Saturday, June 30, 2007

to the Farmer's Market

In addition to going to the Giants game, the other reason that we were looking to schedule a trip to San Francisco was to spend the morning at the Farmer's Market at the Ferry Building. This is the other reason that I choose the Hotel Vitale. Essentially, it is across the street from the Ferry Building. The room had some great views of the Ferry Building, the Embarcadero and the bay.

Getting up late, we wandered across Embarcadero to the the Ferry Buildng. We got breakfast at one of the booths and then spent the rest of the morning wandering through the market. We ended up buying quite a load of produce.

We also wandered through the permanent stores in the Ferry Building. There are a couple of places that we have marked off for a future trip, including Tsar Nicoulai Caviar Café.

Jack and I then went on a walk about in downtown San Francisco. We were looking for a Jamba Juice. Although the gps directed us to four different locations, we were all closed on Saturday and Sunday. Along the way, we spotted at three different California Historical Landmarks.

Putting our farmer's market purchases in an ice chest in the trunk, we checked out of the hotel and headed home about noon.

View from our room at the Hotel Vitale

Friday, June 29, 2007

2007 Giants versus Diamondbacks

Sharon and I have talked for some time about all of us going to a Giants game. I wanted to go to a game on a more leisurely schedule; I did not want to have to fight our way to the ball park and then fight our way home afterwards. When I was in the city for a meeting in May, I noticed a hotel on Mission near the Ferry Building. It seemed like it might be a good base of operations for a short trip to the city to see the Giants.

We took off Friday afternoon, drove to San Francisco and checked into the Hotel Vitale. This is a very modern hotel; the style is very different from anywhere we have stayed recently. Overall, Sharon and I were both very pleased with the hotel and the room (more on the room tomorrow). After checking in, we wandered over to the Ferry Building and had some appetizers at the Marketbar.

From the Ferry Building, we walked down Embarcadero under the Bay Bridge to AT&T Park. I know from my run in May that it is just about a mile walk. As we were walking along the outside of the ballpark, we ran into David Tomasin. He was meeting some friends at the game. We met one of Jack's classmates and his dad at the Willie Mays statue.

AT&T (as in AT&T Park) has the opportunity a couple of times a year to have someone throw out the first pitch for the game. They asked me if I would be interested in doing it for this game. Sharon, Jack, Jack's classmate and I all got to go out on the field before the game. After the national anthem, Jack, his friend and I went to the mound so that I could throw out the first pitch.

Standing on the mound, the only thing that I could think was that the catcher (Guillermo Rodriguez) squatting behind the plate looked a long ways away. I know I made a face and kind of shook my head. I could see the catcher smile like he knew exactly what I was thinking.

I ended up bouncing the ball in the dirt in front of the plate. The ball got to the catcher on one bounce. I was a neat experience and Jack and his friend had a great time getting to go out on to the field before the game. I should be getting a number of pictures to post in the next few days.

We had some great seats for the game, Section 122, Row F. The seats were about 5 rows behind the Giants dugout on the third base side.

Although the Giants ended up losing by a score of 4 to 3, it was fun. Bonds hit his 750 home run in the 8th inning to tie the score. Bonds also had an RBI single in the first, drew his 79th walk in the third and popped out in the sixth. In the top of the 10th, the Diamondbacks scored on a solo home run. In the bottom of the 10th, Bonds grounded out to end the game.

After the game, we took a trolley to Embarcadero Center and walked to your hotel. It was almost midnight by the time we got everyone settled and down the night.

iPhone AT&T Activation Problems

Hearing about iPhone AT&T activation problems, this story about how AT&T Wireless self-destructed keeps running through my head...

Leaving AT&T Park

 

Bonds at bat

Bonds hit his 750 home run during this at bat.

 

At the Giants Game

The Sports Guy: Draft Diary XI

One of my favorite RSS feeds is Bill Simmons columns. Here is an excerpt from his NBA draft diary...

ESPN Page 2 - The Sports Guy: Draft Diary XI:
5:32: Looking disturbingly like Chris Mihm, Spencer Hawes goes 10th to the Kings. Now they have a young center who can't rebound or protect the rim, an aging center (Brad Miller) who can't rebound or protect the rim, a guy who started the biggest melee in NBA history (Ron Artest), the coach from 'Hang Time' (Reggie Theus), tons of bad contracts, and owners (the Maloofs) who've made more reality-TV show appearances than every other NBA owner combined. What a mess. O.J. Mayo should just buy a house in Sacramento now and get it over with.

