Today Clark and I flew to Seattle, rented a car, and drove north about 30 miles to Edmonds, WA, to attend the funeral tomorrow of Vern Chase whom I wrote about in the blog last Sunday.
We are staying in downtown Edmonds, so it was interesting to see this charming town on the coast of Puget Sound. We drove by Rick Steeves’ building and the Savvy Traveler shop from which Barb Chase has sent me gifts. I used Rick Steeves’ guidebooks 20 years ago when Patricia and I traveled to Italy, Spain, and France.
As we walked into the lobby of the hotel, a man called out to us. It was Barb’s brother, Dan Fahey. Her niece Cheryl, daughter of Barb’s late brother Dick was with Dan.
A few minutes later, Barb’s son Tom walked in. Tom lives in Harrisburg, PA. He brought the message that Barb would like us to drop by the house around 4.
Soon after we arrived at Barb’s, her daughter Jeanne and husband Bob showed up. Bob is an architect and designed the beautiful house that Barb and Vern have lived in since about 2001. The lot slopes off deeply in back and Barb has a wonderful view of Puget Sound. Jeanne took this picture of us before it got too dark. That is Puget Sound to the left of Barb’s head.
Barb Chase Clark Muldavin Barb Wheeler
Soon after, 4 of Barb’s sisters arrived. Her oldest sister Jeanne is a Holy Names nun and lives in Campbell, near San Jose. She is in her early 90s and is extremely sharp. Her sister Trish and husband Tom arrived from Austin, TX, brother Dan is from Phoenix, sister Anne and husband Joe are from Santa Maria, and sister Jinny from Danville. So, it was fun catching up with all of them. Anne was in my brother Jim’s class at Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland. Youngest sister Jinny was in youngest brother Bob’s class at O’Dowd.
Barb’s sister Jinny, Barb’s daughter Jeanne, and Barb’s sister Trish.
Barb’s sister Anne, Sister Miriam Daniel (Jeanne), Barb Wheeler, Barb Chase, sister Jinny, daughter Jeanne, sister Trish, niece Cheryl.
Friends of Barb’s had dropped off lots of hearty hors d’oeuvres. My favorite: a thick salmon soup made by the daughter of one of Vern’s caretakers.
I hadn’t seen Barb since her 50th anniversary party in 2010 … we picked up conversation right where we left off.