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Kathleen Jo Kovach

Lifetime resident of Aberdeen, Kathleen Jo Kovach, died at Grays Harbor Community Hospital, Aberdeen, Saturday, March 21, 2015. Kathleen was born in Aberdeen, Nov. 16, 1945, the daughter of Joseph and Kathryn (Childs) Vessey. She graduated from Weatherwax High School in Aberdeen in 1964.

Fern V. Ledford Green

Fern V. Ledford Green was born to parents Ewell Venable and Cora P. (McCamment) Ledford Dec. 19, 1922, at Cougar, Wash., on a homestead. Fern was delivered by her father while he was on furlough from the Army at Vancouver Barracks, Wash.

Judy Hawley Smith

Judy Hawley Smith was born in Tacoma, Wash. on Sept. 25, 1939, to Orville and Chela Wiley. On Sunday, March 8, 2015, she passed away peacefully at home and went to hold her grandson Cole Kuzaro, who preceded her in death. She grew up in Aberdeen, Wash. with her two sisters Diane Patton and Joyce Bogdon, and brother Orville Wiley. She graduated from Weatherwax High School in 1957. She had a long and successful career as the purchasing agent for the Auburn School District and retired at the age of 55. She took great pride in her flower gardens and was fiercely creative and meticulous about her crafts, which included woodworking, painting, ceramics and numerous other innovative hobbies. Her current passion was being Nana for her grandson Drew Kuzaro. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Melina and Cory Kuzaro. She raised her daughter with the motto to be courageous and to know she could accomplish whatever she set her mind out to do. She will be greatly missed. A life remembrance for Judy will be held on March 29th at 11 a.m. at her daughter’s home.

Vernon D. Fox

Longtime Grays Harbor resident, Vernon D. Fox passed away March 18, 2015 at Providence St. Peter Hospital, following a short illness. He was born on May 10, 1927 in Pacific Grove, Calif. to Frank and Lois Fox.

Lela ‘Fern’ Hendricks

Lela “Fern”Hendricks, 92, passed away on March 3, 2015. The youngest of 11 children, born and raised in Louisiana, Mo., she spent most of her life in Grays Harbor County in Montesano, Aberdeen and Ocean Shores. She was a member of Aberdeen Eagles and REAC and Olympia VFW Auxiliary. She is survived by three daughters and one stepson: Sharon Johnson of Edmonds, Wash., Kathy Fisher of Prior Lake, Minn., Sandy Lynn of Marysville, Wash. and John Hendricks of Beaverton, Ore. She also had six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

In Rememberance - Roy Daniel Brumfield

On Feb. 22, 2015 Roy Daniel Brumfield passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family and loved ones. Roy was born Oct. 4, 1929 to Elbert and Dovie (Rather) Brumfield in Montesano, Wash. He was the sixth of the family’s eight children. Ward, Hubert, Warren, Mary (Aubuchon), Homer and Robert all preceded Roy in death. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Betty (Jackson) Brumfield, a brother and longtime business partner William Brumfield, daughters Sandy Silvester and Jean (Terry) James, son Daniel (Jennifer) Brumfield, along with grandkids Ashlee Hughes, Shelley Hansen, Scott Silvester, Tysan James, Billy Crabb, several great-grandkids, numerous nieces and nephews, and of course his beloved dogs Stubby and Molly who occupied his lap for several years. Although Roy left school in the 8th grade to work in the woods, he had an appetite for reading and learning. He loved history, geography, current events and especially nature. To that end he far exceeded his formal education. Traveling was a passion and Roy said several times how he wished he could have returned to Africa again. He was an avid fisherman, hunter and outdoorsman. In the day there was nothing like the sight of Roy sitting on top of a spar tree he had just climbed and rigged and looking out over, what one can only imagine, was a view few have experienced.

Karen (Cline) Ferry

Karen was born Sept. 17, 1953, in Ontario, Ore., and grew up in Glenns Ferry, Idaho. She died March 3, 2015, at her home in Westport, Wash. The following obituary is written in her own hand:

John Emery Ford

Jack Ford, a Long Beach, Wash. resident died Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at the Willapa Harbor Health & Rehab Center in Raymond. Jack was born June 20, 1928, in Longview, Wash., to Emery and Catherine (Smith) Ford.

Larry Grant Patnude

Larry Grant Patnude, 63, a resident of Montesano, left this earth Feb. 25, 2015 after a long illness. Larry died at home with his longtime life partner, Kelly M. DuBois, at his side. Larry was born Feb. 12, 1952, to Grant “Buddy” Patnude and Dorothy (Waddle-Patnude) McLeod in Olympia.

Alfred Joseph Balin

Alfred Joseph Balin Junior was born July 17, 1935, in Ellsworth, Kan. It was the midst of the Great Depression and his family was in the middle of the Dust Bowl, yet he doesn’t recall hardship of deprivation. On the contrary, he felt thankful for all his family had because he saw how much worse other families struggled. He was an only child, but had cousins and step family that extended his family. He would have been 80 years old this year and was dreading the “big party” that surely would have happened this July. When his father, Alfred Joseph Senior died, he immediately dropped the “Junior”; he may have done that because he hated the nickname of “Junior” when he was growing up. He didn’t mind being called Al, honey, “Hey You” or anything else, just not “Junior”.

Ardine June Lewis

Ardine June Lewis passed away Feb. 11, 2015 at Montesano Health and Rehabilitation Center in Montesano, Wash. She formerly lived at Westhaven Villa in Aberdeen, Wash. Ardine was born June 30, 1923 to Orrin Lyonal Schwenneker, Sr. and Delilia F. Schwenneker in Avoca, Iowa. She lived in Iowa, Nebraska, North Carolina and Washington State. While growing up in Nebraska, she and her brother, Orrin, Jr. happily exercised horses after cleaning stalls at a nearby horse farm. The two alternated summers staying at their paternal grandparent’s farm and maternal grandparents home in town.