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Wednesday, July 31, 2019


1934 - 2017

Lora McEachern passed away on February 10, 2017 at the age of 82. Surrounded by her children and grandchildren, she returned to God listening to their voices as they sung to her the songs that she so loved. She leaves behind children Alan, Julie, Lisa, Susie and Jackie, eight grandchildren and sister Linda Madsen to join her husband of 58 years David McEachern in heaven.

Born Lora Overman in Entiat, Washington to mother Flora Vaughn and father Ora Overman, Lora grew up in Entiat, Wenatchee and Chelan with her sisters Doris, Janet and Linda and brothers Gene and Charles. A graduate of Wenatchee High School, a finalist in the Apple Blossom court of 1953 and later a vocal major at the Western College of Education (CWU) in Ellensburg, she was a woman whose life was filled with love, compassion, song and strong faith.

She lived her life by the words of the Mother Abbess in the Sound of Music, climbing every mountain, fording every stream, following every rainbow, and living her dream. She passes now into the hands of God to live upon his mountain, walking hand-in-hand with Dave and surrounded by the sounds of music, family and friends.

A memorial service will be held at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Kent on Saturday, February 18th at 1:00. For more information, log into MarlattFuneralHome.com.
Published in The Seattle Times from Feb. 14 to Feb. 17, 2017


Funeral services for Shirley J. Smith, 67, will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at St. Lukes Episcopal Church with the Rev. Michael Rich and the Rev. Stan Easton officiating. Burial will be in Forestlawn Gardens and Mausoleum. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to service in the Parish Hall. Mrs. Smith died Sunday, October 17, 2010 at her residence. She is survived by her husband, Frank Smith; her daughter, Kelly J. Reed of Woodstock, Ga.; her son, Lin Reed and his wife Tamara of Carrollton, Ga.; two brothers, Dale Vaughn and his wife Lynn and Carl Vaughn and his wife Pat, all of Colville, Wa.; three grandchildren, Julia Reed, Daniel Reed and Juliana Reed; and numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be
members of St. Lukes Episcopal Church. Mrs. Smith was a dedicated member of St.
Lukes Episcopal Church in Jacksonville. During her 35 years at St. Lukes she sang in
the choir, served on the Vestry and also served on the Alter Guild. She loved her
flowers and was a wonderful seamstress and an excellent cook. She will be deeply
missed by all who knew her. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Lukes
Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 55, Jacksonville, AL, 36265. Mrs. Smith is preceded in
death by her parents, Daniel and Evelyn Vaughn; one daughter, Julie Reed; and one
sister, Helen Hardy.

Thursday, July 25, 2019


 No I am not referring to Chicken Noodle Soup!  You know what it makes me think of?  MY Grandpa!  Besides God, his family and his country, you know what one of Grandpa's very FAVORITE things in the whole world was?  ICE CREAM!  It's not just a my Grandpa thing but a Vaughn thing!  Their whole family LOVED ice cream and it's passed down through generations.

One of his favorite ice cream shops in Seattle was Donna's.  I can just see him smiling and saying mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm after EVERY single bite.  Savoring every single bite.
My Grandpa LOVED LIFE! He savored life!

20 years ago today, I got the phone call I was dreading. I knew Grandpa had cancer and our youngest son at the time was only 5 months old.  We had just been to Seattle to see him 2 weeks prior and for him to meet Luke for the first time.  Grandpa had gone to be with Jesus with family around his bed and singing those beautiful Church of God Hymns that he so dearly loved and adored.

Let me introduce you to my Grandpa.  I am the oldest of the 11 Grandchildren in this family.  He loved his children but he ADORED his grandchildren.  He LOVED to write poems and stories and was a gifted writer.  

He was a shutter monkey and we are SO thankful to have his endless photos & 8mm film of flowers, midnight sun and just living life. Printing film back then was expensive so he did his own developing.

