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Gayle at Noel House

Gayle at Noel House

Gayle Douglas Grant 1962—2010

Gayle had found housing at Rose House at the time of her death. Before that she was a resident of Noel House. She was beloved in many places. Gayle was run over and killed at the corner of 2nd and Bell, in front of Noel House, while waiting for the traffic light.

Gayle’s leaf is placed at Noel House.


Robert Hansen as Real Change Vendor of the Week

Real Change Vendor of the Week

Robert Hansen 1951—2010

Robert Hansen was known and loved by many people: as a Real Change vendor, as an activist, and as a friend. He helped others by standing up for what he believed in, by mentoring others, and in countless small personal ways like petting a customer’s dog while she was shopping.

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Janice Hibbert

Janice Hibbert at the first WHEEL Homeless Women’s Forum, 1995

Janice Hibbert 1942—1996

by Michele Marchand, Originally published in Real Change June 1996

Janice Hibbert, friend to WHEEL, Noel House, and Church of Mary Magdalene, died on April 5th [1996] after a short but intense struggle with breast cancer. She will be sorely missed.

Janice began working with WHEEL (Women’s Housing, Equality and Enhancement League) last fall during the planning process for the Homeless Women’s Forum. She was homeless herself; had taken leadership at one of our self-managed shelters, and was committed to finding ways to destigmatize homelessness for her sisters at the same time she worked on finding herself a job. She’d been a registered nurse most of her adult life, but was in the process of honing her computer skills for a new career.

Her connection to WHEEL was characterized by grace and humor—a really dry, Midwestern humor. She was a statuesque woman from Nebraska; majestic in a quiet, special way.

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Margaret Jackson Leaf of RemembranceMargaret Jackson 1953—1994

Beloved longterm member of Noel House, Angelines and DESC (Downtown Emergency Service Center).

Margaret Jackson: A Woman of Will
by Margaret King

First printed in the premiere issue of Real Change, September 1994

Margaret Jackson died in March of this year after struggling with many health problems, primarily advanced lung disease. The last six weeks of her life were a grueling physical and emotional struggle for Margaret, entailing a revolving door of hospitalization and uncountable amounts of medication. Given her awesome strength of will (which all who knew her were familiar with) she fought hard to overcome what ailed her. But she told me many times in those weeks that she was exhausted from this fight, and that her body might be too embattled to keep it up. She died in her sleep in the hospital early in the morning of March 4, 1994. I remember feeling grateful that she died in the safety and relative comfort of the hospital, rather than on the street.

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Michelle’s leaf is placed at Angeline’s.  If you have photos or memories of Michelle, please post a comment.


Sharon Kilgore 1959—2010

Bronze Leaf of Remembrance for Sharon Kilgore

Leaf of Remembrance for Sharon Kilgore at Angeline’s

According to her friend Janna, Sharon Kilgore had a very difficult life, with many difficult things surrounding her.  She did her best in an often impossible situation.  In spite of all the odds against her, she kept a sense of humor, black as it may have been.

In a video Public Service Announcement for the Church of Mary Magdalene, Sharon spoke up to solicit donations of brassieres for their “Ministry of the Lingerie:”  “You never know when you might have to go to a funeral, baby,” she said, and then laughed her beautiful laugh.

She used to call all of us younger women, “baby girl.”  She was a tough mom figure to many, and will always be missed.

Sharon’s leaf is placed at Angeline’s.

Brandi was a member of Mary’s Place, Matt Talbot Center, and Angelines, and she had many friends at Noel House. She was loved by many people.

Leaf Location: Noel House

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Dinah Lane at SHARE/WHEEL's Shelter Summit, 1998

Dinah Lane at SHARE/WHEEL’s Shelter Summit, 1998

The rise in suicides in King County’s Homeless Community
by Michele Marchand; originally published in Real Change in 2005

On the streets, where last names are seldom important or even known, Dinah Lane was often called Dinah Shore. Although both these Dinahs had strawberry blond hair and amazing smiles, you couldn’t imagine someone less like the sunny 1950s television hostess and singer than Dinah Lane. She was a homeless activist, a striver for justice, and was always reading thick tomes from the Public Library. She engaged for hours in intense, thoughtful conversation about the government, systems and conspiracies.