2007 Kings

With the King's selection of Spencer Hawes in the 2007 NBA draft, I am predicting that the top of the King's depth chart at the beginning of the 2007-2008 NBA season will look very much like the October 2006 depth chart. I think that the Kings will be stuck going with a starting five of Bibby, Martin, Miller, Artest and Shareef Abdur-Rahim. Given the size of the contracts, I do not believe that they will be successful in their attempts to trade any of these five players or Kenny Thomas.

Along the lines of Marty McNeal's commmets in the Sacramento Bee on Thursday, I think that the King's strategy is going to be to tell Theus to get Bibby and Artest to get along.

Chad Ford's 2007 NBA Draft Grades

ESPN - Ford: Draft grades -- evaluating every team, from A+ to D+ - NBA
Sacramento Kings - Grade: C+
Round 1: Spencer Hawes (10)

Analysis: The Kings continue their tradition of big, unathletic centers in the middle. Hawes is a skilled player around the basket, and like Brad Miller, he's an amazing passer.

But his lack of athleticism will probably keep him from being a star. I think Al Thornton or Julian Wright may have been a better pick here.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

California Historical Landmark #275

Murphys
California State Historical Landmark #275

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This landmark is located at the intersection of Main and Jones Streets, Murphys, California in Calaveras County. There are 40 other California State Historical Landmarks in Calaveras County. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 38° 08.252 W 120° 27.714.

You can log your visit to this landmark at waymark.com.



One of the principal mining communities in Calaveras County, Murphys was named for the discoverer of gold on the flat in 1849. The objective of many immigrants coming over the Sierras by Ebbetts Pass, Murphys Flat and surrounding mines produced 20,000,000 dollars in gold. Early regulations restricted claims to 8 ft. square. A suspension flume conveying water across Murphys Creek and drainage race draining the flat were two outstanding accomplishments of early day miners. The business portion of town was destroyed by fire August 20, 1859. Joaquin Murieta bandit, is said to have begun his murderous career here. Calaveras Light Guards recruiting for Civil War, organized here on May 4, 1861.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Drew 1996

Drew played a couple of years of baseball. When Jack's team started the play-offs this year, I repeatedly told him the story of Drew's Woodland baseball team. In 1993, Drew played on a baseball that did poorly during the regular season. Describing their regular season performance as poorly is probably generous. In the play-offs, they caught fire, beat everyone and won the city championship for their division.


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Apple's New iPhone

With all of the hype about the iPhone, I got a kick out of the Onion's summary of the iPhone features.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

2007 Best Places to work in IT

For the 5th Year in a row, Sutter Health Support Services (SHSS) Information Technology has been rated as one of the top 100 places to work for IT professionals.

Out of the top 100, Sutter Health ranked 18th!

The honor is part of the weekly newspaper Computerworld's 14th annual Best Places to Work in IT survey, which ranks the top 100 work environments for technology professionals using the categories of benefits, diversity, career development, training and retention.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Song for 1999

When Santana's Supernatural album came out in 1999, it got a lot of air play. At one point, Larkin got in the truck as we were heading to a Kings game. I started playing the Supernatural CD and he demanded that I play something else; he was tired of everyone playing the album to death. I have always enjoyed the album.

The song for 1999 is Santana's Smooth with Rob Thomas.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Ally McBeal

After getting Jack to bed, Sharon and I watched the pilot episode of Ally McBeal on DVD.

2007 Lake Tulloch Run

Last Tuesday, I ran a winding five miles through the neighborhoods north of the cabin where we were staying on Lake Tulloch. Using the data from my Garmin Forerunner 205, I generated some maps and a Google Earth KMZ file.




Saturday, June 23, 2007

Rosemary's 86th Birthday

We spent the afternoon and evening at Tom's house celebrating Rosemary's 86th birthday. Tim cooked some striped bass for dinner using an Alton Brown recipe. The fish were stuffed with herbs and encrusted in salt. Sharon made a great Baked Alaska for desert. The kids had a great time swimming in the pool and playing bocce.




Striped Bass

Friday, June 22, 2007

California Historical Landmark #267

Murphys Hotel
California State Historical Landmark #267

National Register of Historic Places #1971000134

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This landmark is located at 457 Main Street in Murphys, California in Calaveras County. There are 40 other California State Historical Landmarks in Calaveras County. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 38° 08.265 W 120° 27.900.

