Published on Wed, Sep 15, 2010
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A full obituary will be published at a later date for Sequim resident Irvin Boyd, who died Sept. 11, 2010, at the age of 96. He was an honorary grand pioneer for the 2008 Sequim Irrigation Festival.
He was born Jan. 31, 1914, in Port Angeles.
Sequim Valley Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
James Coy Bena
died September 4, 2010 in Sequim of bone cancer. He was born February 13, 1915 in Payette, Idaho to Edward and Margaret (Gaines) Bena. James served in the Navy, and retired from Sears. According to his wishes, there will be no service. Final resting place will be in Rose Hills Cemetery, California beside his beloved wife, Nina Winona Bena, who preceded James in death on February 8, 2002. In honor of our Uncle Jimmy, we suggest making a donation to your favorite charity.
LELAND WADE SMITH
took his last hike to the Lord Sept. 2, 2010 having lived just shy of
99 years. Leland was born January 12, 1912 in Fremont, NE to Grover and Margaret Smith. He grew up in Cedar Bluffs, NE, attended the University of Chicago and married Miriam Jeanne Lecky prior to entering WWII, where he was involved in the Aleutian Campaign as a Colonel. Following the War, he remained in Anchorage, working for the Corp of Engineers and as an Alaskan entrepreneur. In the 1960s, Leland relocated to the Port Angeles/Sequim area to be near his
3 sons, and continued to travel the world pursuing his passion of riding trains and hiking. He was a friend to many, especially the neighborhood dogs, who greeted him with wagging tails. Leland was preceded in death by his son, Stephen, and he is survived by his sons, Bryan and Craig, daughter-in-law Sue Heffernan, grandsons Justin, Andrew and Kent, granddaughters Galen and Claire and great granddaughter Elianna. Leland is also survived by his soul mate and constant companion, Josephine Green, with whom he traveled the country in search of vistas, saplings and evidence of the Lewis and Clark expedition. A private celebration of Leland's life will be held.
Dorothy "Dottie" Haidal
Dorothy "Dottie" Haidal was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on May 1, 1943 and died peacefully at her sister's home in Sequim, Washington on August 3, 2010.
Dottie was a polio survivor who lived a full life. Her sense of humor brought much joy to all who knew her. Although her laughter gradually became more subdued over the past two years as she valiantly battled ALS, her sense of humor never wavered.
Growing up on the East Coast, in 1961 Dottie graduated from Edison High School in New Jersey. For the next 15 years she was employed as a private secretary for Johnson & Johnson in New Brunswick, NJ. One of her responsibilities was social director. She loved to tell the story of when planning a department holiday party, she made her mark when the highly-publicized Door Prize turned out to be an old door, badly in need of paint.
She married the late Edward Haidal in Warminster, PA on March 19, 1976. After visiting her sister and brother-in law, Peggy and Bob Kelly, they fell in love with the area and moved to Sequim in 1989. Her parents, the late Arch & Betty Drylie soon followed.
Dottie quickly embraced the Sequim community. She joined the Sequim Guild for Seattle Children's Hospital, of which she became treasurer. Her love for children spread into many facets in her life, including CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate for Foster Children). She was also treasurer for PEO Chapter IV, P.A., and a member of MAC - Museum & Arts Center. Dottie & Ed were Ditchwalkers supporting the Sequim Irrigation Festival and enjoyed RVing with a fun group of friends.
Dottie was supportive of anyone needing her help or tackling a committee project, but was always shy in accepting accolades. Her signature smile and twinkle in her eyes will be remembered by all who knew her kind spirit. She loved entertaining and her home was always welcoming to all. She enjoyed the Port Angeles Symphony and any restaurant within 50 miles. Her fellow SARC swimmers remember Dottie as a prankster of the "Bad Girls." Most recently, Dottie was practicing traditional African Djembe drumming rhythms. The faster they drummed, the bigger her smile became. When she became unable to attend, the group disbanded. Dottie was the driving force for many groups of friends - all of whom miss her very much.
Dottie is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Mandy & Mark Jenson, and grandson Brandon; sister and brother-in-law, Peggy & Bob Kelly; brother John Scott Drylie, nephew Gerry Kelly; nieces Sara Kelly and Amanda & Jerrin Fiorini and their two sons, Sean and Brent. She is also survived by stepdaughters, Chris Glover and Denise Forbes and stepson, Stephen Haidal.
A private graveside memorial will be held at Dungeness Cemetery with Dr. Scott Koenigsaecker, Sr. Pastor, Sequim Community Church, officiating. A private Celebration of Life will be held at a later date for friends and family. Linde Family Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.
Contributions in Dottie's memory may be made to Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County, 540 E. 8th St., Port Angeles, WA 98362.