Lemley Chapel
Serving Sedro-Woolley &
All of Skagit County Since 1935
1008 Third Street
Sedro-Woolley, WA
Mary Washington Memorial
Mary Washington Memorial

Mary Washington

Mary Washington

Thursday, June 30th, 2022

Mary Alice Washington, 70 passed away on Thursday, June 30, 2022, in Mount Vernon, Washington at Skagit Valley Hospital.  She was born November 6, 1951, in Burlington, the daughter of Mildred (Griffin) Washington.  When she was a young child, she was spirituality adopted and raised by Mary (Sterios) and Charles ‘Gene” Bedker.

She was raised in Skagit County until her late teens and moved to Seattle, WA where she remained until 1996 when she returned home to Skagit County.  She lived in the Upper Skagit Indian Community where she quickly become the Grandmom ‘Nannie’ to the community.  She spent her whole life caring for the Elderly and children. That was her greatest joy in life, caring for those who needed help caring for themselves.

Mary is survived by her daughters, Peggy and her husband, Jacques Sutton and Cheri Clayton; grandchildren, LaShara Sutton, LaMica Briscoe-Ray, Unyque Savare, Lakesha Washington, Durell Dickerson Jr., Michael Washington Jr., Kai-Liegh Washington, Terry Williams, Rayanne Lorenz, and Shontae Harrison; several great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Margene Washington and Martina Talley; brothers, Richard Stevenette and Michael Griffin; numerous nieces, nephews, great-niece, great-nephews, great-great-nieces, and great-great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by parents, Mildred Griffin, Mary (Sterios) and Charles ‘Gene’ Bedker; son, Michael Washington Sr.; brothers, Raymond Mahle, Raymond Bowen and Shawn Wittrock; sisters, Dixie (Mahle) Hess and Willyne ‘Kelly’ Gomez.

A viewing will be held at Lemley Chapel in Sedro-Woolley on Wednesday, July 6, 2022, from 12:00pm to 3:00pm, following with a family dinner to be held at the Upper Skagit Multipurpose Building on the Upper Skagit Indian Reservation.  Burial will be held the morning of Saturday, July 23, 2022, at 11:00am at Washington Family Cemetery in Rockport, WA with a Celebration of Life following at the Upper Skagit Gymnasium at 3:00pm for all who would like to come and celebrate her life, please wear something purple: that was her favorite color.  Mom loved houseplants, so for anyone who wants to send flowers, please send a house plant instead.

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  • Mr. Richard Dark Horse Stevenette

    I want everyone to know that my biggest sister was a treasure for the Upper Skagit Indian Community!! Even though I failed to express these feelings to her during her life I’d like everyone to know just how Proud I Truly am of my big sister!! May the Gods of our Ancestors welcome her home! Can only pray for our Mother, Grandfather, Grandmother, and the other members of our family who proceeded her in her journey into the Great Mystery, to come and welcome her Home, a Home we will all one day return too. Safe Journey’s my sister I do and will Always Love and Miss you!! Your younger brother Richard Dard Horse Stevenette!!!!

  • Eva Rodriguez

    Rest in peace fly high with the angels we’re going to miss you I will always remember u always to be accepting never judging and
    with a big heart with open arms Im going to miss you Gram’s Mary Washington..tell Mickey we miss him down here..😢💕💙🙏💐

  • Linda Sutton

    I am so sorry for the lost of this matriarch. May God comfort you at this time and the time ahead. My prayers are with you, Peggy, and the family.

  • Diane Washington

    Rest. in peace Mary. You will always be with us. Diane Washington