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Harold (Bub) McGuire

Former Hoquiam resident Harold (Bub) McGuire died Feb. 8, 2014, at the age of 88. He was born on July 20, 1925, in Hoquiam, to Walter (Rabbit) and Bea McGuire. He graduated from Hoquiam High School and recently attended his 70th year class reunion. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, spending two and a half years in Guam. Following his discharge, he graduated from Grays Harbor College and then went on to Central Washington State. He spent 30 years with Weyerhaeuser, working in Aberdeen and Enumclaw. At the time of his retirement, he was the Northwest Regional Quality Control supervisor. He enjoyed fishing, clam digging and golfing. He also enjoyed Hoquiam High School sports and proudly wore his Hoquiam shirts wherever he went. He will be missed for his mischievous sense of humor and the twinkle in his eyes.

Eunice Edna Ekman

Eunice Edna Gordhamer Ekman, was born in Manston Township near Rothsay, Minn., on Aug. 11, 1920, to Otis and Melvina Gordhamer. She passed away in Aberdeen, Wash., on Sept. 6, 2014, surrounded by family. She was 94. Eunice grew up in a farming family in western Minn., graduating from Barnsville High School in 1939. During World War II, she moved to Washington where she worked as a “Rosie the Riveter” in Boeing aircraft for the war effort.

Louise Porter Witherspoon

Louise Porter Witherspoon, age 91, a resident of Ocean Shores since 2005, died on Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, at Grays Harbor Health and Rehabilitation Center in Aberdeen. Mrs. Witherspoon was born on Jan. 26, 1923, in Savannah, Hardin County, Tenn.

Steven Paul Auld Sr.

Steve died on September 10, 2014 due to a traffic, pedestrian accident. He was born in Aberdeen March 24, 1957 and grew up in Hoquiam. His favorite sport was football. He played football and ran track for Hoquiam Jr. and Sr. High School. His freshman year he ran the fastest time in the 200 meter. His biggest joy was taking his family camping and taking his boat to the Auld reunions and pulling the kids around the lake on tubes and teaching the adults how to water ski.

Sharon Ann Bonell

Sharon Ann Bonell, 76, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, at Grays Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen following an extended illness. Sharon was born on Aug. 15, 1938, in Hoquiam, Wash. to Samuel R. and Lucille E. (Runyon) Louderback. She was the youngest of fourteen children.

Vernice D. Walker

Vernice D. Walker passed away on Oct. 8, 2014, in Tacoma, Wash., after an illness. She was born on April 6, 1937, to Glen Capoeman and Nellie Simmons in Aberdeen, Wash. Vernice was raised and attended school in Taholah, Wash.

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Amy Louise Dennis

Amy Louise Dennis was born on June 12, 1959, in Eugene, Ore. Amy lost her battle with cancer on Oct. 5, 2014, in Houston, Texas, surrounded by close family members. Her father was Ken Eugene Knudson and mother is Rose Marie Knudson. Amy was the youngest of five children. She has two older sisters, Julie Knudson and Kathy Apter, and two older brothers, David Knudson and Steve Knudson. Amy was married to Randy Dennis for almost 30 years and is survived by Randy and their two children, Erik, 26 and Hannah, 23.

Patricia Ruby Ayres Schonack

Patricia Ruby Ayres Schonack, 87, passed away peacefully on Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, at her home in Centralia, Wash. in which she has resided for the past 62 years. She was surrounded by her loving family. She was born on July 13, 1927, in Aberdeen, Wash. to Theodore and Sophie Ayres.

Elizabeth Rose Huttula

Liz died at the Gulke Manor Adult Family Home in Montesano, Wash., surrounded by her family and caregivers on Oct. 3, 2014. She was born to Ursula Tibbles and Carl Auer on Sept. 28, 1924, in Seattle, Wash. Liz was raised in Seattle and graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1940. Liz met Russell Blake Huttula in Seattle in 1941, while she was attending the Seattle University School of Nursing. Liz graduated as a Registered Nurse in 1944, and married Blake at the University Lutheran Church in Seattle on June 10, 1945. In the winter of 1949, Liz and Blake moved to Elma, Wash., purchased the Elma Pharmacy and made Elma their permanent home.