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Our Staff

 

Our Staff's Commitment to You.


Staff members of Gillies Funeral Home & Cremation Services are caring and experienced professionals who understand that each family is unique and has personal requests and traditions. These requests and traditions are of utmost importance to our staff of licensed funeral directors.

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Mylon & Shannon Smith Owners/Funeral Director

Mylon has been on staff since February of 1995.  He received an Associates of Arts Degree from Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake in 1991, and his Funeral Director's License in 1998.  As a Funeral Director, Mylon meets with families, and conducts funeral services.

 

He married Shannon (his high school sweetheart) in 1991. Together they have four children and two grandchildren. The Smith family enjoys raising and showing Guernsey dairy cows at local and national shows.

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Cindy Alsum Family Services Advisor

Cindy was born and raised in north Whatcom County graduating from Nooksack Valley. She married John Alsum in 1984, and together they have four children and two grandchildren. John and Cindy were partners in the family business Alsum & Bode Furniture and then Furniture Medic before Cindy started in the funeral industry. She is a member of Grace Baptist Fellowship and likes to Klompen Dance, work in her yard, and take on any new challenge set in front of her.

 

 

When it comes to preplanning your funeral, Cindy loves to listen to families; finding what is important to each person, whether personal or financial, allows her to create meaningful options to honor your legacy. 

 

 

Cindy’s knowledge and care to detail in designing memorial markers is one she enjoys. Cindy believes your loved ones’ memorial should be one that brings a little smile to your face, with their story told in granite or bronze, keeping in mind the cemetery regulations of where it will be placed. There are so many exciting options for families today.

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Dennis Lytle Funeral Director/Embalmer

Dennis was born in southwestern Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and is a 1982 graduate of Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He has served Whatcom County families since moving to Bellingham in 1987.

 

In addition to spending time with his wife Daravan and son Andreas, Dennis also enjoys kayaking, gardening and beekeeping

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Phyllis Roosendaal Support Services

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Kathy Knutzen Bereavement Care

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Jim De Groot Support Services

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Mylon & Shannon Smith

Owners/Funeral Director

Mylon has been on staff since February of 1995.  He received an Associates of Arts Degree from Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake in 1991, and his Funeral Director's License in 1998.  As a Funeral Director, Mylon meets with families, and conducts funeral services.

 

He married Shannon (his high school sweetheart) in 1991. Together they have four children and two grandchildren. The Smith family enjoys raising and showing Guernsey dairy cows at local and national shows.

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Cindy Alsum

Family Services Advisor

Cindy was born and raised in north Whatcom County graduating from Nooksack Valley. She married John Alsum in 1984, and together they have four children and two grandchildren. John and Cindy were partners in the family business Alsum & Bode Furniture and then Furniture Medic before Cindy started in the funeral industry. She is a member of Grace Baptist Fellowship and likes to Klompen Dance, work in her yard, and take on any new challenge set in front of her.

 

 

When it comes to preplanning your funeral, Cindy loves to listen to families; finding what is important to each person, whether personal or financial, allows her to create meaningful options to honor your legacy. 

 

 

Cindy’s knowledge and care to detail in designing memorial markers is one she enjoys. Cindy believes your loved ones’ memorial should be one that brings a little smile to your face, with their story told in granite or bronze, keeping in mind the cemetery regulations of where it will be placed. There are so many exciting options for families today.

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Dennis Lytle

Funeral Director/Embalmer

Dennis was born in southwestern Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and is a 1982 graduate of Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He has served Whatcom County families since moving to Bellingham in 1987.

 

In addition to spending time with his wife Daravan and son Andreas, Dennis also enjoys kayaking, gardening and beekeeping

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Phyllis Roosendaal

Support Services
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Kathy Knutzen

Bereavement Care
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Jim De Groot

Support Services