Posts Tagged ‘celebration of life’

Ryan Griggs (left) and Lathom Kelley, living large. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

“Yes, I’m planning shenanigans. My name is Lathom, isn’t it??”

A celebration of Lathom Kelley’s life is set for Saturday, Oct. 22.

The event starts at 1:00 PM at the Coupeville Recreation Hall, which is at 901 NW Alexander St.

Anyone who has special photos, videos, or stories about Lathom is asked to submit them to the Kelley family for inclusion in the memorial.

They ran, yes, but they looked cool doing it. L to r: Jacob Smith, Dalton Martin, Jared Helmstadter, Lathom.


From Lathom’s family:


Lathom McCrae Kelley, 25, died unexpectedly on September 10th, 2022, in a kayaking accident just off the coast of Guemes Island, WA.

He was born September 7, 1997, in Honolulu, HI, the son of Lincoln Kelley and Shawna Hunsaker Kelley.

Lathom graduated from Coupeville High School, class of 2016.

Following graduation, he earned an Auto and Diesel Technology II Associates Degree from Universal Technical Institute in Avondale, AZ.

He served as a lead technician at Halterman’s on a team repairing RVs.

He, Ashley Barbour, and her son, Beau, formed a beautiful, young family until the time of the accident.

If you knew Lathom, you knew he enjoyed life and, in his presence, you probably did too!

His strength and energy exceeded the confines of every space he occupied.

His ability to conjure up some kind of crazy stunt or be encouraged to follow through kept the Kelley household on the edge of our seats.

We know this is a shock to you all, as it is for us.

He will always resonate in our hearts and minds and will be dearly missed.

He was predeceased by grandmother Kathy Hohnstein, grandfather Bobby Mitchael Kelley, and Uncle Wesley Hammer.

He is survived by immediate family Ashley and Beau Barbour, parents Shawna Kelley, Lincoln Kelley, Brad Barbour, Janet Barbour, brother Brandon Kelley, Grandmother Thelma Kelley, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.


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Lanie and Steve Kiel, forever rockin’ the gym. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

A celebration of life has been set for Lanie Kiel.

The much-loved Wolf Mom, who treated her daughter’s teammates as additional children of her own, bestowing hugs and non-stop encouragement, passed away in March after a ferocious battle with cancer.

Lanie’s soaring spirit and gentle kindness will be honored in an event set for the Coupeville Rec Hall.

The celebration will run from 4:00-8:00 PM Friday, Aug. 19.

“In true Lanie style we will honor her with a simple gathering with light refreshments, good music, and great people,” said daughter Kacie.

Attendees are asked to wear pink or Hawaiian prints.

If you have any photos, videos, or song requests for the slideshow, they can be sent to katiekiel13@gmail.com.

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A celebration of life has been set for Coupeville High School grad Brandon Graham, who passed away earlier this month.

The son of Jim and Dee Wheat, he was 32, and leaves behind a wife and two young children.

The celebration is set for Saturday, Sept. 11 on Whidbey Island.

For those interested in attending, you can request to join the event’s Facebook page at:


There is also a GoFundMe page set up to assist Brandon’s family, which can be found here:


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L to r, Larry, Troy, Kristin, and Sylvia Hurlburt. (Photos #1 and #3 courtesy Sylvia Hurlburt)

A celebration of life has been set for beloved Wolf mom Kristin Hurlburt.

It will be Saturday, July 24, with an 11 AM service at Sunnyside Cemetery in Coupeville, followed by a noon reception at Living Hope Foursquare Church.

Sunnyside is at 90 Cemetery Road, just off State Route 20, while Living Hope is just down the road at 105 NW Broadway.

Kristin, who worked for the Coupeville School District for many years, was among the most-enthusiastic, and caring, of local parents.

She and husband Troy were always there as son Larry and daughter Sylvia competed in events as diverse as track and field, cheerleading, and dance.

Hurlburt and Eileen Stone dig in at a CHS graduation breakfast. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

While her battle with cancer ended too soon, Kristin remains with us, her graceful smile always in our memories.

Even when she was gently needling me about not making it to enough track meets in person, she did it with such grace and love.

A truly amazing woman, and one of my personal favorites.

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A celebration of life has been set for South Whidbey High School senior Taylor Daniels, who died from injuries suffered in a car crash Monday in Freeland.

Daniels, 17, was a member of the Falcons soccer team.

He and older brother Nevin, 19, were turning onto Highway 525 from Honeymoon Bay Road and were hit by an oncoming truck.

The celebration of Taylor’s life is August 2 at the South Whidbey Sports Complex in Langley.

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all attendees are asked to honor the state’s mandate to wear masks.

The event will be held outdoors, allowing for social distancing.

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