Ellen Smedley Smith of Denver, Colorado, on March 18, 2021.
Ellen Smedley Smith, born December 7, 1914, of Denver, Colorado, passed away March 18, 2021, in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She was the third child of Victor Clyde and Anne Wheeler Smedley. At age 106, she had outlived all of her five brothers and sisters as well as her husband, James L. Smith Jr., who died in 1993. She is survived by her daughter, Sarah Anne Myers and husband William D. (Dan) of Fayetteville, Arkansas; son James L. Smith III and wife Sandra of Athens, Georgia; and sister-in-law, Phoebe Smedley, of Denver, Colorado. She was blessed with five grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren and many beloved nieces, nephews, and friends. Ellen studied humanities and world culture at Scripps College for two years, and in 1936 graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder, where she was a member of the Delta Gamma sorority. It was there she met her husband-to-be, Jim, and they were married in Denver in 1937. They lived in Dallas and Ft. Worth, Texas, for several years, and it was during those years that their children, Sarah and Jimmy, were born. Ellen and Jim enjoyed playing golf at Fayetteville Country Club, and her love of the game continued for the rest of her life. In 2014, this passion caught the attention of the Golf Channel, where she was featured in a segment called “Ellen Smith, The 100-Year-Old Golfer.” After their children went to college, Ellen and Jim traveled frequently, making new friends all around the world. They especially enjoyed trips focusing on nature and wildlife, including birds, and exploring national parks in the West. After Jim’s death in 1993, Ellen’s generous and adventurous spirit led her to pursuits like volunteering for Meals on Wheels and traveling to China with a group from the University of Arkansas. She continued to gather with family each summer in Estes Park, enjoying hikes and even whitewater rafting with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She often traveled with her old friend, Phil Prescott, of San Jose, California, and they enjoyed life together in their eighties and nineties. After back surgery at age 97, Ellen gave up driving and accepted caregivers in her home who became like family and enabled her to continue her Fayetteville activities and annual trips to Colorado. She showed great determination, and after a few months of rehabilitation resumed playing golf and enjoying daily walks in her neighborhood’s Wilson Park. When asked the secret of her long and productive life, Ellen said “live with gratitude.” At her 100th birthday celebration, she summed up her approach to life with this Hindu proverb: “The winds of grace are always blowing; we just have to put up our sails.” She was a positive, loving, and faithful person, always looking forward to the next exciting event or chance to be with friends and family. With Ellen’s passing, Fayetteville and many friends and family elsewhere have lost a beloved icon who will always be remembered and will surely be missed.
Hazel Sinclair Valier, of Honolulu, Hawai’i, on May 25, 2005.
Hazel was born in Los Angeles. A homemaker and member of the Adventurers Club, Hazel is survived by granddaughters Karen and Elisha Purdy and stepdaughters Christina Grof, Peggy Goodale, and Kathy Valier.
Winifred Saxton O’Farrell, of Tacoma, Washington, on February 26, 2021.
Winifred Saxton O’Farrell passed away on February 26, 2021. She was 95. Win, the namesake of her mother, Mary Winnie Weaver, was born on May 27, 1925. Together with her father, Malcolm N. Saxton, they made their home in North Tacoma. Win graduated from the Annie Wright School (“Seminary” then) and attended Scripps College. Win met and fell in love with Robley “Bob” O’Farrell, who then enlisted in the Army Air Corps as an officer in 1942. Bob was a bombardier on a B-17G Bomber, and he and his crew affectionately named their Bomber the “Winnie S,” which was inscribed on the plane’s nose. After Bob completed his tour of duty, he returned to his sweetheart and they married in September 1944. Son Patrick was born nine months later, followed by daughter Winifred and another son, James. Win and Bob were charter members of St. Mary’s and regularly attended services there while they lived in Lakewood. Bob and Win owned Saxton’s Furniture for many years, a name that customers knew meant quality furniture and accessories. They were faithful members of Elks Club #174, which included frequent exercise sessions and a multitude of events over the years, enjoying the camaraderie of their fellow Elk members and their families. After retiring, Bob and Win basked in the sun and surf at Surfcrest Condominiums in Copalis, Washington. They traveled the world together from Mongolia to Israel to St. Petersburg and all points in between. Win and Bob enjoyed their children and their spouses Pat (Patti), Win (Bill), Jim (Di); their grandchildren and spouses, Geoff (Daunne), Rob (Brandy), Damon (Megan), Matt (Gwen), Tyler (Stephanie), and Alex (Stacey); and their great-grandchildren Nathan, Justin, Kayla, Alyssa, Rhys, Mason, Mackenzie, and June. It was during these years that Win and Bob were both fond of saying to their family and friends, “Remember, the best is yet to come.” And indeed, it came to be! For Win O’Farrell, her family revered her selfless dedication as a homemaker, den mother, musician, and mother, among many other interests. She encouraged her children to do their best in both their formal educations and their hobbies. This went double time for music, where she set an excellent example as a gifted pianist. Her pragmatic outlook on life was refreshing and appreciated by all who knew her. The memorial service will be held when appropriate.
Dorothy “Dori” Louise Alderson Starkey, of San Diego, California, on January 27, 2021.
