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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:

Josephine Schoch

Josephine Schoch passed away March 2, 2015, peacefully while recovering from a broken leg at Firlane Health Center in Shelton. She is survived by a brother Art Siesling, sister Annie Turk, her two daughters Teri Bohanon of Eugene, Ore. and Marsha Fletcher of Aberdeen, son Dan Schoch of Montesano and eight grandchildren: Scott Schoch, Tami Noffsinger, Al Schoch, Lighong Schoch, Dennis Bohanon, Marie Kokkler, Charlie Morrow and Trish. Plus many great-grandchildren whom were the joy of her life. She was preceded in death by her younger brother Joe Siesling and her husband Marchel Schoch. A celebration of Josephine’s Life will be held on Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 2 p.m. at 55 Wynooche Valley Road.

Dorothy Jean Madison Ward

Dorothy passed away on March 2, 2015. She was born on July 30, 1932 in Nebish, Minn. and lived and attended grade school in Tenstrike, Minn. Her family moved to Washington state in 1941, where she attended school in Satsop and Elma. She graduated from Hoquiam High School in 1950.

Robert Dean Oien

Robert Dean Oien, 46, a lifelong resident of the Matlock area, passed away on Feb. 22, 2015, at his home. Robert was born in McCleary on Nov. 12, 1968, to Robert L. Oien of Elma, Wash., and Claudia F. Ramey of Shelton, Wash.

Joanne M. Duncan

Joanne Marie Duncan passed away Jan. 8, 2015, at her home in Mount Lake Terrace. She graduated from Weatherwax High School in 1959. She is survived by her son Barry Barr of Anchorage, Alaska, and her sister Carole Thiessen of Snohomish, Wash.

Sherry A. Drake

Sherry A. Drake passed away Feb. 26, 2015, at home with her family by her side, after an 18 month battle with brain cancer. Sherry was born on April 3, 1945, in Iowa. She moved to Hoquiam in 1953 and graduated from Hoquiam High School in 1963. On Dec. 13, 1974, she married Rod Drake in Hoquiam, Wash.

Celebration of Life For Gordon Cotey

The family of Gordon Cotey invites family and friends to celebrate and remember the life and adventures of Gordon on Sunday, March 8, 2015, at 1 p.m. The celebration of life will take place at the Olympic View Grange located at 466 Old Monte Brady Road, Brady.

Mary Guadalupe Emery

Mary Guadalupe Emery, 30 years of age and a lifetime Harborite, died on Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, at Grays Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen, Wash. following a brief illness. She was born on Nov. 21, 1984, in Aberdeen to Gregorio Becerra and Brenda K. Emery.

Gilbert Wester Jauhola

Gilbert Wester Jauhola, age 87, passed away Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, of cancer. He died at his home in Seattle’s Wedgewood community where wife Jacqueline (Talbot) and son, Brett Jauhola were with him when he died. Gil was born in Vancouver, Wash. on Feb. 20, 1927, and is also survived by his son, Kevin Jauhola, grandson Andrew Jauhola of Seattle, niece Ann-Marie (Garrett) Anderson of Lynnwood and sister Carolyn Mae Jauhola-Garrett and nephew Stuart Garrett of Olympia. A Veteran’s Memorial was held on Feb. 27, 2015, at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Wash.