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Yvonne Belle Welling Messick ’52

Yvonne Welling Messick ’52, January 12, 2000, in Anacortes, Washington. She attended Reed for two years and continued her education at Roosevelt University, Chicago, where she earned a BA in sociology. While in Chicago, she worked as an advocate in race relations for the American Friends Service Committee. In 1955, she moved to Washington, her home state, where she met and married her husband, Buzz Messick, and completed a master’s in social work at the University of Washington. She worked for 35 years as a social worker with Children’s Protective Services, Department of Social and Health Services, retiring in 1995 as a supervisor. In retirement, she was an active volunteer in Skagit County, serving on the Anacortes Museum Board and as a docent for the Museum of Northwest Art in LaConner. She was an avid gardener and also enjoyed visits to the opera and local museums. Survivors include two daughters, her father, and a brother.

Appeared in Reed magazine: August 2000

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