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James L. Sperry and John Perry opened the Sperry and Perry Hotel August 20, 1856. In 1881 Henry Atwood and then Harvey Blood owned it. In 1882, the Mitchler Family renamed it the Mitchler Hotel. In 1945, the McKimins' changed it name to Murphys Hotel. In 1963, a College of the Pacific group purchased it. On of the oldest opearting hotels in California.



This hostelry orginally built in 1855 by J.L Sperry of Sperry Flour Fame and his partner John Perry. Among the early quests whose names appear on the old register are Mark Twain, Horatio Alger, Thomas H. Lipton, Henry Ward Beecher, the Rothchilds, General U.S. Grant and C.E. Bolton (Black Bart). The quaint old hotel, according to tradition, is the one referred to in Bret Harte's "A Night in Wingdam." Murphy's Camp founded in early 49 by John and Daniel Murphy Brothers. Millions of gold taken from camp and vicinity.

Calaveras County Landmarks


California Historical Landmarks in Calaveras County
{GPS Coordinates of Site Location}

*No. 41 Big Bar - [map] - {38.312828,-120.72049}
*NO. 251 Valley Springs - [map] - {38.19123,-120.82908}
*NO. 252 San Andreas - [map] - (38.19635,-120.6813)
NO. 253 SANDY GULCH
NO. 254 CAMANCHE
NO. 255 CALAVERITAS
*NO. 256 I.O.O.F. Hall, Mokelumne Hill - [map] - {38.3021,-120.70595}
NO. 257 CAMPO SECO
*NO. 258 Fourth Crossing - [map] - {38.130617,-120.634517}
*NO. 261 Congregational Church - [map] - {38.30032,-120.70645}
*NO. 262 Milton - [map] - {38.032,-120.852833}
NO. 263 Stone Corral - [map] - {38.099169,-120.926575}
NO. 264 DOUBLE SPRINGS
*NO. 265 Chili Gulch - [map] - {38.280667,-120.708633}
*NO. 266 Jenny Lind - [map] - {38.09494,-120.87056}
*NO. 267 Mitchler Hotel - [map] - {38.13776,-120.46499}
NO. 268 WEST POINT
*NO. 269 Mokelumne Hill - [map] - {38.301883,-120.705733}
*NO. 271 Pioneer Cemetery - [map] - {38.208283,-120.707783}
NO. 272 Douglas Flat - [map] - {38.116950,-120.454231}
NO. 273 VALLECITO
*NO. 274 Carson Hill - [map] - {38.02765,-120.506667}
*NO. 275 Murphys - [map] - {38.13753,-120.4619}
*NO. 276 Robinson's Ferry - [map] - {38.009083,-120.50475}
NO. 280 GLENCOE (MOSQUITO GULCH)
*NO. 281 O'Byrne Ferry - [map] - {37.899333,-120.571334}
NO. 282 EL DORADO
NO. 284 JESUS MARIA
NO. 286 RAIL ROAD FLAT
*NO. 287 Angels Camp - [map] - {38.068417,-120.539417}
*NO. 288 Altaville - [map] - {38.079583,-120.555133}
NO. 295 PALOMA
*NO. 296 Copperopolis - [map] - {37.9793,-120.639533}
NO. 370 Vallecito Bell Monument - [map] - {38.086303,-120.474214}
*NO. 465 Old Mining Camp of Brownsville - [map] - {38.128611,-120.441944}
NO. 466 THE PETER L. TRAVER BUILDING
*NO. 499 Red Brick Grammar School - [map] - {38.084017,-120.561367}
NO. 663 Courthouse of Calaveras County, 1852-1866, and Leger Hotel - [map] - {38.30113,-120.70585}
*NO. 734 Angels Hotel - [map] - {38.068567,-120.539317}
*NO. 735 Prince-Garibardi Building - [map] - {38.07917,-120.55418}
*NO. 769 Birthplace of Archie Stevenot - [map] - {38.02767,-120.50663}
NO. 956 CALIFORNIA CAVERNS AT CAVE CITY

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{GPS Coordinates of Site Location}

1971000134 Murphys Hotel - [map] - {38.13776,-120.46499}

The NBA Draft Lottery

Fom ESPN Page 2 - The Sports Guy: Logic and the lottery:

10. Sacramento Kings
Dead man walking!!!!!!!!!! There isn't a more depressing NBA roster than this one -- washed-up All-Stars, multiple bad contracts, one lunatic (Artest), a new head coach in Reggie Theus (the third one in 14 months), the possibility of relocation within the next two-three years, and if that's not enough, my entire outdoor blackjack table at the Wynn decided at 5:30 Saturday afternoon that the Maloofs weren't cool anymore, that they were even a little creepy. So whatever they do at No. 10, it's not helping that litany of problems. The good news: Green is the best player on the board and never should have slipped this far -- shades of Caron Butler a few years ago, actually.

