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Miscellaneous Pierce County, Washington Obituaries


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Debra Jean Gregory
Debra Jean Gregory, 45, of Seattle, born November 10, 1951 in Tacoma, died November 26, 1996 in Seattle after losing a courageous battle to leukemia. A 1970 graduate of Mt. Tahoma High School, she retired from Pacific Northwest Bell/US West after 25 years. Beloved daughter of Ethel P. Woods, Tacoma and Ernest Gregory, Sr., Dayton, OH; sister of Ernest Gregory, Barbara Williams and Doris Clough; mother to Faraji and Olujimi; auntie of Sabrina and Stavon Williams and Adam Clough. She volunteered at NW Harvest during Thanksgiving to help feed the homeless. Her devotion to friendship and her loving spirit touched the lives of all who knew her. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, December 4, 1996 at BONNEY-WATSON 1732 Broadway Seattle, WA

Thelma G. Eklund
Thelma G. Eklund, 84, passed away November 28, 1996 in Tacoma, WA. Born on March 6, 1912 in South Dakota, Thelma had resided in the area for 50 years. Thelma was preceded in death by husband Leslie O. Eklund Sr. Survivors include son Les Eklund (Mary), Gig Harbor; brothers, George Greenfield, (Tucson, AZ) and Clifford Greenfield (Northfield, MN) and numerous nieces and nephews. A gathering at the graveside will take place on Tuesday, December 3, 1996 at 2:00 P.M. in New Tacoma Cemetery. Arrangements by Tacoma Funeral Home and Cemeteries #564-1311.

Alva Genniveve Benson
Born in Saint Paul, MN in 1913, Alva Benson was a beloved daughter, sister, nurse, wife, mother and grandmother. For many years she lived in San Francisco and Palo Alto, CA, until moving to Tacoma, WA where she died July 29, 1997. She was a member of First Lutheran Church in Tacoma. The family will hold a memorial service there on July 11, 1997. Alva is survived by 2 sisters in Minnesota, Ruth Hedman and Marta Malloy. Her family includes daughter, Elaine Brooks, Tacoma, son, Dan Benson, Fullerton, CA, and their spouses, Alan Brooks and Marilyn Benson. Grandchildren are Christine (Chuck) Harris, Kathrine Brooks, Elizabeth Benson, Julie (Ken) Britsch and Alan (Marianne) Brogier.

Bea Koppy
Beatrice E. Koppy, a resident of Puyallup, passed away on July 5, 1997, at the age of 75 years. Shewas born in Groton, CT, on Dec. 11, 1921, and lived in Tacoma before moving to Puyallup in 1950. She was a personnel assistant and retired from GSA in Auburn. She was a longtime secretary of South Puget Sound Veterinary Medical Association. She also served many years on the Puyallup YMCA Board. She is survived by sons, Rex (Sharon) Moye, Puyallup, Russell (Carol) Moye, Bothell; daughter, Janis Patton, Buckley; sister, Virginia (Charles) Whitney, Mystic, CT; brother, Arthur Gangell, Groton, CT; 4 grandsons, 1 granddaughter. Memorial services will be held on Thurs., July 10, 6:30 p.m. at Hills Funeral Home Chapel in Puyallup. If desired remembrances may be made to the Puyallup area YMCA, 3800 3rd St. SE, Puyallup, 98374.

Capt. Herman (Hermanus) Ouderkerk
Capt. Herman (Hermanus) Ouderkerk, 84, of Gig Harbor, died Thurs., July 3, 1997. He was born in Giessendam, the Netherlands, Jan. 25, 1913. He graduated from Zeevartschool (Nautical), Amsterdam in 1938. Herman served with the Dutch Merchant Marine/Navy during WWII. He was promoted to Captain in 1952 and sailed until his retirement in 1961. He was an "Old Timer" of the Tacoma Elks, a member of the Austrian Club, Tacoma and International Federation of Shipmasters. Herman was preceded in death by his wife, Rena Ringo. He had been a resident of Gig Harbor for 35 years and was a naturalized citizen. He is survived by a brother, Jan, of Amsterdam and many close friends in the Peninsula/ Tacoma area and abroad. He was a faithful donor to organizations supporting children in need: Tall Elks Therapy Program, Mary Bridge Children's Hospital and Ouderkerkfond (Zeevartschool - Amsterdam). Graveside services will be officiated by the Tacoma Elks at Mountain View Memorial Park, Fri., July 11 at 11:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Tacoma Tall Elks Therapy Program. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252.

