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Today's Obituaries

Barbara J. Rauscher Barbara J. Rauscher was born in Tacoma, Washington on November 27, 1930, and went to be with Our Lord on July 22, 2014. Barbara was preceded in death by her husband Bob Rauscher, and her beloved son David V. Jordan. A Celebration of Life for Barbara Rauscher will be held on August 3 at 2 PM at Mountain View Funeral Home in Lakewood, Washington. For more information and to share your remembrances, please visit the online obituary at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Pub Date: 7/27/2014

Cheri Lee Harris Cheri Lee Harris passed away July 23, 2014. She was born in Tacoma, WA to Floyd and Jeneveive Harris on April 27, 1950. Cheri graduated from Lincoln High and was a former employee of Weyerhaeuser. She was preceded in death by her stepmother, Gladys Harris. She is survived by her father, Floyd Harris, sisters Lana Frost (Marvin) and Denise Pulis, and several nieces and nephews. Thanks to Alexander Hoffman, her special friend, and Ilse Olson for her compassion. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 1, 2014, at New Tacoma Cemetery's Chambers Creek Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Cancer Society. Guestbook at www.newtacoma.com.
Pub Date: 7/27/2014

Cora Ruth Whitley (Johnson) Cora Whitley was welcomed to heaven into the arms of Jesus July 22, 2014, surrounded by her loving family and her sister Jean Carter. Cora was born in Jonesville, LA to Annie and Willie Johnson on December 13, 1938. She graduated Valedictorian from Jonesville High. She leaves her loving husband of 56 years, Amos, son Bernard Whitley (Leslie), daughters Anne Artman (Dennis), Gail Neal (Glen), and Tracy Whitley, grandchildren Johnny Majors (Marla), Brian, and Brycen Neal, Ashely Whitley, Aaron, Alison Crane, Tasia and Letica Johnson, numerous great-grandchildren, and sisters and brothers. Cora worked for several years at the County City Building and after 25 years at Fred Meyer, she retired. Following her passion and calling, she became the founder of Multicultural Child and Family Hope Center. She dedicated her life to families in Tacoma, especially the children. The coworkers became her second family and she loved them all. Cora was a caring, honest, and loving woman who will be forever remembered. She was a faithful member of St. John Baptist Church TMI, where her service will be held on Tuesday, July 29th, 11:00 a.m., 2001 South J St, Tacoma 98405. Viewing is Monday, July 28th, 4-7pm, at New Tacoma Cemetery, 9212 Chambers Creek Road West, University Place, 98467. Guestbook at www.newtacoma.com. In lieu of flowers you may contribute to the Cora Whitley Foundation, MCFHC, 2021 S 19th St, Tacoma WA 98405.
Pub Date: 7/27/2014

David Alan D'Andrea Age 57, born 9/5/1956 in Tacoma, WA went home to be with the Lord on July 22, 2014. Preceded in death by father and mother Guy and Suzanne D'Andrea, mother in law Beverly ("T"). He will be greatly missed by his wife Diane, children Tamara, Shannon (Jason), Bethany (Chris), David Jr. (Aly) Jacob (Colleen), grandchildren Tabitha (Baby), Christopher and Christian (The Boobs), Madison (Mayhem) and Sofia (Lump Chumplins). As well as his siblings, Debra, Michael, Melissa, Daniel (Cheryl), Matthew, Sara (Pete), Paul (Kelli) and Patrick, in laws Dwaine, Brent, Janis (Dennis) and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Dave started his long work career as a paperboy at age eleven, one of his favorite jobs as a youth was working at The Chalet Bowl. Dave spent most of his career as a teamster driver, first in local 313 with his dad and then local 174. He retired as a teamster business agent fighting for the rights of working families, some even called him a legend. After retiring from the teamsters Dave started working on the docks as a longshoreman at local 19. Dave had many hobbies including being a private pilot, boating, racing cars, jeeping, he earned a black belt in karate, and enjoyed riding his Harley. Dave's latest passion was saving the honey bees and that has turned into a legacy for his family. His greatest love was his wife, children and grandchildren and of course Hildi the dog. As per Daves wishes, no services will be held.
Pub Date: 7/27/2014