He LOVED his country that he served.  He was in the US Army and served his 20 years working for the ACS (Alaska Communications system).  He didn't make much money at all, raising 4 kids.

He LOVED cocker spaniels and could get them to do all kinds of tricks, even with saltines.  My favorite was Buffy.  And you know what?  They loved him!

He was a Godly man.  He loved reading his Bible with Grandma, leading his family.  They didn't bad talk or say anything negative about anyone.  He was a dear, trusted friend that stuck with his friends.

They almost NEVER missed church, even when snow covered their roof tops of their home in Alaska!

He LOVED to provide for his family types of game meats, deer, elk, bear, salmon, crab etc.  He was an expert hunter and fisher.  

He LOVED to go camping and spend quality time with his family.  And they traveled.........and traveled.  Saw family and documented everything!

He was passionate about HAM radios and communication.  He did work in that industry setting up communications in what would eventually be the state of Alaska!

He ADORED my Grandma.  I mean even towards the end, they were holding hands, kissing and were totally smitten with each other.  She was so very lost without him!

He LOVED his kids and his grandchildren.  I won't post them all because I have literally hundreds and thousands of photos but I'll just leave a few.

So now that I've introduced you to a piece of my heart, My Grandfather, I want you to know just how much he means and meant to us all.  How much we so sorely miss him.  How much we're thankful for his gifts from heaven even after his death.  So Grandpa, tonight, I will take a bite of ice cream, say, MMMMMMMMM and smile really big while looking up to heaven.  Love & miss you so very much.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019



Brister (Bristol) (E B) Rice was born on September 14, 1835, in Stockholm, New York. He was the son of Melinda and Daniel. He married Julia M Howe in 1862. He died on October 22, 1902 in Gleason, Wisconsin. He's buried in Gleason, Wisconsin.

Julia Melvina (Malvina) Howe
wife of Brister (Bristol) Rice
Children of Brister (Bristol) & Julia (Howe) Rice were:

1. Herbert Fayette Rice was born on May 18, 1865. He married Harriet Maude (Rice) Manning on June 1, 1890. He died on June 27, 1944, in Wenatchee, Washington and was buried there.

2. William D Rice was born in 1869 in Wisconsin. He married Annie (Anna) (Rice) Jensen between 1903 and 1912. He died in 1956 and was buried in Gleason, Wisconsin.

3.  Frank A Rice was born in March 1872 in Wisconsin.

4. Edward Rice was born in October 1877 in Wisconsin. He lived in Stockbridge, Wisconsin, in 1880.

5. Clytie Rice was born in 1884 in Minnesota

6. Elmer Rice was born in 1888 in Minnesota

Tuesday, July 23, 2019


                                                         HERBERT FAYETTE RICE
                                               father of Florence Lillian Rice Vaughn


Herbert Fayette Rice was born on May 18, 1865. His father was Brister Rice and his mother Julia Howe Rice. He married Harriet Maude (Manning) Rice on June 1, 1890. He died on June 27, 1944, in Wenatchee, Washington.

Harriet (Manning) Rice

Children of Herbert & Harriet (Manning) Rice were:

Herbert & Harriet Rice family

1. Annabel Howe Rice was born on September 29, 1891 She married Ed. S. Gentle on March 5, 1927, in Wenatchee, Washington.

2. Florence Lillian Rice was born on December 1, 1894, in Merrill, Wisconsin. She married Stanley George Vaughn on June 12, 1920, in Wenatchee, Washington. She died on June 15, 1989, in Seattle, Washington.

3. Rodman Brewster Rice was born on January 21, 1898. He died on October 10, 1956, in Chelan, Washington.

4. Alan Randolph Rice was born on February 23, 1901, in Merrill, Wisconsin.

5. Gerald Fayette Rice was born on May 5, 1907 in Washington. He married Sylvia Melissa Watson on August 31, 1928, in Wenatchee, Washington. He died on June 10, 1976 in Wenatchee, Washington.