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Letters | Giving some of that love back, for James McKiernan
On Saturday, Dec. 10, my husband, Larry, and I attended the services for James McKiernan at the high school, followed by the graveside services at the Fall City Cemetery.
I was so taken aback by the number of people in attendance that I just had write an “atta boy” to our community for the tremendous support you all gave to this family that many of us have had the pleasure to know and love.
I’d also like to say the same to those who had a part in the service: Pastor Monty Wright was simply amazing; musician and friend Austin Jenckes’ music and soulful voice was a balm to aching hearts; speakers Charlie Kinnune and Corey Lindberg (among others) were touching and honoring.
The McKiernans are “lifers” to the Snoqualmie Valley. Even though they recently moved to the Moses Lake area, all four of them, Jim, Karen, James and Lynnae, graduated from Mount Si High School. As previous owners of the Valley Record, they became well known and loved by many as they poured themselves into our community.
You all showed them how much you love them this weekend. You showed up in droves at the service, then you joined the procession to Fall City, led by a Snoqualmie Police escort. You stood at the side of the road, you firemen, you Venturing Crew at the tree lot, you residents who had to work but just had to participate somehow. I can’t imagine what that show of love and respect did for the McKiernans but I sure know what it did for Larry and me: It made us so proud to be “Valleyites,” Wildcat fans, and part of a community that cares for its own.
Jim, Karen and Lynnae—we are so very sorry for the tragic loss of such a fine son, but knowing your character, what fine and decent people you are, I am confident that Saturday’s send-off of one of this Valley’s sons will forever be etched in your minds. We are grateful to you for all you did to support us over the years—the citizens of this wonderful place, teachers, coaches, leaders and all who serve here—and it was a true pleasure to be part of giving some of that back to you.
Sincerely and with love,
Larry and Kathy White