William B. Ellington, III “Gone Riding” William (Bill)EEllington left us on March 8, 2009 and joined mom and dad at the big party in the sky. He lived his life of 58 years with love for his wife, his family and friends. He enjoyed Harley riding, fishing, skiing, watching Nascar, and entertaining; but the light of his life was his two granddaughters. Everyone knew him as the man with the biggest heart, but few know that he served in the National Guard, was a master chef, and a master gardener. He cooked a better prime rib than anyone can imagine and operated the lawn care service of Lady Bug Services in the Tacoma area for the past 35 years. His legacy will carry on in his business and with the recipes and memories he leaves with all of us. Bill was born in Tacoma, WA, on April 7, 1950 and is survived by his wife Sonja, his son William B. Ellington IV. and wife Paige, his stepchildren Anna Gibbs and husband Patrick, Matthew Weaver, his brother Tom Ellington and his love Jody Martin, his sisters Kathy Hand and husband Ken, Cindy Gray and husband Larry, granddaughters Teagan Ellington and Olive Gibbs, and many beloved nieces and nephews. We all love you and will miss you, but will be seeing you soon at the big party in the sky. The family wishes to thank all of the staff at the Cardiac Study Group, the staff at Good Samaritan EREand ICU, especially Judy, for their care and compassion, Dr. Egge and staff, and most of all, Central East Pierce Fire for their quick response both this time and in 2007. We encourage everyone to support our Fire and Rescue. The family also thanks all of Bill’s friends who helped him with work around the house when he was not able to do it. Your love, support, and friendship means so much. We thank you and love you all. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Heart Association, the local food banks, to Safe Crossing any used clothing or cell phones, or just do a good deed for someone in need. Bill’s service will be at Mountain View Funeral Home in Tacoma at the Celebration of Life building on Saturday, March 14, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home 252-584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
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Violet (Vi) L. Greer Glein, age 99, of Gig Harbor, passed away on March 5, 2009. Vi was born Dec. 19, 1909 in Great Falls, MT to Alexander Greer and Harriet Goodreau. Violet’s family moved to Seattle after her father’s accidental death in 1919. Vi was a pretty and popular girl who was also athletic and enjoyed sports. She graduated from Broadway High School in Seattle and moved to Tacoma. She married Bjarne John Glein, one of Tacoma’s early Obarnstormers’ and flight instructors, on Sept 24, 1932 in Tacoma. In 1940, they built a house on 8th and S. Mason where she lived for fifty-five years. Bjarne died in 1993. Vi is survived by her 3 children and their spouses: Richard (Linda J.) Glein, Janet (Andrew) Ritting and Gary (Linda D.) Glein, all of Gig Harbor. She is also survived by eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Vi worked as a bookkeeper for Heidner’s Shipping and Export, Zingler Electric in Tacoma and in the Glein family vending business, Kwik Kafe Coffee Service. She was active in PTA, a member of Job’s Daughters and the couple belonged to the Tacoma Elks Lodge. The family thanks Chris and Julie Thompson and the staff of Family First Adult Family Home where Vi lived for the five years. Vi loved children and reading the newspaper. Memorial donations may be made to the Tacoma News Tribune’s Newspaper in Education program. Family and friends are invited to a celebration of Violet’s life at the Ritting home on Lagoon Lane in Gig Harbor at 2:00 pm, Sat., March 21. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home 252-584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
The above listed obituary was arranged by Mountain View Funeral Home. Sign the online guest book. 253-584-0252.