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Shirley Rapoza

Tuesday, February 7, 1933
Thursday, October 28, 2021
Everson, WA

Shirley Rapoza, 88, passed away on Oct. 28th, 2021 in Bellingham. Shirley was born to Walter & Gertrude Elder and married to Robert Rapoza.

She is survived by her three sons Randal, Richard & Russell and their spouses; five grandchildren; two great grandchildren as well as sisters, Donna and Sandy.

Memorials may be given to Whatcom Hospice House.

Guestbook Entries

Submitted by Robin (King) Yo... on

I am so sorry for your loss. I remember your mom as someone who had a beautiful smile that I never saw her without. She was friendly,

welcoming and a good neighbor.

Submitted by Sharon A Fanning on

So sorry for your loss!

I often think of all of you and growing up in the neighborhood. Such good memories of the time spent with all of you. Shirley was another mother to me. 

Submitted by Sylvia J Williams on

What a lovely photo of your mom--a smile I remember so well.  I was your mother & father's neighbor at the Woods condo for many years & so enjoyed visits to them & their little dogs.  I was a volunteer at the Hospice House when your father was admitted so got to see Rusty & your mom.  She was always so gracious, a gentle lady with a wonderful laugh. I can imagine your grief & share your sadness.  She was content with her life & the many memories of your Yew St  home.  May those sweet memories be of solice.  In sympathy, Sylvia

Submitted by Robert Senger on

Sorry to hear of the passing of your mother.  She was always kind, friendly and welcoming when we came knocking on the door.  I will always have a fond memory of growing up in the close neighborhood and all the things we did. Building and rebuilding forts in the woods. being chanllenged to a shootout on the basketball court by the school bus driver, building and swimming in the backyard pool, raking leaves in the fall, learning to water ski on Whatcom and snow ski on Tobin's hill, and tubing on the South Fork at your grandparents cabin.  Seems like we had three moms and dads growing up.

Submitted by Gladys (Kortlev... on

Living next to your parents and siblings by Everson was one of the greatest joyful times of my life. Lois, Sandy, and I had so much fun playing in the woods.  I also remember the rest of you and Mom and Dad and us were so grateful to have such fabulous neighbors. We take Yew Street lots of times and I always think of Shirley and Robert as we pass their place. We pray for all the family.  


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