Violet Knox Beloved Wife and Mother Violet passed away peacefully January 29, 2009 in Eatonville, WA. Violet was born in County Louth, Ireland, the third child of Violet and John Eager. At the age of six, her family made the long journey and moved to Shelton, WA, where Violet went to school and worked. She met her husband of 67 years, Percy J. Knox, and was married in Olympia, WA on November 29, 1941. After World War II, she and Pep moved to Tacoma, where they started a family. Violet was very active in her church, All Saints Episcopal, and worked for the Clover Park School District. Violet is survived by her loving husband Percy, daughter Colleen Holste (Bud), son Robert Knox
(Kim), grandchildren Sean Antonson (Carie), Karley Knox, Kraig Knox, Kiersten Knox, three step-grandchildren, Faith Roland (Rich), Jeff Holste (DeAnn), and Hope Smith (Gary), two great-grandchildren, Ryan and Dylan Antonson, also her brother John Eager and sister Sybil Wooten, brother-in-law Bill Smith, many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and nephews. Her father and mother, two brothers, and one sister preceded her in death. The family would like to thank the staff of Kim’s Cottage and Franciscan Hospice for the care and love they gave her. A funeral service will be held in the Mountain View Garden Chapel, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Tacoma, WA, on Saturday, February 7, 2009 at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, you may send a donation for a Memorial for Violet at the All Saints Episcopal Church, 205 E. 96th St., Tacoma, WA 98445. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home 253-584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Harold Joseph Dille was born September 27, 1915 in Tacoma, Washington. He attended Stadium High School and married Virginia Ludwick in 1942. Harold served in the 10th Mountain Division in the Aleutian Islands and in the mountains of Italy during World War II. He considered pursuing ministry and briefly attended Yale Divinity School, but instead graduated from the University of Washington in accounting. Harold spent his career as an accountant for the Woodworth Company. He was a devoted employee and had high regard for the Woodworth family. Harold and Virginia lived in the north end of Tacoma for many years. They raised their three children there and had many good friends and neighbors. They enjoyed summer vacations at Lake ChelanNtheir children have fond memories of swimming and summering at Lafferty’s Resort. Harold was an energetic father and grandfather. He was an avid hunter, runner, mountaineer and cyclist. His adventures included climbing the Northwest’s major mountains, hunting elk in Alaska, African safaris, and cycling across Europe with his son, Joe. Soon after he retired, he bicycled across the country solo. He passed on his love of the active life and of the outdoors to his children. His favorite quote was, “Man must first be an athlete and then a philosopher. If he is not an athlete, let us doubt his philosophy.” He was both; he loved to paddle his canoe across Puget Sound memorizing poems by Tennyson, Poe and other classic authors. He was exuberant and spontaneously skipped and yodeled for joy. He said that each age has it compensations and his children have found that to be true. Harold loved American history. He studied the Lewis and Clark journeys and retraced many of their steps by canoe and bicycle. No doubt, had he been alive at that time, he would have joined their expedition. Harold and Virginia were married for 65 years. Together they set an example of true love and commitment in marriage and were devoted to one another to the end. Harold was great at writing thoughtful letters to his kids and at keeping in touch. He was generous. Harold attended First Presbyterian Church of Tacoma for many years and participated in the Friday morning men’s Bible Study. Harold was preceded in death by Virginia. He is survived by his daughter Chris Dille, his daughter and son-in-law, Andrea and John Ahern, his son and daughter-in-law, Joe and Cindy Dille, three grandchildren, Melinda Nielsen, Sara Jo Pietraszewski and Zachary Rule, and four great-grandchildren. The family is grateful for the wonderful care the Lutheran Home and then the Olympic Alzheimer’s staffs provided Harold in his final years. Burial arrangements are being made by Mountain View Cemetery. A time to honor Harold and Virginia’s lives will be held by his family at a later date. Remembrances may be made to Serve the Children, 5800 Soundview Drive, #E104, Gig Harbor, WA 98335. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home 253-584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
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