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Alice (Davis) McAlpine Alice was born in Tacoma, WA on January 25, 1920 and passed away July 18, 2014. She is survived by son Bill (Linda) McAlpine; son Jim (Gina) McAlpine; seven grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; a niece and a nephew. A "Celebration of Life" service will be held at 1PM, Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 5236 E. B St., Tacoma, WA. Please see the full obituary at
Pub Date: 7/23/2014

Karl C. Griggs Age 23, of Lake Forest Park, WA, passed away on July 14, 2014. Karl was an amazing personkind, brave and sensitive, with a good sense of humor, a brilliant mind and a passion for learning. He was a summa cum laude graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz campus, receiving a B.A. in Anthropology and Classics, both with highest honors. He also received the 2012 UCSC Draznin Classics Endowed Scholarship for Excellence in Ancient Greek. Most recently, Karl was attending graduate school at the University of Washington, pursuing a Ph.D in Classics. He was also considering law school and in preparation took the LSAT, scoring above the 98th percentile. He was especially adept at languages and mastered five, including German, French, Latin and Ancient Greek. In his quest for discovery he travelled extensively to unusual places like Lebanon, Egypt and Turkey. He enjoyed skiing, trying interesting food and loved animals. Karl is lovingly remembered by his wife Nataliya Griggs, parents Mark and Phyllis Griggs, sister Naomi Griggs, grandparents George and Wendy Weyerhaeuser and numerous cousins, aunts and uncles. He was a beautiful soul and will forever be in our hearts. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in honor of Karl be made in support of rape awareness and prevention (either to an organization of the donor's choice or to RAINN.ORG) or to the Humane Society. A private family service is planned.
Pub Date: 7/23/2014

Laura Alm Krippaehne Died peacefully on Sunday, July 20th, 2014. She was born in Tacoma, Washington on October 27, 1928 to parents Reuben and Marie Temple Alm. Her parents, sister Katherine, and brother Dick preceded her in death. After graduating from Chehalis High School she attended college at C.P.S. and C.W.C.E. Graduating in 1950, she came to Puyallup to teach. It was there she met her future husband, Fred Krippaehne. The two were married in 1953 and raised four children. Through the years Laura was active in Jr. Womens, Orthopedic Guild, P.T.A., American Cancer Society, and the P.E.O. Sisterhood. After her husband Fred's retirement from Boeing they enjoyed traveling and also spending time at their second home in Arizona. In 2004 they again made their home in Puyallup. Laura was a kind and generous woman with a beautiful smile and a love for sing-alongs that was second to none. She is survived by her husband of sixty-one years, daughter Pat Herron (husband Tom), sons Paul Krippaehne (wife Sue), Dean Krippaehne (wife Karin), and Scott Krippaehne (wife Katy), nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Her memorial service will be Friday, August 1, 2014, at 1:00pm at Powers in Puyallup on Pioneer.
Pub Date: 7/23/2014

Lucile "Jill" Lockerby Luebker Jill Luebker, lovingly referred to as Mrs. Tacoma by family and friends, left this world to make her mark in the next one on July 21, 2014. Jill was born 11/14/1923 to Frank and Lucile Lockerby in Vancouver, WA. Her father's newspaper jobs led them to Olympia, then to Tacoma. Jill's sister, Joan (Haslett), was born in 1929. Jill grew up at the Lakeside Club, where lifelong friendships and memories were made, and was a proud graduate of Clover Park, Class of 1941. She attended the University of Washington and joined Chi Omega sorority, but left after her sophomore year to join the Army. She trained to be an X-ray Technician, was promoted to Sergeant (she always claimed it was because her voice carrieda valid pointbut assuredly not the only reason she rose through the ranks), and bonded with her future husband, Earl, over orange juice and their interest in the daily news. After Earl returned to Oklahoma to pursue his journalism degree and Jill returned to Tacoma to work at Tacoma General, he wooed her with daily love letters, never failing to mention how bright and clever she was. It was the beginning of a true partnership that epitomized mutual respect, love, integrity, humor, and compromise throughout their 50 year marriage. Jill had myriad interests and talents. She belonged to PEO (Chapter CA), Julia Hallen Book Club, Les Jardiniere's Garden Club, Antiquers, Avon Study Club, 3 bridge clubs, and was one of the first two female Session members at Immanuel Presbyterian Church. She served on the Tacoma Children's Industrial Home Board, and was on the Board of Directors at Franke Tobey Jones for 23 years. She made hats, tap-danced, played flute and piano, read voraciously, had an uncanny knack for finding museums on vacation, arranged flowers and threw parties with flair. The family spent magical summers at our beloved beach home on Orcas Island, where Jill delighted in serving as tour director; roaring around familiar (and some not-so-familiar) island roads with our many visitors. She and Earl traveled the world, including three Summer Olympics, trips to Hong Kong, Europe, Russia, South and Central America, Canada, and attended sports events throughout North America. Jill was interested in everyone, and known fondly by her daughter's friends as the Grand Inquisitor! At her 80th birthday party, she introduced nearly 100 guests without prompting, explained each connection, and how, and why certain guests should be sure to meet while we were all in that room, that day. She had a way of making things happen, always. Jill faced her Parkinson's diagnosis and decreasing mobility bravely and lived life on her own terms as long as possible. She was an amazing friend, a devoted daughter to her own remarkable parents, an adoring aunt, a true patriot who voted in every election, a fierce Mom and doting Grandma. She often led with bluntness and honesty thankfully, most often tempered with a giant dose of humor. Her life lessons will remain with us forever. Jill is survived by her daughter, Anne Leatherman, and beloved granddaughters, Megan and Lauren Leatherman, all of Seattle. A celebration of her life will take place at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 901 N. "J" Street, Tacoma, WA, on Saturday, July 26, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Jill and Earl Luebker Endowment for Intercollegiate Athletics at PLU, which supports PLU sports teams through funding for recruitment, travel, and equipment.
Pub Date: 7/23/2014

