Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Obituary- Sally Jo Davis, Jan 3, 2015

I'm sorry to report the passing of another classmate. Sally Jo Davis died Jan 3, 2015 in Roswell, NM. Sally Jo only attended SHS her senior year, but we appeared in several plays together, and I remember her fondly. We corresponded a bit in the 70's, when she taught school in Rapid City, SD.

Her Everett Herald Obituary is here.

This is her senior picture.

And here's an annual page from one of our plays.

This is the text from the Herald Obituary:

Our beloved sister, aunt and friend, Sally Jo Davis passed away peacefully at home in Roswell, New Mexico on January 3, 2015, after battling ALS. She was 63. At her request, no services are planned at this time. Sally was born in Spokane, Washington to Rodger and Fara Davis, who have preceded her in death. Sally graduated in 1970 from Snohomish High School, where she enjoyed playing the cello. Sally was also a Senior Girl Scout, which inspired lifelong love of the outdoors. Sally graduated Western Washington University in 1974, where she received her Bachelor's Degree in education. She taught at various elementary schools in South Dakota, Oregon and Arizona before her 21 year tenure with Seattle Public Schools, primarily at Whittier Elementary in Ballard. She was passionate about her position as a teacher, and changed lives with her mentoring approach. Sally acknowledged each student's special interests and learning style. She was a trailblazer in education, winning several accolades. Some of Sally's selfless acts included establishing a homework club for her school, and sharing her love of the great outdoors with her students. Sally returned to her own education and received her Masters Degree in education from Lesley University in 1994. Later in 2004, Sally moved to Ramah, New Mexico where she continued her teaching career before retiring in Roswell, New Mexico in 2012. Sally was an accomplished musician, playing the guitar and singing professionally for several decades. She played in a duo known as Spirit Ridge that enjoyed playing at several venues. Sally was especially proud of Spirit Ridge's appearances on the main stage at the Seattle Folk Life Festival. Sally is survived by her three sisters, Kathryn (Kathy) Smith and husband Steve of Roswell, N.M., Barbara Neukirch and husband David of Everett, and Judy Davis, also of Roswell, N.M.. Sally is also survived by three nieces and one nephew, including, Cheri Cisneros, of Everett, Barbara Evans, Stephanie Davis, and Kenneth Smith of Roswell, N.M. Sally is survived by many other great nieces and nephews, and cousins. A memorial will be conducted in June when Sally Jo's ashes will be dispersed in the South Fork Stillaguamish River near Silverton at her request. 

Thanks to Steve Humphries for letting me know about Sally's passing.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Mr. Ralph Davis Obituary- 1934-2014

Harry Renken was kind enough to scan Mr. Davis's obituary for us. Thank you, Harry!

Click on the above to enlarge.

Here's the link, from the Everett Herald.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

How about some good news?

I'm tired of posting only obituaries. Anyone have any great news to share? Grandbabies? Trips? Mini-Reunions? Anything... e-mail me at and I'll post it- news, pictures, links, newspaper clippings. We all love good news.

I'll start the ball rolling- next May I am going to teach a week-long workshop in knitting design in, get this, Italy. We'll be staying at The Hotel Bramante, in Umbria, Italy. We'll have classes in the morning and excursions (to Assisi, and elsewhere) in the afternoon, and in the evenings we'll have cooking classes, wine tastings and a medieval archery demonstration. It sounds like a dream come true. It'll be my first transatlantic trip (I've taught classes all over the US, and on a couple of cruise ships), and I'm really excited about it.

Registration hasn't opened yet, but the hotel has info on the workshop.

It's going to be pretty amazing.

So, what's going on with you all?

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Obituary- Steve Romberger

I'm so sorry to report that classmate Steve Romberger, died July 6, in Cabo, Mexico. Harry Renken sent this printout of his obituary.

Here is a link to the Everett Herald obituary, and from there you can post a message on his guest book.

Our warmest thoughts go to Steve's family and friends.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Obituary- Barbara Martin Vopnford

Classmate Barb Martin Vopnford passed away on June 5, in Wichita, KS. Here is the obituary posted on the Everett Herald Site:

Barbara Martin VopnfordMay 30, 1952 – June 5, 2013

Barbara was born and raised in Snohomish, WA. She is a former resident of Omaha, NE and passed away in Wichita, KS. 
Barbara is survived by sons, Matt Young, Seattle, Josh (Tessa) Young, Omaha, Leif Vopnford, Tukwila, WA; daughters, Treena Young, Wichita and Kelda (Will) Nolen, Citra, FL; brothers, Bob Martin, Tom Martin; sisters, Donna Garvll, Joni Brown, Laurie McIrvin; and four grandchildren. 
Memorial services planned for late summer, in the Washington area.
In lieu of flowers, donations to will be appreciated.

(Note: I don't have a current photo of Barb- if anyone has one they'd like to share, e-mail it to me at, and I'll post it)

Friday, November 30, 2012

60th Birthday Party

Howdy this here is Harry Renken. Well gee, I went to Dan Parker's 60th and it was too short. Time flies when you're having fun. But I don't see any pictures or comments on our class blog. A great party like that should go all week end. Too bad it was only a few hours. But I'd like to thank Dan for all his hospitality. It's a good thing I can edit this. I don't type so good. Dans got an awesome place. Here's the only picture I produced. But it's a good one.

Kathi here: If anyone else has pictures from the 60th birthday party, I'd be happy to post them!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Let's Rock- Joint 60th Birthday Party in September

Let's Rock!

SHS Class of 1970

Joint 60th Birthday Party

When: Saturday Sept 1, 2012,  3:00-10:00pm, rain or shine

Where: Dan Parker's House and Milk Parlor Pub,  132nd St SE on Lord's Hill Road on the Old Snoho-Monroe Highway

Cost: No charge, but on-site donations appreciated

Happenings: Music, croquet, Bocce ball, darts, evening fire pit, and more

Attire: Strictly Casual

Food: Burgers and hot dogs provided, bring a salad, dessert or other pot luck item

Libations: Keg beer provided, BYO wine, hard liquor, soft drinks

RSVP: Spouses, friends and Class of 1970 schoolmates are all welcome. Respond by e-mail to: