Nathalie Bell Brown
Nathalie Bell Brown, of Lakewood, Washington, died peacefully on February 1, 2007.
Born on May 29, 1921, she was the youngest daughter of Laird and Nathalie Bell of Winnetka, Illinois. She attended North Shore Country Day School, Milton Academy in Massachusetts, and Bryn Mawr College, where she majored in Art History.
In 1943, she married Samuel Houston Brown, of Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania, when he was an aviation cadet prior to serving in the 9th Air Force in the European theatre. Nathalie served as a Red Cross nurse’s aide in several Chicago hospitals while Sam was overseas. After WWII, they moved to Washington State, first to Longview, and then to Lakewood, where they raised their family and became actively involved in their church and community. Nathalie was very involved in local arts organizations, Aloha Club, and Tacoma Weavers’ Guild. Nathalie and Sam have been longtime members of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church and were founders and lifetime trustees of Charles Wright Academy.
She and Sam were awarded honorary Doctorates in Humane Services from the University of Puget Sound. Nathalie was renowned for her singing, spirituality, humor, writing, and her love of people in every walk of life, which was returned abundantly. Nathalie is survived by her husband, Sam; her children; Laird and Corky Brown, Edith Houston Chambers, Margaret and Greg Berger, Samuel F. Brown and Beverly Crockett, Nathalie and Tom Miller, Henry and Debbie Brown, and fifteen grandchildren; Tom, Victoria, and Nathan Brown, Ingrid and Olin Berger, Casey and Graham Brown, Dylan, Cody, Tess, and Mikaila Miller, Jesse, British, Tara, and Reed Brown. A memorial Eucharist will be held on Friday, February 9, 11:00 a.m., at St. Mary’s Church, 10630 Gravelly Lake Drive SW, Lakewood.
A subsequent memorial in celebration of Nathalie’s life will be held on March 11, 2-5 p.m., at Charles Wright Academy, University Place. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer memorial gifts be made to St. Mary’s Church School or Charles Wright Academy. Our deepest thanks to the excellent staffs of the Weatherly Inn and the Franciscan Hospice, who were such guardian angels during her final days.
Arrangements by Tuell-McKee Funeral Home 253-272-1414.
Douglas O. Howe
Douglas was born January 4, 1921 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and left us peacefully on February 4, 2007 at home surrounded by his loving family. Moved to Tacoma in 1923, graduated from Stadium High School, and Stanford University with a BA degree, where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. Served his country in the United States Coast Guard during WWII. Was a Real Estate Broker before entering the fuel (heating) oil business, becoming Owner-President of City Fuel Company. Was a charter member and past president of Pierce County Oil Heating Association; served as an officer and director of the Oil Heat Institute of Washington and was on the executive committee of the Oil Heat Institute Regional Advisory Board comprising of the five western states and Alaska. An avid golfer, tennis player, and bridge player, he played in many local bridge tournaments. Belonged to the Tacoma Country and Golf Club, and for several years was a member of the Washington State Seniors Golf Association, the Seniors Northwest Golf Association and the Lakewood Racquet Club. More than his one hole in one, Doug’s proudest sports achievement was having two sub-par rounds of golf in the same year, knocking his handicap down a notch to six.
Was chairman of Pierce County Heart Association for three years, past director of United Good Neighbors, member of Tacoma Chamber of Commerce prior to retirement in 1980; served on the board of Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers; continued to be active in the Republican Party. For several years was on the board of SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) where he greatly enjoyed counseling small businesses.
Doug and his wife Ozzie enjoyed traveling, especially to Europe and Asia to see the great sights offered at these destinations
He loved people, his many friends, and especially his family. He was a great husband, a great father and a great friend.
Survived by his wife of 60 years, Marion “Ozzie,” Douglas (Robin) of Seattle, David (Kim) of University Place, Karen of Tacoma, and Robert (Susan) of San Jose, CA; seven grandchildren; Kirsten, Camille, Brian, Andrea, Julianne, James, and Ladd, as well as a great grandchild, Justice; and many wonderful nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brother Roger A. of Lakewood, sister Betty Wanger of Hillsborough, California and parents Dr. Archibald W. and Gudnie Howe of Tacoma.
To honor Doug, rather than send flowers, please send donations to your favorite charity. Memorial services to be held at 2:00pm, Saturday, February 10, in the Mountain View Valley Chapel.
Our Loving Mother, Grandmother & Great Grandmother’s journey through this life has ended and she now rests in the arms of Jesus. Harriet Reber was born on August 29, 1911, in Rock Rapids, Iowa and passed away peacefully to her Heavenly home on February 5, 2007 at her daughter’s residence.
Harriet was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph J. Reber and son, Donald J. Reber. She leaves a daughter, Dolores M. Lombardo, and son, Ben J. Reber and one brother, Frank Messner. She also leaves 8 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces & nephews.
A Graveside Service will be held at 12:30pm on Friday, February 9, 2007 at Mountain View Memorial Park; Pastor Rick Wilder will be officiating. In Lieu of flowers the family would prefer memorial gifts be made to The Olympia Bible Baptist Church Building Fund where Harriet attended. 704 Delphi Rd. SW Olympia, WA 98512
The above listed obituaries were arranged by Mountain View Funeral Home. Sign the online guest book. 253-584-0252.