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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:

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.

Joan Doreen Flannigan

Joan Doreen Flannigan of Cosmopolis passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. She was 79. Joan was born on March 27, 1935, in Pe Ell, Wash., to Theodore and Rachel (Smith) Dokter. She moved to the Harbor as a child, graduated from JM Weatherwax High School in 1953 and attended Grays Harbor College. On Oct. 8, 1955, Joan married the love of her life Robert Flannigan in Munich, Germany.

Mary Lillian Goodrich

Mary Lillian Goodrich, age 98 and longtime resident of Aberdeen, passed away on Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, at her residence at Westhaven Villa. Lillian was born on Dec. 8, 1916, to Leroy and Stella (Sherk) Goodrich. Lillian’s father died when Lillian was only three years old. Lillian’s stepfather Reuben Garietz, raised her as though she was his own daughter.