Lora Kathleen Nelson
A graveside service for Lora Kathleen Nelson, of Port Angeles, was held March 30 at Mount Angeles Memorial Park. Pastor Gary Smith presided.
Mrs. Nelson died March 26, 2001. She was 87.
She was born March 7, 1914, in Glendive, Mont., to Edward Henry and Lora May Kean Creelman.
She graduated from Port Angeles High School in 1934 and was a lifelong Port Angeles resident.
She and Joseph F. Thomas married Oct. 16, 1937, and later divorced. She and Lawrence C. Nelson married May 16, 1959, and they also divorced.
Mrs. Nelson was a W.A.V.E. in the U.S. Navy in 1944, discharged after a short time for physical reasons. She worked as a housekeeper at Olympic Memorial Hospital
Mrs. Nelson played the piano for the VFW Auxiliary, Disabled Veterans Auxiliary, Clallam/Jefferson County Senior Nutrition Program and the Port Angeles Senior Center Kitchen Band.
She loved to crochet and was an avid reader.
She was a member of the Moose Lodge, the VFW and DAV auxiliaries, the Port Angeles Senior Center and Royal Neighbors of America.
Mrs. Nelson is survived by sisters Dorothy Nordstrom, of Port Angeles, Shirley White, of Sequim, Vivian Sturgell, of Chehalis, and Colleen Storm, of Portland, Ore.; numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial gifts may be made to Disabled American Veterans, 3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Springs, KY 41076.
Harper-Ridgeview Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Former Sequim resident Iver Johnson passed away at his Spokane home Dec. 14, 2001.
Johnson, 87, is survived by his wife, Dorothy; brother Alver Johnson Grants Pass, Ore.; sisters Linnea Maeder of Sun City, Calif., and Elin Taylor of Camino Park, Calif; son, George Johnson of Fairbanks, Alaska; daughter Merry Maccini of Colbert, Wash.; and three grandchildren.
Mr. Johnson was born April 17, 1914 in Edmonton, Alberta, to Reinhold and Ella Johnson. He moved to Alaska in 1938, served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, and married Dorothy Townley in Fairbanks in 1952. During his time in Alaska, Mr. Johnson worked on the Alaska oil pipeline, built log homes, prospected for gold and did exploration work in the Arctic. He was an avid outdoorsman.
The family moved to Sequim in 1976, living there until they moved to Chewelah, Wash., in 1995. In June, 2001 the couple moved to Spokane.
Memorial services will be held at a later date in Alaska.
Beulah Irene Klatt
A memorial service was held Monday, Dec. 17 for Beulah Irene Klatt of Sequim.
Ms. Klatt, 76, died peacefully at home Dec. 12, 2001. Ms. Klatt was born June 4, 1925 in Grant City, Mo., to Ralph Gladstone and Effie Fickle Gladstone.
In her youth, Ms. Klatt enjoyed singing, quilting, theater and bowling.
She belonged to several clubs, including the Beta Sigma Phi Women's Business Sorority; the Presbyterian Women's League and the Order of the Eastern Star, Yokota, Japan. Ms. Klatt lived in Japan for eight years during her 46-year marriage to Raymond Emmerson of Shelton, a serviceman in the United States Air Force.
As the wife of a serviceman, Ms. Klatt participated vigorously in a variety of military clubs and received several awards for her work, particularly for her directing efforts with the theater. The marriage ended in divorce in 1995. Ms. Klatt moved to Sequim in 1996.
Ms. Klatt is survived by her brother, Joseph Gladstone, of Missouri; two sisters, Audra Mets, of Hutchinson, Kan., and Helen Sowers of St. Joseph, Mo; two sons, Ray A. Klatt of Seattle and Robert E. Klatt of Port Hadlock; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Memorials may be sent to the Sequim Presbyterian Church, 950 N. Fifth Ave, Sequim. 98382.
Services were arranged by the Sequim Valley Chapel.
Hilda Eva McPhail
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Dec. 21 at the Mission Hills Catholic Mortuary in Mission Hills, Calif., for Hilda Eva McPhail of Sequim.
Ms. McPhail died Dec. 14, 2001 at the Sherwood Assisted Living Center in Sequim. She was born July 1, 1911 in Pittsburgh, Pa., to John and Florence Roalman Carr.
Ms. McPhail loved to bowl and participated in a California bowling league. She loved volunteering, knitting and traveling. Ms. McPhail volunteered at the Saddleback Valley Hospital in Laguna Hills, Calif., and knitted stuffed animals for the Washington State Patrol for children involved in vehicle accidents. She took many cruises, visiting Panama, Hawaii, China and Japan on her travels.
Ms. McPhail is survived by her brother, Jack, of Laguna Hills; sister, Marceline Laverty of Grenada Hills, Calif.; daughter, Donna Farley of Sequim; and granddaughter Debra Lovinger of Las Vegas, Nev.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer Association, c/o Betty Schueller, 135 Oakcrest, Port Angeles, Wash., 98362.
Ralph Leon Salmon
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Sat., Dec. 22 at St. Luke's Episcopal Church for Ralph Leon Salmon. Reverend Robert Rhoads will officiate. A reception will follow afterward in the parish hall.