David Earl Woolery David was born 3-26-1960 at Travis AFB, CA to John R. and Ruth N. Woolery. He died 7-1-2014 in Tokeland, WA. Survived by partner of 29 years, David C. Palmer, brothers John (Jack) Woolery (Valerie) and Mark, sisters Paula DeGraw (Faron), and Donna Woolery-Haynes, step mother Elaine Woolery, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, and a brother, Dean Woolery. A memorial service will be 3pm on 8-20-2014 at Evergreen Memorial Gardens, 1101 112th Avenue, Vancouver, WA 98684. Your remembrances of David can be sent to Paula at proud_red_bird_mom@yahoo.com
Pub Date: 7/27/2014

David Michael Gribbon Of Tacoma, died Sunday, July 13th, while visiting family in Moscow, ID, due to complications surrounding his decade-long battle with cancer. David was born August 21, 1952 in Tacoma and was the youngest son of James and Marilyn Gribbon. He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1970, at the height of the Vietnam War. Though he was accepted into college, David voluntarily enlisted in the United States Navy. He served as a Marine Mechanic aboard the USS Juneau (LPD-10). During David's time in the Navy, he completed five deployments to the western Pacific, including eight trips into Vietnamese waters. In the summer of 1976 he left the Navy and enrolled in trade school to pursue a career as a machinist. After obtaining his degree, he began working for the Navy in Bremerton as a civilian contractor, during which time he helped to decommission Ohio-class nuclear submarines, as part of the SALT I treaty. Over time he advanced his career, working for Marine Iron Works and Precision Machine Works, and obtained the title of Aerospace Machinist. David is survived by his son James, daughter Katie, twin sons Michael and Justin, his mother Marilyn, and his older brother Richard (Suphakarn). Funeral services will be held at 11 AM on August 2, 2014 at Holy Cross Catholic Church, located at 5510 N 44th St. in Tacoma. David will be entombed at Tahoma National Cemetery, alongside his father, at a later date.
Pub Date: 7/27/2014

David Victor Jordan David Victor Jordan, PhD of Richland, WA passed away July 11, 2014 following a valiant battle with pancreatic cancer. Dave was born in Tacoma, WA, and was preceded in death by his father Dick Jordan. A Celebration of Dave's Life will be held August 3rd at 2 pm at Mountain View Funeral Home in Lakewood, WA. For more information and to share your remembrances, please visit the online obituary at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Pub Date: 7/27/2014

DeMar Ray Kern "Brother Nice" November 17, 1926 ~ July 25, 2014 DeMar Ray Kern, 87, passed away July 25, 2014 in Brigham City. DeMar was born on November 17, 1926 in Preston ID, the son of Alfred Kern and Amy Shipley Kern. He met his wife, Doris Bosson, while attending BYU and they were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple on November 21, 1952. DeMar was a Stake Patriarch, a Temple ordinance worker and Sealer for 18 years in the Seattle WA Temple, he loved working with the young people of the Church. DeMar served in the US Army during WWII. DeMar worked as Secretary/ Treasurer for Pacific Storage Co. in Tacoma, WA. Survived by his wife of 61 years, Doris; children: Sandra (Brad) Hancock, Jim (Dawn) Kern, Tauna (Dan) Waddington, and Tom (Julie) Kern, 16 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be August 2, 2014 in Perry, UT. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.myers-mortuary.com
Pub Date: 7/27/2014

Edward Michael Leishman Passed away November 23, 2013 at the age of 42, in Auburn, WA, with his loyal companion Bella by his side. His unforeseeable passing is as a result of complication from late onset diabetes. Edward was born July 27, 1971. He was a longtime employee of Sleep Train, and was preceded in death by his mother Mary Leishman and his longtime loyal companion Shadow. Edward is survived by his loving and eternally heart broken sister Michelle Hopkins, his simple and most often confused companion Bella, his nephew Jarred Hopkins, and his often times critical and loving brother-in-law Jeorge Hopkins who reside in Graham, WA. Edward was a lover and rescuer of dogs and supported the King County Animal Shelter. He loved Saturday Night Fever, fast cars, eclectic music, movies, life, his nephew, sometimes his brother-in-law, and most of all his sister. Edward's life was cut short and as a result did not have the chance to experience all the things within his dreams, to travel to Scandinavia, to ride in a balloon, to get married and have a family, to fall truly in love with someone that completed him. Edward, we all love you and we all miss you eternally, Bella is safe within our care, and now you are safe in the care of our Lord in heaven where there is no ground and you no longer have to struggle to get your footing. We will all gather one day, until then keep an eye on us especially Michelle as she struggles every day with sorrow. HAPPY BIRTHDAY
Pub Date: 7/27/2014

