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Centenarians we will miss ...

Helen Green

Helen Green at her computer. She loved emailing friends and relatives. She was meticulous about her appearance; her nails were always polished.

Helen Burcham Green
March 2, 1902 - February 18, 2007 

Helen was born March 2, 1902. She was a twin and the 7th child of Joseph and Rosella Burcham. Her grandmother and grandfather Lydia Ann and James Burcham were co-founders of the Green Lake United Methodist Church of Seattle, as it is known today, and where she attended church as a child.
        She graduated from high school in the class of 1922. On August 13, 1996 Helen attended the 75th reunion of the high school. She and her twin sister Hazel Stewart were the only ones of their classes attending, as all others in their classes had passed on.
        Helen graduated from Healds Business College in San Francisco and worked in the business world until her marriage in 1929 to Robert Green, at which time she was working in the County Auditors office of the City of Seattle. Helen and Bob raised two sons, James and Robert. She had six grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Bob passed away April 24, 1976.

        Helen was active in the Mothers Club of the Boy Scouts of America, Parent Teachers Association, The Lady Stiriling Chapter of DAR, The Mayflower Society and Colonial Dames XVII Century.
        Bob and Helen were baptized in the LDS church the 20th of December 1969. She attended many classes in genealogy and went to a week’s seminar at BYU University, Provo, Utah, to further her knowledge. Helen continued on with her genealogy work right up to the last.
        A love for learning, Helen read every day, often studying her Scrabble dictionary for new words to confound her opponents or reading about the Presidents of the United States. She spent time on her computer emailing countless friends and relatives and she sometimes searched the Internet for information about her church or another subject. She read the newspaper every day and always found facts about the world to discuss with those around her.
        Helen was meticulous with her appearance and always dressed with style. Her nails were always polished to perfection. She was quick to laugh, loved to give advice and shared her wisdom with friends and family. She loved her church and touched many lives there. Those who knew her were smitten by her love of life. She was loved and admired by all.

Clayton "Scotty" Scott, 1929
Clayton L. Scott,
Pioneer Aviator,
 1905 - 2006

(This 1929 photo was the inspiration for a commemorative statue at Clayton Scott Field, Renton, Wash.)

 
Clayton L. Scott      

A memorial service for Clayton L. Scott, known as "Scotty," was attended by 400 people on October 6, 2006 at William Allen Theatre in Seattle. In attendance were many notables Scott had known throughout his long and distinguished career in aviation.
       During his last year, Scott received many honors and accolades. After his 100th birthday in July of 2005, the airport at Renton, Washington, was renamed in his honor: Clayton Scott Field. 
       He made news as America's oldest licensed pilot when he flew on his 100th birthday. He was also one of the first centenarians to appear in the Genworth Financial print ad campaign, which features centenarians. 
       The day before his sudden death, he attended a reunion luncheon for 20 fellow pilots. In retrospect, it seems a fitting send off to a remarkable man who touched many lives and whose contributions to aviation will be long remembered.

     
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Merle McEathron, shown
here with Lynn Adler in 1996

 


Ben Levinson

 

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