Jean Uhlman
     Jean Eleanore Uhlman Jean Eleanore Uhlman was born February 15, 1925 in Los Angeles, CA, passed away September 22, 2004 in Tacoma, WA at the age of 79. She was preceded in death by her son-in-law Roger Gardner. Jean was the loving wife of William Frederick Uhlman III of Lacey, WA; mother of Christine (Ed) Robinson-Orsini of Denver, CO, William F. Uhlman IV of Hood River, OR and Carol K. Gardner of Federal Way, WA; grandmother of Jennifer, Graham, Brette, Rudy, Erich and Carl; great-grandmother of Solomon. Memorials may be made to the Eatonville United Methodist Church, Eatonville, WA. A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 2, 2004 at 1:00 p.m. at the Eatonville United Methodist Church.

                                                                   George Gollehon 

     George Faris Gollehon George F. Gollehon went to be with the Lord on Saturday, September 18, 2004. He was born to George and Lonnie Gollehon on May 20, 1927 in Brady, MT. He passed away suddenly at the home of his oldest son in Medical Lake, WA, after having been on vacation in Montana. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Hilary and Leon Gollehon, and his sister, Margaret Stuart. He was the loving husband of Beverly; brother of Kenneth Gollehon of Daly City, CA; father of George (Judy) Gollehon, Nancy (Kirk) Woodward, Donna (Rob) Mettler, Denny Gollehon; grandfather of nine and great-grandfather of six. Memorials may be made to Eatonville Youth Sports Association (EYSA) or Dollars for Scholars at the Eatonville School District. Viewing will be Friday, September 24, 2004 from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Weeks' Dryer Mortuary; followed by a memorial service Saturday, September 25, 2004 at Bethany Lutheran Church, 26418 Mountain Highway, Spanaway, WA, at 1:00 p.m.

                     Terry Eugene Rohr

    Terry Eugene Rohr, 49, of Eatonville, passed away Wednesday, July 21, 2004, at his home. He was born March 16, 1955 in Tacoma to Charles and Jackie Rohr. He worked as a General Contractor. He was a student at Eatonville High school. He is survived by his children: Heather, Brooke, Caleb, Josh; his mother and stepfather, Jackie and Ed Jacobsen; 1 sister Debbie; 7 brothers, Bill, Edward, Robin, Charlie, Chris, Matthew, Jason, and 2 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father Charles and brother Marty. Graveside services were held at Fir Lane Memorial Park Saturday, July 24th at 2:00 p.m.. Fir Lane Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends. Your mother loves your dearly.

 George "Mike" Elston

    George (Mike) Elston, 80, of Eatonville, passed away Thursday, June 17, 2004 in Puyallup. He was born March 10, 1924 in Alberta, Canada. He was a retired driver for Flett Dairy and active in his church. He is survived by his wife Lola; two children, Michael Elston of Kent, Debra Elston of Eatonville; 3 sisters, Ila and LaVonne of Canada, Joyce of CA; 2 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, June 26, 2004 at 11:00 AM at Tanwax Country Chapel, 36417 Mountain Hwy., Eatonville, WA.

Ricky Brian Logston

     Ricky Brian Logston Ricky Brian Logston, born November 16, 1959 in Morton, WA, passed away June 15, 2004 in Eatonville, WA, at the age of 44. Ricky was preceded in death by his mother, Bonnie J. Logston. He was the loving father of Dena, son of Jess (Cathy) Logston, brother of Lyle (Andrea) Logston, stepbrother of Heather, Brady, Angie and Jennifer; uncle of Kendra, Brock and Tristin. He leaves behind many other family members and friends. Viewing will be Wednesday, June 23, 2004, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Weeks' Dryer Mortuary; followed by a graveside service Thursday, June 24, 2004, 1:00 p.m. at the Mineral Cemetery, Mineral, WA. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 728 134th St. SW #101, Everett, WA 98204.

John (Jack) M. Wicks 1908 - 2003

     John M. Wicks - Born January 17, 1908; Died November 14, 2003 at the age of 95. Longtime Eatonville Resident. John and his wife, June, moved from Williston North Dakota in 1937 to settle in Eatonville and raise their family. Mr. Wicks is preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, June. Sisters Sylvia and Gladys, and grandson, John Michael Wicks. He was the loving father of Janice (Larry) DeChant, Sheila Wicks, William (Mary Ann) Wicks, and Ronald (Janet) Wicks; grandfather of Shari (Mike) Schaub, Adrienne and Brendan Wicks; great-grandfather of Joshua and Kristen Schaub; and was uncle to many nieces and nephews. Jack was a skilled carpenter, electrician, handyman and gardener; able to build or repair any item necessary. He worked for the Eatonville Lumber Co. for years; the Haynes Shake Mill, Todd Ship Yard, Madigan Army Hospital, Wilcox Farms, and Haynes Building Supply. Viewing will be Wednesday, November 19, 2003, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Weeks' - Dryer Mortuary. Graveside Services will be Thursday, November 20, 2003, 1 p.m. at Eatonville Cemetery, followed by a Memorial Service 1:30 p.m. at the Eatonville Community Center.

