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Phyllis Curry (Carter)
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Retired - Educator Married 2
Spouse:  Jerry
Children:  2 Sons
Activities/Hobbies:  Bridge, Travel, Reading, Walking, AAUW, LWV, AOTT
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Richard Daniel
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Retired Married 2
Spouse:  Barbara
Children:  1 Daughter & 1 Son
Grandchildren:  2 Grandsons & 2 Granddaughters
Activities/Hobbies:  Jogging, Playing Bridge

Being a born and raised Walla Wallan, I know a lot of you, even though I dropped high school and went to work.  I worked 6-1/2 years at Tomlinson's Dairy Mart (5-1/2 as manager), 3-1/2 years at American Services (commercial and house cleaning), and 24-1/2 years as School District custodian (almost 24 as head custodian).  I took the offered early retirement and took over most of the shopping and house and yard work.

I married Barbara Loomis at age 17; we had daughter Marjorie and son Jeff.  We divorced and in 1987 I married Barbara Hoeft-Good.

I played show-break basketball for 14 years on the "Torn Ligament" team.  I coached the Fire Department Little League team for 16 years and the Green Park 5th grade basketball teams for seven years.  At 37 I started jogging; I have run four marathons but stick to almost daily three-mile jogs now.  In 2006 I enjoyed jogging in the Senior Games in Tumwater.  I still play Duplicate Bridge twice a week (for 15 years).

Barbara and I have taken five tours:  2000 to Europe (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Paris, France, and London, England); 2001 and 2005 to the Northeast USA and Canada; 2006 to four Hawaiian Islands; 2008 to Branson and Independence, Missouri.

Life is good!
Steve Davenport
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Retired Social Work Administrator Married 6
Following high school, I enrolled at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.  Upon Completion of my Sophomore year, I was called to serve as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Peru and Chile, S.A.  The two years of Spanish at Wa-Hi and classes at BYU enabled me to accomplish this mission.  In September of 1964, I returned to Brigham Young University to complete my Bachelor's degree in Social/Psychology.  During this period of time, I met my lovely wife, Neva Gardner, who was also enrolled at BYU.  We were married in the spring of 1965.  We have six children ranging in ages 43 to 31.  Our children are a joy and blessing to us.  They have completed their college educations, married successfully and are raising our 20 grandchildren.   

Between the reception of a BA degree and the pursuance of a Master's degree, I was employed as a juvenile counselor for the Umatilla County Oregon Juvenile Court System.  I was assigned to cover high schools in Pendleton and milton-Freewater, Oregon.  McLaughlin High School (Mac-Hi) was an interesting experience.

I graduated from the University of Utah with a Master's degree in Social Work in 1969.  An internship was completed at Kings View Hospital in Reedley, California.  This allowed me to become licensed as a mental health clinician/counselor.  In the forty years I have been employed as a professional social worker/administrator, we have lived in California, Washington and ultimately, Idaho.  Over the years, I have been fortunate to secure faculty positions at various colleges/Universities. In the evenings,  I have taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in Sociology and Pyschology.  I recently retired as a program specialist for the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.

We live on a small acreage in Meridian, Idaho where we have a large garden, fruit trees and raise our own beef.  Neva and I have traveled extensively in Mexico and some in the United States.  We have enjoyed studying the Mayan and Inca cultures.  In the year 2000, I was able to revisit Chile, S.A. with two of my sons who have also served as missionaries and are fluent in Spanish.

Presently, I spend my time caring for my aged mother who is approaching 90.  My hobbies include genealogical research, reading good books, spending time with the grandchildren and volunteering where needed at Church and in the Community.   Neva is very talented, musically, and plays the organ at Church on Sundays.  Life has been good to us and I thank  the Lord, daily.  
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Beverly Jean Davis
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Deceased
Judie Davis (Johnson)
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Retired - Social Work Married 6
Judie (Davis) Johnson
March 4, 1941 - September 1, 2011
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Spouse:  Dale
Children:  4 Sons and 2 Daughters
Grandchildren:  9 Grandsons and 3 Granddaughters
Great Grandchildren:  1 Great Grandson and 2 Great Granddaughters
Activities/Hobbies:  Spending time w/children & grandchildren, cooking, reading, fishing, watching wildlife, birds, clouds, sunrise & sunsets.
 
