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Mary A. Meyer, SP (Sister Rosalia)

Sister Mary Ann Meyer, age 90, a Sister of Providence for 71 years, died Nov. 16, 2015, at St. Joseph Residence, Seattle, Wash., where the vigil and funeral will be held with burial in Mother Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Vancouver, Wash. Bonney-Watson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Audrey M. Strasser

Audrey May Strasser, 88, a resident of Elma for 15 years, died at Summit Pacific Medical Center, Elma, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015. She was born in Tacoma, Wash. on Feb. 25, 1927, the daughter of Melvin and Nona (Orr) Ellison. She grew up on Fox Island with her parents and two siblings, a brother Don and a sister Mabel. She would graduate from Lincoln High School in Tacoma in 1944.

Valda G. Larsen

Valda Gail Larsen, a Grays Harbor resident since 1956, passed away at Montesano Health and Rehabilitation Center Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015. She was born in Springfield, Mo. on March 21, 1929, the daughter of Jesse Allen and Ida Frances (Webb) Crain.

Michael James “Mike” Smith

Michael James “Mike” Smith, 70, a longtime Harbor resident, died at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015. He was born in Aberdeen, July 21, 1945, the son of James W. and Lillian Florence (Shipp) Smith. He was raised in Wishkah Valley and graduated from Wishkah Valley High School in 1964.

Carmen L. Johnson

Carmen L. Johnson, 72, passed away Nov. 20, 2015, at her home in Brooklyn, Wash. She was born July 6, 1943, in Aberdeen to Matt and Marlyss (Durand) Schlesser. She grew up on a farm on North River, attended school there and graduated from North River High School. On July 22, 1961, she married her high school sweetheart, Russell E. Johnson. They had two sons.

Martha “Lena” York

Martha “Lena” York passed away Nov. 15, 2015 in Olympia, Wash., at the age of 89. She was the daughter of Everett and Ila Alford, and was born May 12, 1926 in Niangua, Mo. In 1946 she married Nelson York, they had five children.

Edna (Tiny) M. Watt

Edna (Tiny) Marie Watt, 89, a South Bend resident was called home by the Lord on Nov. 19, 2015. Edna had recently been a resident at the Pacific Care Center in Hoquiam. Edna Watt was born July 11, 1926 in International Falls, Minn. to Peter and Etta (Miller) Nadeau.

Giro Nakagawa

Longtime Nemah resident, Giro Nakagawa, passed away peacefully on Oct. 28, 2015, at the age of 94. Giro was born March 15, 1921, in Seattle, one of 12 children born to hardworking immigrant parents Genichi and Itsuyo Nakagawa. Giro attended Kent High School, playing guard for their football team, which was No. 2 in the state. Upon graduating in 1939, Giro moved to Willapa Bay to work the oyster beds from a station house for the New Washington Oyster Company, working his first 100 days straight. Giro worked there sending most of his 70 cents an hour wages home to his family until 1942, when he was forced to relocate to an internment camp in Pinedale, Calif., by Executive Order 9066. Enlisting in the U.S. Army, Giro served his country during WWII in the Counter Intelligence Corp., ultimately stationed in Korea. Upon discharge, Giro returned to the land and the life he loved as an oysterman with the New Washington Oyster Company and Bay Center Mariculture, and as a primary developer of Lynn Point Properties. Giro married Miyo in Portland, Ore., in 1958, remaining close to his large extended family while raising his own, and forging friendships throughout the Pacific Northwest. He was active with Masonic Lodge Gavel 48, Afifi Temple (Shriners), Hoquiam Valley Scottish Rite, Order of the Eastern Star, Raymond American Legion, Japanese American Citizens League and a lifetime member of the Nisei Veterans Committee in Seattle. An avid sports fan and outdoorsman, Giro enjoyed bowling, golfing, hunting, fishing, birdwatching and following local high school and regional sports.

Alec L. Anderson

Alec LeRoy Anderson, 84, Elma resident and former turbine operator at Weyerhaeuser’s Cosmopolis Pulp Mill, died Monday morning, Oct. 26, 2015 at Grays Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen, Wash.

Steven M. Carter

Steven Max Carter, age 64, a resident of Puyallup, Wash., went home to the Lord on Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Wash. Steve was born on Wednesday, Dec. 27, 1950, in Aberdeen, Wash., to Warren Max and Iris Barbara (Nickell) Carter. He was raised in Hoquiam, attended Wishkah Elementary School, then in 6th grade, transferred to Hoquiam where he graduated from Hoquiam High School in 1969.

Richard S. Zuray

Richard Stanley Zuray, 77 years of age and a resident of Ocean Shores, Wash. for the past eight years, died on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015, at his home in Ocean Shores. He was born on Feb. 27, 1938, in Alverda, Pa. to Frank and Ava C. (Chapman) Zuray.

Roy L. Johnson

Roy Louis Johnson has been called by many names in his lifetime, some know him as Swede, Lizard, Roy U and Papa, but he is best known as a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. Roy passed away peacefully on Monday, Oct. 26, 2015, at Grays Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen, Wash., at the age of 76. Roy was a respected and longtime resident of Grays Harbor County.

Earl K. Boling

Earl K. Boling, the son of a Chehalis (Grays Harbor) County pioneer family, passed away peacefully on Sept. 28, 2015, in Southern Oregon. He was 89 years old. Earl was born at the family home on the Mox Chehalis ranch on May 8, 1926, to Manny I. and Zelpha J. (SUTTERFIELD) Boling. His paternal grandparents, Elijah Jefferson Boling and Mary Alice (HATTABAUGH) Boling were early settlers on the Mox Chehalis. Earl’s maternal grandfather, Allen Lee Sutterfield was instrumental in building the still existing city hall in Elma and numerous historic buildings, homes and schools in then Chehalis County, including the first school on the Moxee.