Archive for the ‘Names’ Category

Ross’s Leaf is located at Downtown Emergency Service Center.  If you have photos or memories of Ross, please post a comment.


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

Walter’s Leaf is located at the Downtown Emergency Service Center.  If you have photos or memories of Walter, please post a comment.

Byron Barnes, photo by Rex Holbein

Byron Barnes
Photo by Rex Hohlbein
Homeless in Seattle

Byron Edwin Barnes was born February 4, 1965, and passed away on January 20, 2013 at age 47.  Byron is survived by his beloved son Ben, a twin brother named Myron, and many brothers, sisters, nephews and nieces, aunties and uncles.

Byron was Tlingit and an Alaska native. He was very proud and appreciative of his First Nations culture. He was known as the “Keeper of the Information” because he knew who was related to whom within the First Nations community.

Friends recall Byron as a nice, respectful man with a big heart who loved to read. He loved his friends and was loved by his friends.  His generosity and humor left an indelible mark on those who knew him.  A friend said of Byron, “That man would give you the shirt off his back, and the last dollar in his pocket for his friends… He made me laugh all the time. He was so goofy.”  Byron often greeted friends with a big hug and a “how’s it going?” always taking the time to see how things were.

Byron’s Leaf is placed by Ballard Commons Park, beside the Leaf of his friend Don Farquharson.  If you have photos or memories of Byron, please leave a comment.

Featured Leaf January 2014

April’s leaf is placed at Angeline’s. If you have memories or photos of April, please post in the comments.

Leaf of Remembrance for Delores BeamonIn Memory: Dolores Beamon
by Cynthia Lee Ozimek
Originally published in Real Change

On Monday, January 5 [2004], at 6:30 a.m., the body of longtime Hammond House shelter resident Dolores Beamon was found in a Seattle parking lot. While the cause of her death has yet to be determined, it has been theorized that homelessness, poor health and the snowstorm that had brought the city to a virtual standstill all contributed to her sad and unexpected demise. Fifty-four years old at the time of her passing, Beamon was born and raised in the Seattle area and is survived by her mother, her siblings, and many nieces and nephews.

Dolores had a positive, cantankerous, and humorous influence on many of the women she knew during her three-year stay at Hammond House. She was well known for the kind and intelligent hand she offered to her friends, the courageous demeanor she presented in the face of great physical discomfort, the withering commentary she offered to her detractors, and her love of anything related to the Mariner’s baseball team. Read the rest of this entry »

Eulogy for Kathryn Ann Blair, 1952–2013

Kathy Blair, a creative only child, spent most of her life in Akron, Ohio, living with her mother.  While I do not have the skill to tell Kathy’s story as well as she could have, I want you to know that  Kathryn Ann Blair had a beautiful face, thick, wavy hair, big brown eyes, lots of personality, many  talents, and people who loved her.

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Hilary’s leaf is placed at the Family & Adult Service Center. If you have memories or pictures of Hilary, please post them in the comments.

Bobbie Joe’s Leaf is placed by Ballard Commons Park.  If you have photos or memories of Bobbie Joe, please leave a comment.


Karen Boyle


Karen Marie Boyle  1962—2007

Karen street-slept in Lake City.  She passed away in hospice care in May, 2007.

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

Photo courtesy of the Seattle Mennonite Church


Terry’s Leaf is located at Downtown Emergency Service Center.  If you have photos or memories of Terry, please post a comment.

Joseph Brown Leaf of RemembranceJoseph’s Leaf is located at Compass Center.  If you have photos or memories of Joseph, please post a comment.

Arleta May Burbach:  March 22, 1929 – June 6, 2012

Arleta BurbachAs written by her son Keith:  Arleta was born in Fort Morgan, Colorado on a potato farm. She grew up through the Depression and World War II – a real survivor.  At the age of 15, at a malt shop in Fort Morgan, she met Raymond Burbach, whom she married.

After having her first son, Eugene, she started work at Bell Telephone as regional manager and supervisor of operations, which was complicated memory work.  After her son Keith was born she retired and became a housewife; she divorced five years later and moved to Seattle to live close to her sisters. Keith and Eugene moved with her.   She worked at a drug store, Boeing, and as a nurse to the elderly – a full life.   She became sick with cancer before she passed.

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Pearl in Noel House alley

Pearl at the alley entrance to Noel House

Pearl Beatrice Cahall: July 9, 1912—June 20, 2000

from Michele Marchand
Originally published in Real Change News July 15, 2000

“I used to sleep in the bed next to Pearl’s. I watched as the procession of nurses and social workers came through trying to move Pearl into another place. They would argue with her and argue with her and leave, one by one. Pearl was an inspiration to all of us homeless women not to accept what people were trying to get us to do if it wasn’t right for us.”
–G., at a July 9, 2000 Memorial Service at Noel House

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Jeremy’s leaf is placed at the Family & Adult Service Center.

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.