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In Loving Memory Nancy Pearsall

Nancy Neville Pearsall, age 86, of Iron Springs Park, Copalis Beach, Washington, passed away on Tuesday April 8th, 2014 at Willapa Harbor Health Care in Raymond, Washington. She was born in Norfolk County, Virginia on December 8, 1927 to Henry Willis Neville and Ellen Sours Neville.

Warren Max Carter

Warren Max Carter, 86 years of age and a longtime Hoquiam, Washington area resident, died on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at Grays Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen, Washington. He was born on March 16, 1927, in Eureka, Utah to Percy and Delora (Bridges) Carter.

Janice L. Schoening

Longtime Aberdeen resident, Janice L. Schoening, died at Pacific Care Center, Hoquiam, Saturday, April 5, 2014. She was 79. Janice was born in Everson, Washington, February 18, 1935, the daughter of John and Genevieve (Hunter) Lenss. The family moved often seeking work during the depression years, coming to the South Beach area of Grays Harbor in the late 1930s.

A. Vernon Olson

Beloved husband, father, and grandfather, A. Vernon Olson died at Grays Harbor Community Hospital on Friday, April 11, 2014. He was born in Aberdeen, Washington on April 17, 1933, the son of Olaf and Anna (Aspen) Olson. He graduated from Aberdeen High School in 1951 and studied at the University of Portland in Oregon, graduating in 1957. After working for the Internal Revenue Service, he opened his own accounting firm in Ocean Shores where he worked for 40 years.

Susan M. Geary

Longtime Westport resident, Susan M. Geary, went home to be with her Father in Heaven on April 9, 2014, at her winter home in Yuma, AZ after a courageous battle against cancer.

Sigmond Mekosky

Sigmond Mekosky, 90, passed away July 11, 2002, at Hacienda Rehabilitation and Care Center in Sierra Vista, Ariz. He had been a resident of Sierra Vista, Ariz., since 1988.

Ruth Estella Dixon

Ruth Estella Dixon, 89, a life long Harborite, died at Montesano Health and Rehabilitation Center in Montesano, on Tuesday, April 8, 2014. She was born in East Hoquiam, on November 15, 1924, the daughter of Harry H. and Celesta Blanche (Hawkins) Hartley. She was raised in East Hoquiam until the 7th grade when the family moved into town. She graduated from Hoquiam High School in 1942.

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James W. “Jim” Oestreich

James W. “Jim” Oestreich, passed away quietly on February 23, 2014, in Olympia. He was born in Seattle on October 23, 1931, to Lee and Jerelda Oestreich, and in 1946, the family moved to Portland, Ore., and then to Hoquiam later that year. He also met his future wife while in Hoquiam. He graduated from Hoquiam High School in 1950, and Grays Harbor College in 1952. He went on to complete his Bachelor of Science in Physics from Washington State College in 1954, and was instantly offered a position at the China Lake Naval Weapons Center in Calif., to work at the Michelson Lab, a research center devoted to developing air-to-air missiles.

John Thomas Halkola

John Thomas Halkola, 75, a resident of Tokeland, died on February 25, 2014, at Pacific Care Center, in Hoquiam. John had an out going nature which made him innumerable friends wherever he went. Everybody knew John cared about his friends and family.

Dorothy M. Lemon

Dorothy (Dot) Lemon, 71, beloved wife, sister, mother, and grandmother, passed away March 10, 2014. Dot was born on January 7, 1943, in Seattle, to Jack and Dorothy (Cowell) Tillman. She spent most of her youth from the age of four to the age of 22, in Spokane, where she was raised by her mother and her step-father, Roy (Mickey) Brown (deceased). She graduated from North Central High School in 1961. It was during her high school years that she met her future husband, John N. Lemon. After graduating, Dot worked as a secretary at the Crescent department store for several years. She exhibited exceptional typing and shorthand skills. It was a job she always remembered fondly. Soon after marrying, John and Dot moved to the Grays Harbor area and they lived in Aberdeen and Hoquiam for another 42 years. For the rest of her life, Dot would remain a homemaker. Seven years ago, Dot and John moved back to Spokane to be closer to their son and grandchildren.

Boyd Lew Hudson Sr.

Boyd Lew Hudson Sr., 83, of Cosmopolis, passed away on March 6, 2014. He was born on July 10, 1930. Boyd was a Korean War Veteran. He worked for Weyerhaeuser for 25 years and retired from there. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and motorcycle riding.

George Arthur Caldwell

George Arthur Caldwell, a descendant of the well known Grays Harbor pioneer logging family, “The Big 6 Caldwell Brothers”, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 7, 2014, at Grays Harbor Community Hospital surrounded by his family. George was born on July 5, 1933, in Westport, where he lived his entire life.