Lynette Marie Leaf
June 26, 1924 to Feb. 2, 2016
Lynette Marie Leaf (nee Davis), 91, longtime resident of Lopez Island, Wash. died peacefully on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016 in the Hamlet House Retirement Home on Lopez Island.
She was born on June 26, 1924 in Bellingham, Washington the daughter of Leonard and Marie Davis of Lopez Island and was baptized at the age of ten. The Davis family was among the original settlers on Lopez Island and her grandfather was the first non-native child born on the island. Prior to her retirement Lynette and Wally lived in Beaverton, Ore., where they worked and raised their family. She was a legal secretary in her husband’s law firm and also had a keen interest in real estate, purchasing and managing their investment properties. She continued that interest throughout her life.
Lynette had the gift of hospitality and opened her home to everyone. She was a great cook and many people enjoyed her gracious meals. Her love had no borders and her door was always open to people from far and near. Above all, Lynette loved her family.
She was active in the AFS Foreign Exchange program, the Lopez Island Yacht Club, the PEO Sisterhood and the Lopez Community Church. Lynette had a high value for education and proudly displayed the degrees and certificates of all the family in her home. As an avid Scrabble player she enjoyed a daily game until the end of her life.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wally Leaf, in 1995 and her brother, Gary Davis, in 2015. Lynette is survived by her daughters, Linaya Leaf of Billings, Mont. (children, Aaron and Danica), Linda Gleeson of La Grande, Ore. (husband, Timothy, and children, Jessica, Holland and Kimberly), her AFS daughter, Eila Chisholm of Lake Oswego, Ore. (husband, Craig, and children, Kari, Jori, Inkeri, Mairi and Suvi) and 13 great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests that remembrances be contributions to the Lopez Island Emergency Medical Team, the Lopez Island Medical Center, the Hamlet House on Lopez Island or the Lopez Community Church. Lynette was buried on Feb. 6 in the Davis-Leaf family plot on Lopez Island.
A memorial celebration of her life is planned for the Fourth of July weekend on Lopez Island and everyone is welcome. Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., Anacortes, Wash. and the San Juan Islands. To share memories of Lynette, please sign the online guest register at www.evanschapel.com.