Footnotes: In Memoriam
MARJORIE SILL ANDERSON ’40 died November 1, 2013, at the age of 94. Born in Seattle, she loved music and teaching kindergarten through third grade. She met her future husband, C. REUBEN ANDERSON ’40 (deceased), in A Cappella Choir at SPC. Together, they served eight Evangelical Covenant Church pastorates in California, Illinois, Minnesota, and Washington. After Reuben’s death, Marjorie said that until they should reunite in heaven, she wanted “to be busy and active in letting the love of God shine from my life.” She is survived by two sons; a daughter; 10 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
AUBREY BEAN ’04 died June 17, 2013, at the age of 31. Born in Oberlin, Ohio, she grew up in Puyallup, Washington, and earned a degree in theatre from SPU. Aubrey worked several years for Seattle’s Taproot theatre, managing the theatre’s development department and performing in Taproot’s productions of Smoke on the Mountain and As You Like It. She became membership program manager for KEXP 90.3 FM. An avid reader, especially of books about food, she enjoyed traveling with her husband to Guatemala, Ecuador, and the Galapagos. Even for much of her 7-year battle against colon cancer, she was a spirited individual who could fill a room with laughter. In 2008, she trained for the Rock ’‘N’ Roll half marathon but was prevented by her disease from walking the distance. She vowed to finish the race one day and in 2012, she completed the 13.1 mile course in a wheelchair. In 2011, Aubrey returned to Tuscany, where she had traveled as an SPU student, braving the steep cobblestone streets in a bright orange wheelchair. She spent many evenings at the Youngstown Cultural Center in West Seattle, enjoying the company of artists who live there and helped care for her as the cancer progressed. Aubrey is survived by her husband, Chris Thompson; her father; her mother; her step-parents; two brothers; and a sister.
STANLEY “STAN” BOSTROM ’50 died August 11, 2013, at the age of 86. Born in Chicago, Illinois, he and his two brothers were pastor’s kids. Stan enlisted in the Navy and served as a radioman in Saipan before his discharge. He studied sociology on the G.I. Bill at Seattle Pacific College and graduated cum laude. As if that were not enough, at SPC he gave his life to Jesus Christ and served with The Navigators in California, South Carolina, Washington, and Germany where he mentored others in the way of salvation. Sharing his faith in Christ became a lifelong ambition. After marrying his wife, GAYLON OLIVER BOSTROM ’54, he was the pastor at Covenant Mission Church and directed Covenant Bible Camp in Tacoma, Washington. He later received a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Pacific Lutheran University and counseled others until his retirement in 1990. A gardener, student of Scripture, and writer, Stan published Whistling Through the Crackers, a book of his experiences. He is survived by his wife of 57 years; five sons; 10 grandchildren; and a brother.
MARGUERITE “PEGGY” HAYLAND DOWNING ’46 died October 26, 2013, at the age of 89. Born in Seattle, she was associate editor of The Falcon and became a high school English teacher and a writer. Peggy authored several children’s books, including the “The Exitorn Adventures,” a fantasy series, and 150 stories published in Sunday school take-home papers. A member of Seattle Free Lances, the National League of American Pen Women, and the Northwest Christian Writers Association, she served as a devoted member of Seattle’s University Presbyterian Church. She taught Sunday school, served as a deacon, and wrote articles for the UPC Times. Peggy is survived by Robert, her husband of 57 years; a son, Douglas, SPU associate professor of economics; and a daughter.
ELLEN “ELLIE” LEGG HANSEN ’66 died November 5, 2013, at the age of 87. A career teacher in Seattle Public Schools, she was the wife of WILLIAM HANSEN ’56 (deceased) , SPU professor emeritus of speech communication and dean of the School of Humanities. Ellie is survived by two sons, RICHARD HANSEN ’71 and GREGORY HANSEN ’80; two daughters, including MARY HANSEN DAVIS NYSTROM ’89; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
EDITH SCOTT HOLMES ’40 died November 5, 2013, at the age of 94. Born at the family farm in Harrington, Washington, she majored in math and science at Seattle Pacific College. She married her SPC sweetheart, STUART HOLMES ’40 (deceased), and worked at the Navy Accounting Agency. When the Navy sent Stuart overseas, she returned to the family farm to help until his discharge. When Stuart opened a medical practice in Oroville, Washington, Edith was his right arm. An avid Sunday school teacher, gardener, and photographer, Edith enjoyed making Christmas cards from pictures taken in their travels. She also loved picking huckleberries and at age 85, walked a 5K route in 56 minutes. Edith is survived by three brothers; two sisters; and numerous nieces and nephews.
