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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.

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 periods of hospitalization occurred and eventually she never returned to the home after 1937. Her father subsequently remarried and a blended family consisting of a stepsister, brother and stepmom 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.

Dora Elizabeth Klopcic

Dora Elizabeth (Voeller) Fulkerson Klopcic died peacefully on Aug. 18, 2014, in McCleary, Wash. Dora was born Oct. 11, 1914, to Daniel and Ellen (Johnson) Voeller in Portland, Ore. Dora was raised in Aberdeen and graduated from Weatherwax High School, Class of 1932 and then attended business school. She married Donald Fulkerson in April 1936. He died in 1964. She later married John Klopcic. He died in 1989. Dora worked as a secretary for many years, retiring from the state of Washington.

Phyllis Lorraine Johnson

Phyllis Lorraine Johnson passed away peacefully, Aug. 28, 2014, at age 91, with her family at her bedside, after a brief illness. She was born in Woodland, Calif., on Feb. 27, 1923, to Leonard and Frances Everhardt.

Erik Wayne Eberwein

Long time Aberdeen resident Erik Wayne Eberwein, passed away at his home Sunday, August 24, 2014. He was 29. Erik was born February 7, 1985, to Clifford and Judy (Blackburn) Eberwein and was raised in Aberdeen. Erik had also lived in Hoquiam, Cosmopolis and Montesano.

John Floyd Beckett Jr.

John Floyd Beckett Jr. passed away at his home in Olympia on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, with friends and family at his side. John was born in Verdun, France, on July 26, 1959, to John and Jennie (Westphal) Beckett.

Claudia Daisy O’Donnell

Long time Aberdeen resident Claudia Daisy O’Donnell, passed away peacefully in her home with her loving family by her side on Friday, Aug, 1, 2014. She was 70. Claudia was born on June 25, 1944, to David and Cora (Petrak) Ingle and raised in Wenatchee as well as Seattle. Claudia graduated from High Line High School in 1962 and moved to the Harbor in 1977.

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Kathy Mae (Vest) Olsen

Kathy Mae (Vest) Olsen was born on May 12, 1955. She lost her battle with cancer on July 31, 2014, at Providence St. Peter Hospital. As a child she attended Brady Grade School and was a Brownie and in Girl Scouts. She went on to attend Montesano Jr.-Sr. High School. Her Senior year she was voted “Prettiest Hair” by her classmates and also recognized as “Miss Smile” by the Montesano Vidette. She graduated in 1973 with Honors. After summer vacation she went to work for Preszler & Larner Accounting firm which later became Preszler, Larner & Mertz. Kathy worked there for 38 years until she suffered a stroke and a heart attack.

Daniel Lester Lunsford

Daniel Lester Lunsford, an 81-year-old Worland resident, passed away at his home on May 16, 2014, following a short illness. Daniel was born on June 17, 1932, in Raymond, Wash., a son of Finos Lester and Emelia Gertrude (Udd) Lunsford. He received his education at Raymond High School. In 1950 he proudly served his country in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict on board the U.S. Princeton as a flight deck signalman.

Ethel Catherine Carlzen

Ethel Catherine Carlzen, of Raymond, Wash., passed away peacefully at her home on April 6, 2014. She was 96. She was born and raised in Iron Mountain, Mich., and also lived in Chicago, Ill., Buffalo, N.Y., Wyoming, N.Y., and Palo Alto, Calif.

Florence Brown

Florence Brown of Eugene, Ore., formerly from Elma, died July 31, 2014. She was born Aug. 20, 1920, in Glasgow, Scotland, to “Scotty” and Helen Boyd. She graduated from Elma High School in 1938 and married Bob Brown in 1941. With Bob’s discharge from the Seabees following World War II, they worked together and later owned The Valley Cleaners in Elma. She and Bob enjoyed following Elma High School and all sports. They especially enjoyed golfing together and with friends at Oakridge Golf Course where they both had two holes in one.

John C.E. Sheldon

John C. E. Sheldon, 64 years of age and a longtime Montesano, Wash., resident died on Thursday, July 31, 2014, at Providence Saint Peter Hospital in Olympia, Wash. John was born on Sept. 9, 1949, in Mason City, Iowa, to Caryle Eugene and Amy Lou (Cary) Sheldon.

Gordon Charles Quarles

Gordon Charles Quarles of Aberdeen passed away at his home in Aberdeen on Thursday, July 24, 2014, with his wife Rachelle by his side. Gordy was born Jan. 27, 1958, in Enumclaw, Wash., to Charles and Edith (Eddy) Quarles. In 1989 he moved to Aberdeen from Black Diamond.

Thomas H. Morton

Thomas H. Morton, 74, a lifetime Hoquiam resident, passed away Friday, July 25, 2014, in Hoquiam, Wash., due to lung cancer. Tom was born Aug. 12, 1939, in Hoquiam, Wash., to James R. Morton and Evelyn (Courts) Morton. He attended Hoquiam schools and was a 1957 graduate of Wishkah Valley High School.

Henry Theodore Radford

Henry Theodore Radford, 78, a Seattle, Wash. resident, passed away on Feb. 27, 2014, at his home. He was born on March 27, 1935, to Henry Forest Radford and Marian Theodora (Quinn) Radford at Hoquiam General Hospital in Hoquiam, Wash.

Gary Eldon Lee

Born to Claude and Vera Whiteman Lee on March 8, 1936, in Centralia, Wash., Gary passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Saturday, July 26, 2014. Growing up he attended Centralia schools and Centralia Community College. In 1956 he transferred to Central Washington College graduating in 1958 with a BS in Education. In 1958 he married Rosemarie Davis. They later divorced. In 1978 he married Linda Chesley Cobbs who survives at the family home in Cosmopolis. Gary taught in the secondary school system for 30 years, two years at Ridgefield and 28 years at Willapa Valley where he also coached all sports and in 1968 he started and coached the wrestling program. He retired in 1988 but due to his love of teaching spent 14 years at Grays Harbor College. Gary was a long-standing member of the Cosmopolis Lions Club and passionate about Lionism and what it stands for. In 2006, he became a WSU Master Gardener sharing his love and knowledge of dahlias. Gary was a well-respected member of the education system and the communities where he lived. He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters Linda Childers and Connie Herrold and three grandchildren. Besides his wife of 36 years he is survived by his brother Stephen Lee of Adna, a son Dennis Lee (Becky) of Riverton, Utah, a daughter Amy Lee of Long Beach, a stepson Nathan Cobbs (Laura) of Racine, Wis., four stepdaughters, Denise Bryant of Ocean Shores, Wash., Debby Helm and Diane Farbo (John) both of Orofino Idaho, and Donna Johnson (Jim) of Tumwater, Wash., 15 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. A celebration of life will be held at the Cosmopolis Lions Club, 601 2nd Street Cosmopolis beginning at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 31.