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Janette Grace Schamber

Janette Grace Schamber, 70, a longtime resident of Aberdeen, passed away at Fir Lane Rehabilitation Center, Shelton, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. Janette was born in Aberdeen on March 17, 1944, the daughter of Thorne and Margaret (Maki) Brown. She graduated from Weatherwax High School in 1962.

Shirley “Darlene” Strunk

Shirley “Darlene” Strunk, a peacemaker, took off her gloves at 57, put her hand in Jesus’s, and walked through the pearly gates of heaven at 9:54 a.m. on Monday, September 15, 2014, after a long fight with lung cancer.

Nellie Josephene Harrison

Nellie Josephene Harrison passed away peacefully Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, at Montesano Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was 84. Nellie was born in Grand Tower, Ill. on Nov. 26, 1929 to James and Grace (Shaw) Godair and raised in Perryville, Mo.

Charlie Leroy Porter

Charlie Leroy Porter, 78 years of age and a longtime Harborite, died on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, at Grays Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen, Wash. He was born on June 25, 1936, in Hoquiam, Wash. to Albert Emory and Martha Amelia (Byrd) Porter Sr.

Lois Berneida Holland Reams

Lois passed away peacefully under the care of Dr.’s Anne Marie Wong, Barbara Givens and Timothy Troeh, as well as many skilled and compassionate nurses/staff at Grays Harbor Community Hospital on Sept. 11, 2014.[]

Annabelle F. Spray

Annabelle F. Spray (93), known to many as Grandma Annabelle, passed away peacefully while surrounded by her family on Sept. 3, 2014, at Willapa Harbor Hospital. Annabelle was born in Chehalis, Wash. on Feb. 4, 1921, and grew up in Littell, Wash.

Shane Nebel Sept. 29, 1976 - Sept. 8, 2014

Shane Nebel was born in Missoula, Mont. on Sept. 29, 1976, to Fred and Karen Nebel. As a young child his family moved to Hoquiam, Wash., where he graduated from Hoquiam High School. In the summer of 1994, at a rock concert he met Sheri, the love of his life, best friend and mother of his children. He attended Grays Harbor College and the Divers Institute of Technology. He and Sheri lived in New Orleans while he worked as an offshore commercial diver in the Gulf of Mexico. They returned to the Harbor, building their life in Montesano and were married on March 25, 2000 at Cornerstone Community Church in Aberdeen.

Nicholas Jett Karr

Nicholas Jett Karr, 23, Cosmopolis resident and 2009 graduate of Weatherwax High School, died Thursday morning, Sept. 4, 2014, in Aberdeen, Wash. following a five year battle against cancer.

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William Frank (Bill) Snyder

William Frank “Bill” Snyder, 60, of Cosmopolis, died Aug. 20, 2014, at Willapa Harbor Hospital in South Bend. He graduated from North River in 1972. His hobbies included watching the Mariners and restoring old cars and trucks. He was employed with Weyerhaeuser Sawmill in Aberdeen, Wash. until its closure in 2009. He retired at that time and spent the remaining years close to his home in North River.

Margaret Eleanor Darling

Margaret Eleanor Dotson Darling 95, Raymond resident since 1941 died Saturday, Aug. 30 at the Willapa Harbor Health and Rehabilitaion Center in Raymond. She was born Dec. 4, 1918 in Hoquiam, Wash. to Laura and Judson Bemis.

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 period’s of hospitalization occurred and eventually she never returned to the home after 1937. Her father subsequently remarried and a blended family consisting of a step sister, brother and step mom 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.

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.