The VP's verdict: Take Green; try to get contenders to bite on Ron Artest and the just-about-washed-up Mike Bibby (expiring in 2009) for expiring contracts; test Brad Miller's DNA to make sure scientists didn't secretly do a Cage/Travolta 'Face Off' switch with Miller and Greg Ostertag, since that's the only possible explanation for how much Miller stunk last season.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

2007 Lake Tulloch Day 4

Up late watching Casino Royale, we got a slow start. After breakfast, we took the boys out on a large inflatable toy for a couple of very long rides. We also spent some time cruising the lake along Poker Flat and checking out the houses. About noon, we pulled the boat out of the water.

Sharon and I packed up the truck and started home. Kicking around where to stop for lunch, Sharon suggested we head to Murphys Hotel in the town of Murphy. We had a nice lunch and then checked out Mercer Caverns. We made a decision that it was getting too late in the day to wait for the next tour and still get home at a decent hour so we are going to save that for a future trip.

We had an uneventful trip home and got back about 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

2007 Lake Tulloch Day 3

Both Sharon and I started the day with short runs along the Lake; I went about 3.5 miles through the neighborhood to the north.

Afterwards, we spent a long day on the water. For the first time in what she claims is five years, Sharon skied on two skis; she popped right up. Philip and I both slalom skied. I do not pop right out of the water; I liken me getting up on one ski to dragging a sunken log. We also spent some time trying to get both Jack and Tim up on two skis.

The lake has quite a bit of development along the shore. We spent some time in the morning cruising and looking at homes on the water.

We ended up having lunch at Drifter's Marina on the lake. While definitely not the Hamburger Hut, it was a nice spot to sit in the shade, look at the lake and have lunch.

After lunch, we headed back out on the lake. Tim, Jack, Philip and I all spent some time on a tube. Marlene slalom skied and used the kneeboard. Tim was finally able to get up on two skis for a short distance.

We explored the lake to the east towards New Melones Dam. There a number of large osprey nests along the shore. We sat for while and watched a pair of ospreys feed their young.

By the time we got back to the dock, we had spent more than 7 hours out on the lake. Sharon made her cornflake chicken recipe for dinner. Marlene, Sharon and I ended up the evening watching the latest James Bond film, Casino Royale.



Tuesday, June 19, 2007

2007 Lake Tulloch Day 2

I started my day with a five mile run along the lake. Afterwards, we took the boat out on the lake. Philip, Marlene and I all slalom skied. Tim, one of jack's classmates, made an attempt to get up on two skis.

Another family from the cub scout pack showed up with a second boat in the late morning. We started pulling all of the kids on tubes. We spent almost all of the afternoon on the water.

Unfortunately, the second boat broken down and we spent some time towing the boat and moving vehicles.

The Sanborn's barbecued steaks for dinner. After dinner, the third family started back for Elk Grove. We ended the evening sitting on the deck over the lake looking at the stars.




Monday, June 18, 2007

2007 Lake Tulloch Day 1

After being home from Southern California and Drew's graduation for less than 24 hours, we loaded up the truck and took off for Lake Tulloch. We will be spending a couple of days with the Sanborn's at their house outside Copperopolis.

More Drew Graduation Pics

My sister Lee Ann took a number of pictures at Drew's graduation and posted them on her flickr site.




Sunday, June 17, 2007

Drew's UCI Graduation

Drew graduated from the University of California at Irvine this afternoon. He got a Bachelors of Arts from the Claire Trevor School of the Arts. I am very proud of what Drew has accomplished academically, theatrically and musically over the last four years. It is hard for me to believe that it has been a little over four years since he and I first stepped on the campus and he graduated from high school.





Back from Huntington Beach

Up fairly early, I ran a little over 5 miles along Huntington Beach and out on to the pier. After getting cleaned up, Sharon, Jack and I had a nice Father's Day Brunch in the hotel.

