Earlene Kay (Butts) Trombley

May 14, 1942 ~ January 19, 2021 (age 78)


Earlene Kay Trombley passed away peacefully at home on January 19, 2021.  Earlene was born in Snoqualmie Falls, Washington on May 14, 1942 to Earl and Nora Butts.  Earlene grew up in the Snoqualmie Valley.  She enjoyed riding her horse, Inky, with friends.  She was a role model in the valley for young riders and inspired many young women to join the riding club and 4-H.

On several occasions the riding club would ride from Snoqualmie to Cle Elum to participate in the 4th of July parade and the Cle Elum Roundup.  They would camp out and then ride back to Snoqualmie. 

Earlene’s father Earl was a Sawyer at the Weyerhaeuser mill in Snoqualmie. Her mother Nora during the war also worked at the mill.  Nora then worked as a cook at several Snoqualmie Valley charities.

Earl built a Cabin on Lake Hancock. Earlene mentioned Earl would sometimes charter a float plane and fly in with building supplies.  Earlene and Nora would pack in, either by horseback or on foot. She also loved to go visit family in Port Townsend where they would fish, collect clams and go crabbing. Earlene loved to camp and fish and shared those skills with her family.

Earlene attended Mt Si High School and graduated in 1960.  She attended Central Washington University and traveled to Central by train.  Earlene married Michael Absher and had three boys, Michael Jr, Earl (Butch) and Sean.  During this time Earlene worked as a waitress at Snoqualmie Falls Lodge. She then worked as a school bus driver for the Snoqualmie Valley School District.  In her off time she loved to spend time at the cabin in Cle Elum’s Teanaway Valley snowmobiling and fishing. 

Raising her boys came first in her life.  She devoted all of her time to family and friends.  Working full time, tending to household duties and making sure the boys were ready for the day.  Earlene never missed one of the boys sporting events which ran almost all year long, Football season, wrestling, basketball and then baseball.  Earlene was the best role model, hard work ethic, dedication to family friends and the community.

Mike and Earlene divorced and Earlene met Richard (Darry) Trombley.  Earlene married Darry November 11, 1985.  Darry had 5 children, Randy, Rick, Ron, Carrine and Rex. Earlene and Darry lived in Snoqualmie for several years before moving to Cle Elum.  Earlene again devoted a lot of her time to her now larger family.

Darry and Earlene were avid fishermen and travelers.  They enjoyed traveling to Arizona and meeting up with friends. Over the years they had many great adventures together.  The family also grew over the years.  Earlene and Darry were blessed with many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

We could write a book about Earlene’s life, those that knew her always said, your mom was always loving and kind. Earlene loved unconditionally, she was hard working, instilled strong values and always put others first.  Earlene was the matriarch of our family. 

At this time no services have been scheduled. Memorial contributions are suggested to The Putnam Centennial Center in Cle Elum or to the Overlake Hospital Cancer Care Center. Johnston & Williams Funeral Home and Crematory of Cle Elum has been entrusted with caring for the family.

 Mom, no one can fill your shoes, we truly miss you
~ Love, your family

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