Betty B. Cornaby
Reva Mae Meyers Bates
Reva Mae Meyers Bates died of age related causes on April 13, 2011. Born on July 26, 1920 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, she was the third of six children of Vera and Carl Meyers. Her
father died when she was five and the family moved back to their
hometown of Arlington, Iowa where grandparents were able to help raise Reva and her siblings.
Reva was always an athlete. In high school she played
basketball and was on a semipro girl’s team while in business school. She began playing tennis at the age of 40 and continued until she was 80. She also played trombone in school and community bands.
After Pearl Harbor, Reva joined the Marine Corps and was in the first class of women Marines. She completed basic training at Hunter College in New York and then served in Washington DC and San Francisco. Always proud of her service, when she was recently asked if she was a WAVE she responded “No – I was a Marine!”
Reva married Rex James (Jim) Bates in 1947 and together they enjoyed nearly 64 years
together. Married life began in Chicago where Jim was a student at the University of Chicago but they soon moved to the suburbs where together they enjoyed a passion for gardening, bird watching, raising their Welsh Corgis and, shuttling between the various activities of their children. In 1972, Jim’s job took them to Bloomington, Illinois. For almost 30 years Reva was a dedicated member of a craft group which supported St. Joe’s Hospital and was one of the founding members of the Evergreen Racquet Club.
In 2000, Reva and Jim moved to Sequim, Washington to be closer to their daughter, son and grandchildren. While in Sequim she enjoyed her memoirs group, swimming at SARC, attending Sequim City Band Concerts and the various activities of children and grandchildren.
Reva’s sunny smile will be missed by her husband Jim; children Patricia (David)
Mattingley of Sequim, Washington; Rex (Angela) Bates of Tacoma, Washington; granddaughters Jennifer
Mattingley (Tom) Hommel, Gabrielle and Amber Bates, and great grandson Lucas Hommel. Born of solid Iowa stock she is survived by older sisters Noreen Lindfield and Carleen Burri and younger
brothers Don and Veryl Meyers.
A family reception is planned for a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to
Annie Wright School, 827 N Tacoma Avenue, Tacoma, WA or the Sequim City Band, P.O. Box 1745, Sequim, WA.
Jim Haynes passed away into the arms of his Lord on March 31, 2011 after suffering several months with heart and blood problems.
Clarence Earl “Jim” Haynes was born on December 12, 1920 in Colby, Kansas to Roy and Hattie Mae Haynes. After he graduated, he enrolled at Kansas State University. While studying there, he was recruited to enroll in Notre Dame University’s Midshipman’s School. After being commissioned as an ensign into the navy, he served as a deck officer on an anti-sub patrol ship and eventually on an aircraft carrier, Cape Glouster, in the Pacific. During that time he married Arla Mae Washburn. They had four children together.
After four years in the navy, the family moved to Ellensburg, WA. where Jim owned and
operated a bicycle and sporting goods business. When the marriage ended in divorce, Jim moved to
Seattle to attend the U of W. While studying there, he was recruited by the Boeing Company. During this time, he met and married Jo Ann Hewes. He worked in management and supervision at Boeing for 30 years.
In 1982, Jim and Jo Ann moved to Sequim and opened the Kitchen Cupboard and the Christmas Cottage, operating the businesses for 19 years. During those years Jim was active in
serving the Sequim community, and Sequim Community Church where he sang in the choir for about 25 years. He worked on many of the Irrigation Festival floats and served as President of Sequim Chamber of Commerce. In 1989, Jim was selected as Sequim’s Citizen of the Year. He always enjoyed working with others in various venues, gardening, travel, reading, music, theater and family activities.
After the death of his wife, Jo Ann, he later met and soon married Faith Greenough on June 14th, 2008. They have enjoyed being together for three wonderful, active years. His zest for life and interaction with people was evidenced in all he did. His infectious laughter, and smile will be missed by the many lives he touched. Truly, a long life, well lived!
Survivors include his wife, Faith, in Sequim, sons, David and Stephan, Morgan Hills, CA. Richard Mumford, TN, Jimae Haynes and partner, Deborah Nix of Nampa, ID. Also included are 3 grand-children,
6 great-grandchildren, 1 great, great-grandchild, several nieces and nephews, 3 step-children, Scott Hansen of Anchorage, AK. Krista Whitford of Poulsbo, WA. and Kara Pitt of Ashland, MA. and 9 step grand-children.
A memorial service will be held at Sequim Community Church, 950 N. Sequim Ave. on April 30 at 2:00 PM. In lieu of flowers donations include: A memorial bench in Jim’s name at Carrie Blake Park band shell. Send to City of Sequim, 152 W. Cedar Street with “Jim Haynes memorial bench” in the memo. Also donations can be made to Boys and Girls Club, Children’s Hospital or others of your choice.
Former Anchorage resident, Lois Ellen Bruck, nee Guthrie, 90, passed away peacefully on April 16, in Sequim, Washington. She was born in 1920, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and was the youngest of 8 children.
In 1953, Lois moved to Alaska to be with two of her sisters and their families and soon met and married Al Bruck. In 1954 they moved to Juneau for four years where Al worked for the State Headquarters, Alaska National Guard. Al started his career with the CAA/FAA in 1958, which took them back to Anchorage. For the next 32 years, Lois was the consummate hostess and tour guide to VIPs and new FAA families arriving from out of state and was recognized by the FAA for all her years of service in this manner at Al’s retirement in 1985.
Once Al retired, they moved to Washington State where they settled in Sequim and she reconnected with many FAA friends and made many new friendships through her P.E.O. Chapter. Lois shared a love of bird watching and instilled a life-long love of birds in her children and many others around her.
Throughout her life, Lois was active in a multitude of philanthropic organizations and was a life member and past President of Auxiliary #4, Pioneers of Alaska, Episcopal Church Women and P.E.O., Chapter E (Anch) and Chapter H (Sequim).
Lois was preceded in death by her 7 siblings and survived by her husband of 57 years, Al. She is also survived by her four children, daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Jim Ingalls, son, John Bruck, daughter and son-in-law Maria and Gary Hammond and daughter and son-in-law Barbara and Jeffrey Callahan. Lois is also survived by daughter-in-law, Marguerite Johnson and grandchildren, Jack, Richard, Kristy, Eric, Melissa, Danielle, Sara.
A memorial will be held on Wednesday, April 20 at Sunland Golf and Country Club in the Clubhouse at 3pm for friends and family.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to International Bird Rescue, 444 West Ocean Blvd, Ste 777, Long Beach, CA 90802 (501 [c]3).