SPU Neighbor's Gift Will Help Students
A BELOVED NEIGHBOR of Seattle Pacific University since 1955, Della Wolcott continued to show her commitment to SPU students up until her death in July at the age of 100. The owner of two homes on Queen Anne Hill, she had given a part value of each home into a trust to benefit SPU students and other Free Methodist charities. "I love the Seattle Pacific students," said Wolcott in the weeks before her death. "I'm so happy my gift will help them."
Della and husband Archie Wolcott moved to Seattle from Wisconsin in the mid-1950s to join their son, Eldon, and his wife, Laura Alexander Wolcott '57. Della and Archie joined First Free Methodist Church and moved into a house nearby. Archie taught Sunday school, directed the church's senior adult fellowship and founded the Foot Care Clinic, which still serves senior citizens today.
The couple became popular with countless Seattle Pacific students and often invited young friends to their home. "My husband and I catered to the students," remembered Della. "We would have them over for dinner and have fun."
Doug Taylor, 1987 graduate of SPU and now alumni director, fondly remembers trips to the Wolcott house when he was a student. "I'd visit them whenever I had an opportunity," he says. "We'd sit in a study just drenched with sun and talk." The couple eventually purchased another home, and many SPU students became their tenants over the years. After Archie died in 1986, Della continued to play an active role with students.
When she recently moved from her home of 47 years to Warm Beach Senior Community, her commitment to students continued. "Della and Archie were wonderful friends of SPU," says Gene Keene, director of major gifts and planned giving. "And they continue to help students through this gift."
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