Elva May Kuch

Elva May Kuch passed away on April 27, 2020 at 7:30am.

She was born in Bremerton, WA on October 27, 1930 to Albert Luxton and Lola Murphy Luxton.  She lived in various towns growing up…. Bremerton, Tahuah, Astoria…  but mostly on the west side of Puget Sound.  Her mother died early in her life, and she was adopted by her stepmom Alice Castle Luxton. She had two sisters, Myrna LaFazia and Grace Ashe.  

Melba Yvette McKee

Yvette McKee of West Seattle, Washington, was lost to pancreatic cancer at age 72 on April 25, 2020. She was a strong and determined woman, never willing to give up the fight. She touched our lives as a mother, sister, wife, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. Yvette left this world in the comfort of her home and in the company of family, knowing that she was loved. 


Carroll E. Heffron, Jr. “Mic” 9/29/1937 – 4/20/2020

Born in Yakima, WA to Carroll E. Heffron, Sr. MD and Anne Catherine Mooney Heffron. Mic attended St. Paul’s Catholic Grade School and Marquette High School in Yakima. After graduating from Central Washington College, he worked as a case worker for the Washington State Welfare Office in Yakima and later as a Juvenile Detention Probation Officer at the Child Welfare Office. In 1968, he moved the family to Seattle where his career in Healthcare began as the Assistant Administrator of Mount Saint Vincent Senior Care Center.

Hurley Gilbert Ring

Hurley Gilbert Ring was born on September 2, 1925 and passed peacefully at home in Normandy Park, WA on April 2, 2020, at age 94.  He lived a long and fulfilling life and is remembered by many for the 36 years he ran his store in White Center, The Party House.  He was preceded in death by his wife Darline and eldest son Russ (Juli).  He is survived by sons Doug (Corinne), Greg (Kim), and Mike (Cindy), and granddaughters Stephanie, Jasmin, Rachel and Kiana.  A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.  Remembrances can be made to Kaiser Permanente Home Health and Hospice.

Dorothy Virginia Alkire

Dorothy (“Dot”) Virginia Alkire,90 died in her home on March 29,2020. She moved to Seattle in 1970, buying a big house above Alki.  Dorothy loved living there.  She called it “our beach” – we were the “Alkire’s of Alki.”

Dot is survived by her five children: Joe Jr., Shari, David, Tom and Michael, all residing in Washington state; and her beloved sister Zelda Vice of Payson, Utah.

She is also survived by her five grandchildren: Cordell and Portia Fischer, Michael and Justin Alkire and Luke Alkire and 2 great-grandchildren Dominic Ojo-Fischer and Mason Wyland-Fischer.

Janet R. Smith 10/10/1934 to 3/10/2020

Janet began her life’s adventure in Powell, WY. She married her sweetheart Denman Smith after she graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1956. Janet taught and substituted in public schools for 42 years. The summer months were spent in Yellowstone National Park while Denny was a Summer Seasonal Ranger. After she retired from the Highline School District they travelled the world. Janet volunteered for many organizations. Janet is predeceased by her parents, Elven & Eleanore (Longley) Royer.

Joy Melech


On March 25, 2020, the family of Joy Melech of Burien, WA will be celebrating her Heavenly birthday!  She passed away on January 14, 2020.  She was a Mom, Nana, tireless advocate for her son at Woodside School, a nurse who graduated from Ball State University in Muncie, IN, a former Burien business owner with her fine gift and antique shop, twice award-winning poet and she was blessed with talent as a pianist. She loved The Lord!  Born and raised in Mammoth, WV, she later raised her family in Muncie, IN before moving to Burien in 1968.

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