Happily married to the kindest, most loving man ever born. We are living our retirement dream in a log cabin/home in the mountains at the end of a road with few or no full time neighbors. The deer, quail, raccoons and all kinds of birds keep us entertained and amused. We have a beautiful pond off our deck in the front of our house and a view of the Elkhorn Mountains. In the summer we work in the yard, fish, pick berries and morel mushrooms and take long rides in the mountains. In the winter Dale spends many days plowing snow so we can get out to the main road. As I write this I am watching him plow us out of the newest blanket that has hit us this winter. It is beautiful for the person who can stay in and keep warm!! Thank God we both love to read, play cribbage and thoroughly enjoy each other’s company; otherwise the days/nights could be loooong.
 
Our children and grandchildren are a special blessing and our pride and joy. We spend much of our time with them and are very happy that they would rather spend time with us than with others. We have large gatherings year round with family and friends, playing games, cooking great food and sharing great stories. Dale and I laugh because our children argue over who will be blessed with us when we are too senile to take care of ourselves.
 
We have five children – three sons and two daughters. We lost our wonderful, beloved son, Larry, in 2006. Our grandchildren are all exceptional students; some gifted musically and others in sports. I take little or no credit for their accomplishments; however I do claim bragging rights. They have wonderful parents. I have tried to teach them how to cook, do the Wa-Hi shuffle, and other dances from the 50’s. They get a real laugh hearing stories and looking at pictures of all of us from that period of time. They know about dragging Main St., the G&P, pedal pushers, starched crinolines, white bucks, Shuffle Shop, The Spud Nut Shop, driving in Sharon Weather’s convertible, the great spaghetti feed at Sharon’s, going to Ann’s to watch American Bandstand, guys in levis and white T shirts, duck tails and crew cuts, cool cars, formals, the drive in, marching bands, Sponsors, and riding the bus to games, great teachers/coaches, etc. What a wonderful time it was. As I get older those memories warm my heart and I hope some touch yours also.
 
As much as I would love to see all of you in August, our family has one of its annual gatherings then. I will think of you with great fondness and know you will have a wonderful time reminiscing and getting acquainted again.
Judith Eloise Davis (Springer)
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Kathy Davis (Stapleton)
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Retired - Grocery Clerk Married 2
Spouse:  Eugene (Gene)
Children:  1 Son and 1 Daughter
Grandchildren:  2 Grandsons
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Genealogy - all about my family
Walter Davis
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Union-Bulletin, December 3, 1959

Youth is Killed in Auto Crash at Waitsburg

A car slid out of control Wednesday night and smashed backwards into a utility pole just east of Waitsburg, resulting in the death of 18-year-old Walter David Davis of Walla Walla.

The funeral was held at DeWitt Funeral Home chapel Saturday morning.  Officiating were the Rev. Eldon C. Hibbard of Mountain View Free Methodist Church and the Rev. C. Emory Damon.  Mrs. Donald Davis sang, "In the Garden" and "The Old rugged Cross," with Miss Nancy Schnebly as organist.

Active pallbearers were Jerry and Larry Lewis, Richard Delavan, Larry Owen, Gary Richardson and Robert Moses.  Honorary pallbearers were Dennis Patrick, Robert Andran, William Daschbaush, Gary Michel and James Reed.

Burial was in the family plot in Mountain View Cemetery.

Walter was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Davis and brother of Dale and Alvin Gary Davis.  Born May 18, 1941 in Detroit, Mich., he was a member of Mountain View Free Methodist Church.
Lynn Davison (Suckow)
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RETIRED!! flickr.com/photos/walla2chick/ Divorced 4

 

In the beginning: I was born and raised in Walla Walla, WA, graduating from Wa-Hi in 1959.  For a year I went to nurse's training in Spokane but quit to get married to Fred Suckow a draftsman working for GE in Richland. We lived in Richland 3 years where we had 2 of our 4 children (first a boy, then a girl).  GE left Richland and we moved to San Jose, CA so he could continue working for them.  The last two children were born in San Jose (eight years and two days between the eldest and the youngest). 

