Emma Louise Newlean was born July 24, 1918 in Kooskia, Idaho to Clarence William Lammers and Teressa Francis Taylor. She died Dec. 27, 2016 in Friday Harbor. At a young age, her family moved to Big Lake (Skagit County), Washington where Emma grew up and attended school, graduating from Sedro-Woolley High School. She then attended Western Washington University where she met her future husband, Richard McArthur Newlean. Louise and Richard were married in Bellingham, Washington June 14, 1938. Shortly afterward, the couple moved to Vancouver, Washington where they both taught school and Richard was the Clark College business manager for many years. They had four children, Linda Louise Newlean (Ritzau), Susan Jane Newlean (Hendrix), Richard William Newlean and David Frederick Newlean.
Louise and Richard enjoyed boating and brought their sailboat Finale from Portland to the San Juan Islands many times, beginning in 1967. On one of these trips, they purchased a lot in the University Heights subdivision upon which they constructed a home to which they retired in 1973. During their retirement on San Juan Island, they continued their boating activities with the San Juan Island Yacht Club and the Friday Harbor Sailing Club. Louise also was active in the Women’s Study Club and a member of the Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church.
She was survived by two of her four children, Susan (Hendrix) of Friday Harbor and David of Olympia. Louise is also survived by 10 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and one great, great grandchild. Preceding her in death were her husband, Richard (Dick) Newlean in 2007, daughter Linda Ritzau of Issaquah in 2006 and son Richard (Bill) Newlean of Vancouver, Washington in 2011.
Louise was a beautiful, kind and generous wife and mother who loved her family. She also loved boating and her life on San Juan Island. The family wishes to especially thank the staff of the Village at the Harbour where Louise resided for the last five years of her life. She will be missed by all.