Ernest Lee Sanchez "Papa" passed away on July 7th at the age of 83. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Florence (Linda) Sanchez. Also by his children Ernie, Liz, Maggie, Patsy, and Eric and their spouses, as well as his four grandsons and their spouses. He worked many years as a carpet layer in Tacoma and as a security guard. He will be missed by all. A celebration will be held at the Star Center, off 66th and South Tacoma Way, on Aug. 3rd between 1:00 and 3:00. All are welcome.
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Franklin T. Lunka, Sr Passed away July 19, 2014 in Seattle, at the age of 86. Frank was born Dec 17, 1927 in Hibbing, MN. He has been a resident of the Pacific NW for 47 years after moving from MN and retired from the Union Pacific Railroad in 1992. A Mass with be celebrated Tues. July 29 at 10:30 AM at Holy Spirit Catholic Church 327 2nd Ave. S, Kent, WA 98032, with viewing one hour prior to Mass. Military honors and interment will follow at 1:30 PM at Tahoma National Cemetery, 18600 SE 240th St., Kent, WA 98042. Personal Alternative Funeral Services 253-852-9600. To view full obituary and photos of Frank visit www.personalalternative.us
Pub Date: 7/27/2014

Helen E. (Dunbar) Palmer 2/2/1955-7/19/2014 Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and daughter. She was born in Covina, CA and moved to Tacoma, WA in 1966. She graduated from Lincoln H.S. in 1973 and married her husband of 37 years, Thomas Palmer (deceased), that same year. She retired from Weyerhauser after 20 years and enjoyed crafting, stamping and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She and Tom spent many years enjoying car shows and spending time at their property in the mountains. Helen is survived by her sons Keith (Tereasa) and Mark (Sara), 4 grand-children, her brothers Keith (Kim) Dunbar, Melvin (Dana, deceased) Cavanaugh, and Marvin (Linda) Cavanaugh and nieces and nephews. Viewing will be on Tuesday, July 29th from noon to 8pm, and memorial services will be in the Mountain View Aspen Chapel Wednesday, July 30th, at 1:00pm. Street rods encouraged, the family requests no flowers be sent.
Pub Date: 7/27/2014

Jack Bankson 1923 - 2014 Jack J. Bankson was born 90 years ago on November 4, 1923 in Centerville, Iowa. His mother Beatrice preceded him in death. Jack passed away Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 due to heart failure. He was married to Barbara Bankson for 64 years. Barbara passed away in April of 2013 from complications of dementia and Alzheimer's. Jack is survived by his three sons and their wives, Ford Lee and Trudi, Ken J. and Maureen, and Arthur B. and Mickey. Jack is also survived by his grandchildren Dana, Jay, and James as well as their spouses. His great-grandchildren are Conner, Addison, Kendall, Kailey, Haylie, and Jacob. Jack enlisted in the Army in the California National Guard's 184th Infantry Regiment right before World War II broke out. He was 17 years old when his Army unit was shipped to the South Pacific to island hop and fight the Japanese. He spent the next 5 years fighting, and participated in the battles of the Aleutian Islands, Marshall Islands, Leyte in the Philippines, and finally the large battle of Okinawa. Jack was extremely proud of his service to his country and flew an American Flag 24 hours a day. He spent over 50 years in the radio broadcasting business as an announcer, sales manager, and radio station manager. He managed radio stations in Seattle and San Francisco for the singing cowboy and movie star Gene Autry. Jack donated his body to medical science and was cremated. There will not be a formal service. His ashes will be spread in the Columbia River in Southern Washington later this summer. His ashes will flow to the Pacific Ocean and will end up in the South Pacific. And he will finally reunite with his fallen Army comrades from the War. Family will attend to say their goodbyes. He had a full and wonderful life with his loving wife Barbara and his extended family. He will be SALUTED and missed by many. Donations are welcome to - HONOR FLIGHT ARIZONA, P.O. Box 12258, Prescott, AZ 86304.
Pub Date: 7/27/2014

