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Evert L. Taft Lived to be 90; he passed away on Sept. 20th in his home. He leaves behind his loving wife and his five sons.
Pub Date: 9/30/2014

Florence Sekstrom Erb Florence Sekstrom Erb, born November 26, 1914 in Calgary, AB to Swedish immigrants John and Alma Sekstrom, died September 27, 2014. Predeceased by husband Cy, infant son Stephen Michael, sister Myrna Engh, and brother Howard Sekstrom. Mourned by son Douglas, wife Better, daughter Karen, husband Dee, grandchildren Susan, Steve and Sue, Leigh and Jay, and Aaron and Janna, 5 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, 16 loving nieces and nephews, and sister-in-law June Sekstrom. Florence had many pursuits. She, with husband Cy, ran Cy's Ice Creamery. She worked for the Tacoma Public Library and Wentworth Jewelers and the photographic center at the Puyallup Fair. In retirement Florence lived with Cy in Gig Harbor, where she gardened, volunteered, and enjoyed a love-filled life. Florence actively participated in life until near the day of her death, giving council from her hospital bed to her loving grandchildren. Florence was so present in our lives. She was a strong spiritual force. We will keep her in our hearts and try to live by the examples she set. We are so pleased to have had the pleasure of her company. Graveside services will be held TODAY, Tuesday, September 30, 2014, at 12:30 p.m. at Mountain View Memorial Park, Lakewood, WA. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. Remembrances may be shared at
Pub Date: 9/30/2014

Helen Marion Huntsman Helen M. Huntsman (Farr) of Tacoma, WA. Born March 21, 1936, died Sep. 25 2014. She was a Beautician and a home maker. Survived by her sons Terry and Greg and granddaughter Olivia Moody, step grandson Dustin, step daughters Lauri, Becky {Bobby} Sherry, Shirley and his stepson Jeff and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. She touched the hearts of all with her humor and kindness, she was dearly loved and will be greatly missed. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. Remem-brances may be shared at
Pub Date: 9/30/2014

Joan McClure Joan Louise (Lehman) McClure, 70, died Sept 25, 2014. If her brothers, Larry and Stan Lehman, could please call New Tacoma Funeral Home at (253) 564-1311. Any creditors or outstanding debt holders may also call the funeral home. Services are pending.
Pub Date: 9/30/2014

John Patrick McMahon January 25, 1950 ~ September 27, 2014 John Patrick McMahon was born in Tacoma, WA to Art and Dorothy McMahon. He spoke fondly of the years he spent at St. Patrick's Grade School and Bellarmine Preparatory School and for the rest of his life would gladly offer personal tours of the City of Destiny. Bolstered by a great sense of humor, John cultivated many friendships in school that would last his lifetime. John later attended Seattle U. where he met his wife Jane (Berghoff). John and Jane would raise their two daughters in Auburn where they were members of Holy Family Parish. He spent his entire career working in the shipping industry he loved and found many close friends among his coworkers and customers. In recent years, his office was located right across the street from the Cinerama Theatre in Seattle, a fitting location for a film aficionado. John also loved music and once told Jane, "If you don't like jazz, you don't even like music!" Those of us who knew him will remember a good-natured and generous man. John's intelligence and wit made him a great conversationalist and it was always fun spending time with him. Jane and his daughters, Molly Daley and Shannon Walsh, remember many road trips, which are also documented in John's photos. John's favorite destination was the ocean where he would sit outside with a book, rain or shine. Along with his wife and daughters, John leaves behind his brother, Brian; sister, Mary Beth Rasmussen; and two beloved grandchildren, Owen and Alice. In the past few months John felt the love and support of his family and friends and many talented caregivers, including the staff at the University of Washington Medical Center. He kept his sense of humor and strong spirit intact through a difficult illness. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 11:00am at St. Patrick Catholic Church. A Rosary will be recited on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 7:00pm at Holy Family Catholic Church, Auburn, WA. Interment at Calvary Cemetery. Please leave online condolences at Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
Pub Date: 9/30/2014

Margaret Rivers "Peggy" Margaret Lee Wildes Rivers of Tacoma passed away September 26, 2014. She was born to Ed and Alma Wildes on August 9, 1933. Ed and Alma owned and operated Eddy's Caf‚ on the Tacoma Tideflats. At the time Peggy was born she was sent to a boarding home where she lived for the first two years of her life. Peggy then was rejoined with her parents, sisters Betty and Helen at their home on South Stevens Street where their father was the only resident to own a car. Peggy attended Franklin, Jason Lee and Stadium High schools graduating in 1952. Peggy and her best friend Betty Fields met Army boys while in downtown Tacoma and soon Peggy married Paul Hatfield in July 1952. Paul and Peggy traveled to Germany (where their son Kenneth was born), Georgia and California where their daughter Diana was born. They divorced in 1957 and Peggy soon returned to Tacoma. Peggy began working in her parent's restaurant again, supporting two young children. Peggy was living in an apartment on North I Street where she met up with Richard Rivers who was also a former neighbor when she lived on South Stevens Street. Peggy and Richard were married and along came a daughter, Patricia. They made their home on North 14th Street where Peggy operated a daycare for many years. Peggy also volunteered at Saint Patrick's School and also worked in the school lunchroom of many Tacoma Public Schools. She was an avid bargain hunter at Tacoma garage sales as well as holding her own successful annual garage sale. Peggy loved her children and grandchildren. Peggy is survived by her son Kenneth (wife Jeanette) daughters Diana Gallagher and Patty Mannie (husband Wayne) grandchildren: Adam; Michele; Ryan; Anthony, Ginger and 4 great-grandchildren. A memorial will be held at Saint Andrew's Church 7410 South 12th St, Tacoma on October 4, 2014 at 11am, lunch reception following service. Donations may be made to the YWCA Woman's Shelter, Tacoma.
Pub Date: 9/30/2014

Nancy Ellen Burch Born July 16, 1938 in Tacoma, WA and passed away September 26, 2014 in Puyallup, WA. She was a graduate of Stadium High School in Tacoma. Nancy retired from the Washington State Department of Transportation after working there for many years. She loved genealogy, gardening, and the Seattle Mariners. She was very active in her church and belonged to the Ridgecrest Ward in Puyallup, WA. Nancy was preceded in death by her husband; Gerald H. Burch, sister; Phyllis Tibbitts, 2 children; Sherri L. Rhinehardt and Darrin C. Burch. She is survived by her 5 children, 15 grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM, Wednesday. October 1st at Fir Lane Funeral Home & Memorial Park 924 E 176th St. in Spanaway.
Pub Date: 9/30/2014

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