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Lois Berneida Holland Reams

Lois passed away peacefully under the care of Dr.’s Anne Marie Wong, Barbara Givens and Timothy Troeh, as well as many skilled and compassionate nurses/staff at Grays Harbor Community Hospital on Sept. 11, 2014.[]

Annabelle F. Spray

Annabelle F. Spray (93), known to many as Grandma Annabelle, passed away peacefully while surrounded by her family on Sept. 3, 2014, at Willapa Harbor Hospital. Annabelle was born in Chehalis, Wash. on Feb. 4, 1921, and grew up in Littell, Wash.

Shane Nebel Sept. 29, 1976 - Sept. 8, 2014

Shane Nebel was born in Missoula, Mont. on Sept. 29, 1976, to Fred and Karen Nebel. As a young child his family moved to Hoquiam, Wash., where he graduated from Hoquiam High School. In the summer of 1994, at a rock concert he met Sheri, the love of his life, best friend and mother of his children. He attended Grays Harbor College and the Divers Institute of Technology. He and Sheri lived in New Orleans while he worked as an offshore commercial diver in the Gulf of Mexico. They returned to the Harbor, building their life in Montesano and were married on March 25, 2000 at Cornerstone Community Church in Aberdeen.

Nicholas Jett Karr

Nicholas Jett Karr, 23, Cosmopolis resident and 2009 graduate of Weatherwax High School, died Thursday morning, Sept. 4, 2014, in Aberdeen, Wash. following a five year battle against cancer.

Thomas Dowling

Thomas Dowling passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, at Madigan Army Hospital in Tacoma. He was born on Feb. 8, 1945, in Pittsburg, Pa. and grew up in Elyria, Ohio. He was an 18 year resident of Willapa Valley, Wash., prior to recently moving to Onalaska, Wash.

Dorothy Louise Balcombe

Dorothy Louise Balcombe 94, passed away peacefully Sept. 8, 2014, after a short illness. She was born Feb. 4, 1920, on the family farm near Odebolt, Iowa, the daughter of Alfred Christiansen and Ida Halboth Christiansen. Dorothy had nine brothers and three sisters who have all preceded her in death. She attended school in Odebolt, Iowa and graduated in 1938 from Highview High School in Alta, Iowa. During the 1930s she waitressed as a fountain “soda jerk,” a drug store clerk and cashier. In the ’40s she worked at the Edgewater Beach Hotel in Chicago while also working at the nuclear defense plant as a punch press operator. Dorothy came to Washington in the 1950s to be near her brother and sister-in-law. She worked as a waitress at the Morck Hotel and clerked at Tom Burk’s Drug Store. She was introduced to Forrest Balcombe and they were married, Aug. 30, 1952. They have one son, Robert. Over the years Dorothy enjoyed oil painting, bowling and most of all golf with her friends.

Susan Marie Gibson

Susan Marie Gibson, age 54, a lifetime resident of the Harbor, passed away on Sept. 6, 2014, at her home in Hoquiam. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She spent most of her life helping others.

Leah Rae Woods 3-30-51 to 12-20-12

This is a belated obituary to inform the Ocean Shores community of Leah’s passing nearly two years ago, Dec. 20, 2012, of lung cancer. One of the more aggravating aspects of it, besides the pain, was the fact she was diagnosed at Stage IV two weeks after forced retirement from her job at the Ocean Shores, Wash. State Liquor Store, when the Nov. 2011 election put the state out of the liquor business.

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Barbara Marie Bexten

Barbara Marie Bexten, 66 years of age and a longtime Hoquiam, Wash. area resident, died on Tuesday, September 2, 2014, at her home in Hoquiam following an extended illness. She was born on May 14, 1948, in Aberdeen, Wash. to Walter Neil and Mary Elizabeth (Jordan) Olesen. She was a longtime member of Our Lady of Good Help Catholic Church in Hoquiam.

Elsa E. Lentz

Elsa E. Lentz, 93, floral designer for Pioneer Florist for many years, died at Westhaven Villa, Aberdeen, Thursday evening Sept. 4, 2014. She was born in Red Lodge, Mont. on Jan. 24, 1921, the daughter of John and Elsa (Lindberg) Haavisto, and came with her family to Ilwaco in 1932.

James William Alwood April 8, 1922 – Aug. 21, 2014

On Aug. 21, the “Greatest Generation” lost another of its heroes when God called his beloved son Jim, a convert to Catholicism, home to join his wife of 67 years, Eileen, and daughter Mary who preceded him in death. He was born on April 8, 1922, in Edgerton, Alberta, Canada, inside a 2-room farm cabin to David “Will” and Lerah (Hammock) Alwood, he was the youngest of four children.

Beulah Caroline (Rinell) Nikula

Beulah Caroline (Rinell) Nikula, a longtime resident of Grays Harbor and Olympia, passed-away at her home in Olympia on Thursday, September 4, 2014. She was 88. Beulah was born April 21, 1926 in Deep River, Wash. to Wayne and Laina (Hokkanen) Rinell, Lindholm. She grew up in Deep River, Aberdeen and Cosmopolis and is a graduate of Weatherwax High School’s class of 1944.

Ruth M. Haines-Jahn

Ruth M. Haines-Jahn was born July 9, 1922 and passed away Aug. 31, 2014, at Montesano Health & Rehabilitation Center, at the age of 92. There will be a potluck memorial at the Montesano First United Methodist Church at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 14 to celebrate her life. She has three children, Gil Haines, Mary Ellen Pfieffer and Ted Haines who died January 2013. She also has five grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

Charles “Ray” Key

Charles “Ray” Key, age 80, of Hoquiam, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, Wash., with his family by his side. Ray was the eighth child of Grady and Vettress Key.