Longtime resident William “Bret” Ellis passed away peacefully at his home with his loving family at his side on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014 after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer. He was 45.
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Lois passed away peacefully under the care of Dr.’s Anne Marie Wong, Barbara Givens and Timothy Troeh, as well as many skilled and compassionate nurses/staff at Grays Harbor Community Hospital on Sept. 11, 2014.
Wanda Pauline (Discher) Ripple, age 64, closed her eyes on earth and opened them in heaven Sept. 6, 2014.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Jack M. Torgerson.
Annabelle F. Spray (93), known to many as Grandma Annabelle, passed away peacefully while surrounded by her family on Sept. 3, 2014, at Willapa Harbor Hospital. Annabelle was born in Chehalis, Wash. on Feb. 4, 1921, and grew up in Littell, Wash.
Former longtime Aberdeen/Hoquiam resident, Jackie Pierce passed away peacefully on Sept. 5, 2014, in Virginia Beach, Va.
Shane Nebel was born in Missoula, Mont. on Sept. 29, 1976, to Fred and Karen Nebel. As a young child his family moved to Hoquiam, Wash., where he graduated from Hoquiam High School. In the summer of 1994, at a rock concert he met Sheri, the love of his life, best friend and mother of his children. He attended Grays Harbor College and the Divers Institute of Technology. He and Sheri lived in New Orleans while he worked as an offshore commercial diver in the Gulf of Mexico. They returned to the Harbor, building their life in Montesano and were married on March 25, 2000 at Cornerstone Community Church in Aberdeen.
Nicholas Jett Karr, 23, Cosmopolis resident and 2009 graduate of Weatherwax High School, died Thursday morning, Sept. 4, 2014, in Aberdeen, Wash. following a five year battle against cancer.
Thomas Dowling passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, at Madigan Army Hospital in Tacoma. He was born on Feb. 8, 1945, in Pittsburg, Pa. and grew up in Elyria, Ohio. He was an 18 year resident of Willapa Valley, Wash., prior to recently moving to Onalaska, Wash.
Ann Milton, age 55, died, on Aug. 30, 2014, at home. She had been battling pancreatic cancer for over a year.
Dorothy Louise Balcombe 94, passed away peacefully Sept. 8, 2014, after a short illness. She was born Feb. 4, 1920, on the family farm near Odebolt, Iowa, the daughter of Alfred Christiansen and Ida Halboth Christiansen. Dorothy had nine brothers and three sisters who have all preceded her in death. She attended school in Odebolt, Iowa and graduated in 1938 from Highview High School in Alta, Iowa. During the 1930s she waitressed as a fountain “soda jerk,” a drug store clerk and cashier. In the ’40s she worked at the Edgewater Beach Hotel in Chicago while also working at the nuclear defense plant as a punch press operator. Dorothy came to Washington in the 1950s to be near her brother and sister-in-law. She worked as a waitress at the Morck Hotel and clerked at Tom Burk’s Drug Store. She was introduced to Forrest Balcombe and they were married, Aug. 30, 1952. They have one son, Robert. Over the years Dorothy enjoyed oil painting, bowling and most of all golf with her friends.
Susan Marie Gibson, age 54, a lifetime resident of the Harbor, passed away on Sept. 6, 2014, at her home in Hoquiam. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She spent most of her life helping others.
This is a belated obituary to inform the Ocean Shores community of Leah’s passing nearly two years ago, Dec. 20, 2012, of lung cancer. One of the more aggravating aspects of it, besides the pain, was the fact she was diagnosed at Stage IV two weeks after forced retirement from her job at the Ocean Shores, Wash. State Liquor Store, when the Nov. 2011 election put the state out of the liquor business.