Michael Dean Anable passed away peacefully on April 28, 2018, at the age of 71, from the effects of Parkinson’s Disease. Mike graduated from Bellingham High School in 1965 and was in the United States Airforce from 1965 to 1969. Mike also served in the Air National Guard of Washington and the Reserve of the US Airforce from 1969 to 1978. He worked for many years, as a machine operator, at Georgia Pacific in Bellingham, WA. Mike was a very intelligent and caring person, who you would have definitely wanted to be on your team for a game of trivial pursuit. He was also an avid Seahawks and Mariners fan. Over the years, Mike often traveled with his brother, Jim, to Maui where they made many lasting friendships. Mike’s passing comes one year after his brother Jim passed away. Mike is also preceded in death by his mother Harriet Anable. Mike is survived by his brothers Dan Anable and wife Kay, and Greg Anable and wife Kathy, along with his nieces Tracy Anable and Jennifer Anable, and grandniece Emily Morgan. A casual afternoon memorial service will be held to honor Mike on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 2:00pm, at Moles Farewell Tributes Greenacres, 5700 Northwest Drive, Ferndale, WA. To share your memories of Mike, please visit www.molesfarewelltributes.com
You are invited to attend a reunion of 3 classes this summer: BHS Classes of ’65, ’66, and ’67.
We will be gathering at Don Pulver’s wonderful party place on Old Samish Highway on August 18, 2018. Much more information will follow.
Be there or be square.
John H. Hocking, 71, a longtime Mount Vernon resident, passed away at his home on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 after a battle with cancer. John was born in Bremerton, WA on January 3, 1947, the son of Norman and Dorothy (Hogan) Hocking. The family later moved to Bellingham, where John was raised. He attended Shuksan Jr. High School and graduated with the class of 1965 from Bellingham High School.
Always a hard worker who wanted to make his own way, John was on a boat graduation night headed to Alaska to begin commercial fishing. During the fishing off season, he worked for Bellingham Cold Storage. A few years later, he moved to Mount Vernon where he worked for Skagit Valley Trucking. Soon after he began his career in real estate, first with Countryside Realty, then later earning his Broker’s license and opening his own agency, J&J Properties. John found his passion in real estate development. He was proud of his accomplishments and grateful for the life he was able to lead.
John was forever teaching his children and grandchildren the value of a dollar. He loved animals, especially his beloved dogs, Otis & Rose. His favorite pastimes were walks at Washington Park in Anacortes, and driving up into the mountains to enjoy the snow. John will be remembered by his friends and family for his love of making a deal and living life on his own terms.
John is survived by his daughters, Rita Hocking-Kombol (Aaron) of Saudi Arabia and Bellingham and Cheri Wisdom (Brett) of Kirkland; four grandchildren, Lauren & Morgan Kombol, Mitchell & Sam Wisdom and several extended family members.
At John’s request there will be no services. Private inurnment will be at Greenacres Cemetery in Ferndale. Memorials are suggested to the Humane Society of Skagit Valley, 18841 Kelleher Road, Burlington, WA 98233 in honor of John. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley.
We were saddened to hear of the loss of another classmate, Judy Corne Bray. Judy attended Bellingham schools throughout her formative years. She was a steadfast member of the Sunnyland+ Lunch Bunch and missed only two of the annual luncheons in over ten years. She will be missed at those gala events. Our condolences go out to her husband, Paul, and her family and friends. Her obituary also appears on our “In Fond Memory” page.
Judy Louise (Corne) Bray was born March 9, 1947, and passed away December 2, 2017, in Tacoma, Washington. She grew up in Bellingham, Washington, attended Bellingham schools, and was graduated from Bellingham High School in 1965. She married Paul Bray and together they raised three children: Jeff, Kris, and Anjee. Judy is survived by her husband of 51 years, her three children, eleven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. She also leaves two sisters, Joyce and Janna. She will be dearly missed by her family. Services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 5, 2018, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Tacoma, Washington.
A delightful time was had by the Sunnyland+ Lunch Bunch as we celebrated our 2017 luncheon at Bob’s Burgers & Brew on the Cook Road today; this is our 13th annual get-together. It seems that as time passes these events become more meaningful as we reconnect to share laughs and old memories from when we were young. If you have a photo you’d like to share with our classmates, please send it along to us. We love pictures!
Unfortunately, we add another classmate to the roll of those who have passed away this year as Sharen Farrar Macy died this past July. Her obituary is below as well as on our “In Fond Memory…” page. We offer condolences to her family and friends.
Sharen Lee Farrar Macy
Sharen Lee (Farrar) Macy was born April 20, 1947. She passed away July 15, 2017. She is preceded in death by her Mother, Betty Therrien, her Father, William Farrar and her husband Denny Macy. She is survived by her daughter, Babbette; sons Shane Bouffiou and Bryan (Vanessa)Bell, Brent (Shannon) Macy, Greg (Amy) Macy; brother Mike (Dianne) Farrar, grandchildren: Larrissa Barber, Kyle Macy, Brianna and Emma Bell; step parents Henry Therrien and Marilyn Farrar, nephews Jason (Becky) Farrar, Scott (Jamie Woods) Farrar; great nieces Kennedy, Ruby & Jessa Farrar and Summer & Mazee Farrar. Sharen was a talented florist and decorator. She had a great eye for beautiful antiques. She is finally home with the love of her life, Denny. Sharen was one of a kind and she will be dearly missed. A private family memorial will be held at a later date.
Once again, we regret to advise you of the passing of another classmate, Jane Veratt Bradley. Her obituary appears below as well as on our “In Fond Memory…” page. Our condolences go out to Jane’s family and friends.
Jane Ann Bradley (Veratt) passed away unexpectedly on 5/23 in her home in Federal Way. Jane was born 5/19/47 to long time Bellingham residents Chester & Mary Veratt. She grew up in Bellingham and graduated Shuksan High School in 1965. She then moved to Seattle to become a dental assistant; shortly after meeting Rich. They were married in the summer of 69. They built a home in Federal Way and raised their children in it. As the children grew Jane stayed busy making crafts of all kinds and selling them, she was creative and always was finding new and unique outlets to express it. As the kids grew she went to work as a teacher’s assistant, and also worked with children with disabilities, her compassion and love knew no bounds. Now reunited with her father Chester, Jane leaves behind: her husband Rich, daughters Carin & Katie, grandsons Aiden & Elijah, mother Mary, Sister Lisa, and niece Alisha. Life celebration 2 p.m. June 10th at the Dumas Bay Center in Federal Way. Family asks that you wear bright colors in honor of the brightness Jane brought to our lives.
It is with much sadness that we announce the loss of another classmates, Steve Zatrine. This is an especially hard time for the Zatrine family as Steve’s wife and the mother of their only son also passed away last November. No further information is available at this time.
Steven Zatrine, Sr., age 69, was born in Bellingham, Washington, and passed away February 10th at Whatcom Hospice House in Bellingham, Washington. Arrangements by Whatcom Cremation & Funeral.