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Joan Doreen Flannigan

Joan Doreen Flannigan of Cosmopolis passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. She was 79. Joan was born on March 27, 1935, in Pe Ell, Wash., to Theodore and Rachel (Smith) Dokter. She moved to the Harbor as a child, graduated from JM Weatherwax High School in 1953 and attended Grays Harbor College. On Oct. 8, 1955, Joan married the love of her life Robert Flannigan in Munich, Germany.

Mary Lillian Goodrich

Mary Lillian Goodrich, age 98 and longtime resident of Aberdeen, passed away on Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, at her residence at Westhaven Villa. Lillian was born on Dec. 8, 1916, to Leroy and Stella (Sherk) Goodrich. Lillian’s father died when Lillian was only three years old. Lillian’s stepfather Reuben Garietz, raised her as though she was his own daughter.

Wanda Ridgway (1921-2015)

Wanda Irene Ridgway was born on Dec. 22, 1921, to Thaddeus and Inez (Sizemore) Pierce in Bickelton, Wash. She attended schools in Sunnyside, Littlerock and Aberdeen before moving to the Wishkah Valley in 1932 where she graduated from Wishkah Valley High School in 1940.

Maureen Ann Woods

Maureen Ann Woods, 66 years of age and a longtime East Hoquiam area resident, died on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, at her home following an extended illness. She was born on May 27, 1948, in Aberdeen, Wash. to O. L. “Pat” and Mildred (Laito) Murphy.

Philip Dennis Bronson

Longtime Montesano resident Philip Dennis Bronson, 68, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. Philip was born Sept. 24, 1946 in Aberdeen, Wash. to Jack and Dorothy (Vasbinder) Bronson. Philip was raised in Aberdeen and graduated from Weatherwax High School in 1963 and had served in the U.S. Army.

MaryAnn J. Mistretta

MaryAnn J. Mistretta, 77 years of age and a longtime Harborite, died on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, at Grays Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen, Wash. She was born on June 14, 1937, in Aberdeen, Wash. to James and Doris (Dorsey) Gardner. She attended the Hoquiam schools and following her high school graduation, she began working at A. J. West Elementary School and was a cook for numerous years.

Evan Reed Brown

Evan Reed Brown passed away at his home in Seattle on Dec. 20, 2014. He was born in Aberdeen on Feb. 24, 1940, to Ralph and Catherine Brown, of Hoquiam. He attended Emerson grade school, and Hoquiam Junior and Senior High Schools, graduating in 1958.

Janet Marie Reid Anderson

Janet Marie Reid Anderson died Feb. 8, 2015, in Port Orchard, Wash., after a strong battle with pancreatic cancer. Janet was born on Nov. 2, 1934 in Aberdeen, Wash. to Harold (Had) Reid and Marie Schafer Reid. She graduated from St. Mary’s School and from Aberdeen High School. Her maternal great-grandparents, John and Anna Schafer, settled in 1871 along the Satsop River in what later became Grays Harbor County. Her maternal grandfather, Peter Schafer, along with his brothers, established Schafer Bros. Logging and Lumber Company, which at its peak was one of the largest forest product companies in the Northwest. Janet’s paternal grandfather, George B. Reid, was a prominent architect in the Grays Harbor area in the early 1900s. He designed the old Aberdeen City Hall and Library, St. Mary’s Church, the Aberdeen Mansion and many other homes and commercial buildings. Her father, Harold (Had) Reid owned the Aberdeen Lumber Company and was the Richfield Oil distributor for Grays Harbor.

Richard E. Lovgren

Richard E. Lovgren, 62, a longtime Harbor resident, died at his home near Montesano Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. He was born in Olympia on Dec. 8, 1952, the son of Richard W. and Janice Adele (Peterson) Lovgren.

Jacquelyn R. Hansen Basso

Jacquelyn R. Hansen Basso was born in 1927 in Hoquiam, Wash. to Marcella Colby Hansen and Marvin G. Hansen. She attended Hoquiam schools, graduating in 1945. While in high school, Jackie was active in the Order of Rainbow, serving in many leadership positions culminating in Grand Hope.

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Georgia I. DeBay

Former Aberdeen resident, Georgia Irene DeBay passed away on Feb. 12, 2015, in Salem, Ore. She died peacefully surrounded by family at Redwood Heights Assisted Living where she had resided since moving from Aberdeen in 2006.

Clara Pauline Landdeck

Clara Pauline Landdeck passed away on Feb. 14, 2015, at the age of 104 in Aberdeen, Wash. She resided at Channel Point Village in Hoquiam, Wash. for five years and prior to that time in Ocean Shores, Wash.

Jerri Michelle Peckham

Jerri Michelle Peckham, 47, passed away Saturday evening, Feb. 14, 2015, at the home she shared with her daughter for the last 12-13 years. She was born Aug. 10, 1967, in Norfolk, Va., to her parents Gary and Juanita R. West (Behrends), and having a father in the military she was lucky enough to see many places around the world.

Duane M. Stephens

Duane M. Stephens, 80, passed away on Feb. 10, 2015, at Tacoma General Hospital after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage at his home on Feb. 4, 2015. He was born on July 21, 1934, in Sedro Woolley, Wash., to George Wilson and Ila Erickson. He spent many years living in Aberdeen, Wash., where he graduated in 1953 from Weatherwax High School. Duane was employed by Lamb Grays Harbor. He later moved to Olympia, Wash., where he became a business owner of Capital Industrial Inc. He sold the business in 2004 to retire. However, being the hard worker that he was, he never truly retired. After selling the business, he spent his days managing and working on his real estate projects and spending time with his family. He was a long time member of both the Eagles and Elks. Two things that brought him great joy over the years are spending time at Summit Lake, which he referred to as his “happy place,” and his love for racing.

Donald George Hamilton

Donald George Hamilton, 83, passed away peacefully at his home in Hoquiam on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015. Don was born Oct. 14, 1931, in Portland, Ore. to Harold and Dakota (Morton) Hamilton. He was raised in Portland and attended Grantham School of Electronics.