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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.

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

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 »

Christen Beaty, born November 23, 1973,  was found dead near the intersection of 130th and Lake City Way on October 22nd, 2017.  He died just a few weeks after being evicted from his apartment.

His ex-mother-in-law, Debbie, remembers Christen as gentle, tender man.  He was loved!

Pastor Melanie Neufeld of Seattle Mennonite Church says, “He was a gentle giant of a man from the wilds of Alaska where his ex-wife and daughters still live and mourn his passing.  He came to Seattle for treatment 15 years ago and stayed.  He cherished his friends and his mother, with whom he kept in constant contact.  He was always good for a BBQ in the park, a conversation, or an impromptu round of golf.”

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

Terri Bigelow

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.

Leaf of Remembrance for Kathryn BlaieEulogy by Debra Fields Keeling:

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.

For more information on Trina, see the Seattle Times and KIRO 7 articles.

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

photo from Julie Pittman

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 has been 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


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

Leaf of Remembrance

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