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Tragedy of Flight 261: A look at air crash victims' lives

The Washington state victims of Alaska Airlines Flight 261 included a Seattle family, a wine columnist, a Puyallup High School graduate and two Monroe pastors. A thumbnail look at the lives of some of the victims:

* Ryan and Abigail Busche were the son and daughter-in-law of Jim Busche, an assistant sergeant at arms in the state Senate in Olympia.

Don Shaw was a manager in the state Capitol Visitor Services office, where he supervised the tour guides. His wife, Earlene, an employee in the Senate dining room, was not on the plane.

Lt. Gov. Brad Owen called for a moment of silence in the state Senate at 10:40 a.m. Tuesday to remember the crash victims.

* David and Carolyn Clemetson and their children, Blake, Miles, Coriander and Spencer. The Seattle family was coming home from a family vacation.

* Sheri Christiansen, 25, a ground service agent for Horizon Air.

* Monte Donaldson and Colleen Whorley, a Seattle couple engaged to be married in September. They were returning from a three-week vacation in Mexico.

* Meghann Hall, Rachel Janosik, 20, and Ryan Sparks, all friends from Enumclaw. Janosik was a food and beverage agent for Horizon Air.

* Linda Knight and Joe Knight, co-pastors of Rock Church Northwest in Monroe. The couple were coming home from Puerto Vallarta, where they had been doing missionary work in recent years after more than a decade of work in Seattle.

* Flight attendant Kristin Mills, 26, based in Seattle. She was hired May 31, 1999.

* Sarah Pearson, a Seattle-based flight attendant for Alaska Airlines, was with her husband, Rodney, daughter Rachel and infant daughter Grace.

* Anjesh Prasad, 19, a Horizon Air ground service agent, and his cousins Avinish Prasad and Avine Deo.

* Flight attendant Paul "Clark" Pulanco, 30, based in Seattle. He was hired July 1, 1996.

* James Ryan of Redmond, a Portland-based Alaska flight attendant, was traveling with his parents and brother, Barbara, Bradford and Terry Ryan.

* Stacy Schuyler, a 20-year-old Federal Way resident who joined some Horizon Air co-workers on a trip to Puerto Vallarta last week.

Schuyler worked to satisfy a longing to travel.

Tuesday, relatives and friends gathered at her parents' Milton home to mourn the loss of the young woman.

Her parents, Colleen and George Schuyler, declined to be interviewed but allowed their pastor to speak for the family. The Schuylers attend Valley Christian Center in Sumner, where Pastor Bob Young presides.

Stacy Schuyler moved out of her parents' home and into an apartment in Federal Way a few months ago, but she kept in touch with her parents and younger brother Michael.

"She was always around," Young said. "They're a close family."

He described Schuyler as a quiet girl, "almost bashful."

"She was just a likeable person," he said. "She always had a big smile."

Schuyler attended Fife High School for two years. In 1995, she transferred to Puyallup High School, where she was a member of the school's honor society, track and softball teams.

She graduated from Puyallup in 1997.

Young said Schuyler started working in the airline industry after graduation and had been with Horizon for about 18 months.

"It's absolutely devastating," he said. "I think they're coping as well as anybody could. They have their family and their faith."

* Flight attendant Allison Shanks, 33, based in Seattle. She was hired Dec. 10, 1988.

* Tom Stockley, The Seattle Times' wine columnist since 1970, and his wife, Peggy. The couple were returning from a trip to the resort city in Mexico.

Tom Stockley, 63, was a native of Bremerton. He joined the Times in 1967 and began writing his wine column in 1973. He retired in 1989 but continued writing his column.

Peggy Stockley, 62, an animal lover and community activist, grew up in Seattle.

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Staff writers Stacey Burns, Paula Lavigne Sullivan and Joseph Turner and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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