Maylen Eskes, 90, of Puyallup passed away Thursday, June 8, 2006, at Rainier Vista Nursing Home in Puyallup.

Maylen was born in Cole Harbor, N.D. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII in the South Pacific. He lived many years in Sunnyside, having worked and driven truck for Western Farmers Association.

Maylen was a long-time deacon and Sunday School teacher at the Calvary Baptist Church. Maylen was well known for his kindness and caring for all those that he came in contact with.

He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Fae Cole Eskes of Puyallup; one son, Ron (Mitzi) Eskes of Enumclaw; one daughter, Cheryl Tornga of Clinton; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Cremation and burial were held at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent. A memorial will be held Saturday, July 1, 2006, at First Baptist Church in Puyallup. Neptune Society was in charge of arrangements.


Eunice (Tracy) M. Lowry Freer, 82, of Ballard passed away Friday, June 2, 2006, at her daughter’s home.

Tracy was born July 15, 1923 in Sunnyside, the third of Dick and Helen Lowry’s three daughters. She grew up in the Yakima Valley during difficult times, which taught her self-reliance, the value of hard work and to look on the bright side of things. She graduated from Sunnyside High School, married and moved to Seattle (“the coast”) all on the same day, each event being in itself life transforming for her. She worked at a variety of jobs in Seattle, including a stint at Boeing’s B17 manufacturing plant, before receiving a “temporary” wartime federal appointment at the Naval Supply Depot at Pier 91.

Her diligence and professionalism enabled her to become a permanent federal employee resulting in assignments with the Military Sea Transportation Service facility in Seattle and with the Air Force at Paine Field in Snohomish County. This was followed by a lengthy position as the assistant agent in charge of the State Department’s Seattle Passport Office, from which she retired in 1979. She took great pride in her work and her accomplishments as a federal employee, facilitated by her amazing organizational skills and work ethic.

Tracy loved ballroom dancing, playing a variety of instruments, especially old hymns on the organ and piano, keeping track of the accomplishments of her children, grandchildren and relatives and always keeping a spotless home ready for visitors at any time.

She is survived by her eldest sister, Ardis Emery; her son, Lane Soholt and wife, Marilyn; daughter, Kristi Gibbs and husband, Ray; stepson, Greg Freer; granddaughter, Gillian Soholt; grandsons, Damian Gibbs, Wil Soholt, Brandon Gibbs; stepgranddaughter, Erika Voris; and the children and grandchildren of Tracy’s two sisters.

Tracy was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Doris Amodei.

Her family and friends will celebrate her life and share their memories of a wonderful woman and loving mother, Saturday, June 24, 2006, between noon and 3 p.m. at the home of Ray and Kristi Gibbs, 3512 206


Place SW, Lynnwood, WA. (425) 744-5569. Remembrances may be made to Seattle Union Gospel Mission, P.O. Box 202, Seattle, WA 98111-0202.


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