Dorothy L. West
Dorothy L. West, 78, passed away July 5, 1997. Born in Michigan, she had been a Puyallup area resident the last 57 years. Survivors include sons, Robert A. (wife, Janet), Puyallup, Trevor A., Sumner, Donald L., Yakima; sisters, Marjorie Terpening and Beulah Smith; brother, Arthur Ives; granddaughters, Laurie L. Hutchinson (husband, Richard) and Lynette R. Chemodurow (husband, Patrick); 4 great-grandchildren. Visitation Fri., 10 a.m.-12 Noon. Funeral service 2 p.m. Fri., Mt. View Valley Chapel. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252.

Edith Demaris Huson (Norgaard)
Edith Huson was born July 7, 1901, in Austin, MN and died July 5, 1997, in Tacoma. Her family moved to Tacoma in 1904. In 1911 they homesteaded on McNeil Island. There was no high school on the Island, so she commuted by boat to Lincoln High School in Tacoma when she was 14. In 1917 she went to work for Atty. Homer T. Bone and worked for him and his associates for many years. She married Warren (Ted) Demaris in 1926. In 1933 she went to work for the IRS and retired in 1955 after 22 years. She and Ted moved to Santa Barbara, CA, after retiring where they lived several years before moving back to Tacoma. Ted died in 1963. In 1978 she married Harry Huson who died in 1992. She made many friends through the years and was loved by all. We will remember her marvelous sense of humor, her generosity and her loving ways. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends, but our warm and happy memories of her will linger forever. She is survived by her sister, Mae Johnson, Bellevue; nephew, Duane Johnson (Bonnie); nieces, Diane Rollf (Bill) and Jean Norman (Allen)and their families; stepson, Don Huson (Randy); stepdaughters, Anne Bock and Deena Huson and their families. She was preceded in death by her parents, Chris and Anne Norgaard; sisters, Helen Ramsay, Dena DeWaide, Lillian Larson and brothers, Homer and Robert Norgaard; nephew, Dick Larson and stepson, David Huson. With a goodbye kiss and a wave of the hand she was gone to an unknown land. And those of us here who grieve, I say, she has not gone, she is just away. Remembrances may be made to charities of your choice. Funeral services will be held Wed., July 9, 1997, at 11 a.m. in the Evergreen Chapel on the grounds of New Tacoma Cemetery. Arrangements by Tacoma Funeral Home and Cemeteries. 564-1311.

Edward Riley Langston
Edward R. Langston, 81, passed away July 6, 1997. Born in Pennsylvania, he had been a Tacoma area resident the last 12 years. Edward served in the U.S. Navy from 1936-1940. He then joined the U.S. Army serving his country from 1942-1963 before retiring. After retiring he and his wife moved to Washington State where he worked as a security guard. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge 299. Surviving Edward is his loving wife, Teruko. Visitation Wed., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Services 10 a.m. Thurs. in the Mt. View Valley Chapel. Interment to follow with full military honors. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252.

Elmer B. Svendby
Elmer B. Svendby died July 6, 1997, at the Tacoma Lutheran Home. He was born on March 18, 1925, in Rhame, N.D. and was a 50 year resident of Tacoma. During WWII, Elmer served in the U.S. Navy. He was a store manager for Sibs Market for 17 years and was also employed by Associated Grocers until retirement. His memberships included the Retail Clerks Union and St. Mark's Lutheran Church by the Narrows for 40 years. Survivors include Helen, his wife of 50 years; son, Robert (Sandy) Svendby; daughter,Liane (Douglas) McKanna; grandchildren, Jennifer, Shawna, Lisa, Kristi, Erin, Shannon and Amy; 4 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews; sisters, Arlette Landeen, May Hammel, Esther Jeglum (his twin sister) and Elaine Dodge. Viewing Tues., Noon-9 p.m. Memorial services Wed., July 9, 11:30 a.m. at St. Mark's Lutheran Church by the Narrows, 6730 N. 17th. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to St. Mark's Memorial Fund or the charity of your choice. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252.

Helen Marie Reuhl Tebb
Helen Marie Reuhl Tebb, 85, a longtime valley resident, died July 6, 1997. She is survived by a son, Phillip and his wife, Karen, Shelton, WA; a son, Michael and his wife, Sharon, Independence, OR; 6 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren; and her brother, Robert Reuhl, Shelton, WA. She was preceded in death by her husband, Neal; her son, Torrence (Torch), and her brother, John Reuhl. Born and raised in Chicago, IL, she attended Northwestern University and the University of Chicago. She was a member of the Sumner United Methodist Church, Linden Golf and Country Club, and a charter member of the EH Chapter of PEO. She was a volunteer for PTA, the Food Bank, and the Puyallup Fair Hobby Hall. She was also a Valley Daffodil Chaperone for four years. A celebration of her life will be held at the Sumner United Methodist Church, Fri., July 11 at 2 p.m. Donations may be made to the NW Kidney Foundation, P.O. Box 3035, Seattle, WA 98114. Arrangements by Powers Funeral Home, Puyallup.

