CATHERINE MCCANDLESS ’90 died
September 28, 2005. She was 40 years old. Born in Virginia,
Catherine grew up in Kailua, Hawaii, and moved to Seattle
to attend SPU, earning a degree in special education. She
went on to earn a master’s degree in education
from Leslie College. Catherine married Tracey Stephenson in
1990, and she taught special education for more than 10 years
at Cedar Valley Elementary School in Kent, Washington.
She also enjoyed tutoring students
one-to-one. Catherine is survived by her husband, a sister,
and two nieces.
RUTH PUTNAM BOYD SCHOENHALS ’32 died
July 14, 2005, after a long illness.
She was 95 years old. Born
in Glenwood, Washington, Ruth
married MYRON BOYD ’32, who pastored
Free Methodist churches in Washington and British Columbia.
Before his death in 1978, he was
a bishop in the Free Methodist Church serving in Winona Lake,
Indiana. In 1980, Ruth married
LAWRENCE SCHOENHALS and in 1982, at the age
of 72, she graduated from Greenville College with a degree
in art. A proficient musician, she was
an active supporter of Seattle Pacific. She had a series of
charitable gift annuities, both as a way to provide herself
with income and as a way to support SPU. The Lawrence and
Ruth Schoenhals Christian Lectureship
Fine and Performing Arts Endowment
still brings renowned musicians to campus to perform and teach
each year. Ruth is survived by her husband, Lawrence; a sister;
two sons, including
DAROLD BOYD ’62; a daughter; stepson
ROGER SCHOENHALS ’61 and stepdaughter
STEPHANIE SCHOENHALS RADCLIFFE ’59;
nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
JOHN SPENCE ’76, died May 27, 2005,
after battling ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
He is survived by his wife, PETRA ANDERSON SPENCE
’76, and three daughters.
DENNIS VANLANDINGHAM ’88 died August
5, 2005, after a two-year struggle with bipolar disorder.
was 39 years old. Dennis had a
passion for technology and began working for SPU as a student
worker in Computer and Information Systems.
He continued after graduation and was an SPU senior systems
for more than 10 years. He then began working for Microsoft,
he stayed for seven years. Dennis is survived by his wife,
ROBIN REDDING VANLANDINGHAM ’87, a
son, and two daughters.
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