Lawrence "Babe" Simpson

     Born July 26, 1923, Babe was a long time resident of Eatonville. He passed away September 23, 2003, in Puyallup. He was preceded in death by his son Larry Simpson (Gloria), and survived by his daughters, Patsy Burkhart of Spanaway and Dixie Benson, and his sons, Loren (Jeannie), Jim (Carol), Don (Tina), of Eatonville and Bob. Babe had 10 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. He lived in Eatonville for nearly 70 years. 
     Before retiring he was employed by the Town of Eatonville, Department of Natural Resources, the Haynes cedar shake mill, and the Eatonville Lumber Company.  He was a supporter of the Eatonville Eagles youth activities, the NRA and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Babe was a proud Navy veteran of World War II, the Korean Conflict and an active member of  American Legion Post #148, VFW Post #11028 and a charter member of Eatonville Eagles Aerie # 3158. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to one of the above listed organizations. There was a gathering of friends and family at the Eatonville Eagles Saturday, October 4 from 1 to 3 p.m. Arrangements were by Powers Funeral home in Puyallup.

Donald G. McRae

     Colonel, Retired, U.S. Army Don was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on July 16, 1922, to Donald and Hazel McRae. He graduated from West Technical High School, the Cleveland Art Institute, and Case Western Reserve University. Don enlisted in the Army in 1942 and retired in 1972. He was a decorated combat veteran of WWII, Korea and Vietnam. Near the end of his Army career he worked at the Pentagon and N.S.A. translating Russian documents. After retirement he began to write novels and was published three times. In 1989 he created the Eatonville Writer’s Workshop which continues to meet every Tuesday evening at his home. Don is survived by his wife of sixty years, Betty; his sister, Gratian; his daughter, Cathay; and his two sons, Don and John. He leaves three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and many friends. A memorial service were held at the Eatonville Methodist Church on Saturday, October 4th, at 2:00 p.m.

Elizabeth J. "Liz" Krones 

      Elizabeth was born in Arthur, IL to Rome and Sally Davenport on Aug. 13, 1914. She passed away at her home in Eatonville Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2003. She is survived by her husband Earl. They had 58 years together. She is also survived by her sister Fern (Troy) Dowdell and brother Elzie Davenport. Memorial services were held on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. at the Eatonville Methodist Church. Fir Lane Funeral Chapel in Spanaway is in charge of arrangements.

Alvin "Al" Smith Miller

     Alvin Smith Miller, born October 24, 1919 in Ephrata, WA, passed away August 16, 2003 in Puyallup, WA at the age of 83. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 60 years, Frances Miller, and his grandson, Terry Miller. He was the loving father of Frederick A. (Susan) Miller of Eatonville, WA, Robert A. Miller of Eatonville, Thomas A. Miller of Eatonville, Marlene D. Miller of Tacoma, WA; brother of John (Eileen) Miller of Spokane, WA; grandfather of 8 and great-grandfather of 5. Alvin was a lifelong resident of Eatonville, a retired logger, loved his cattle ranch, working with heavy equipment, and his family. Graveside service will be Saturday, August 30, 2003 at 1:00 p.m. at Bethany Cemetery.

Howard Braden

     July 13, 2003

     Howard Braden, longtime resident of Eatonville, WA, passed away July 9, 2003. He was born in Houston, TX to John and Grace Braden on November 1, 1927. He is survived by wife Ruth, brother Charles Young, daughter Pam Barnard, stepdaughters Pat Mowlavi, Penny Houtz and Susan Bochat; numerous grand- and great-grandchildren. Howard was very civic minded and extremely involved in the community, especially with the Lions Club. He was also an avid sportsman. He was well liked by everyone and will be fondly remembered for his great sense of humor. Memorial services will be held Friday, July 18th at 11:00 AM at the Eatonville United Methodist Church.

