Remembering Lynne Myall

Lynne Montgomery Myall, world-renown English bull terrier breeder and AKC judge, mentor, mother and dear friend to many, passed away peacefully at her home on Guemes Island, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022.

Well-known on the dog show circuit, Lynne was an American Kennel Club Judge and was sought after as a speciality judge known for fairness, acumen and a gentle hand in the show ring. Lynne was past President of the Bull Terrier Club of Puget Sound and the Seattle Kennel Club where as an AKC Delegate her focus was on health and temperament of all pure-bred dogs.  But her primary love was for English Bull Terriers, and through her Iceni Kennel line established an international reputation. In 2008, Lynne was awarded the coveted Bar Sinister Award by the Bull Terrier Club of America for lifetime achievement in the world of American Bull Terriers.   She was the Founding President of the Western Washington All Terrier Club.

 As a mentor and educator, she was always willing to talk with others about the breed's conformation, health and temperament, and over the years she established numerous friendships that extended well beyond the show ring. Lynne's indomitable spirit combined with her generosity and her fine British wit endeared her to her many friends.

Earlier in life Lynne trained as a Nurse at London's prestigious Guy's Hospital, winning a medal for Surgical Nursing in her senior year. She later worked at Guy's in the Emergency and Accident unit. Marriage followed and the family moved to the United States in 1967. They later moved to Vancouver, B.C., where she worked as a Medical Secretary and bought her first bull terrier, later establishing the Iceni line. The family later moved to Washington State, ultimately settling in Bothell.  Lynne proudly became a U.S. citizen in the 1980s.  She was Director of Nursing at Sno-Isle Blood Center for several years.

Lynne moved to Guemes Island in 2006 where she was charmed by the island's natural beauty and found island life a healing balm. She joined Guemes Island Community Church, played bridge, enjoyed Shakespeare readings, found new friends and continued to judge locally and overseas. At this time, island-resident Ron Knowles entered her life and they enjoyed 10 very happy years together.

Lynne was preceded in death by her father Dr. Walter Montgomery Smith and her mother Marjorie "Mimi" Smith.  She is survived by her dear companion Ron Knowles of Guemes Island; her sons Lloyd Myall and Bennett Myall of Washington State; her sister Canon Charmion (Philip) Mann of Devon, United Kingdom; Godchild Sarah Nash and several loving nieces, nephews and grand-nieces and nephew in the UK.; and friends all across the United States.

If you are interested in making a donation in memory of Lynne, you can make a donation to her favorite charity The AKC Canine Health Foundation, 8051 Arco Corporate DR, Suite 300, Raleigh, NC 27617 for Bull Terrier Health research.

Services will be held at Guemes Island Community Church at 1:30 pm, Sept. 24.  Interment will follow at Edens Cemetery, Guemes Island, the Rev. Diane Ramerman officiating.

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