Gene Dell Ulrich

July 15, 1928 - March 23, 2023

Gene Dell Ulrich

July 15, 1928 - March 23, 2023


On March 23, 2023 Imogene Dell Ulrich visited with family and had dinner with friends at Spring Creek Retirement Community where she resided with her dog Yata.  She then returned to her apartment and while sitting in her favorite chair watching Jeopardy, she passed away.

Gene was born in Cape Girardeau, MO July 15, 1928 and spent her childhood in the area.

She met Wesley Ulrich at the age of 18 while waiting on him at the local soda shop where she worked.  They moved to Bellingham in 1949. For many years she worked for Morse Hardware in the steel division where she embraced her role in sales.  She was a longtime member of The Church of Christ. Her compassion for others compelled her to donate her time and money to those in need.

Gene enjoyed spending time with her extended family and hosted many family dinners and holiday gatherings. She was a good sport and would eagerly accept an invitation to play a card or board game.  Wes and Gene enjoyed raising and competing in dog shows with their schnauzers and were active members of the Mount Baker Kennel Club.  She also had a passion for horses and enjoyed trail riding with her friends well into her 60’s.  One of her favorite pastimes was mowing the lawn and working in her flower beds.

Friends and family would describe her as a strong, feisty woman who was dependable, compassionate and caring.  She had a great sense of humor, a strong sense of style and felt it important to never leave her house, even to the back yard, without her makeup on.

Gene is survived by her daughters, Gale Huisman and Dawn Eggert; grandchildren Hans and Peter Huisman, Yola Charles, Tawna Eggert and 5 great grandchildren.  Preceding her in death are her husband of 72 years and her beloved sister June Thorson.

In the words of Gene, as she ended every phone conversation, “Bye For Now.”


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3 responses to Gene Dell Ulrich

  1. Dawn: I am deeply sorry for your loss. The photo you chose is amazing. She was incredibly beautiful! I extend all my best to you and your family.

  2. Aunt Gene was indeed a fiesty and lovely woman. I will always remember her bantering with my dad John, (her brother-n-law) and trying her hardest to leave him speechless. It was a difficult task but Gene was one of a few that could do it! Aunt Gene and Uncle Wes came to Las Vegas with all the brothers and spent time together. It was so fun to hang with them! She was not really impressed with my dad making her ride the bus around and did not let him forget it. I enjoyed the show of her chastising him! She forgave him (I think) but not sure she forgot! She was always beautiful and a total jewel! Blessings to you all!

    1. Dawn Eggert says:

      Thank you Connie. I know for a fact, she truly loved your dad.

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