JACQUELINE “JACQUIE” KANE ’70 died November 30, 2013, at the age of 67. A lifelong resident of Wenatchee, Washington, she double-majored in history and political science at SPC, and graduated cum laude. Known for her committed volunteerism, Jacquie was a member of the American Association of University Women and Republican Women. She traveled to Australia and Europe and had pen pals in Australia and across the U.S. A cat lover, Jacquie rescued many from the Humane Society over the years. A recent passion was The Hat Project, a nationwide community program in which mostly senior citizens provide for children in need. She knit hats for children in the Head Start program. Jacquie is survived by two cousins and a wide family of friends.
WINIFRED IVES LANSING ’50 died December 3, 2013, at the age of 88. Born in Michigan, she met DONALD LANSING ’50 at SPC and married him. The nursing major became an R.N., part-time visiting nurse, and retired from a career as a school nurse in California’s Riverside School District. Known for her caring and compassionate personality, Winifred enjoyed family and creating oil paintings. She is survived by her husband; three sons; two daughters; and three grandchildren..
MARVIN MAYHLE ’56 died August 11, 2013, at the age of 81. Born in Creighton, Pennsylvania, he was a Free Methodist pastor’s kid and moved with his family to the Pacific Northwest. After graduation from Buckley High School, Marvin attended SPC to become an educator. He first became a sixth sixth grade teacher, then an elementary school principal in Seattle’s Highline School District until he retired in 1987. For the next nine years, he was employed at GM Nameplate. A collector of belt buckles and model cars, Marvin liked listening to gospel music. A member of Kiwanis and the Evergreen Model A Club, he served in the U.S. Navy, was president of the Highline Education Association, and sang in the Seattle Sea Chordsmans barber shop quartet. A devout Christian, he maintained membership in Seattle’s First Free Methodist Church for more than 50 years. He served on various church boards, in music programs, and as a volunteer with the homeless and the elderly. It was his suggestion that the church start a daycare as an outreach to the community and today the North Queen Anne Childcare Center is a thriving enterprise. A generous donor to SPU, Marvin is survived by his wife of 58 years, KATHLEEN BLAIR MAYHLE ’58; a son, MICHAEL MAYHLE ’78; two daughters, including KERRY MAYHLE LAVIGNE ’86; four grandchildren, including NICHOLAS ANDERSON ’10; and a brother, BERNARD MAYHLE ’49.
KAREN COOMBS ROBINETTE ’82 died September 21, 2013, at the age of 53. Born in Spokane, Washington, she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from SPU and a master’s degree in human development from Pacific Oaks College in California. She first taught at Catholic parochial schools but found her calling at Bing Nursery School, a “laboratory school” of 400 children at Stanford University. She was head teacher at the facility where graduate students and faculty conduct research in child development. At the time of her death, she was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Palo Alto, California. Karen is survived by two sons; her mother; and a sister.
ROLAND STEWART ’51 died October 23, 2013, at the age of 90. Born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, he was 6 months old when he resettled with his family in Oregon. Roland flew 35 missions as a waist gunner aboard a B24 in World War II. From SPU, he earned a degree from Asbury Theological Seminary and followed his father into ministering in the Free Methodist Church of Oregon, a 34-year career. A friend to many who enjoyed travel, physical fitness, and woodworking, Roland in retirement also served as chaplain of the Oregon Eighth Air Force Historical Society from 2000 until his death. He is survived by his wife, Velna; two daughters, LINDA STEWART-JONES ’73 and CAROL STEWART GOERZ ’77; three grandchildren, including STACI GOERZ CROUCH ’04 and ELISE GOERZ SIZER ’07; two great-grandchildren; and a sister.