In loving memory of Harriet Rajala: 1937-2024 


Harriet Sinclair Rajala, of Chehalis, Washington, passed away on March 8, 2024, peacefully with family by her side. 

Harriet was born on Sept. 13, 1937, in Indianapolis, Indiana, and adopted by Thomas G. Sinclair and Margaret Loomis Sinclair. After graduating from Annie Wright School in Tacoma, Washington, she went on to Mount Holyoke college in South Hadley, Massachusetts, and later to graduate school at University of Washington in Seattle. 

Harriet is survived by her husband, Alex Rajala; her children, Thomas Brown (Liliana), of Orangevale, California, Halie Brown, of Chehalis, Washington, Erik Brown (April), of Vancouver, Washington, and Anja Reynolds (David), of Shelton, Washington; grandchildren, Aris, Lily, Ivy and William; and her brother, Robert Sinclair of Bethesda, Maryland. 

She will definitely be remembered for her love of learning and many creative passions, which included watercolor painting, playing piano and cello, silversmithing, jewelry making and learning foreign languages. She was very involved in the local Evergreen Playhouse and was a regular on stage as well as behind the scenes for decades. 

Harriet also had a great love of learning for learning’s sake and was a great lover of books. This love of reading, as well as her love of the water, nature and animals, was most definitely passed on to her children, as well as her great sense of humor. 

She will be greatly, greatly missed but has left her family and friends with many wonderful memories, the warmth of her unconditional love and the beautiful sound of her laughter. 

There will be a celebration of life open house from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, 2024, at Sticklin Funeral Chapel, 1437 S. Gold St., Centralia, Washington. 

Please drop by to share laughter, tears, stories and memories of this very special woman.