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Kari Urdahl

Kari Urdahl, 98, a longtime resident of Aberdeen, died at Sunrise Adult Family Home in Olympia on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. Kari was born in Vaaler, Norway, Sept. 9, 1916, the daughter of Karl and Gunda (Knashaug) Dellerud. She graduated from the school system in Vaaler and on Nov. 28, 1942, she married Sigurd Urdahl there.

David Harold “Shilib” James Sr.

David Harold “Shilib” James Sr., 77 years of age and a longtime Taholah, Wash., area resident, died on Friday, March 27, 2015, at Montesano Health and Rehabilitation Center in Montesano, Wash. He was born on Feb. 28, 1938, in Browning, Mont., to Elmer Cleveland “David” and Clara (Bremner) James. When he was a small child he was baptized in an area Catholic Church.

Margaret J. Wick

Margaret Jennie Wick, 89, of Elma, Wash., passed away on Monday, March 16, 2015, at Willapa Harbor Rehab in Raymond. Margaret was born in Aberdeen on Nov. 2, 1925, to Basil and Iva (Achey) Harrell. Margaret is survived by her children, David Wick of Los Angeles, Diane Wilson of St. Louis and Raymond Wick of Kent Island, Md.; four grandchildren, her sister Vi Hillberg and her beloved cat PJ. Margaret was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Iver; her infant son Robi, three sisters and a brother. Margaret lived at Copalis Beach for over 40 years and worked as an O.B. nurse at Grays Harbor Community Hospital, a career she truly enjoyed. Margaret was an avid reader and loved to travel; her “trip of a lifetime” was to Japan. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers please send donations to or NB Paws, PO Box 962, Ocean Shores, WA 98569.

Donald G. Mason

Don was born Dec. 16, 1931, in Forks, Wash. to Walter and Hattie Mason, and died at home in his sleep on March 21, 2015, at age 83. Don was nick named “Tuffie” by neighbors when first moving to Forks at age 5. Don was aggressive and outstanding in football and basketball while attending Forks High School, graduating in 1950 as student body president.

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.

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.

Charles Henry Roman Jr.

Charles Henry Roman Jr., age 77, a former resident of Aberdeen, Wash. passed away on Feb. 15, 2015, at his home in Meridian, Idaho, after a long battle with cancer. He was born on June 15, 1937, to Charles Roman Sr. and Sarah (Kortum) Roman in Denver, Colo. In 1955, he joined the Marines and served five years there. On June 4, 1962, he married Margaret VanDeWall.

Etheleen T. Hanson

Etheleen T. “Ennie” Hanson, age 83, a resident of Grays Harbor for over 50 years, died Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, in Aberdeen. She was born on Nov. 16, 1931, in Buh Township, Minn. to Alfred and H. Marie Boser. She grew up in Minnesota. Ennie married Donald Hanson in Shelton, Wash. in 1981. He preceded her death. She worked in many shake mills and later spent time as a homemaker. She enjoyed Elma races, walking, puzzles, barbeques and spending her time with friends and family. She made the most beautiful quilts, afghans and embroidery. She was a wonderful mother and friend and will be missed beyond belief. She is survived by Debbie Wessel, Aberdeen, Steve MacRae, Woodinville, Don Hanson Jr. and Julie Fruchella, both from Aberdeen and Charleen Hanson of Shelton, 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Barbara R. Johnson

Barbara R. Johnson was taken home to be with her Lord Feb. 12, 2015. She was born Sept. 28, 1928, in Oklahoma City, Okla. It was there, at a church function that she met and later married the love of her life. She is survived by her loving and dedicated husband of 68 years, Kenneth R. Johnson; her sons Benny and Ted and daughter, Roberta (Gilbert) Myers. She is preceded in death by her daughter Rosey Marsille and sister Betty.

Donna Loreen Perkins

Donna Loreen Perkins, 72, passed away, after many years as a COPD sufferer, on Feb. 19, 2015, in Olympia, Wash. She was born Nov. 29, 1942 to Donald R. and Isabel B. McHugh in Spokane, Wash. Donna spent many years in Hoquiam and Aberdeen where she raised her family, moving to Chelan for 12 years and then retiring in Olympia in 2005.

Terri-Lynn Reeder Redding

After a quick battle with cancer, Terri-Lynn Reeder Redding passed away on Feb. 20, 2015 in Aberdeen, Wash. at the age of 55. She leaves behind her husband, Vern Redding; her daughters, Misti Reeder, Cassandra Redding and Jenni Redding; and her son, Brandon Reeder; her grandchildren, Bristen Reeder, Brian, Sebastian, Chase, Maddison, Oliver, Jagger, Brandon Jr., and Brayli Reeder.