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.

Jan was beloved at Nickelsville Ballard, which was his last residence until, in ill health, he moved into Nyer Urness, where he died.

Jan’s Leaf is placed at Ballard Commons (May 21, 2017). If you have photos or memories of Jan, please post a comment.

roger and his leafRoger Andrews requested a Leaf while he was in hospice at Nyer Urness House. This was what his counselor and friend, Beth Monkarsh, said about Roger at that time:

Roger is a funny, kind, playful, and frank person who has lived in Ballard for over 20 years.  He loves to play cards, (especially Baseball and Dummy), enjoys country music, writes poetry and short stories, and paints.  Roger is an avid Seahawks fan.  He also loves nature documentaries and animals (he has two pet fish).  He enjoys cooking, especially seafood, and is always willing to share his creations.

I first met Roger in February 2014 when I began working at Nyer and he immediately made an impression on me as a joker.  During my time at Nyer, Roger and I had regular UNO and Yahtzee matches.  Every time Roger won, we would hang up his scorecard.  Anytime I won, he would put it back in the box so no one could see my victory.  He also would wear a gold medal around his neck to let me know who the champion was.

At Nyer Roger always participated in whatever classes were offered, from art to cooking to creative writing.  A poem Roger wrote hangs in Nyer’s lobby and has touched the hearts of many staff, guests, and residents.  Roger was happy to find a home at Nyer because several of his Ballard family members live in the building as well.  For those still without housing, Roger has kept in touch and consistently invites them to his apartment to hang out and eat.

Roger is well known and well-liked by his fellow Nyer residents and it’s of little wonder.  While he may play the curmudgeon on occasion, he is generous, forgiving, loyal, funny, and kind.  I’m lucky to have met Roger and be able to consider him my friend.

Roger's personal Leaf dedication

Roger’s personal Leaf dedication

We presented Roger with his Leaf and he selected the spot at Ballard Commons Park where it will be placed. (Story here.)

On December 19, 2014, Roger passed. His Leaf was placed June 18, 2015.






Featured Leaf December 2015

Andrew’s Leaf is located at the Dutch Shisler Sobering Center (placed July 25, 2014). If you have photos or memories of Andrew, please share them in a comment.

Bevin was born October 10, 1984 and died July 7, 2018 at 33 years old.

From Pastor Britt Olson of St. Luke’s Episcopal Parish:

Bevin moved from Nashville, Tennessee to Seattle in order to obtain legal, medical cannabis to help control severe epileptic seizures.  She lived in a van in the Ballard neighborhood and participated in a number of community feeds including the St. Luke’s Edible Hope Kitchen, the Sunday night Ballard churches dinner at Ballard First Lutheran and Trinity Methodist lunches.  She got her clothes (a lot of pink) at the Bridge Care Center and the University Temple Thrift Store.  She was a Starbucks regular and enjoyed her favorite candy from Sweet Mickey’s sweet shop.

The Medical Examiner said he could find no reason for her death.  Most likely it was the result of sudden, unexpected death in epilepsy. Her family have donated her body for scientific research.

Bevin was baptized and confirmed in the Episcopal Church and was a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal, where a Memorial Service was held on July 28, 2018.  She is survived by her mother, Mary Lee, her brothers Kyle and Aaron, her companion Random and many people who cared for her.  With Bevin’s death we experienced “the sharp knife of a short life.”

Bevin’s Leaf is placed at Ballard Commons. If you have photos or memories of Bevin, please post a comment.

Bevin with her partner Random

Featured Leaf October 2018

Cindi’s Leaf is at University Temple United Methodist Church. If you have photos or memories, please share them in a comment.

From Sandra Aust: “Jerry was a good friend to everyone.  Willing to help out a brother or sister in need.  I will never forget his sense of humor and how he could make me laugh.  He made everyone laugh and feel good about themselves.  Jerry was a hard worker, he volunteered at the DESC and was always moving and working or helping someone in need.  For awhile he was in Tent City2 and everyone called him TC Willie because of his long ponytail like Willie Nelson.  I know he touch my life in a profound and wonderful way and Jerry was a brother to men and women alike he was always a gentleman.”

Jerold’s Leaf is at DESC. If you have photos or memories to share, please leave a comment.

Norman died at age 55 in a vacant lot in Lake City.

Women in Black stood vigil for Norman in October 2014.

Norman’s Leaf is placed at the Mini Park in Lake City. If you have photos or memories of Norman that you’d like to share, please post a comment below.

John Avery

From John’s obituary in the Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber:

“John Read Avery, formerly of Vashon Island, died April 23, 2005, of a traumatic head injury. He was 55 years old.

Mr. Avery was born Jan. 13, 1950, in Seattle, to John MacGlacian Avery and Josephine Read Avery. His mother and a younger brother, William Franklin Avery, died earlier.

Survivors include his father, John Avery, sister Mary MacClellan, niece Jennifer Nichols, and numerous cousins, extended family, and friends.

Mr. Avery grew up in North Seattle, and graduated from Lincoln High School. He spent some of his adult years on Vashon Island.”

John’s Leaf is at University Temple United Methodist Church.  If you have memories to share, please post a comment.

Featured Leaf April 2019

Photo from Federal Way Mirror

For more on Walter, see the Seattle Times and Federal Way Mirror articles.

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

Bill’s Leaf is placed at Dutch Shisler Sobering Center (July 25, 2014).  If you have photos or memories of Bill, please share them in a comment.

Roxanne “Roxy” Baker:  2/16/56–6/8/18

Roxy Baker died near St. Luke’s Episcopal Parish in Ballard.  She was a beloved member of that community, as well as the partner of Greg Nichols.

Women in Black stood vigil for her in June 2018.

Roxy’s Leaf is placed at Ballard Commons Park. If you have photos or memories of Roxy you’d like to share, please post a comment below.

From the Leaf Requester, a DESC staffperson:  “Montie passed away at the shelter, which he called home since early 2015.  He was an independent and self-sufficient man, up until his death in January when he lost his battle to cancer.  Montie had many friends at DESC and was loved by his community.  He is survived by his 10-year-old son. ”

Montie’s Leaf is at DESC (Downtown Emergency Service Center). If you have photos or memories of Montie, please share a comment.


Corey died at Nyer Urness in August 2016. From JJ Wampach, clinic coordinator for Neighborcare’s Homeless Programs: “He was a kind, funny, gentle guy. He was a positive force in Nyer Urness and in our community. Whether he was telling you a joke or just asking to see how you were doing, Corey always knew how to brighten the day of those around him.”

Corey’s Leaf is placed at Ballard Commons Park. If you have photos or memories of Corey, please post a comment.