Message cards from loved ones written during the memorial gathering:
"My most recent best memory of Grandma is the day I brought Natalie and Shelby up to visit when they were 3 and 2. We took them to a park and watching Grandma play and watch them play with the amazing large smile on her face. I will never forget how much she enjoyed being a grandma and a Great Grandma." Krysta
"When I was an infant, I have a memory of my Grandma Cree sitting with me on the bow of their sailboat reading a book to me as the sun went down in the San Juan Islands. She was an adventurous, loving, artistic and caring woman. She always had a soft spot for me and I could tell she was very happy to see me when I came out to see her in March, three weeks before she passed away. Cree meant a lot to me and I'll miss her forever. I love you Grandma!" Joel
"Cree, Joel and I had a lovely, long, wine-filled dinner at Anthony's in LaConner. We talked books, PNW, family, and life in general. My parents met Cree last Summer and loved spending time with her and getting to know her as well. I will always be glad to have gotten to know Cree, even for a short period of time." Kate
"I remember family dinners, holidays.
The sailboat trip to the San Juan's catching crab and you showing me your favorite places.
It was fun to share the trip with you and Joe.
You were a great mom, grandma and greatgrandma
You are missed." Lori Baxter
"I will always remember holding Grandma's hand in the hospice house. In some ways she was very weak already, but her grip was strong and steady--like her unshakeable personality. She was always persistent in loving us and investing in us, while battling a terrible disease. She was always herself, and found ways to keep doing the things she enjoyed and spending time with family and friends. I was blessed with a loving, beautiful, strong Grandma, and an example to live up to. 'God has made everything beautiful in it's time,' and he certainly made Grandma beautiful." Hannah
"I always knew when the Seahawk game was on by the Seahawk flag flying!"
"I never got a chance to get to know Cree during her life, but I have been listening to the stories. She seems strong, resilient, loving, loyal to her family and teams (Go Hawks!), and kind. I like her music choices & her family seems so lovely. Sail on, Cree! You are loved! Alexandria
Cree's cousin, Lynn Whitman, asked me to convey his condolences. I want to add mine, too. I remember her from my childhood as part of a warm and generous family. I'm glad I got to be in touch with her in her later years. I'll miss her Facebook posts.
Cree was so welcoming to me when I dated and married her brother, Patrick. Although the marriage didn't last our friendship still survives so I am lucky to have been in contact with Cree for many years. I spoke to her late last year and she was so brave and pragmatic about her illness. She was so lively, friendly and charming. I will miss her. She gave my Dad a knitted cardigan many years ago and he called it, "his Cree". I'm so grateful to her for that and her support through the years.
My sympathy to Jim, Patrick, Greg, Cynthia, Chris and Heidi.
I have so many good memories of growing up in PA and hanging out with Heidi and Cree, she was a good mom to us all. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family in this sad time.
As Greg's mother -in-law, (Cynthia's mom) I was often with Cree at family gatherings.She was a fun person to know. She prided herself in keeping up with current happenings in the world--and especially the world of sports . (We didn't get into politics).
She was such a caring grandparent---following each child's progress through school and beyond.
She faced her cancer with such determination. She would be the winner !! I was amazed at her ability to move ahead with life . There was never a 'poor me' attitude.
She gave strength and courage to those dear to her . I feel honored to have known and shared many wonderful memories with Cree .
I share your loss,
I see where you get your strength and beauty from.
My thoughts and prayers to you and all your family.
Love and lots of Hugs,