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Robin Langston, died September 15, 2001 at age 27

Robin Langston was strangled to death in the alley off Third Avenue and Blanchard Friday, September 15, 2001 at 4 a.m.  Late in the afternoon that day I walked down the alley, just after I’d gone to a police briefing about the murder.

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Leaf of Remembrance for Ella Lewis

Leaf of Remembrance for Ella Lewis, being cleaned May 2013.

Ella’s leaf is placed at Angeline’s.  If you have memories or photos of Ella, please post a comment to share them.

By Mona Joyner

Jose Lucio was a very honest and dedicated worker through the Millionaire Club.  He never missed work and he always volunteered for more.  He had many friends and was well known in the streets in and around Seattle.  It was with these friends whom he was fighting and when someone pushed him from the I-5 and Mercer Street overpass in Seattle.

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Saying Goodbye to Verna Maxwell
30 September 1933—23 October 2001

by Michele Marchand
Originally published in Real Change November 15-28, 2001

Of all the things I did and all the things I said
Let no one try to find out who I was
An obstacle was there transforming
The actions and the manner of my life
An obstacle was often there
To silence me when I began to speak
-from “Hidden Things” by Constantine Cavafy

During a recent renovation, Noel House shelter lost its archives. The archives, carefully prepared by a former staffperson, are contained in a simple scrapbook of photographs and clippings dating back to the shelter’s beginning.

Its loss is unfortunate, since many of us old-timers were sure that the scrapbook contained a photograph of Verna Maxwell, and her beatific smile. Verna, who’d been an icon at Noel House since its early days, passed away October 28 after a short, intense struggle with a heart infection.

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Pops Nichols Stone and Leaf from DedicationRonald “Pops” Nichols  1949—2009

“Pops” Nichols was developmentally disabled and street-slept in Lake City until he got into Community Psychiatric Clinic’s Cascade Hall.  He passed away May 22, 2009 in hospice care.

Ronald’s Leaf is at the Seattle Mennonite Church in Lake City.  If you have memories of Ronald to share, please post a comment.

Jackie Ortega: 1952—2004

Jackie & friend

Jackie Ortega (left) & her friend Queen (right)

Jackie was well loved. She had housing at the time that she died, and was still active at Mary’s Place. A Women in Black vigil was dedicated to her memory.

Jackie & her friend Queen are pictured in the 2004 Mary’s Place calendar, December:

“We are friends to the end.” Queen and Jackie have helped each other through some difficult spots in their lives, and they’ve come out with a strong friendship and a stronger faith: “God is good. God is great. We are all a product of God’s goodness.”



Featured Leaf December 2013

Cynthia Ozimek & lots of books

Cynthia Ozimek 1960—2005

Cynthia once wrote the following Self Portrait:

Cynthia Lee Ozimek was born the daughter of an opera singer and sculptor turned steel worker on May 13, 1960. Raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she attended college at St. Petersburg Jr. College in Tarpon Springs Florida and lived in both the state of Georgia and Arizona before moving to Seattle in the early 1990s.

Despite suffering the ramifications of homelessness in the literal sense, Cynthia has found great joy, solace and belonging in the community of women where she has resided, on and off, for the past several years. To this end, she has made it her mission, through the written and spoken word, to advocate on behalf of those individuals in Seattle homeless women’s community who, for whatever reason, have found themselves on the outskirts of the society in which they reside. Cynthia believes that each one of God’s children has, within themselves, the power to positively affect the world in any number of ways. Her biggest dream is to publish a book of essays, vignettes and stories on the women with whom she communes each day.

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Related Sites
  • Homeless Remembrance Project The main site of the Homeless Remembrance Project, with much more about the Tree of Life.
  • Mary's Place The only day center where homeless women can go with their children & co-sponsor of Women in Black.
  • WHEEL WHEEL (Women’s Housing, Equality & Enhancement League) is a grassroots organizing effort of homeless women.