Jean Galbraith Obituary (1932 – 2022) – Everett, WA

Jean Galbraith, wearing a gem-laden crown she had earned for good and good deeds, ended her journey on this earth on January 21, 2022 surrounded by her daughters after a brief illness. She is now reunited, and likely dancing, with loves Alvin and Buster, twin sister Joyce Rosser, grandchildren Blair Hyatt, Ashton Dry and Nolan Meece.

Jean was born on August 3, 1932 in Sumas Washington to Joe and Winnie Ristine. She grew up in Maple Falls and met the first love of her life, Alvin Galbraith at Mt. Baker High School and settled in Acme Washington where they started their family and life together. Jean moved to Darrington in 1960 when Galbraith Brothers Logging Co. began work that was to last two years. Jean often said “those were the longest but best two years” as she resided in Darrington for the rest of her life where she raised four daughters and was active in the Darrington community. Jean had a loving family, and after Alvin’s death in 1984, she lit a spark in the eyes of former Mt. Baker Mountaineer Glendon “Buster” Meece, (who welcomed her to heaven with a “hey gal”) the second love of her life, and was blessed with a beautiful extended family. Jean was affectionately nicknamed “Gigi” by her 16 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and many dear friends who knew Jean. As the family’s matriarch – and 1949 Whatcom County Strawberry Queen – she was the family’s Queen Jean. Jean’s immediate family consists of daughters Michelle (Mack) Hyatt of Marysville, Melissa (Chuck) Holiman of Marysville, Kim (John) Broten of Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, Jodie (Ted) Dry of Marysville, sister Joan Abernethy of Bellevue , sister -law Mary Lea (Galbraith) Johnson of Bow and numerous nieces and nephews. His extended family consists of Cindy Anderson from Darrington, Mark (Diane) Meece from Darrington, Kristi Reece (Bill Wright) from Blaine and Brad (Mikie) Meece from Darrington.

Jean worked for many years at the old Darrington hardware store where customers came to him for advice on sewing, knitting, interior decorating, fashion, cooking and baking – especially his famous blackberry pies. She loved to travel and made several trips to Europe, Mexico, Hawaii and many places across the United States. As loyal Seahawks fans, Jean and Buster held long-time season tickets and looked forward to attending home games and spending weekends in Seattle. When she watched games on TV, she preferred to be at home because in other places “there is so much talk that you can’t really watch the game”. AND there was SHOPPING. Jean loved to shop – no matter where – as long as there were aisles to walk and goods to appraise. She was a longtime member of the Darrington Hospital Guild and was heavily involved with the NC Riddle Scholarship Fund. She loved dancing, babies, a good book, good food and a glass of wine and said she would continue to watch Yellowstone in heaven. She enjoyed entertaining family and friends at her home in Darrington and took great pride in taking care of her flowers, lawn and landscaping with the occasional scolding if the lawn was not cut to her specifications.

Jean was a woman of wisdom, integrity, loyalty, humor, beauty and, as Coco Chanel said, “a girl should be two things: chic and fabulous”. Our Gigi was both.

The family would like to thank Dr. Gary Schillhammer for the many years he dedicated to Jean’s care and the dedicated doctors, nurses and staff at Cascade Valley Hospital. Thanks also to Barbara Koetje, Diane Boyd and Katie Robinson for their memorable friendships.

A celebration of Jean’s life is scheduled for Friday, March 11, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at the Darrington Community Center.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Darrington Clinic (1190 Darrington St, Darrington, WA 98241), the Darrington Community Center (PO Box 263 Darrington, WA 98241) or the NC Riddle Scholarship Fund ( 920 Montague Ave. Darrington, WA 98241).

August 3, 1932 – January 21, 2022

Published by The Herald (Everett) from January 29 to January 30, 2022.

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