Dori Starkey passed away peacefully on January 27, 2021. Dori was born July 16, 1935 in San Diego to Dorothy Louise McNeil Alderson and Winston Towle Alderson. She spent her first years in the Johnstown area near Lakeside; her family then moved to the Hillcrest area when her father, an engineer, began work at Ryan Aeronautical in San Diego. She attended Alice Birney Elementary School, Horace Mann Middle School, where she was class valedictorian, and San Diego High School, where she was involved in many activities and served as head cheerleader and art director of the yearbook. She cherished sports and regularly played softball, basketball, and tennis—she was an avid tennis player and fan until late in life. Equally at home in a studio and on the court, she went on to attend Scripps College on an academic scholarship, selecting it for the quality of its art program, but lamenting the lack of a women’s basketball team. At Scripps, she worked with Phil Dike and Millard Sheets and received the Nicholson Award for the study of art. She went on to graduate study at the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles and further study in Mexico City. Dori met Craig Starkey while working at Alderson Jewelers in Hillcrest, and they were married in 1960. They moved to Chula Vista in 1962 and then to Rancho Santa Fe in 1971. Dori was devoted to the San Diego community and played an active role in many civic and charitable organizations including the Junior League of San Diego, San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Symphony Association, Children’s Hospital Auxiliary, National Charity League, Wednesday Club, ZLAC Rowing Club, and Las Madrinas. She resumed her art career in the late 1980s, joining the Market Street Group of artists, and opened a gallery in Rancho Santa Fe in 1990, which she operated until 2013. She found a mentor in the renowned Spanish impressionist painter Sebastian Capella, who would inform her work until his death. During this time, she traveled extensively with Craig and gathered material for her paintings, which were exhibited widely, including in an exhibition in Paris. Dori was instrumental in the founding of the Rancho Santa Fe Art Guild and was a member of the La Jolla Art Association. A woman of deep faith, she served for decades with the Altar Guild of St. Peter’s Church in Del Mar. Dori was an exceptional, engaging woman who exuded natural grace, genuine style, warmth, and charm with her welcoming smile and good word for all those who spent time with her. She had a sincere interest in others, a gift for listening, a sympathetic spirit, and a keen sense of her own passions. A woman of many talents, Dori would attend social events, including the Charity Ball, often in formal attire inspired by haute couture that she made herself—a skill she learned from her mother, who made outfits from designs she found in Vogue. She was a devoted, encouraging mother, often described as an angel on earth who looked for the good in others and brought it out in them. She was blessed with a best friend for life in her twin sister Donna and had the affection and devotion of all her family. She is survived by her children Scott (Carrie) Starkey, Charles (Nicole) Starkey, and Kirsten Starkey (Todd) Telander, and grandchildren Miles Telander, Oliver Telander, Madeline Starkey, Abigail Starkey, and Emma Louise Starkey. She was preceded in death by her parents and sisters Donna Alderson Abbey and Ann Alderson Cannon. A memorial gathering will be planned at a future time.
Sally Kathleen Scholz, 63, of Santa Cruz and San Francisco, California, unexpectedly passed away on February 22, 2021. Sally was born on January 29, 1958, to William and Jane Scholz in Inglewood, California. After graduating from Chaffey High School in 1976, she started her college career at Scripps College before transferring to the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in ethnic dance. She would later go on to establish her own jewelry business with a focus on antique and estate jewelry. An independent and free spirit, Sally led an incredibly interesting and adventurous life. Her travels took her to all corners of the world, and she especially loved trekking in faraway lands in Asia and Africa. She also enjoyed family campouts in the high Sierra Nevada range and would often travel to join family gatherings for graduations, weddings, vacations, and other milestone events. Although Sally never married, her life was full of friends, family, and fur babies. She never met a stranger and was always willing to engage in meaningful conversations, fun activities, and charitable causes. Her aesthetics were reflected in her eccentric art and home decor, her love of quirky costumes, and her fun sense of humor. She loved to support live entertainment and had a passion for dancing. Those who knew and loved her have been blessed by her joie de vivre, which was contagious and can never be forgotten. Sally was predeceased by her parents and is survived by her aunts and uncles, George and Connie Winter and Jim and Darlene Winter, a half-sister Geraldine Scholz, a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins, and her two precious chihuahuas, Sancho and Rico Suave. She was an adopted member of the Doblick family and considered the fourth sister; thus she was like an aunt to the nieces and nephews. While not a blood relative, she was always a part of important events and celebrations so she will be truly missed.
Professor James Gould, of Seattle Washington, March 13, 2021.
James “Jim” W. Gould passed away on March 13, 2021, in Seattle at the age of 96. Jim served in World War II, returning home to obtain a master’s degree in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where he would later earn his doctorate. In 1960, Jim served as Fulbright Professor at the University of Munich and then began his tenure at Scripps, where he taught courses for 35 years in international relations, cultural geography, and women and peace.
A longtime pacifist, Jim directed Peace Corps programs and became a Quaker. He also became involved in peace research and teaching nonviolence in theory and practice. At Scripps, he taught about women peacemakers like Jane Addams, Virginia Woolf, and Helen Caldicott and brought women peace activists to class discussions.
In 1989, family, friends, and alumnae established the James W. Gould Scholarship in International Relations Fund at Scripps College for high-achieving students with financial need who are interested in the promotion of human rights and of peaceful resolutions to international conflict and global problems. To make a gift to the fund, click here, select “Other,” and type “James W. Gould Scholarship in International Relations.”
Jim is survived by his wife, Anne, his children, and his eight grandchildren, who all have fond memories of their wonderful storytelling grandfather.