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THE ISSAQUAH PRESS WEDNESDAY9 NOVEMBER 4, 2009 B3 OBITUARIES Nancy LynnWard Nancy Lynn Ward was born in Renton Feb. 9, 1960. She lived her en- tire life in the Renton- Issaquah area, gradu- ating tram Issaquah High School Nancy Ward in 1978. For the past 18 years, she has been office manager for Pile Contractors in Issaquah. Nancy was involved with Mountain Creek Fellowship, and had a talent for cooking, ar- ranging flowers and crafts. She was a sports fan who enjoyed the Mariners and Seahawks. She had a great love for chil- dren and made sure all of her "kids" were spoiled rotten, or, as she liked to say, "well taken care of." Her little dachshunds received a special love. Nancy was predeceased by her father, Glenn Ward. She is survived by her mother, Daisy Ward; sisters and brother-in- laws, Ruth and Ralph elaggen- burg, and Janice and Bill Berg; and nephews Nicholas Casper and Breunan Berg. She was also Aunt Nancy to Jessica Casper Morris, Carolyn Holt Johnson, Priscilla Plaggenburg Maass, Matthew Holt, Candice Sinclair, Shaina Sinclair Iles, Scott Sin- clair and Anna Sinclair. She passed away unexpect- edly of a pulmonary embolism on Oct. 21, 2009, at age 49. Even in her death, Nancy has continued to give the gift of life as an organ donor. Those who wish to remember Nancy may contribute to Com- passion House, 165 Front St., Issaquah, WA 98027. Services were held Oct. 26. Friends and family are invited to visit www.flintofts, corn. Joanne Fish Joanne Fish, of Issaquah, died Oct. 31, 2009, at Overlake Hospital in Bellevue. She was 69. Joanne was born on July 13, 1940, in Pittsburgh, the daughter of Lawrence and Bertha Gates. She was raised in Swissvale, ea., and graduated from Robert Morris Secretarial School. She met Fred Fish in Swissvale and they married on Sept. 2, 1961. They moved to Seattle that same year and built their home in Issaquah in 1974. Joanne worked at Westinghouse as a sales rep and customer service coordinator. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Fred Fish, in 1989, her parents, brothers Lawrence and Harvey Gates and sister Leora Flygar. Survivors in- clude numerous nieces and nephews, in-laws and friends. A graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Nov. 4 at Lower Hillside Cemetery in Issaquah. Friends are invited to share memories and sign the family's online guest book at www.flintofls.corn. Arrangements are by Flintoft's Funeral Home and Crematory. FROM PAGE BI every couple years, and it was crazy to see how many old uni- forms we had, when we know there are kids out there that don't have anything," said U1- rich, who played junior-varsity soccer at Skyline for three years. "We just said 'Let's put this old stuff to good use, instead of let- McGill, who travels to the cen- tral African nation three times a ~eear, agreed to transport the col- cted soccer balls and uniforms to give to school children. "Those girls [Baer and Ulrich] aren't interested in getting atten- tion for what they're doing, they're just wanting to do things for kids that don't have as much," McGill said. "They put a lot of hard work into what they do." Baer and Ulrich's reward? The pictures of kids grinning ear-to- ting it sit in a storage room for a ear with their new gifts. The chil- couple more years.'" dren living in countries rife with With the help of athletic direc- political unrest, genocide, AIDS tar Kevin Rohrich, the uniforms were theirs. Then came the hard part: washing, counting and sort- ing all the gear. "At one point I had 20 duffel bags stuffed with stuff," Ulrich said. Said Baer: "It's definitely a time commitment." Baer's stick-to-itiveness came as little surprise to Spartans girls soccer coach Don Braman. "She has a great internal sense of how things should be and how to make things better," he said. "As a player, I remember Emily asking me last year, 'What can I d~) to be better? To be one step ahead of where I am now?' and now she's arriving there this sea- and malnutrition are given something to smile about. Baer and Ulrich consider it an even trade. "I remember seeing a picture a couple years ago from World Vi- sion of a boy in Chad holding this pink soccer ball that I re- member holding, deflating and sending off," Baer said. "When you see the pictures and hear the stories, it makes it worth it." Ulrich agreed. "Seeing the pictures come back, especially of the kids wear- ing the jerseys and knowing I touched it a couple months ear- lier, is the final link of a long process," she said. In their last year of high son. school, Baer and Ulrich hope to "An essential message of