Joseph J. Turner Joseph J. Turner loved his friends, his family, fantasy football, films, food, fun, March Madness, his cats, Carla, and fighting the good fight. He hated pretense and posing, hypocrisy and hype, liars and loafers, bigots, bullies and braggarts, and self-serving public servants. He spent most of his life as a reporter at The News Tribune, making them as uncomfortable as he could while helping newspaper readers unravel the complex issues and operations of government at all levels. He was passionate about integrity, objectivity, loyalty, and gardening. Turner, 63, was born in Tacoma Oct. 29, 1950, and died in Tacoma July 11, 2014. Between those dates at various times he would have been found at Bellarmine Preparatory School, the U.S. Army in Vietnam, the University of Washington, the Yakima Herald Republic, The News Tribune, or in the vegetable patches in the front and back yards of his North Tacoma home. He loved gardening, hated yard work, and his neighbors referred to him as Farmer Joe. On his post-retirement business card he called himself Joe Turner/Gentleman Farmer. Harvest time would find Joe in his kitchen surrounded by rank upon rank of clean canning jars waiting to be filled from bubbling kettles of blanching beans, steaming vats of pickling brine, heaps of cucumbers, piles of corn, and buckets of tomatoes or strawberries or peaches or beets most of them from his own gardens. He canned soups he concocted (a secret ingredient was cloves), salmon if the price was right, jam when the berries were in, and whatever else came to mind. Throughout the rest of the year, visitors to Joe's house often left lugging a plastic bag with clinking jars of pickles (the spicy ones much sought after by all who had ever tasted them), beef stew, dilled beans, or brined calliflower. "Be sure to bring the jars back," he admonished as visitors left. "I'll use them again next year." The scene was much the same when Joe entertained. He dominated the kitchen as he brought together people from the various circles of his life; classmates, sports enthusiasts, folks from his AA group, family members, work associates, and often the people he met in the hallways and offices of local, county, and state government. Beginning in 1978 the Joseph Turner byline first began appearing in The News Tribune on general assignment stories, then the police beat, city hall, and county government. "He was the most courageous guy I ever knew," said Jeff Weathersby, a longtime friend and fellow journalist who had teamed with Joe on stories including the corruption and racketeering scandal in the Pierce County Sheriff's office in the late 1970s. Those stories led to a reorganization of Pierce County's form of government, and he reported on that process and the election of the county's first executive, Booth Gardner Joe's territory shifted to the state capitol when Gardner was elected governor in 1985. Turner wrote about state government, the legislature, transportation issues, and politics for The News Tribune until his retirement in 2009. At the time of his retirement, he was the senior reporter at the state house and was highly regarded by fellow journalists, and respected if not always liked by the bureaucrats and office holders he covered. "He took very complex issues and made them understandable for the readers, people like you and me," said, Rob Tucker, a reporter who worked with Turner at The News Tribune. "And he did it quickly and accurately." Another former colleague, Sandi Doughton, reminisced "about Joe's skill at flirting up secretaries and clerks. "He'd be a bastard on the phone with a lawmaker, then switch on the charm for Loreen or Shirley or whatever the secretary's name was," she said. After he retired, Joe said he turned down job offers from various political organizations because, "I didn't want anyone to be able to say, 'We always knew he was one of those (a liberal or a conservative).' " Joe was the second of four children of Willie John and Margaret Turner. He attended All Saints grade school in Puyallup and Bellarmine Preparatory School in Tacoma, where he graduated in 1968. He enlisted in the U.S. Army following graduation, and served as an infantryman in Vietnam, where he attained the rank of sergeant. He was proud to point out that he spent 11 of his 12 months in Vietnam in the field. "Everything you did there was important," he once said. "Your life depended on it." "He once told me he insisted on walking on point during dangerous patrols, because he believed he would be the best at ensuring that his patrol survived," said Tucker. "He brought that courage to the newsroom, too." After Vietnam, nothing really frightened him, Turner once said. It was one of the things that allowed him to confront powerful figures in government and at work. "What are they going to do? Send me to Vietnam?" he said more than once. Following his military service, Joe attended The University of Washington where he studied journalism. He married Dr. Ann Stewart in 1976. The marriage was brief and ended in divorce. He was an intern at The News Tribune, then worked at The Herald Republic, the daily newspaper in Yakima, before returning to The News Tribune where he worked for more than 30 years. "Oh that is just heartbreaking news," said Hunter George when he learned of Joe's death. George was Turner's former team leader at the paper. "He and Karen Hucks (another News Tribune reporter) were my first two friends when I arrived in Olympia in '96. I loved working side-by-side with him, and I loved being his editor. "Such a bright, witty guy who always carried the conversation to such enjoyable places. I worked with him or near him in the same newsroom for more than 25 years and it was always a pleasure," Rob Tucker said. "He was a great friend, always inclusive and a person who loved throwing parties at his house to bring people together." In September 1992, Turner married Carla Harris, who was at his side at the time of his death. Turner is survived by Carla; his mother, Margaret Cardwell, and his step-father, Rod Cardwell, of Gig Harbor; two sisters, Linda Ellingson and her husband John of Tacoma, and Kathy LeTourneau and her husband Patrick of Bremerton; his brother, John Turner and his wife Cheri of Gig Harbor, four nieces: Meredith LeTourneau, of Bremerton, Corinne LeTourneau, of Seattle, Sophia Ellingson, of Tacoma, and Rebecca Ellingson, of Tacoma; two great nieces, Natalie Godbolt, of Bremerton, and Brooke Jaquez, of Sumner, and a great nephew, Luke Godbolt, of Bremerton. He was preceded in death by his cats Velcro and Bella, and is survived by cats Julie Girl and Gizmo. Joe's friends and associates are invited to remember Joe at a gathering Aug. 3, at the Old Town Music Society building, 2101 N. 30Th St., Tacoma. The event will begin at 1 p.m. with a social hour and will be followed with a memorial program beginning at about 2 p.m. A Mass for Joe will be held at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, 3510 Rosedale St. NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335.
Pub Date: 7/27/2014

