Wendy Walsh, age 85, died at her home of 53 years in Woodinville last November 16. Wendy, always an advocate for the environment and all the creatures that live in it, was a guiding light for the Water Tenders organization.
Wendy was born on September 16, 1931 in Oakland, CA, the daughter of Jack and Harriet Okell. She graduated from San Francisco’s Hamlin School for Girls and went on to the University of California, Berkeley, where she was a member of the Chi Omega sorority and graduated from the School of Nursing in 1954. After her marriage to Douglas Weber, they moved to Washington and purchased a one-bedroom home on property with Bear Creek running through it and raised their four children.
Wendy was a passionate environmentalist and very involved in her community. She was dedicated member of Water Tenders, working tirelessly to protect salmon and freshwater mussels as well as preserving wetlands and natural habitat. She and her husband were one of the first property owners to put their land in Open Space and Wildlife Land Trust conservation. She was given the Bear Creek Angel Award, “for 40 years of effective environmental activism”. She also was a recipient of the prestigious Green Globe Award for being a leader in habitat protection.
Her strong Celtic roots influenced her in many ways, permeating her home and life with symbols and rituals. Her annual Celtic New Year’s parties were always fun, creative and worth attending. One last project, which was very close to her heart, was the creation of a Celtic trinity meditation garden at her church.
Wendy will be remembered for her love for her children, sense of humor, incredible library of books, lifelong learning, enthusiasm for gardening, passion for the environment, political activism, care of nature and its creatures, and generosity to causes she believed in.