Archive for the ‘Names’ Category

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 »

Terri BigelowTerri Bigelow  5/14/1959 – 11/20/2013

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

Cat angelEulogy 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.

Read the rest of this entry »

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.

Trina’s Leaf is at Angeline’s. If you have photos or memories of Trina, please post a comment.

Photo from Julie Pittman

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


Beloved Real Change vendor, former fisherman, found under Ballard Bridge.  His wife was Karen Lee Pedersen, whose Leaf was originally at Real Change.  Karen’s Leaf will be moved to Ballard next to Jeff’s.

Jeff was good friends with Kenny and Jerri Stoddard; he stayed the night with Jerri after Kenny died.  (A community of friends!)

Jeff’s Leaf is at Ballard Commons. If you have photos or memories to share, please post a comment.

Karen Boyle
Photo courtesy of the Seattle Mennonite Church

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.

Leaf with stone

Karen Boyle’s Leaf of Remembrance


Leaf of RemembranceGail’s Leaf is at Mary’s Place/Gethsemane Lutheran Church. If you have photos or memories of Gail, please share a comment.

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.

Pamela Brown
Photo Courtesy of DESC




Pamela was a beloved longtime Morrison resident who died in October 2016.  According to her friend Red Rock, Pamela was a kind, generous, loving person who often cooked extra food for others.  “She wasn’t schizzy like the rest of us;” just a nice person, said Red Rock.  She was a member of Chief Seattle Club.

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

Read the rest of this entry »

Aaron Burgess    3/26/70-6/18/13

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

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.