our reach out to other schools in the program is doing something for Issaquah School District to more than just ourselves, and gather more unused uniforms. Emily has been the embodiment The girls also hope Play it For- of that, even before she joined ward can live on at Skyline after our team." they graduate. The soccer field is also where "We'd love to see some stu- Baer found help distributing the dents step up and continue the mass of old Skyline equipment, collection and carry this on," U1- Baer's brother played on the rich said. same soccer team as the son of Until then, Play it Forward is Suzanne McGill, who is helping in good hands. establish a boarding school for young women in Rwanda called the Rwanda Girls Initiative. Joshua Mayers: jmayers@seattletimes.com Issaquah Women's Club hosts Harmony & High Tea Nov. 14 Put on your best and come sip Admission is $20; tickets must tea for charity with the Issaquah be purchased prior to Nov. 14. Women's Club at its Harmony & Purchase your tickets by calling High Tea annual fundraiser at 1 747-6516. Learn more about the p.m. Nov. 14 at Pickering Barn, event at www.issaquahwornen- 1730 10th Ave. N.W. sclub.org. FROM PAGE B1 rewarding c/ reers somebody could ever have," Chris MerriLL said. "Because every day, when you go to work, there is never a routine day." As the emergency response and fire services grew, so did MerriLL in his roles with area de- partments. Since becoming a certified paramedic in 1979, he worked for the Bellevue Fire De- partment and King County Med- ical Services. "Chris certainly had a stron~, inspiration to be a paramedic, said his brother, Warren MerriLL, deputy chief of the Bellevue Fire Department. "I don't think he's done giving yet." Chris Merritt played an inte- gral role in area departments de- veloping an advanced life sup- port service, as well as in initiat- ing a program to provide better feedback to EMTs on their serv- ice reports. He said some of the programs and increased services developed over the past decades have made King County emergency medical services some of the best in the nation. "You see people at the worst moment in their life and you have this finite opportunity to make a difference in somebody's life," he said. "For me, it is just a great deal of personal satisfac- tion of knowing, as a para- medic, when you go out to help someone, that you're making a significant difference in their life." Of all of the things MerriLL did as a volunteer paramedic, he most fondly remembers the birth of his son, Adam, in 1984. That's because he delivered him on his own in the back of an aid car as his father drove. Other than the fact that they had to find a way around the road-blocking Ander- son House as crews moved it, "it was a pretty routine delivery," Chris Merritt said. He continues to work for the county's Medic One service, but Chris Merritt said after 38 years he needs to take a breather fi:om the volunteer work that eats up a lot of time on the side. He calls his time serving the Sammamish community, "a wonderful experi- ence," but it's time to slow down. Maybe Adam MerriLL, the fam- ily's newest EFR firefighter, will be able to tell the kinds of stories his father did. Christopher Huber: 392-6434, ext. 242, or chuber@isspress.com. Comment at www. issaquahpress, com. Ryan Job A local memorial service for Ryan Job is at 1 p.m. Nov. 7 at Westminster Chapel, 3646 N.E. 24th St., Bellevue. Job, who grew up in Issaquah, died Sept. 24, after major recon- structive surgery at Maricopa Medical Center, in Phoenix, for in- juries sustained while serving in Iraq. He was 28. Volunteer interviewers needed Career Center specialists at Is- saquah High School are looking for community members to help interview seniors to fulfill a gradu- ation requirement before they're given their diplomas. The interviews are 10 minutes long and will be held at the Is- saquah School District's adminis- tration building, 565 N.W. Holly St. Students will discuss their post high school plans, the work they've completed to get to gradu- ation and what they hope to do in the next five to 10 years. Interviewers will fill out short feedback forms for each interview. Interviewers will have a short training session prior to interview- ing students, given by the school's career specialists. Panelists are needed from 7:15- 10 a.m. Dec. 2, 9 and 16. Parents of graduating students should re- frain from volunteering, as the ac- tivity should mimic real interview experiences where students don't know their interviewers. E-mail cotec@issaquah.wednet.edu for more information. 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