Jack S. Stewart
Born August 24th, 1932, in Bellingham, WA. He was called home on July 4, 1997. Retired ILWU Local 52 with 35 years of service. Jack was loved by many and will be missed by all. He is survived by wife, Dorothy; sister, Yvonne Walker of Napa, CA; children, Craig Carter of Leavenworth, WA, Linda Harris of Reserve, LA, Myra Stewart of Lynnwood, WA, Sir-Rafeeq and Janice Pasha of Tacoma, LaTisha Kelley of Tacoma, Ronnie (Duke) Hamilton of Tacoma, Christina Carter of Graham, Robert and Teresa Shupe of Puyallup, Dawn Carter of Graham; 11 grandchildren and 1 on the way (Baby Sidney); 2 great-grandchildren. Memorial services will be held Friday, July 11, 1997 at 11am at Hill Funeral Home, 217 East Pioneer Ave., Puyallup. In lieu of flowers, donations to American Cancer Society or the NW Kidney Foundation in memory of Jack Stewart. "Papa I'll miss you, from Hillbilly"

Janet Gump Coats
Janet Gump Coats, born Jan. 19, 1920, died July 1, 1997. She was born in Mansfield, WA to Winfield and Alta Gump. She attended Midland Middle School and graduated from Lincoln H.S. She was married to John Coats and had lived in Phoenix, AZ, for the past 35 years. She is survived by daughter, Jerrie Lea Moore and son-in-law, Dr. Toby Moore, grandson, John Moore, all of Phoenix; brother, Kenneth Gump, Boise, ID; sisters, Alice Gates, Lacey, Ella Freeman, Tacoma and Lois Doughty, Spanaway. Graveside services will be held July 3 in Phoenix, AZ.

John William Hopper
Our beloved son John, born June 10, 1952, passed into the presence of our Lord at home in Port Orchard on July 3, 1997. He was a Navy veteran and served his country in Vietnam. He is survived his wife, Roxanne; sons, Johnny, Tyler and Caleb, of the home, Ryan, Port Orchard, Paul (Alyse), Neah Bay; and 1 granddaughter; his brother, Lee; stepbrothers, Mike (Candius) and Mark Barney; sisters, Penny (Tom) Hoyle, Martha Garrett; stepsister, Caroline Michal; father, Ralph and stepmother, Virginia Hopper; mother, Phyllis and stepfather, Andy Leyes. At John's request there will be no services. Remembrances can be made to Tacoma Rescue Mission.

Kaitlyn Marie Johnson
August 8, 1992 - July 5, 1997
Kaitlyn was a happy, beautiful girl who enjoyed life to its fullest. In Kaitlyn's short life and long fight with her medical problems, she brought much joy, happiness and many memories to her family and friends. She was loved by her devoted mother, Jena; her grandparents, Anne and Wayne Johnson; her nurses, and many extended family members and friends. Special thanks for her wonderful care to Debbie Little, and Jeannine Richmond and their families, and all the home nurses, and the staff at Children's Hospital. The family requests memorials "In memory of Kaitlyn Johnson" to Children's Hospital, P.O. Box 5371, Seattle, WA 98105. Visitation 12-5 p.m. Tues. Services 1 p.m. Wed., July 9, both at Yahn and Son Funeral Home, Auburn, 253-833-8877. Burial will be at Mountain View Cemetery. "Some people dream of angels we held one in our arms."

Lois Aleene Palmer
Lois Aleene Palmer, 74, died July 6, 1997, in Yelm. She was born in Hudson, CO on Oct. 24, 1922, to Roy and Ruby Stonehocker. She enjoyed gardening and was a member of Living Well Lady. She was also an active member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Tacoma, serving as Deaconess, offering counter, choir member, and helping with church beautification. Mrs. Palmer is survived by her children, Judy (Kenneth) Wiley, Anna (Charles) Kearns, Dennis Palmer, Fredrick (Kathy) Palmer, Linda Palmer, Patrick (Amy) Palmer, Steven (April) Palmer, Debora (Timothy) Alison, Douglas (Sonja) Palmer; brother, Beryl Stonehocker; sister, Donna Johnson. Services will be held Tues., July 8, 1 p.m. at Tacoma Central Seventh Day Adventist Church. Arrangements by Dryer Mortuary.