Judy Karen Gambrell Mountain View Funeral Home is in search of any family members, please contact our office at 253-584-0252.
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Kathleen Ann (Kennedy) Witthuhn Kathy was funny, fierce and loving, an avid gardener who loved traveling and family. Quick of wit, twinkling eyes, and never a dull moment. Age 57, of Jacksonville, AR, passed June 24, 2014. Born Dec. 30, 1956 in Rochester, NY to the late Robert A. and Gayle L. Kennedy. Grew up in Tacoma, WA, attended Washington HS. Worked as an administrative clerk for the Clinton Presidential Library for 10+ years. Survived by husband of 35 years, Richard Witthuhn, two children, Stephanie (Rick) Baxter and Eric Witthuhn, two sisters, Kimberly (John) Wrede of Tacoma and Kristine (Robin) Gates of Roy, and step-grandson Austin Baxter. Memorials may be made to shrinershospitalsforchildren.org or arkansashospice.org. Leave online condolences at mooresjacksonvillefuneralhome.com
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Laurence Merrill Hile, Sr. Surrounded by family, Laurence Merrill Hile, Sr. passed away on July 19, 2014. Larry was born on January 22, 1926, the son of Armstrong and Hazel Hile, in Joliet, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his sisters Marilyn Stein and Avril (Babe) Baker. He married Evelyn Zobel on August 1, 1951, and they had six children. He was a caring and generous father, leaving his wife and children with numerous memories of camping trips, ski trips, and many Hawaiian vacations on the island of Maui. He is survived by his wife Evelyn, children Louise Ossinger (Tom), Laurence Hile, Jr. (Barbara), Clifford Hile (Karen), Michael Hile, Laura Modawell (Mark), and Steven Hile, grandchildren Amy McKamey, Rachel and Joshua Hile, Blake Hile, Peter and Braden Modawell, and Barrett and Dorrien Ossinger. He was preceded in death by his grandson Travis Duncan, and great-grandson Matthew McKamey. He served in the Army Air Corps during WWII, and after returning Larry graduated from Bradley University in 1950. In December 1969 he left his position at Simonize Wax Co. in Chicago to move the family to Washington, where he joined Nalley's Fine Foods and was soon promoted to Vice President Materiel. He retired in January, 1988. He loved playing tennis and golf, and even convinced Evelyn to take up both sports so he would always have a sports partner on vacations. They were members of the Lakewood Racquet Club, Fort Steilacoom Golf Club, the Tacoma Rotary #8, and Elks Lodge 174. His obituary would not be complete without mentioning "kitty," his unnamed cat, that he was crazy about. Services will be held at St. Frances Cabrini, 5715 108th St. SW, in Lakewood, on Friday, August 1st (Larry and Evelyn's 63rd wedding anniversary) at 5:00pm, with reception to follow at Oakbrook Golf & Country Club, 8102 Zircon Dr. SW.
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Lee Luettgen Born May 17, 1925, Milwaukee, WI, died July 11, 2014, University Place, WA. Predeceased by son, Paul (Norma) Luettgen, survived by Mary (Rick) Nichols, Patricia (John) Dunham, Paula (Jim) Blake, Karen (Keith) Warner, and Kim (Sandra) Luettgen, nine grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. Married to Florence Rotering (deceased) 26 years, had 6 children. WWII veteran; designed and built homes and businesses in central and western WA. Lee enjoyed sailing, Dixie land jazz, great meals and PLU football with his family and Madeleine Hales, the love of his life for 30 years. Services: Mon. Aug.4, 2014, Tahoma National Cemetery, 18600 S.E. 240th St., Kent, WA 98042. Be in line by 1:15 p.m. sharp. Reception will follow. Remembrances to Franciscan Hospice House. Full obituary at www.edwardsmemorial.com.
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Leonard Ray Long Leonard was born December 5, 1949 in Soap Lake, WA and passed away in his sleep on July 15th, 2014. After graduating from Puyallup High School in 1967, he was a drywall hanger for over four decades. He is preceded in death by his parents Raymond and Betty Long, and survived by 2 brothers, 2 children, 7 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. A graveside service will be held on August 4th at 2pm at Woodbine Cemetery, Puyallup followed by a celebration of his life at the Puyallup Eagle Lodge from 3:00-4:30pm. For the full obituary, go to www.curnowfuneralhome.com
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Lillian Christensen Memorial service will be Sat., Aug. 2nd, 2pm, at Peninsula Lutheran Church, 6509 38th Ave. NW, Gig Harbor.
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Lorraine Marie Leonard Age 97, of Enumclaw, formerly of Tacoma and Auburn, passed away on July 12, 2014. Born July 10, 1917 in Minneapolis, MN to Henry and Dolly (Trepanier) Thibeault, she married O.T. "Jock" McOmber and had two children, both of whom preceded her in death, Kay Lorraine Lyons and Lee Roy Tyrus McOmber. She later wed Champ Harris and enjoyed 25 years of marriage living in Gig Harbor. At the time of her death Lorraine had been married for over 10 years to her dancing partner Oscar Leonard of Auburn, who preceded her in death in 2014 at the age of 95. A Celebration of Life memorial will take place August 30, 2014 at the Port Orchard Eagles Aerie #2338, being honored in ceremony by Tacoma FOE #3 Ladies Auxiliary. Online condolences and memories can be shared with the family at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
