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Judith I. DeBoer

Judie DeBoer, 95, of Olympia, died on Aug. 26 after a courageous battle with dementia. She was born in Tacoma, Wash. on June 16, 1919, to Andrew and Gina Rand. She moved to Olympia at a very young age and graduated from Olympia High School in 1937. On Dec. 30, 1939, she married Ray DeBoer. After raising three children, mom went to work in the banking industry, spending many years at Olympia Federal. In 1965 they moved to Aberdeen where they started a new career in the restaurant business, first with Smitty’s Pancake House and then operating two KFC franchise restaurants. Ray and Judie retired to Hoodsport in 1989. They moved back to Olympia in 2000. Ray died in 2002.

Marjorie K. Donaldson

Marjorie K. Donaldson was born in Seattle, Wash. on Aug. 9, 1923, to Thomas and Dariel Olsen. She died Aug. 25, 2014 in her Kenmore Condo on Lake Washington. Her early childhood was spent growing up in the Seward Park area of Seattle playing with her sister Loretta. Her father managed a salmon cannery in Alaska and was gone from late spring to early fall. Her mother, a remarkable woman in her own rite, was charged with the dual role of running the house and nurturing the kids. Her mother became seriously ill when Marj was still a young girl. Long periods of hospitalization occurred and eventually she never returned to the home after 1937. Her father subsequently remarried and a blended family consisting of a stepsister, brother and stepmom soon began in the Queen Ann area of Seattle. As a Queen Ann High school student, she was proficient in many subjects but excelled in creative writing. It was a skill that continued to evolve throughout her life. At age 17, she won a statewide contest with a speech on the works of Joyce Kilmer and was awarded a two week trip to Washington, D.C. At this point she was strikingly beautiful with movie star good looks, modeled mink coats for a local furrier and also worked part time at the old Sears store in downtown Seattle. It was there that she met Bob Donaldson.

Dora Elizabeth Klopcic

Dora Elizabeth (Voeller) Fulkerson Klopcic died peacefully on Aug. 18, 2014, in McCleary, Wash. Dora was born Oct. 11, 1914, to Daniel and Ellen (Johnson) Voeller in Portland, Ore. Dora was raised in Aberdeen and graduated from Weatherwax High School, Class of 1932 and then attended business school. She married Donald Fulkerson in April 1936. He died in 1964. She later married John Klopcic. He died in 1989. Dora worked as a secretary for many years, retiring from the state of Washington.

Phyllis Lorraine Johnson

Phyllis Lorraine Johnson passed away peacefully, Aug. 28, 2014, at age 91, with her family at her bedside, after a brief illness. She was born in Woodland, Calif., on Feb. 27, 1923, to Leonard and Frances Everhardt.

Erik Wayne Eberwein

Long time Aberdeen resident Erik Wayne Eberwein, passed away at his home Sunday, August 24, 2014. He was 29. Erik was born February 7, 1985, to Clifford and Judy (Blackburn) Eberwein and was raised in Aberdeen. Erik had also lived in Hoquiam, Cosmopolis and Montesano.

John Floyd Beckett Jr.

John Floyd Beckett Jr. passed away at his home in Olympia on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, with friends and family at his side. John was born in Verdun, France, on July 26, 1959, to John and Jennie (Westphal) Beckett.

Claudia Daisy O’Donnell

Long time Aberdeen resident Claudia Daisy O’Donnell, passed away peacefully in her home with her loving family by her side on Friday, Aug, 1, 2014. She was 70. Claudia was born on June 25, 1944, to David and Cora (Petrak) Ingle and raised in Wenatchee as well as Seattle. Claudia graduated from High Line High School in 1962 and moved to the Harbor in 1977.

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Betty Lue (Leitch) McDaniel

Betty Lue (Leitch) McDaniel, born April 26, 1925, to Thelma & Stanley Leitch in Underwood, Minn., passed-away Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, in Aberdeen. She was 89. In 1951, she followed her family to Seattle, Wash., where she married Charles William McDaniel on Nov. 10, 1951. On Aug. 28, 1952, she gave birth to her only child, a daughter, Maxine E. Bender. She and Charles “Mac” divorced in 1965. She worked in thier upholstery business she and her husband had for many years. She also, worked all phases of the culinary field including catering and management. She worked 13 years at the Ballard Elks No. 827. She moved to Aberdeen in 1998 to be near her daughter, Maxine (McDaniel) Bender, retiring at age 76. Besides daughter, Maxine, she is survived by her brother, Mervin Leitch (Renee) of Lake Stevens and sister, Sandra Valentinsen (Leroy) of McKenna, Wash., many friends, several nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents and brothers; Richard Leitch (Sharon) and David Leitch. Betty Lue was an active member of R.E.A.C., Aberdeen #24. A celebration of Betty’s life will be announced at a later date.

Karen “KJ” Lee Johnson

A beautiful wife, mother, grandmother, and sister, Karen “KJ” Lee Johnson was our shining light. She passed away Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, in Corvallis, Mont. She was born in South Carolina on November 25, 1956. She was a resident in Elma for over 35 years.

Helen Ann Bush

Helen Ann Bush, 96, lifetime Aberdeen area resident and retired bookkeeper for her husband at Bush Plumbing, died Thursday morning, Aug. 7, 2014, at Montesano Health & Rehab Center in Montesano.