Ariel (Butterick) Gillon

Former Ocean Shores resident, Ariel (Butterick) Gillon of Hoquiam, passed away peacefully February 26, 2014, at Grays Harbor Health and Rehabilitation Center in Aberdeen, Wash. She was 93. Ariel was born on November 4, 1920, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

On August 15, 1942, she married the love of her life James Watson Gillon in Vancouver, B.C. He passed away in 2010.

They moved to Grays Harbor in the fall of 1952. Ariel had worked in nursing homes and private care as well as working at Mel’s Tavern as a Bartender and also had owned the Drop Inn Tavern in Hoquiam. She was a member of the Ocean Shores Elks and Eagles. Ariel enjoyed bowling, clam digging and playing golf. Her grandchildren remember her having tea parties with them and teaching them to keep their “pinkies out” and how she could expertly clean clams keeping them all in one piece.

She is survived by her two daughters, Patricia D. Hartley of Hoquiam and Leslie (Don) Enholm of Aberdeen; eight grandchildren, Richard Wayne of Anaheim, Calif., Coleen Chapin, Krista (Jeff) Harper, Julie (Pat) Galligan, Chris (Angela) Oldham, Scott Enholm, Joan Chapin all of Aberdeen, Joe (Glenda) Chapin of Robinson, Texas; 26 great grandchildren; and eight great great grandchildren. In addition to her husband James, she was preceded in death by her brother, Keith in 1945; and a great grandson, Aaron Foote and her great great granddaughter, Eva Courts both in 2012.

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Arrangements are entrusted to Harrison Family Mortuary of Aberdeen.


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