Lucy Gorder
Lucy Gorder, 73, born in Tacoma, Sept. 7, 1923, passed away July 3, 1997. Lucy was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence (Steve) Gorder. Lucy resided in Tacoma until 1992 when she moved to Tenino. The last year of her life was spent at The Pasion Adult Family Home in Lacey. Lucy was the first woman bartender in South Tacoma and owner of the Charcoal Grill for several years. She loved reading, baseball, fishing, Bingo and life in general. Survivors include sons, John Weber, TX, Andy (Sheila) Gorder, Fircrest, George Gorder, Puyallup; daughters, L.G. Brooks, Puyallup, Kimberly Schults (Mark), Tenino; sister, Mable Siemons, Tenino; 11 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild. The family would like to thank Pat Pasion and Rose Antolin for their loving care of Lucy in her last year. At Lucy's request there will be no formal services. Arrangements by Tacoma Funeral Home.

Marion Miller Ross Argo
Marion Miller Ross Argo died Sun., July 6, 1997, in Carbonado, WA. She was born Aug. 15, 1906, in Cincinnati, IA. She was a homemaker and member of the Carbonado Community Church and the Ladies Aid. She drove the Carbonado school bus for several years. Her family moved to Carbonado, WA from Iowa in 1922 and she had lived in Carbonado since then. She married Alexander Earl Argo and they raised their family in Carbonado. They had 7 children, David and wife, Norma Kamp Argo, Enumclaw, William and Lila Phillips Argo, Seattle, Thomas and Patsy McCasland Argo, Carbonado, Donald and Eileen Youngs Argo, Carbonado, Marion and Darrell Mills, Carbonado, Alice and Bruce Cristel, Carbonado, Loretta Tate Argo, wife of Larry of Kent; and special son, Les and Naomi Irons, Buckley. Marion was preceded in death by her husband, Alexander Earl and her son, Larry. Marion was one of six children, born to Thomas Ross Jr. and Helen McDonald Stewart Bowie of Scotland. She had 3 brothers, Douglas, Neil and David, all deceased and 2 sisters, Beth Jones, Carbonado and Helen Harding, Carbonado. Marion is survived by 6 of her children, 30 grandchildren, 54 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great-grandchildren and a multitude of nieces and nephews in the local area. Services will be conducted Thurs., July 10 at 11 a.m. at the Carbonado Community Church. Burial will follow at Sumner Cemetery. Weeks' Whitmore Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Remembrances may be made to the Carbonado Community Church Building Fund.

Olga J. Selzer
Olga J. Selzer, 87, passed away July 4, 1997. She was born in Rosedale and had lived in the area all of her life. She had worked as an Administration Assistant for Pierce County Superior Court. Olga was a member of the Tacoma Bible Presbyterian Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Glen and grandson, Timothy. Survivors include her daughter, Gretchen Dyer and son, G. William Selzer, Jr.; granddaughter, Kristine Belmore; great-granddaughter, Shanan Belmore; sister, Inga Schaefer. Memorial services Tues., 11 a.m. at Tacoma Bible Presbyterian Church. Family suggests memorials to your favorite food bank or the American Heart Association. Arrangements by Oakwood Hill Funeral Directors. 473-2900.

Patricia June Vaughn
Our beloved mother and grandmother, Patricia June Vaughn, 64, passed away July 3, 1997. She was preceded in death by her parents, Don and Velma Dille. She lived most of her life in Tacoma. She is survived by her husband, John; 6 children, Donald, Merri, Edward, Roberta, Penny and Frank; sister, Delores Tuller; brother, Dick Fuller and 11 grandchildren. Services will be held at 1st Church of God on Wed., July 9 at 3 p.m. at 3rd Ave. and Hwy. 508 in Onalaska, WA. The family will also hold a local memorial service on Tues. (TODAY), 7 p.m. at Asbury Methodist, 5601 S. Puget Sound. She will be greatly missed by all

Pearl Ruley-McWilliams
Salinda Pearl Ruley-McWilliams, 79, of Orting, died July 4, 1997. Services Wed., 2 p.m., Orting Christian Church. Arrangements by Powers Funeral Home of Orting.

Sr. Agnes McCort, O.S.F.
Sr. Agnes McCort, O.S.F., formerly Sr. John Alyosius, O.S.F., died July 6, 1997. Sister of Sr. Francis McCort, S.H.C.J. and the late Sr. M. Francelita, I.H.M. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Religious relatives and friends are invited to attend her Liturgy, Wed., 11 a.m. at Assisi House, 600 Red Hill Road, Aston, PA, 19104. Interment, Our Lady of Angels Cemetery. Prayer service 9:30 a.m. followed by her viewing. Donations in Sister's memory to Assisi House would be appreciated. Arrangements by Knoetgen Funeral Home.


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