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Juanita Rouleau dies; longtime educator was active in preserving island history

From left, Juanita Rouleau visits with her cousin, Marie Greenfield, at Greenfield
From left, Juanita Rouleau visits with her cousin, Marie Greenfield, at Greenfield's 99th birthday, Nov. 17, 2004. Rouleau, a retired teacher devoted to preservation of the island's history, died Jan. 16. She was 93.
— image credit: Molly Neely-Walker / 2004

Juanita Rouleau, a retired teacher on Stuart Island and in Friday Harbor who was active in preserving San Juan Island history, has died.

Mrs. Rouleau died in her Argyle home Saturday afternoon (Jan. 15). She was 93.

Mrs. Rouleau's son and daughter-in-law, Ed and Barbara Rouleau, were vacationing in Panama when she died. They are returning to the island. A detailed obituary will be published then.

Mrs. Rouleau was born July 19, 1916, the daughter of farmer Harry Egeland and the former Etta Lightheart. Etta Lightheart Egeland was a granddaughter of Peter Lawson, who came to San Juan Island from Denmark in 1856 and established Straitsview Farm here. Mrs. Egeland founded the San Juan Historical Society and lived to be 105.

Mrs. Rouleau served on the Board of Trustees of the San Juan Historical Society and was active in Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church. She and Wilfred Rouleau, a farmer, fisherman and logger, married in 1940. He died in 1980.

Mrs. Rouleau is survived by her son, Ed, of Friday Harbor; daughter, Jeanie Garrett, of Friday Harbor; four grandchildren and six grandchildren.

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