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Elsie E. Boyer

Elsie Elizabeth Boyer, 64 years of age and a longtime Hoquiam area resident, died on Thursday, May 19, 2016, at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, Wash. She was born on April 6, 1952 on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Great Falls, Mont. to Robert and Patricia Ann (Cassidy) Holmin. She was an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Indian Nation. She attended the Hoquiam schools.

Margarette J. Wessel

Margarette Jane (Skeen) Wessel passed away on April 16, 2016 in Montesano. She was born to Elmer and Emma Skeen on Aug. 21, 1929 near Big Bass Lake in Turtle County, Minn. She was the seventh of eight children.

Vivian M. Lagura

Vivian M. Lagura, 69 years of age and a longtime Hoquiam, Wash., USA area resident, died on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, at Grays Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen, Wash. She was born on May 28, 1946 in Aloran Misamis Occidental, Philippines to Guilermo Lagura and Dionesia Maghanoy. As an infant she lived in Mutia Zamboanga DelNorte and attended school at Misamis Occidental, Philippines. She enjoyed singing when she growing up and helped by taking care of her younger siblings and watching the family owned and operated store.

Linda Packard

Linda Packard, 72 years of age and longtime Harborite, died May 24, 2016, at the University of Washington Hospital. She was born to Lee and Edith Tarman. She enjoyed nature, family get togethers with Red and Barb; relatives and friends at their cabin overlooking the Ho River. Linda Enjoyed life. Floating the river with her love of 18 years, Gil Ostergard, was her Zen garden and the reason for that infectious smile she always had for her friends.

Margery (Lee) Crover

Margery (Lee) Crover, age 86, died May 19, 2016, in Lacey, Wash. She was born in Aberdeen, graduated from Weatherwax High School in 1947, attended Grays Harbor Business College and Central Washington College of Education in Ellensburg. She worked as bookkeeper and office secretary for several local businesses, the last was the United Way of Grays Harbor. After retirement, in 1996, she moved to Olympia to be nearer to her sister, Rosemary (Dick) Walrod.

Arthur A. Simonson

Arthur Allen Simonson, age 58, a lifetime resident of the Harbor, died on May 12, 2016, at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Mr. Simonson was born on Nov. 27, 1957, in Aberdeen, Wash., to Henry Rod and Maxine Ann (Bolich) Simonson. He graduated from Hoquiam High School, where he was involved in most school sports.

Margery (Lee) Crover

Margery (Lee) Crover, age 86, died May 19, 2016, in Lacey, Wash. She was born in Aberdeen, graduated from Weatherwax High School in 1947, attended Grays Harbor Business College and Central Washington College of Education in Ellensburg. She worked as bookkeeper and office secretary for several local businesses, the last was the United Way of Grays Harbor. After retirement, in 1996 she moved to Olympia to be nearer to her sister, Rosemary (Dick) Walrod.

Leona Godfrey

Leona Godfrey, a lifetime resident of Aberdeen, Wash., died at the age of 99 on May 15, 2016. She passed away peacefully with her family by her side, after a brief illness.

Richard P. Sims

Richard P. Sims, 91 years of age and a longtime Harborite, died on Sunday, May 22, 2016, at Pacific Care Center in Hoquiam, Wash. He was born on Feb. 11, 1925, in Aberdeen, Wash. to Clarence B. and Helen H. (Herglund) Sims.
 

Brycen Dale Rustemeyer

Brycen Dale Rustemeyer, 17, Malone resident and a member Elma High School Class of 2017, died Monday, May 9, 2016 at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma, Wash. following his battle with Leukemia.

Patsy R. Johnson

Patsy (Pat) Johnson passed away on April 22, 2016, at Montesano Health & Rehab Center in Montesano, Wash. She was born Dec. 28, 1927, to Frank and Francis Lang in Kelso, Wash. Her family moved to Aberdeen later where she met Donald Johnson when she was 18. They eloped to Coeur d Alene, Idaho and married on May 31, 1946, after only six weeks of courtship. Pat and Don moved back to Grays Harbor and lived on the East Hoquiam Road for over 50 years.

Betty Sipila

Betty Sipila was born June 18, 1928, to Clair and Beatrice Lewis in Kennydale, Wash. She passed away on May 4, 2016, at St. Peter’s Hospital in Olympia, Wash. Betty was the youngest of 10 children, whom all preceded her in death. She attended Kennydale Grade School and graduated from Renton High School in 1946. She worked in the high school library until 1951. In 1947 she married Jack Sipila and they raised two daughters, Gail and Janice. In 1956, they moved to Hoquiam and in 1974 moved to Olympia. Betty began work for Pacific Northwest Bell in 1978 and retired from US West in 1993. She liked her little house, flowers, and going to lunch with friends. She was a member of Chapter DC of PEO, the Olympia Women’s Club, and the Telephone Pioneers. She is survived by Gail (Cece) Williams, of Renton; Janice (Brad) Flaherty of Olympia; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Services will be held at Greenwood Memorial Park and Funeral Home in Renton, Wash. at a later date. Memorials may be sent to Chapter DC of PEO in Olympia, Olympia Women’s Club, or the Renton Historical Society.

Donna Marie Strom

Donna Marie Strom, age 89, passed peacefully into the Lord’s arms on May 6, 2016, after a brief stay at Pacific Care in Hoquiam. A longtime Grays Harbor resident, Donna was born on July 2, 1926, in Vancouver, Wash., to William T. and Ada Marie Elmgren and was one of four children (Dorothy, Raymond, and Bonnie). She was raised in Vancouver and graduated from Vancouver High School in 1944, then attended Marylhurst College in Portland. In 1947, she married Frank W. Thomlinson in Vancouver, they moved to Corvallis to finish school at Oregon State U, then on to Hoquiam where they had four children, Diane Snell (Jeff, deceased) Aberdeen, Mark (Sacramento), Molly Sattler (Keith) Prosser and Jeff (Sonya) Kelowna, B.C. They moved to Spokane in 1969, where Frank passed away in 1972.

Marie Fry

Marie Fry, longtime Montesano resident, passed away on May 10, 2016, at Montesano Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was 92. Marie was born Aug. 1, 1923, to James and Blossom (Green) Brown in Elma, Wash. She was raised in Elma and graduated from Elma High School in 1941.

Patsy R. Johnson

Patsy (Pat) Johnson passed away on April 22, 2016, at Montesano Health & Rehab Center in Montesano, Wash. She was born Dec. 28, 1927, to Frank and Francis Lang in Kelso, Wash. Her family moved to Aberdeen later, where she met Donald Johnson when she was 18. They eloped to Coeur d Alene, Idaho and married on May 31, 1946, after only six weeks of courtship. Pat and Don moved back to Grays Harbor and lived on the East Hoquiam Road for more than 50 years.

Kathryn Y. Morrow

Kathryn Y. Morrow died on Thursday, May 5, 2016, at Pacific Care Center in Hoquiam, Wash. at the age of 79. She had been a resident of Grays Harbor all of her life. Kathryn was born on Jan. 14, 1937, in Hoquiam to Charles A. and Minnie A. (Hoover) Plumb Sr.