Walter A. MacArthur
Rev. Walter A. MacArthur died peacefully on Feb. 6, 2007 in Des Moines, Washington. He was born on May 12, 1916, in Billings, Montana to William and Ruth MacArthur. Walter had a twin brother and three sisters. The family relocated to southern California where Walter was raised. After graduation from high school he attended Long Beach City College studying art and architecture. Along the way he made a decision to pursue a life in Christian ministry.
Walter then attended Los Angeles Pacific College where he met his future wife. On July 20, 1938, he married Thelma Marie Lehman of Chino, California and they traveled together to McMinnville, Oregon, to continue his education at Linfield College.
While attending Linfield he served as pastor of the Sherwood, Oregon, Methodist Church. Following graduation they moved to Illinois where Walter attended Garrett Theological Seminar and earned a Master’s Degree in Divinity. He later received an honorary doctorate from the University of Puget Sound.
As an ordained Methodist, Walter served churches in Hermiston and Roseburg, Oregon, Twin Falls, Idaho, and Olympia and Spokane, Washington. He also served as District Superintendent for the Tacoma District of the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference.
Throughout his ministry, his artistic talents played a major role. His chalk-talks, stained glass designs, mosaics, silk screens, and wood carvings are enjoyed by congregations in many churches throughout the Northwest.
Walter was preceded in death by his twin brother William and sister Marian. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Thelma; son Jon (Cindy); daughter Janet Montgomerie (James); sisters Meredith Platt, and Merle Gaston. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, February 11th, 2007 at 3:00 P. M. in the auditorium of Wesley Homes Terrace, 816 S. 216th Street, Des Moines, Washington. In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial gifts be made to Wesley Homes Circle of Concern, 815 S. 216th Street, Des Moines, Washington 98198.
Martha Allyson Cartwright
Martha Cartwright was born December 3, 1948 in Long Island, NY and passed away February 5, 2007 in Puyallup, WA. Everyone that ever met Martha fell in love with her and truly thought of her as a friend.
She always put others needs before her own. Every Holiday was a special occasion, especially Christmas; she always celebrated them with family and friends. Martha was an avid sports fan and enjoyed rooting for the Husky’s during the football season. She had a special relationship with her grandson Thomas and has left a void in her family’s life that will be hard to fill.
Martha leaves behind her grieving husband, Al Cartwright of 24 years, they had a very special loving relationship. Her two sons, Timothy Martin (Rachelle) Christensen and Matthew Thomas Christensen could never have asked for a better mom, they will miss her greatly and love her forever. She is also survived by her grandson, Thomas Martin Christensen; 5 sisters, Laurel, Nancy, Claudia, Julie and Lynn; 2 brothers, Tom and Gordon. She was preceded in death by one brother, Dewey. She is also survived by numerous friends and other family members. Her loving family looks forward to seeing her again. There will be a private family service.
Betty J. Riggers
Betty J. Riggers, 79, was born on May 17, 1927 in Osceola, Nebraska to William & Myrtle Cummings. Betty died on Tuesday, February 06, 2007 in Auburn, Washington. She graduated from Highline High School in Burien, Washington.
Betty’s family wants to express their sincere gratitude to the staff of Milestone Manor for all their great love and devotion to Mrs. Riggers.
She has five grandchildren Shawna, Erin, Ryan, Christopher, and Jonathan; three great-grandchildren Sydney, Lyssa, and Kayley; her son Doug Riggers, two daughters Patricia Fisher and Lori (Patrick) Frazier who survive her.
Her graveside service will be held at 2:30 P. M., Saturday, February 10, 2007, at Mountain View Memorial Park.
The above listed obituaries were arranged by Mountain View Funeral Home. Sign the online guest book. 253-584-0252.