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Anna McKay Graves

Anna McKay Graves, a lifelong resident of Malone, Wash., passed away peacefully on July 19, 2014. Anna was born March 5, 1912. She graduated valedictorian from Elma High School in 1930 and went on to attend the Metropolitan School of Business in Seattle. She worked for Mumby Lumber for several years. Anna married Perry Graves in February of 1938 and raised five children on their family farm in Malone. She was preceded in death by her husband Perry, daughter Joyce Blanck, grandchildren Danielle Foster, Deborah Blanck, Travis Ochsner and Chayson Colley-Jones. Anna is survived by her children Marie Jones of Elma, Martha O’Grady of Normandy Park, Philip (Nancy) Graves of Malone and Elaine (Mickey) Denny of Sequim, 15 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and 12 great-great-grandchildren. Anna was a lifelong member of Olympic Christian Center in McCleary and enjoyed gardening, playing piano, sewing, reading and playing games. She kept up her sense of humor until the very end. A memorial service in Anna’s honor will be held at the Olympic Christian Center in McCleary at 11 o’clock in the morning on July 23, 2014 with a graveside service at 1 o’clock in the afternoon at the Masonic Cemetery in Elma with a luncheon to follow.

Richard Allen Jacobs

Lifelong Harbor resident, Richard “Dick” Allen Jacobs, age 70, went to be with the angels, his late wife Nancy and beloved lab, Molly. He lost his courageous battle with cancer, peacefully at home in front of a cozy fire, surrounded by his loving family on July 18, 2014.

Alberta Patricia (Patty) Friberg

Patty Friberg, age 82, passed on to be with her precious Savior on July 15, 2014, in Hoquiam. She began her life journey Sept. 11, 1931, in Hoquiam. She moved to Lacey, Wash. in 1987 where she resided for 25 years. She was very active within her church family as well as community charities. She is survived by her daughters, Shannon Rouse, Donna Jeanne Williams, Kathy Payton and her son, David Friberg. The Lord also blessed her with 9 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Phillip Merino

All gave some. Some gave all. Phillip Merino, a Korean War veteran who served during the Vietnam War era, passed on July 10, 2014. He was born October 3, 1953 and was a lifelong resident of Westport, Wash. Phil played sports all through school. He graduated from Ocosta High School in 1971, the same year his high school basketball team took the state championships – the first and last time ever such a victory occurred in the history of OHS.

Leonard Ted Travess

Leonard Ted Travess of Aberdeen passed away on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at Grays Harbor Community Hospital after a courageous fight with leukemia with his wife at his side. He was 55.

Hazel E. Fraser

Hazel E. Fraser, 88, passed away on July 13, at Pacific Care Center in Hoquiam. Hazel was born on June 2, 1926, to Andrew and Elizabeth Paakkonen in Nashwauk, Minn., the youngest of seven children. She graduated from Greenway High School in Coleraine, Minn., in 1944, where she had fond memories of marching in the high school band. In 1945 she married Jack D. Miller and five years later they moved to Hoquiam. They had three children and later divorced. She was also briefly married to Jim Fraser.

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Julia Jewchyn

Julia Jewchyn, 95, a longtime resident of Aberdeen, passed away on June 14, 2014, at Montesano Health and Rehab. Julia was born on April 28, 1919, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, to William and Mary Scribailo. Julia’s early years were in Bien Fait, Saskatchewan. Her father was a coal miner during a time when miners were looking to organize a union for better conditions. The family moved to Winnipeg where Julia finished her schooling. On the 12th of November 1942, Julia married Walter Jewchyn in Winnipeg. When Walter was discharged from the Canadian Army they moved to Vancouver, British Columbia. In 1952 they moved to Aberdeen, Wash., where Walt worked as a machinist/ supervisor for Lamb’s Grays Harbor.

Steven Carl Larsen

Dr. Steven Carl Larsen was born in Forks, Wash., on Oct. 10, 1950, and passed away on June 14, 2014. He graduated from Weatherwax High School in 1968 and was a member of the Montesano Moose Lodge since 1993.

Connie M. Banner

Connie M. Banner of Cosmopolis went home to be with her Lord on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, while at Grays Harbor Community Hospital. She was born on July 2, 1947, in Shelton, Wash., to William R. and Dorothy Ells (Dorland). Connie graduated from Shelton High School in 1965. She continued her education at Seattle Pacific College where she graduated in 1970 as a registered nurse.

Frances June Johanson

Longtime resident of Elma Frances June Johanson died on May 20, 2014, at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia due to acute respiratory failure and aspiration pneumonia. She was 77 years old. Frances was born on June 21, 1936, in Elma to Blair and Edith Thompson.

Ralph B. “Mush” Capoeman

Ralph B. “Mush” Capoeman, 79 years of age and a lifetime Taholah, Wash., resident, died on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at Pacific Care Center in Hoquiam. He was born in Taholah on Dec. 31, 1934, to Herbert Capoeman and Lizzie (Moses) Capoeman.

Ruby B. Virtue

Ruby B. Virtue, age 99, died May 1, 2014, in Edmonds, Wash. She leaves behind two daughters, Joy (Lee) Briney of Gresham, Ore., Kathy Duncan of Edmonds, Wash., and one son, Dave (Terri) Sandgren of Raymond. Bucky, her husband of 54 years, died in 2003. She had nine grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great-grandchildren. She was born in Porter, Wash. and lived in Raymond from 1946 to 1962 and later lived in Kent, Wash. A celebration of her life will be held during the annual Bramer/Ray family reunion on Aug. 24, 2014, at Fort Borst Park in Centralia. In lieu of flowers, donate to a charity of your choice.