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 Sarah Annella <I>Reed</I> Boynton

Sarah Annella Reed Boynton

Seattle, King County, Washington, USA
Death 13 Dec 2003 (aged 97)
Anacortes, Skagit County, Washington, USA
Burial Anacortes, Skagit County, Washington, USA
Memorial ID 68092970 · View Source
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Sarah Annella (Reed) Boynton, Anacortes

Skagit Valley Herald, Dec. 13, 2003

Sarah Annella Reed Boynton, 97, died on Wednesday, December 3, 2003 at Island Hospital in Anacortes. Sarah was born in Seattle, WA on October 12, 1906, as hospitals and boat service was scarce from Decatur Island at that time. Sarah was born to Ella Moore Reed, a native of Orcas Island and Joseph M. Reed, a native of Decatur Island.

Joseph and his brother, Will, owned a shipyard on Decatur Island where many boats that were noted in this area were built, including the Osage and the City of Anacortes. When Sarah finished grade 8 at Decatur School, she moved to Anacortes and boarded with families in order to finish high school and graduated with the class of 1925. One of the families she boarded with were Presbyterian, which started her involvement with the Presbyterian Church, in which she devoted many years of faithful service.

In September of 1925, she married Stanley K. "Pete" Boynton, who she met as a neighbor on 6th Street. Together they built a house on the corner of 5th and K Avenue, where she was still living until 2 months ago when she moved to Alliance Assisted Living. Sarah and "Pete" raised their two daughters, Vivian Boynton Dibble and Virginia Boynton Perkins in the same home they built early in their marriage.

Sarah worked at Fisherman's Packing Cannery for 42 years, most of them running the "topper" machine, and acquiring many long-standing friendships over those years. She also was involved for many years with the local and regional Quilting and Button Clubs. Sarah was preceded in death by her father, her mother, brother, Ray "Skip" Reed, her husband, Stanley "Pete", and her daughter, Vivian (Arthur) Dibble.

She is survived by her daughter, Virginia (Reese) Perkins; sister, Marjorie Klingman, 8 grandchildren; as well as numerous great and great-great- grandchildren. A family graveside service was held on Monday, December 8, 2003, at Grand View Cemetery in Anacortes. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, December 13, 2003, at the Westminster Presbyterian Church at 9th and M Avenue in Anacortes. The family requests no flowers, please. Memorials may be made to your favorite organization or charity of choice. Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel, San Juan Islands and Anacortes.


Obituaries: Sarah Reed Boynton

Dec 12 2003

Sarah Reed Boynton, daughter of a Decatur pioneer and descendant of the Tlingit chief Shakes, died Dec. 3 at Island Hospital in Anacortes. She was 97.

Sarah was born on Oct. 12, 1906 in Seattle because her father, the pioneer boat builder of Decatur and joint owner of Reed Brothers Shipyard, was in Seattle working at that time. She spent her childhood at the Decatur shipyard, even commuting for high school in Anacortes, each week boarding the mailboat in Davis Bay.

She was the daughter of Joseph Miller Reed and Ella Moore of Olga. On her father's side, she was a descendant of Chief Shakes of Wrangle, Alaska; on her mother's side, a descendant of Chief Seattle's first wife.

She had an interesting life. After her marriage to Stanley K. Boynton, affectionately known as "Pete" Boynton, she lived in Anacortes. She worked for many years as a topper for Fisherman's Pack, canning salmon. She did china painting, lovely quilting and was a member of the Anacortes Quilting Club. She also was a button collector, an accomplished grandmother and, according to her family, the best cookie maker.

She was a cherished member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, where a memorial service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 13, 1 p.m.

The Boyntons had two daughters, Vivian Dibble and Virginia Perkins. Vivian is deceased, but Virginia took loving care of her mother for the last few years in her own home and then the convalescent center. Sarah always had friends and relatives to visit her because she was such a loving person. She will be missed.

Vivian and Art Dibble's children — Stanley Kay, Ken, Kerry, Kim, Krystal and Karla; and Virginia and Reeve Perkins' children — Rod, Steve and David — are the grandchildren left to mourn their grandmother. They and her great-grandchildren were the blessings of her life, as were her beloved brother, Ray "Skip" Reed, who was lost in the Gulf of Alaska in 1956; and her dear sister, Marjorie Klingman of Anacortes. There are many more area relatives and friends too numerous to mention feeling the loss of this woman so fine in spirit and in love. Many people on Decatur, Lopez and Orcas are friends of Sarah's.

In addition to being part of the church and Anacortes community, she was always close to other islanders who had known her as a young person and who, like her, had settled in Anacortes.

— Submitted by Karen Lamb, cousin; and Marjorie Klingman, sister of Sarah Reed Boynton.


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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sarah Annella Reed Boynton (12 Oct 1906–13 Dec 2003), Find A Grave Memorial no. 68092970, citing Grand View Cemetery, Anacortes, Skagit County, Washington, USA ; Maintained by Nancy McCausland-Jones (contributor 47081698) .