Marie became an aviation secretarial supervisor at the Boeing Company where she worked for many years. John and Marie bought the old Sid Lull place north of Winthrop in 1965, and in 1971 moved there permanently. They farmed the place and started Arrowhead Ranch, a group home for boys. The boys loved and adored her. In return, she gave them the love and affection they so needed. Marie worked at the Trail’s End book store in Winthrop for her good friend Mary Thompson for many years. This job was well suited to Marie as she liked talking with folks coming into the store, and she had a passion for reading. Marie loved her home and her garden and enjoyed canning the beautiful vegetables that she grew there. She enjoyed a spirited conversation on just about any topic, but she particularly enjoyed discussions centered on politics.
Lee Ann was born in Carlton on Aug. 18, 1956, to Dale and Mary Campbell-Johnson. She went to elementary and middle school in Twisp. She graduated from Liberty Bell High School in 1974. Lee Ann married Dewayne Yockey in 1975. They had three children together, Tony, Larry and Jessica Yockey. In 1986, she met Billy Fletcher, the love of her life. They were married Sept. 7, 1986. She and Billy were married for 23 years. Lee Ann lived her entire life in the Methow Valley, except the last two years she lived in Omak. Lee Ann worked at the Branding Iron in Twisp for 27 years, until she moved to Omak. She loved to go fishing and camping, and loved spending time with friends and family.
Susan raised her boys in the Methow Valley, “Twips,” as she jokingly called it, where she really fell in love with Mother Nature. In Twisp, Susan ate what she grew, making homemade jam, canning fruit, and spoiling her boys with cookies and pies that would become legendary. In January of 1981, already having two teenage boys, Susan gave birth to her third joy, a little girl, whom she named Rachel Fawn Nicholson. In 1982, Susan had her boys head back to Wenatchee while she and her baby, Rachel, traveled across the country visiting friends in New Hampshire and New Mexico. In early 1983, Susan rented a tiny house on Alaska Street with daughter Rachel for what she intended to be six months, until she could find something bigger for all of her children. During the 1980s, Susan became adored by her sons’ new friends in Wenatchee, continuing on to be a surrogate mother to many. While raising Rachel in Wenatchee, Susan went to Wenatchee Valley College, where she received her associates degree from the Tree Fruit Research Program in 1989. Never a fan of the industry, Susan began her work as a self-employed gardener for numerous gardens and homes around the Wenatchee Valley. All one had to do was drive by her little house to see her love and knack for flowers; if it was out there, she grew it, and it thrived!
Bruce nourished his relationships with family and friends and was always there for whomever needed him. He was a man who wasn’t afraid to tell his friends that he loved them. Even after being diagnosed, Bruce remained positive and continued to thank God every night before going to sleep for his loved ones and for the life that he loved. He truly felt blessed for what he had.
When DeWeese passed in 1993, Evelyn sold the family ranch and moved to Carson City, Nev., to be near her son Don. When he passed in 1994, Evelyn moved to Wenatchee to be near family and friends. In 2002, she moved to Gresham, Ore. Shortly after settling in Gresham, Evelyn began volunteering for Ambelside Loaves and Fishes and became the hostess in the dining room. Evelyn volunteered there five days a week. She met many people there and enjoyed them all.
A compulsive and creative tinkerer, Mike was forever building novel gadgets in his workshop. In 1978, he and a group of friends founded the Methow Aeronuts, a club for model airplane enthusiasts who gathered religiously every Sunday to go flying. Despite his deteriorating health, for the past few years he diligently worked at restoring a 1960 Fiat.
At Jim’s request, there will be no services. But as a final gift, Dixie will bring his remains to the valley so family and friends can say their farewells at a potluck gathering. Please join us for a Farewell to Jim potluck on Friday (Oct 9) at the Twisp Valley Grange, beginning at 4 p.m., and serving dinner at around 5 p.m.
She was a “farm girl” who always grew her own food. A wonderful seamstress, she enjoyed making beautiful quilts for friends and family. She was a spectacular baker and frequently brought along her wonderful cinnamon rolls as she visited friends and family. Known as the family genealogy expert, she was sought out for information and spent hours helping others to identify and label old pictures.
Jim’s passion for life was well known by his family and friends. He was always busy with some project, whether it was restoring cars, woodworking, or construction work. He loved fishing, reading, and snowmobiling.
Rubye Anne Hagemeister, 77, “Mom” to her kids, passed away Nov. 17, 2009, after a mercifully short battle with pancreatic cancer. Feisty to the end, Mom was especially irritated that her health began to fail, suddenly, just days before she was to depart on a dream vacation to Hawaii with dear friends, Joyce and Jack, and could not join them.
In 1967, they moved to Twisp and built the Wagon Wheel Drive In & Motel in the early 70s. Maxine was an avid gardener who had a green thumb for growing veggies and beautiful flowers. She had wit, an inquisitive mind and was sharp as a tack, always. She had a great love for family, friends and animals big and small.
An enormous part of Mom’s life was her membership in the church choir, the main part of her social life. She cherished her friends in the group and looked forward to Wednesday night practices even more than Sunday performances, because there was time to gab with her buddies.
Graveside services will be held for family and close friends on Saturday, Jan. 30, at 11 a.m. at Beaver Creek Cemetery in Twisp, followed by a potluck memorial at 1 p.m. at the Methow Valley Senior Citizens Center in Twisp.
Their family moved to Spokane, where Frieda was raised and where she graduated from Rogers High School in 1933. After graduation, she moved to Seattle, where she met and married Ken Hester. They moved to Spokane to raise their family. In 1954, they purchased Northwest Seed and Pet, running it together until retiring in 1979. They moved to Winthrop, where they loved having their family come for visits, entertaining them with rides down the Chewach River in the summer and snowmobiling the wide open ranges in the winter.