Hobbies: We enjoyed camping along with rock hounding, using our one-ton Dodge van to pull our tent trailer into many beautiful areas of California and Oregon.  When my youngest was in kindergarten I began working part-time at a grade school's media center (not where my kids attended).  Some night classes in art helped me stay connected with art, and the long gardening season in California was a dream, except for the slugs and snails!! I had taken pictures since grade school beginning with a Kodak Brownie. We bought an SLR camera and took pictures and slides of the kids and our trips.

Note: (When I visit my son and his wife in Sacramento now, if we have time we visit my favorite place in the world, Point Lobos, or drive up into the Sierras.)

Personal: After 22 years of marriage my husband was attacked by a mid-life crisis and a need for change, and divorced me.  He has since had two wives, the most recent one having lasted over 18 years. I had a close call, but have remained single.

California Work History: After a few years of working at the school, I began my 20 year saga of working in the nuclear industry (along with my newly divorced status) in San Jose, first as a secretary, then as an engineering assistant, and last a document control clerk in Scotts Valley. I enjoyed most of my co-workers and sometimes the work. At least it kept my mind stimulated and paid the bills.

A Bit of Travel History: While working in nuclear engineering I got to travel to Mississippi for a Safety Relief Valve test at Grand Gulf. My first time past Colorado! Spring of 1996 I took my first trip off the mainland, to Hawaii. My eldest daughter’s husband had grown up there, so off we went with my 2 year old grandson. Woo Hoo! I loved it except for the heat and humidity. 
 
Approaching the finale: I lived in San Jose for 35 years, commuted 45 minutes each way to Scotts Valley for three years at my last job there, and had my heart attacked by a virus (scary, but I’ve fully recovered from that). I moved back to Walla Walla in 2001 where my two sisters and brother and Aunt Dorothy lived.  My eldest sister has since moved to St George, Utah and Aunt Dorothy has died.  After taking six month break from work I hired on as secretary for Pioneer UMC for six years. Very different from working in the nuclear industry. 
 
My children: I’m the proud mother of four children (47, 45-1/2, 43, and 39) who put themselves through college. Probably because I warned them to get an education so they could get a job doing what they wanted to do, AND support me in my old age =o] 
 
They are scattered around. In birth order beginning with the eldest: my son and his wife (Will & Marjorie) live in Sacramento where he is an independent illustrator and his wife (who grew up in Madras, India) works for the state in education, number crunching; my eldest daughter, her husband and two sons (Jess, Chris, Morgan & Finn) live just west of Montreal, Canada where she is homeschooling the boys and her husband designs computer games; my middle daughter lives in LA with her long time sweetheart (Barbara & Frank) – Barbara makes costumes for TV shows and Disney productions and Frank (born in Taiwan) directs movies and ads (his movie “American Fusion” is now available on Netflix); and my youngest daughter and her fiance’ (Ann & Russ) moved July 2008 to Portland, Oregon which they love. Both worked on many TV productions. Ann started out working on the MTV Behind the Music series and most recently was involved with TLC’s “Little People, Big World” reality TV show.
 
Travel last year and this: In 2008 I visited the Naches wildlife refuge, Palouse Falls, Hood River area, Palouse Hills and Colfax, Northwest Trek near Eatonville, Glacier National Park, Ashland, Crater Lake, Silver Falls State Park, and the fall foliage along the Columbia River Gorge, mostly on the Washington side –starting the return trip at Trout Lake.  The big trip in 2009was to St. Lazare, Canada to see my eldest daughter and her family. Too many pictures taken along the way.
 
Wrap-up: I am now fully retired (subbing for the church secretary once in a while), roaming with my camera gear, going on trips here and there, and volunteering at the Pantry Shelf and the Christian Aid Center. The Quest classes for older adults here at the CC are wonderful—I’ve taken a variety of them including weekend bus trips with Whitman geology teacher Dr. Bob Carson. 
 
You can check out some of my pictures on flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/walla2chick/ Thanks to being a member of the Blue Mt Photo Club, my framed photos are often on display at the coffee shop in Hastings and at Suncatchers in Milton-Freewater. Suncatcher’s also has my photo greeting cards and Milton-Freewater Frog postcards. The past two years I’ve had three of my photos accepted into the annual Carnegie juried show. 
 
Final Answer: Retired life is good!
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