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When her sister died suddenly in June, Carla Kneeland had already happened to have had a conversation with her about what to do next: give the contents of the home she and her husband made in Grand Coulee to the Grand Coulee Dam Senior Center.

That’s why a big yard sale coming up Saturday is a special one.

Kneeland's sister, Christie Arbaugh died of a stroke June 14, six months after her husband, Pete Arbaugh had died while fishing at Crescent Bay.

“We believe the stroke was caused by a broken heart,” Kneeland said.

Pete would fish just about every day, keeping what they needed and giving about as much away to neighbors. And together, the couple were weekly regulars on the local yard sale scene.

Christie Arbaugh told Kneeland that if anything were ever to happen to her, the contents of their home should be donated to the senior center, Kneeland said.

“They were very much about donating,” Kneeland said.

So that’s about to happen.

The estate sale, happening with the support and help of the senior center, will go from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Kneeland, who lives about 250 miles away in Arlington, said the senior center will send a crew on Wednesday and Thursday to help organize the sale at the Arbaugh home at 317 West Division Street. “I could see why they loved these people so much,” Kneeland said.

“We are hoping that 20-plus fishing poles and man trinkets (nuts, bolts, wire, hand tools) will attract some his garage saling friends, as well as the household furnishings that should appeal to everyone,” Kneeland said.

But they also hope it will be more than a yard sale, also serving as a kind of memorial event.

“We’re hoping that those people who knew them will come by and share stories with us,” Kneeland said. The combination of seniors, anglers and yard salers could lead to a lot of memories.

Pete had served in the Navy and also wanted to support the local veterans’ organization, so the American Legion post, which holds a sale each Saturday in the summer, has agreed to take unsold items as space allows, Kneeland said.

 

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