We spent the rest of the day at Drew's Graduation from the UCI. My sister Lee Ann and her husband Dean were there as well as Morgan and her mother and Kaylen's parents.

Heading to the Orange County airport, we had an uneventful trip back and were home by about 8:00 p.m.

At Drew's Graduation!

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Disney 2007

Up early, we had room service at the hotel and headed to Disneyland. When got to the parking lot by a little after 8 a.m. and were in the park by about 8:40 a.m.

We started with a ride on the Autopia. This is Jack's favorite ride from previous trips to Disneyland. After this we rode the Matterhorn Bobsleds (Sharon's favorite ride), Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, Pirates of the Caribbean, Indiana Jones Adventure and the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

We stopped for an early lunch at Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante in Frontierland for some bad mexican food. After lunch, we took the Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes around the Rivers of America. In all the times that I have been to Disneyland, this is something that I have never done.

Over the rest of the afternoon, we rode the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad again, the Jungle Cruise, Star Tours (just Jack and I while Sharon shopped on Main Street) and Splash Mountain. We finished the day with a ride on the Disneyland Railroad.

Heading back to the hotel, we stopped by Drew's apartment to pick up the tickets for tomorrow's Commencement. We had the concierge find a restaurant in downtown Huntington Beach for dinner. We ended up at Luggatti's. Sharon had Veal Piccata, I had pasta dish called Mostaccioli Alla Lino and we split a nice bottle of Banfi Chianti. The restaurant was noisy, but had a lot of character and the food was good.

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Disneyland

Friday, June 15, 2007

To Huntington Beach

With Drew graduating from UC Irvine on Sunday, we flew from Sacramento to Orange county. We are spending a couple of days at the Huntington Beach Hyatt. The flight left more than an hour late and dropped us into Friday afternoon Southern California traffic. After a very late lunch, we spent the afternoon in and around the pool.

Drew and Kaylen met us for dinner at the Californian Restaurant in the hotel. We had a nice evening catching up with them and talking about their plans for what they are going to do after graduation.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Song for 1998

I ran a lot to George Thorogood during the 1980's. Over the last ten years, Dave Matthews has become one of my favorite artists to listen to when I run. My iPod currently contains 76 Dave Matthews songs. When I set-up a playlist for running, I often stage Two Step as a song for the finishing kick.

The song for 1998 is Dave Matthews' Two Step.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

2007 Baseball Season

Jack was selected to the all-star team for his AA baseball league. Much to his disappointment, we are gone the weekend of the festivities and the all-star game.

For the year, Jack was 19 for 34 at the plate for a batting average of .559. He drew 12 walks and was hit by a pitch just once. Jack's on base percentage was .681 (32 of 47); essentially, he got on base more than 2 out of every 3 times at bat.

In 17 games, Jack played 54 innings at shortstop, 12 innings at pitcher, 6 innings at first base, 3 innings at catcher and 1 inning in left field.

Monday, June 11, 2007

California Historical Landmark #893

Walters Ranch Hop Kiln
California State Historical Landmark #893

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This landmark is located at 6050 Westside Road, Healdsburg, California. There are 26 other California State Historical Landmarks in Sonoma County. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 38° 32.177 W 122° 52.068.

You can log your visit to this landmark at waymark.com.



This is the most significant surviving example of a stone hop kiln in the North Coast region. Built by Angelo 'Skinny' Sodini in 1905, it served the Russian River Valley and North Coast regions, once the major hop-growing areas in the West. In the latter part of the 19th century, Sol Walters purchased 380 acres, part of the Sotoyome Rancho patented in 1853, from Josefa Fitch.

The plaque reads:

This structure served the important hop industry of California's North Coast region, once the major hop-growing area in the west. Built in 1905 by a crew of Italian stonemasons, it represents the finest existing example of its type, consisting of three stone kilns for drying hops, a wooden cooler, and a two-story press for baling hops for shipment.

The building nows serves as the tasting room for the Hop Kiln Winery.