Marjorie B. Anderson Of Gig Harbor, WA, passed away peacefully July 17, 2014 at the age of 84. Born October 23, 1929 to parents Glenn and Isabella Stevens in Tacoma, WA. Marje is survived by her children Shary Little, Larry Anderson, Patty Givens and Steve Anderson; 11 grand children; 8 great grandchildren and many cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Allan, her parents Glenn and Isabella Stevens and her brother, Glenn Stevens II. For information on upcoming services and to learn more about Marje, please visit
Pub Date: 7/23/2014

Marjorie B. Anderson Of Gig Harbor, WA, passed away peacefully July 17, 2014 at the age of 84. Born October 23, 1929 to parents Glenn and Isabella Stevens in Tacoma, WA. Marje is survived by her children Shary Little, Larry Anderson, Patty Givens and Steve Anderson; 11 grand children; 8 great grandchildren and many cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Allan, her parents Glenn and Isabella Stevens, and her brother Glenn Stevens II. A memorial celebration will be held at St. John's Episcopal Church, 7701 Skansie Ave, Gig Harbor 98335 at 2 pm, Sunday, July 27th, 2014. Please leave online condolences and to learn more about Marje, visit
Pub Date: 7/23/2014

Mary Evelyn Freeman Born August 27, 1920, peacefully slipped into Heaven on April 29, 2014. The youngest of George and Martha Jane Adkins, Evelyn outlived siblings Ponder, Thelma, Dorothy, and Grace, her husband of 55 years, Jack Freeman (d. 2001), and first-born Abbie Jeanette. Children and grandchildren left with fond memories are Annette Munoz (Abbie Chalcraft), Beverly Maunu (Crystal, Rebecca, Warren), Craig and wife Minh, and Linda Freeman. Evelyn learned resiliency early. Raised on a tobacco farm along Yellow Creek near Clarksville, Tennessee, their farmhouse was destroyed by a tornado during the Great Depression, and they thankfully moved into a small cabin without plumbing or electricity. In 1942 she achieved a Bachelor of Secretarial Science from Andrew Jackson University. Active in Nashville's USO supporting our troops during World War II, she met a handsome U.S. Army Air Corps flyboy from the West. They married on September 7, 1946, in Tacoma, Washington, where she made a home for 66 years. Her final years were in Hillsboro, Oregon, in the loving care of family. As a Christian, Evelyn deeply loved God and was a member of Tacoma's Highland Hill Baptist Church. Family was her life's work. Through the 1960s she was in DeLong Elementary's PTA, and an assistant den mom to her children's Scout troops. A lifelong Democrat, she worked at poll booths each Election Day when voting was in person, and in later years proudly showed off birthday letters from two U.S. Presidents. Mom and Daddy instilled in us a strong sense of patriotism, tempered with a clear understanding that everyone, wherever born or what their background, is a child of God demanding equal treatment and respect. On Sunday, July 27, 2014, the family invites Evelyn's friends to Celebrate Her Life at a 12:00 Noon Memorial and Picnic at Point Defiance Park's Main Picnic Shelter (past the Japanese Gardens). Interment is at New Tacoma Cemeteries, University Place, Washington. Please sign the online memorial at
Pub Date: 7/23/2014

SSgt David M. Gartland, USMC, Retired May 12, 1940 ~ July 15, 2014 David was born on May 12, 1940 in Boston, MA to John P. and Mary F. (Fife) Gartland. David is preceded in death by his parents and his sister Meg Roofe. David was raised in Holbrook and went on to graduate from Holbrook High School. He worked in the Navy Shipyard in Boston and then went on to join the Marine Corps in November 1959. He served until April 1977 when he was medically retired. David did his training at PLT 104 "C" Co, 1st RTBN MCRD PISC and Camp Lejeune Service Co Hos BN MCB Camp Lejeune, NC. He retired from Marine Wing Headquarters MW HS3-VMFP3 MCAS El Toro, CA. David did two tours in Vietnam from 1965 to 1966 and again from 1969 to 1970. He married Nancy on February 1, 1969 at the Chapel in the Woods in Norfolk, VA. David passed peacefully into the arms of his Lord, with his loving wife of 45 years Nancy and his 3 sons Christopher, David (Beverly), Raymond (Jennifer); two step-children Lynn (Harvey) C. Maas and Douglas L. (Christine) Charles; brother Peter (Carol) G. Gartland. Funeral services will be held at 2pm, Friday, July 25, 2014 at Mountain View Funeral Home Valley Chapel. Visitation will be Thursday from 10am to 8pm at the Funeral Home. Remembrances may be shared at
Pub Date: 7/23/2014

Virgil Loken Service July 25, 1:00 PM, Mount Cross Lutheran Church, University Place
Pub Date: 7/23/2014

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