Irene ‘Nonnie’ Maitland. The heart of our home, “Nonnie”, passed away November 17, 2009. She was born in Seattle, October 7, 1919, and raised in Anacortes. Her loving husband, Wesley (papa), infant daughter, Ellen Irene, and grandson, Michael Stead, Jr., preceded her in death. Irene is survived by her loving daughters, Iris Maitland, Veva Maddox and son-in-law Mike Maddox of Steilacoom; grandchildren, Patrick (Chandra) Stead, Sean Stead, and Darrin Nemec of Tacoma, Scott (Kathleen) Maddox of Ketron Island, Sara (Jon) Lemming also of Steilacoom; and eight great grandchildren, Cassandra, Jesse, Joel, Jayson, JJ, PJ, Barrett and Lila. We would like to express our gratitude and heartfelt appreciation to Zilpha McCarty and Lori Ek for their loving care, help and support; and to Franciscan Hospice, particularly Benni, Tahvee, Sara, and Natasha. Irene’s main purpose in life was loving and caring for her family. Her life was an example of unconditional love. She was a long-time member of the First Christian Church and Ladies Oriental Shrine. Please feel free to bring a picture, memento, or “special story” to either share or leave for us to enjoy at a later time. Memorial services will be held at New Tacoma Cemetery on Monday, November 23, at 1:00 pm in the Chambers Creek Chapel. Please sign our online guestbook at www.newtacoma.com.
Oliver Sewell Former resident Oliver “Ole” Earl Sewell of Sequim, WA, passed away on November 8th, 2009 in Sequim. He was born January 22nd, 1913 in Seattle, WA to Earl Ray and Sadie (Warner) Sewell. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Naomi (Williams) and Mitsuko
Sewell, three sisters, Alberta, Arlene and Violet, and one brother, Marvin “Mike” Sewell. Ole is survived by his sons Earl (Karen) Eugene Sewell of Kelso, Gary (Carol) Sewell of Longview, two daughters, Janice (late husband Riley) Arlene Jorden of Tacoma, Della (late husband Marion) Ilene Harmon of Longview, two sisters, Lottie (Al) Trevino and Marguerite Ayers, all of Sequim, 14 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, 7 great-great-grandchildren, and numerous step- grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Ole was a retired log truck driver and spent most of his life in the Hood Canal area. He lived and worked hard all of his life, and had many stories to tell of his many escapades. He loved to hunt that “jumpin” meat and fish the Straits. Ole was a “Tough Old Bird.” He will be missed by his family and many friends. Ole will be laid to rest beside his beloved wife, Naomi. “The only woman he ever really loved.” There will be no services at his request. Arrangements are by Mountain View Funeral Home in Tacoma, WA.
Alex Louis Ginnis Born: January 19, 1957 Died: November 13, 2009 Today, we attempt to verbalize the pain, sorrow and regret we feel at the
passing of our son, father, brother, uncle, and dearest friend Alex. Alex “Baby Al” Ginnis was born on January 19th 1957, in Tacoma, to Alex and Pauline Ginnis. His life was cut short, on November 13th, 2009 at the age of 52. Alex possessed a huge heart and was a caring and
thoughtful human being. Alex lived his life the way he chose, with no regrets. He had a will that surpassed us all, and a passion for life that few could mimic. We will remember his bright spirit and warm heart forever. He is survived by his father Alex Ginnis, his sisters Nancy and Linda, his brothers Joe, Richard and George, his son Andre, former wife Joyce and many loving friends, like Paula DeLong. He participated in
many activities as a young man, including performing his duty as an altar boy at St. Nicholas church, and playing football. He graduated
high school in 1975, from Washington, in Tacoma. He attended Central Washington University, and became a Longshoreman shortly thereafter. Alex was a third generation Greek Longshoreman, led by Louis Ginnis and Alex Ginnis Sr. and a proud member of ILWU #23 for 36 years. He was an avid fisherman, taking up many chartered trips in pursuit of his passion. He held season tickets to the University of Washington Huskies football games, and loved to watch various sporting events. He was an animal lover, and had an array of different animals in his life. One of his favorite dogs, Rex, gave him many years of loyalty and love. Alex was extremely proud of his Greek heritage, and chose to, on many occasions, let that fact be known. May he live on, in the shadows of the great men of the past, forever echoed in our hearts and minds. Our lives will not be the same without you, Alex. May you rest comfortably, eternally at peace. There will be a viewing on Thursday, November 19th between 1 and 9 p.m. at Mt. View. Services will be held at Mt. View Funeral Home, Aspen Chapel, at 2:00p.m. on Friday, November 20th. Reception to follow. Celebration of Alex at Gloria’s Restaurant & Bar after the reception. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home 253-584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.