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Louise Elizabeth Markland "Aunt Louise" April 26, 1924 - July 24, 2014 Aunt Louise left to be reunited with her family Thursday night, three months into her 90th year, preceded by her mother, father, and two brothers, Mark ("Bud") and Gene. She will also be seeing her beloved three dogs, Carmel, Electra, and DJ. Louise was a rare person, beloved by everyone she encountered. Despite having life- long near-sightedness Louise was a voracious reader and poetry lover. Her mother got her a five-year diary when she was ten years old and she made a diary entry every day since. An avid letter writer, she corresponded with friends and family, and wrote to local school children through the local chapter of Telephone Pioneers of America, a volunteer organization that she loved. Louise's aunt got her a job as an operator at Pacific Northwest Bell in 1942, where she continued to work for the next 39 years. At a time when a telephone operator was necessary to place long-distance calls, she also gave customers the exact time, and saved several lives. Her skill as an operator and her intelligence borne of reading made her a compassionate and entirely trustworthy confidante, a trait she enjoyed and prized. She loved her Fircrest home and community, but she also loved the Proctor District where she grew up. She attended Washington Elementary, Mason Junior High, and Stadium High. Louise leaves behind many, many good friends and relatives, her beloved in-laws Larry and Teresa Smith and Delia Markland, and her nephew Sean Markland, who will all miss her terribly. A celebration of the life of Aunt Louise will be held at Joeseppi's Italian Ristorante, 2207 N. Pearl St., 1:00 PM on Saturday, August 2.
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Luben Zapref Age 77, of Roy Washington passed away peacefully in his sleep July 13, 2014. Luben was born on September 4, 1936 in Petrich Bulgaria. He immigrated to the United States and joined the U.S. Military. He married his love Lisette and was soon blessed with a daughter and son. After 22 years in the Army, including two tours in Vietnam where he received a Purple Heart, he retired and went to work for Boeing as an aircraft mechanic. After fifteen years, he retired from Boeing and spent the remainder of his years working his property in Roy and spoiling his grand kids. He is survived by his daughter Mary, son James, grandchildren Sophia and Natasha. Luben was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend to many. Memorial services will be held 12:30pm Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 at Tahoma National Cemetery, 18600 Southeast 240th Street, Kent, WA 98042.
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Margaret Grace Pingrey (Pace) Fisher Margaret was born August 31, 1914 in Chico, Californa to Frank and Mary Pingrey and she passed away July 17, 2014 in Tacoma, WA. just shy of her 100th birthday. Margaret married Lynn Pace and they had 6 children. Barbara Sullivan, Edward Pace, Marilyn Woodill, Sharon Pace, Peggy (Nels) Kiteley and Robert (Rose) Pace. She is survived also by her sister Frances Butler, numerous grands too many to mention them all, and special friend Loretta Cantonwine (Fisher). She married George Fisher and had a long happy marriage. She was preceded in death by both husbands, children Edward Pace and Sharon Traxler, sister Alice Wells, brother Norman Pingrey. A graveside service will be held at 12:00 pm Wednesday July 30th, 2014 at Fir Lane Memorial Park 924 E. 176th Street along side of her husband George. Her family would like to thank the staff at Tacoma Lutheran Home for their wonderful compassionate care they gave our Mom as well as Franciscan Hospice. Memorial contributions may be made to Franciscan Hospice and Tacoma Lutheran Home. A celebration of her life will be held on Aug 30th at 12:00 noon at Spanaway Park shelter by the creek. Memo will be sent out later.
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Mary T. Malane (Pulis) Born Dec. 28, 1949, passed away July 22, 2014. Survived by four sons, Michael, Ryan, Aaron and Sean Malane, brother Peter Pulis, sisters Raelene Ahern and Maureen Schuur, granddaughter Sophia, nieces, nephews and wonderful friends. In lieu of flowers, send contributions to the food bank program at St. Joseph's Catholic Church (please: no white lilies!) A funeral mass will be celebrated Wednesday, August 6 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph's, 603 S. 34th St, Tacoma.
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Necia Kamenzind Born March 13, 1915 in Edgewood, WA, and passed away peacefully on July 14, 2014. She is survived by son Delbert (Deanna) Kamenzind, daughters LeEtta (Kendyl) Luce, Leona (Larry) Snell, and Delvena Landry from Boston, 13 grandchildren, and numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren. She loved to dance and belonged to the Collins Grange dance club. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, making cookies, and parties or luncheons with longtime friends or family. She had a sharp mind and great memory to the end, and will forever be in our hearts. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the March of Dimes. Celebration of her life will be Sunday, August 3rd, at 3:00 p.m. at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 2306 Milton Way, Milton WA.
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Pat Houston Patricia Ann Price Houston, 80, passed away July 2, 2014 in Aurora, CO. A lifetime learner and educator, Pat was born on May 16, 1934, in Cape Girardeau, MO to Lloyd L. and Bessie Parrish Price. Pat started her teaching career in Portland, OR. There, she met her husband Gilbert Roy Houston; they married on August 24, 1960. Pat taught in the Puyallup School system for 20-plus years until her retirement, initially as a grade school teacher and later becoming the grade school librarian for multiple schools. Living 50 years with Type I diabetes wore down her body, ultimately causing her heart to give up. Pat was predeceased by her parents and husband. Survived by son Kurt Gregory Houston, wife Shelley and daughter Megan; and daughter Janet Ruth Houston-Haworth, husband Randy and children Colby, Reagan, and Drake; brother Kenneth Price, and sister Janet Price Johnson A celebration of her life will be held on August 8th at 1:00 pm at Powers Funeral Home, 320 W Pioneer Ave., Puyallup WA 98371. In lieu of flowers, donations to American Diabetes Association would be appreciated.
Pub Date: 7/27/2014

