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Ann Adams-Day-White

June 19, 1934 - May 10, 2022

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Our mother, Ann White, lived a full, joyous, and fearless life. Ann was born to Henry and Esther Leaf in Seattle, on June 19, 1934. She graduated from Lincoln High School in Seattle in 1952. After working as a keypunch operator for a short time, she married William Almquist, the father of her three children, Richard, Karen, and Curt. Ann and Bill divorced in 1972, and subsequently, at a group for parents without partners, she met and fell in love with John Adams. They married in 1974 and had a happy life together for fifteen years. While living in Edmonds they sailed Puget Sound, and after moving to Mukilteo, Ann expanded on the volunteer work that marked her entire life, acting there to help create the Rosehill Community Center. When John died in 1988, Ann set out to become a realtor, and then went to work for Bayside Realty in Mukilteo. As a widow, she continued her volunteer work helping the community. At one point, her caring for others took the form of creating a radio show on a local station in Everett; her program was a call-in for single people, and she used it to line up callers with other singles. Ann was a romantic throughout her life, and she could not resist a good love story. Perhaps not surprisingly, she found someone for herself amongst the men calling in, and married him: her third husband, David Day. Ann and David moved to Borrego Springs, California, to be closer to her daughter Karen and Karen’s young family, who were then living in San Diego. They enjoyed living in the desert and spending their summers back in Washington state. David died in 2000, and left Ann a widow again. Approximately a year later, Ann met and then married Richard White, in 2001. Ann and Richard lived in Borrego Springs, in a lovely home and used that as a base after they purchased an RV. In their home on wheels, they traveled to the Midwest and went up and down the west coast visiting friends and family. A lifelong church member, Ann’s faith was always an important and vital part of her life. Ann was a people person and was someone who would strike up conversations with anyone, about anything, wherever she happened to be. Richard died in 2013, and after this Ann decided to return to Washington state to be closer to her loved ones there, including her son Richard and his wife Blanche. On her return to Washington, she moved into the Merrill Gardens Senior Living Community in Kirkland, where she quickly became part of an active life there. She served two terms as secretary of the Residents Council and participated widely in the life of that community. Ann is survived by her three children, Richard Almquist, Karen Almquist, and Curt Almquist; her daughter-in-law, Blanche Almquist; her grandchildren, Justin Almquist, Melissa Douglass, Sydney Johnson, William Johnson, and Tor Johnson; as well as three great-grandchildren, Finn Douglass, Avery Almquist, and Tristin Almquist; two nephews Andrew Leaf and Christopher Leaf; and numerous step-children, step-grandchildren, and step-greatgrandchildren. She was very much loved, and will be greatly missed, by all of them and by many others. A funeral will be held at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Borrego Springs in October 2022.

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