of CDs was eclectic and vast. He loved movies and enjoyed going to our local movie theater. He had a large collection of DVDs. In his life, an excellent entertainment center was mandatory.
Michael moved to Friday Harbor in 1996 from Minnesota. The only people he knew here were his mother and her husband. He arrived in a huge Oldsmobile covered in dirt and grime from the long drive.
Michael soon made his way to Rock Island Technology Solutions to sign up for Internet service. It quickly became apparent to Mike Greene, the owner of Rock Island, that Michael had great knowledge and experience with computer systems. Michael was soon working full time at Rock Island. He was instrumental in designing and developing many of the services that Rock Island customers and clients use to this day.
Michael was well known at many of our local cafés since he went out to eat breakfast every day. He was easy to spot due to his severely curved spine (a type of painful rheumatoid arthritis) and the presence of his blue and gold macaw, Cosmo, on his arm.
Michael was very modest about his accomplishments. He was a caring and giving person. Mike Greene is correct in saying that Michael was a real gem. Ron Hall, Michael’s brother, stated that Friday Harbor was the place where Michael was accepted, respected, and loved for the special man he was.
He will be greatly missed by his Rock Island family, his clients, his animal family at F.H. Pet Supplies, his friends with whom he played trivia, and all the people in our community who knew Michael.
Michael is survived by his brother, Ron Hall, who resides in Minnesota, plus 3 birds and 1 cat.
Anyone wishing to give a donation in Michael Hall’s name may do so at our local Animal Shelter.