Robert (Bobby) D. Warner Age 45, of Tacoma, WA passed away in his sleep on July 18, 2014. He was born August 8th, 1968 in Tacoma, WA to Richard (deceased) and Rose Warner. Survivors include his wife Sheree, her three daughters and his daughter. Also surviving are his mother Rose, brother Ricky (Wendy), best friend and sister Laura (Mel), very special niece and nephew Bella and Ricky, several cousins, three he held close to heart Kristi (Mark, Kacey Mae, and Kyle), great Aunt Gladys, longtime friend Shannon and many other numerous friends. He will be met in heaven by his beloved father and many other loved ones. Bobby had a passion for hunting and fishing just like his father. He was able to fulfill one of his dreams by working on fishing boats in Alaska for 6 years long lining and crabbing. He was also a long haul and dump truck driver for many years. His family meant the world to him. He was an easy person to love and put a smile on everyone's face. He loved making people happy. Bobby was the life of the party. He loved his cars. He lived a very full life. He traveled and did many things most people have only dreamt. He was a kind soul and had a soft spot for animals especially his puppy Bailey that he loved so very much. Bobby will surely be missed. He touched so many lives with his kind soul and was taken away from us too soon, but only the good die young. Now we have another angel watching over us. Love you Bobby. There will be a luncheon to celebrate Bobby's life on August 23rd, 2014 from 1-4pm in the Willow Room in the Celebration of Life building at Mountain View Memorial Park & Cemetery, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood, WA 98499.
Pub Date: 7/27/2014

