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 Appel 12/5/1965 – 4/27/2013

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.

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

This Leaf is not yet affixed due to inclement weather. It will be affixed Spring, 2015.

Jerold Edward Aust (known as “TC Willie”)  1/28/55 — 8/6/11


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.

John AveryJohn’s Leaf is at University Temple United Methodist Church.  If you have memories to share, 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.

William “Bill” Bailey 10/14/1962 – 9/4/2012

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.

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.

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

Matt battled several forms of cancer since the age of 2 and survived over 1700 operations. Through all of that he maintained a tenderness and courage that made him widely beloved. One of the places he was known and beloved was SHARE/WHEEL’s Tent City 3, which he said “was a place he could be accepted and loved as he was.”

Matt’s Leaf is located at the Seattle Central Library. If you have photos or memories of Matt, please comment.

white hose thumbnailSeptember 1, 1954 – April 29, 2015

Laura Ann Barringer was born Sept. 1, 1954 to Billie and Connie Barringer. She grew up in Lake Forest Park, WA, and graduated from Shorecrest High School. Growing up she loved horses, animals, and modeling. She was bright, kind, smart, and caring. She had a certain light about her and people were drawn to it.

In 1981 she moved to Hawaii where her daughter Chantelle was born. Her son Jarrett was born in Washington in 1990. She devoted her life to her children. Laura became a grandma to Ayden, Kyler, and Kenzie; she loved them more than anything and was the greatest grandma anyone could ask for. She wanted to spend every moment with them and they cherished every second she was around.

Laura would have done anything for anyone, even if it meant giving the shirt off her back or going without. That’s just how she was.

At the time of her death, Laura had lived at McDermott Place for several years, after being homeless in Lake City.

Laura’s Leaf is placed at Seattle Mennonite Church. If you have photos or memories to share, please post a comment.

Featured Leaf September 2015

Featured Leaf, July ’18

Iris Cloud (Photo courtesy of DESC)

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.