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Allene L. Larkin

August 14, 1946November 16, 2019
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Many things can be said about Allene "Alli" Larkin. Known to friends and acquaintances as a friendly, energetic, empathic and decisive woman, her compassionate nature would always shine through, revealing her charm, warmth and conscientious demeanor. She was warmhearted, passionate and organized in all the things she sought to accomplish. She was a mentor, a natural teacher capable of seeing things clearly, leading others and bringing out the best in all of those around her. She generally had a focus on harmony and peace.

Born August 14, 1946 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Jay and Lucille Larkin, Alli was the youngest of four siblings. About 6 weeks ago she suddenly fell ill and was diagnosed with ALS. Alli was peacefully released from her physical body and said goodbye to this life on Saturday, November 16, 2019 in Des Moines, Washington.

Alli was a fiercely independent environmental warrior with unmeasured strength and confidence. She never backed down from anything that she was passionate about and was an absolute force to be reckoned with. Alli spent most of her life as an activist fighting for clean water, the earth and the health of all the inhabitants in it. From her work protecting Puget Sound to holding the official title of King County District 54 Water Commissioner (2004-2015), her tireless focus was on all who needed clean safe water to sustain life. She also served as a Certified Beach Naturalist and volunteer with the Seattle Aquarium for 11 years. For all her efforts she was gifted the name of Minnie Nagi Win (Water Spirit Woman) by the United Indians of All Tribes Chief in Washington State.

Preceded in death by her parents, and sister, Mary Ann; Alli is survived by her niece/daughter, Michelle (Barry); grand-daughters, Katie (Marc), Cami; great-granddaughter, Addy; brothers, Jim (Alice), Lane (Joan); nephews, Vince (Ray), Jayson (Tiphany), Lane Jr. (Jodi), Joe; nieces, Jodi (Tim), Luana, and several grand-nephews/nieces.

After Mary Ann's death, Alli legally adopted her daughter, Michelle, in 1996 and became a mom and a grandma on the same day. She was lovingly known as the Aunty Mom, Aunty Alli Gram, and Aunty GG.

Throughout her life, Alli was a gregarious and enthusiastic woman. She was generous in sharing her personal attributes, giving and helping those she knew and loved. She would often fill the role of coach, adopting those around her as a mentor, seeking to bring out the best in everyone. She was imaginative, original, and tender hearted. Alli leaves behind her a legacy of life-long friendships and cherished memories. Everyone whose lives she touched will dearly remember her.

A Celebration of her Life for her family and friends will be held on Friday, November 22, 2019 from 12:00 until 2:00 in the afternoon at Anthony's HomePort in Des Moines.

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Sherry Elizabeth

November 22, 2019

Alli and I met in April for the first time and she and I had been visiting by phone for a while. In just a few short months she exposed me to her giving and sharing heart. She was the big sister I never had. I will miss her in many ways. Love you very much Alli always. Sherry Elizabeth

Nancy Morris

November 22, 2019

I first met Alli in 2005 at a Seattle protest against the killing of seals in Canada -- sponsored by Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. Alli and I stayed in touch over the years. She was a gallant advocate for the environment with so many heart felt causes. She will be missed. I would like to share the following quotes that I appreciate very much:

"Death is not extinguishing the light; it is putting out the lamp because dawn has come." -- Rabindranath Tagore

"Then a great peace came over me and I seemed to hear the pines and the wind and the rocky shores say to me --- You, lover of the wild are part of us." -- Sigurd F. Olson

Love and light to Alli and her family and friends.
Nancy Morris

Ellen Johnson

November 22, 2019

I love you Alli girl. Alli has been a dear friend for over 20 years. We sailed together, had our hearts broken together. We've laughed, we've cried. She has been a part of the family sharing Christmas' and Easter and birthdays and losses together. Alli was one of the 6 people on the boat when we released my parents ashes off Golden Gardens. We've studied many issues that we both believed in and she educated me on many things. Alli had a heart of gold. Always there, always caring and always sharing. On the morning you passed I went for a walk on a beach I had never been on. I found a coral heart. You collected hearts. You gave me hearts. I picked up the heart and put it on an ancient Hawaiian lava stone wall. I called you that morning and told you that I found it and gave it to you and now something of you is on a beach in Hawaii. I miss you and will miss you always. Can't believe that I can't just call you. God Bless you and keep you until we meet again. Say hi to my folks and save me a seat. Love you forever, Elly girl