Terry Lee Ruth Terry was born September 3, 1955 and passed away July 14, 2014. Terry is survived by his son, Dustin and brother, Jerry. Predeceased by parents Adele and Edward Ruth. The UW has lost an avid fan. See full obituary at www.edwardsmemorial.com
Pub Date: 7/27/2014

Tracy Allen Stainbrook Born in Mora, MN January 26, 1939; passed peacefully at home July 18, 2014. Survived by wife JoAnne, step-son James, brothers Gary (Patty) and Ron (Linda), sister Sandra Westbrook (Larry), granddaughters, great-grandsons, and loving nieces and nephews. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Celebration of life to be held at South Tacoma Eagles, 7037 S. Pine St., Aug. 9, 2014, 12:00-3:00 pm
Pub Date: 7/27/2014

Yvonne Hilde Sherk-Baker Our beautiful, loving Mother and Nana went home to be with our heavenly father unexpectedly on July 20th. Born on November 25, 1943 in Metz, France to Pierre Marie Charles and Catherine Philippine Aubin, she moved to the United States in 1967, and resided in California for a short time before moving to the Tacoma-Puyallup area, where she resided until now. She loved unconditionally, was generous beyond her means, and touched our lives like no one else could. Her faith was a constant comfort to many. Sharing the Lord and spending time with her family were her passions. Yvonne was preceded in death by her husband Richard Baker. She is survived by her children Claude Sherk (Louise), Nadia Radcliffe (Devan), and Barb Gebauer, her precious grandchildren, her special friend Keith, and many extended family and friends here and in France. The funeral service will be held at 1:00 pm Thursday, July 31st, 2014, at the Sumner United Methodist Church, which is located at 901 Wood Ave., Sumner, WA, 98390.
Pub Date: 7/27/2014

In Loving Memory Of Ella Mae Crawford Sept. 8, 1931 - July 28, 2013 God Bless You Love, Willie Jr, Donna, Deitra, Willie III & Jason
Pub Date: 7/27/2014


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