Mr. Salmon, 90, died in his home Dec. 15, 2001. He lived in Sequim for 30 years and was preceded in death by his wife, Ethel, in 1995.
Mr. Salmon was born in Pattensburg, Mo., to Ralph and Laurabelle Osburn Salmon. He graduated from high school in Selah, Wash., in 1930 and Yakima Business College in 1934. Five years later, Mr. Salmon married Ethel Lee Watson in Yakima.
Mr. Salmon moved to Seattle in 1941 and took a job as office manager and accountant for the Seattle division of Freuhauf Truck and Trailer. He worked with the company for 31 years, and continued his career as an accountant until 1992.
Mr. Salmon was a life member of the International Accountants Society and a charter member of the Sequim Elks. In addition to his work with the Elks, Mr. Salmon worked with the Sequim Food Bank, the Sequim Senior Nutrition Center and the Sequim Community Aid organization.
A former elder of the Sequim Presbyterian Church, Mr. Salmon had most recently attended St. Luke's Episcopal Church. He is survived by two sons, David, of Sequim, and Ralph, of Lynwood, Wash.; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Stephen's Ministry of Sequim Presbyterian Church; Sequim Community Aid; and the Senior Information and Assistance program.
Dorothea Jean Smith
A memorial service for Dorothea Jean "Dottie" Smith will be held at 1 p.m., Dec. 22 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 S. Blake Ave., Sequim. Ms. Smith, 82, died Dec. 14, 2001 at her Carlsborg home.
Ms. Smith worked several summers at Lake Crescent Lodge, where she began a lifelong love of swimming. Ms. Smith began each day with a 6 a.m. dive, followed by a long swim before work. Her crawl stroke and dive were "poetry in motion," says her daughter, RoJean Mount, of Seattle.
Ms. Smith graduated with honors from Sequim High School in 1937. She attended two years of college at Bellingham Normal School before marrying Arvie Smith on Aug. 27, 1939. The couple lived in various logging camps on the west side of Clallam County for five years before purchasing and moving into the Carlsborg home of Ms. Smith's parents, Harrison and May Bennett.
Ms. Smith was a dedicated teacher to her three children, Gary, RoJean and Mark, as well as her eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Ms. Smith was also a storyteller at the Port Angeles branch of the North Olympic library system.
Her community service extended beyond children to a number of social service clubs in the county. Ms. Smith was a charter member of the Lady Lions and a former president of the sisterhood for philanthropic education (PEO).
Ms. Smith is survived by her brother, Gus, of Port Angeles, and her sister, Eleanor, of Vancouver, Wash.
Ms. Smith enjoyed people and gardening. She requested that in lieu of flowers, remembrances be made to Hospice of Port Angeles. P.O. Box 2014, Port Angeles, Wash. 98362, or Trinity United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 3697, Sequim. Before she passed away, Ms. Smith wished to express a special "Thank you" to her caregiver, Gayle Kilmer.
Jessie M. Graham
A memorial service for former Sequim resident Jessie M. Graham was conducted Aug. 1, 1998, in Walnut Creek, Calif. Mrs. Graham died July 21, 1998, in Walnut Creek. She was 84.
Mrs. Graham is survived by a daughter Sharon Kifer of Walnut Creek, three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Lydia M. May
A service of remembrance for Lydia M. May was conducted Aug. 12, 1998, at Kosec Funeral Chapel in Port Townsend.
Mrs. May died Aug. 10, 1998 , in Port Townsend. She was 97.
Mrs. May was born Nov. 15, 1900, in Primghar, Iowa, to Albert and Clara Smith Stewart. She married Ross Camery in November 1917 in Minnesota.
Mrs. May lived at Worthington, Minn., with Ross Camery until his death in 1932, which left her with four small children. She married Clark May in 1952 and he died in 1964.
She moved to Sequim in 1984 and then to Port Townsend in 1988.
Mrs. May belonged to the Leisure Hour Club and the Sequim Senior Center. She was past president of the World War II Veterans Auxillary.
Mrs. May is survived by her children, Donald Camery of Worthington, James Camery of Wasbasha, Minn.; Alan Camery of Las Vegas, Nev.; Lucille Erlandson of Port Townsend, nine grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Bergita House, 1762 Discovery Road, Port Townsend, 98368.
Sequim Valley Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Former Sequim resident Helen Frazier died in Seattle on July 13, 1998.
She was 94.
A memorial service will be conducted at the Exeter Building, Eighth and Seneca, at 1 p.m. Aug. 23. Call 452-4373 or 638-8745.
Mrs. Frazier was born May 26, 1904, in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. She married Ernest Frazier on Sept. 20, 1929, in Chagrin Falls. They moved to Harrisburg, Va. and later to Bradenton, Fla., before moving to Sequim in 1948. Mr. Frazier died in 1957.
Mrs. Frazier was secretary of First Presbyterian Church in Sequim for many years before she became a volunteer in mission work in Arizona and New Mexico. Later she worked in the Magnolia Presbyterian Church office in Seattle for several years.
Mrs. Frazier is survived by daughters Ernestine Smith of Wapato and Patricia Swingle of Sequim; a granddaughter, and three great-grandchildren.