Vince Larkin

November 21, 2019

As a child I always remember Alli at Christmas time when she would travel down to Salt Lake both at Christmas Eve dinner and brunch on Christmas Day. Together we started hosting a brunch on Christmas Day after my move to Seattle in 1992. I am thankful for those years we shared an apartment on Queen Anne which allowed me the opportunity to know her at a deeper level. Though moving from one menopausal household to another did have its challenges.

I always marveled at her free spirit and how passionately she approached life. Alli helped me find myself, walking with me through the grief of losing what I had initially envisioned for my life… what I found was so much greater. She will always be part of me and for that I am forever thankful.

Patricia Travi

November 20, 2019

Although I only knew Alli for a very short time, I can see why so many loved her. She truly made this world a BETTER PLACE... I had the honor of caring for her in her last days. She was strong and courageous to her last breath. She leaves a great legacy of advocacy, strength, love and courage.
My deepest condolences on your loss, Michelle and Family.



November 19, 2019

We met Alli 4 years ago when she wandered into our store Castaway Treasures. She brought a seagull figurine thinking that this was the place it should be. She would stop by for suggestions for her granddaughters birthday and together we would figure it out. She would come in regularly always that we both needed a hug and that was true, even when I was working behind the counter and could barely get out she would find a way to get that hug. We found out that we had something in common, it was our birthdays we were both Leo's and born on August 14th but different years. I will always remember Alli and will miss those hugs. Love Gloria

Professor Curtis Bennett

November 19, 2019

I never met Alli but we had years of dialog on environmental issues. Alli defined the difference between a politician and an elected official. Her work and dedication to the environment and those that live in it is remarkable.

Alli heard me on an interview and contacted me. That led to years of back and forth working on all kinds of environmental issues facing the world. Alli's dedication to all life on the planet is undeniable and I will miss her.

Her tireless work without complaint is know around the world and she will be missed by so many. I will never forget her and will honor her with the continued work on all environmental issues.

Condolences to her family and friends, there is no doubt she will be in Heaven advising God on watersheds as well as global environment.

While I mourn the loss, Alli would have wanted people to keep working on the environment that sustains all life on the planet. I don't know if Alli can rest in peace, I would bet a dollar she is already back at work. Know your team is missing you and will never forget.

beryl, ann.

November 19, 2019

Blessings and comfort to you, Michelle, for being so near to Alli in her most difficult time.

Blessings and comfort to you, Alli's other very close and dear friends and family, whom she, also, deeply valued, especially long-time friend Ed Spencer in California, Don Grahn in Washington, Sherry Elizabeth.

Though Alli and i had the pleasure of knowing each other only about a year, we connected in our numerous lengthy phone conversations as though we'd been intimate friends for decades, just sharing, enlightening and ministering to each other, and praying together. i had the sense that this was the Alli many people knew. She invited and valued close friends.

We never had opportunity to meet face to face, though we tried. As Alli might say, "It wasn't in the cards", literally.

Deep gratitude to you, Michelle, for keeping us up-to-date during Alli's hardest trial. You truly are as a daughter to her, whom she loved dearly. If there is anything that i might do for or with you to make your final work for Alli lighter, just call me.

i miss Alli very much. Not being able to freely communicate with her, voice to voice, in her last months, was painful, in a way many of her dear friends and family may have experienced.

Thank you, all, for the photos--now i have a face for my dear friend's voice and charm.

Love to you all, with prayers to yhovah in the authority of his anointed son and lord of earth, yhowshua', for peace, joy and comfort in your remembrances of dear Alli, for love's sake,

beryl, ann. Washington state and Missouri.