Sonoma County Landmarks


California Historical Landmarks in Sonoma County
{GPS Coordinates of Site Location}

*NO. 3 Mission San Francisco Solano - [map] - {38.29367,-122.45592}
*NO. 4 General M. G. Vallejo Home - [map] - {38.29887,-122.46203}
*NO. 5 Fort Ross - [map] - {38.514233,-123.243583}
*NO. 7 Bear Flag Monument - [map] - {38.29338,-122.45665}
*NO. 17 Blue Wing Inn - [map] - {38.29345,-122.45558}
NO. 18 PETALUMA ADOBE
NO. 234 LUTHER BURBANK HOME AND GARDEN
NO. 237 TEMELEC HALL
*NO. 316 Presidio of Sonoma (Sonoma Barracks) - [map] - {38.29365,-122.45657}
*NO. 392 Buena Vista Winery and Vineyards - [map] - {38.299430,-122.422684}
NO. 392-1 Site of Haraszthy Villa - [map] - (38.300377,-122.426575)
NO. 496 Swiss Hotel - [map] - {38.29378,-122.45797}
*NO. 501 Salvador Vallejo Adobe - [map] - {38.29353,-122.45877}
NO. 621 ITALIAN SWISS COLONY
*NO. 627 Union Hotel and Union Hall - [map] - {38.2919,-122.45872}
*NO. 667 Nash Adobe - [map] - {38.29045,-122.45702}
NO. 692 HOOD HOUSE
*NO. 739 Vineyard and Winery (San Francisco Solano Mission Vineyard) - [map] - {38.29325,-122.4495}
*NO. 743 Jack London State Historic Park - [map] - {38.35662,-122.54085}
*NO. 820 St. Teresa's Church - [map] - {38.34628,-122.97263}
@NO. 833 BODEGA BAY AND HARBOR {+38° 18' 40.74", -123° 3' 4.14"}
@NO. 835 COOPER'S SAWMILL {+38° 29' 36.06", -122° 53' 44.95"}
NO. 879 COTATI DOWNTOWN PLAZA
*NO. 893 Walters Ranch Hop Kiln - [map] - (38.53628,-122.8678)
*NO. 915 Petrified Forest - [map] - {38.555783,-122.638917}
NO. 939 Twentieth Century Folk Art Environments (Thematic)-JOHN MEDICA GARDENS
NO. 981 ICARIA-SPERANZA COMMUNE

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Sunday, June 10, 2007

Kathryn Nichols

Sharon's aunt (her dad's sister), Kathryn Nichols, died while Sharon and Tom were on their way to Spokane to pick up Kevin from Gonzaga last month.

Kathryn "Kay" Nichols (Age 90) of Spokane Valley, Washington passed peacefully to her Heavenly Father May 10, 2007. Born in Gary, Indiana in 1916, she grew up in the Mid-west with her sister Jane and her brother Jack, both of whom preceded her in death.

Kay married Richard Bell with whom three sons were born; Dickie (who died shortly after birth), David (Ellen), currently of Liberty Lake, Washington, and Keith (Pam) currently of Sisters, Ore.

After the war, the family moved to North Idaho and settled in Coeur d'Alene, where her two sons were raised. She later married Ellis "Nick" Nichols of Coeur d'Alene, with whom their only child Kathy Marshall (Paul) currently of Spokane, Washington was born. Relocating in Spokane, she and her husband lived, worked and raised their daughter. They lived in the same neighborhood for over 40 years years. They spent their summers at their cabin on Hayden Lake. After her husband Nick, of 46 years, died in 2000, Kay moved to the Spokane Valley where she spent the remainder of her life.

She was surrounded by loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren whom she enjoyed watching grow up. She was cared for by her son David and his wife Ellen, and by her son Keith and his wife Pam, and by her daughter Kathy and her husband Paul. She enjoyed comfort and love to the end of her life.

The family wishes to give special thanks to the sensitive and loving caregivers at the Colonial Court Assisted Living Residence in the Spokane Valley where she spent the final few months of her life.

In addition to her daughter, her sons and all their spouses, Kay is survived by: three grandchildren - Lisa Bell Upchurch of Roanoke, VA., Jennifer Bell Sanders of Liberty Lake, Washington, and Elizabeth Marshall Hughes of Sumner, Washington; five great-grandchildren, Meghan Upchurch, Mitchell, Brady and Noah Sanders, and Elliot Hughes; one niece, Sharon Heringer and two nephews, Tom and Tim Frame, and their children all of Sacramento, CA.

Her remains will rest next to her husband, Nick, at Forest Cemetery in Coeur d'Alene. No formal memorial service is planned. Instead, the family will celebrate her life with a private gathering this summer.

ENGLISH FUNERAL CHAPEL, COEUR D'ALENE is in care of the arrangements. Please sign Kay's guest registry and view online memorial at www.englishfuneralchapel.com .