Rosalie Burlingame

     April 27, 2003

      Born on November 4, 1926 in Boise, Idaho to John Welch and Katharine Brown. While still an infant her parents moved to the Yakima Valley, where she grew up. She attended the Parker Heights grade school, then finished high school at Wapato, Washington, where she met her future husband, Harold Burlingame, while in the 9th grade. They became sweethearts, and married on March 16th, 1946, one year after graduation and remained married for fifty-seven years, until her death. She and her husband resided in Yakima, Washington until June of 1951, when Harold was assigned to the United Airlines domicile in Chicago, Illinois. In 1952 she and Harold moved to Los Angeles, California, where they resided for three years, then moved back to their home state of Washington in 1955, finally residing in Eatonville, Washington for the last thirty-two years. She loved her gardens of flowers, spending many hours tending them, and was active in the Dogwood Garden Club, as well as the Christian Women’s Club. She also became quite an expert on songbirds as well, and developed a wild bird sanctuary, which could be viewed from the front window of her home. Rosalie and Harold had seven children, five girls and two boys. Since she was an only child, the family often jokingly accused her of overcompensating on the size of her family. They are in order of their birth as follows: Deanna, Michael, Nanette (AKA Astara), Vivian, John, Angela and Madeline. She has three grandsons, a granddaughter, a great-grandson and a great-grand-daughter. She was preceded in death by her son Michael in 1975. After spending many years of service in raising her seven children, helping them develop their talents, she undertook the discipline to develop her natural gift of singing and blessed many over the years with her beautiful soprano voice. She also had wonderful empathy with animals of all types. Rosalie was a member of Tanwax Country Chapel where she loved to attend. She passed away on April 25th. She loved the Lord, and is now with Him for eternity. Visitation will be Thursday, May 1, from 1 to 7 PM at Fir Lane Funeral Home in Spanaway. Services will be held at Tanwax Country Chapel on Friday, May 2 at 2:00 PM. Graveside services will follow at Eatonville Cemetery.

Cece Williams Son of Pioneers Passes

      Cecil C. Williams, 92, of Eatonville, passed away Tuesday, March 18, 2003, at his home on Clear Lake near Eatonville. Cecil was born in Eatonville, May 28, 1910 to Clyde and Hettie Williams. He graduated from Eatonville High School in 1928. In 1937 he married Ruth Anderson. After working several years at Eatonville Lumber company as an electrician, Cecil joined the Navy in 1941. During World War II he was part of the 38th CB Battalion. Early in the war his unit was stationed in the Aleutian Islands. There, they built anti-aircraft gun mounts and other fortifications. Later, his unit was reassigned to Timan Island in the Marianas. While stationed there, the 38th CB’s were instrumental in building a base and airfield that would enable the B-29 Superfortress to fly missions to Japan as well as other islands in the Pacific theatre. After the war, Cecil continued to work in the electrical trade until he retired in 1972. He enjoyed over thirty years of retirement, spending much of his later years at his beloved home on Clear Lake. Cecil was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Williams, and sisters Hettie Lou Meddaugh and Joy Pratt. He leaves behind two sons, Jon Williams (Nancy) of Elma and Rich Williams (Ruthie) of Olympia, and a sister, Fay Duke of Underwood, Washington. At his request, no service will be held. Private inurnment to be held in Eatonville, Washington. Memorial contributions may be made to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, 315 Martin Luther King Way, Tacoma, Washington 98405. Arrangements by Fir Lane Funeral Home.

      March 11, 2003

Robert Van Eaton Passes 


    Another page in the history of Eatonville was turned when Robert Appleby Van Eaton, 89, passed away in his sleep on March 9, 2003. Robert was a member of the "Greatest Generation."  Robert was a life-long resident of Eatonville, except for the 26 years he served on active duty in the U.S. Navy, including service in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Robert was the youngest son of Eatonville’s founder, Thomas Cobb Van Eaton, and Nellie Appleby Van Eaton.
    He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred, and his stepdaughter, Caroline. He left his family of six beloved cats. His only surviving sibling, his sister Nell, lives in Port Orford, Oregon.. He also leaves numerous nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews, and great grand nieces and nephews. His dog Batina passed away just a few days before his death.
    Bob had a deep interest in politics, was a great supporter of the National Rifle Association, and advocated the preservation of wildlife habitat. He always had a heart for the less fortunate.
    A memorial service will be held Wednesday, March 26, at 2  p.m., at the Eatonville United Methodist Church, 185 Mashell Ave. N. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to The Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County.
     Bob Van Eaton was the last son of T. C. Van Eaton. Only Nell remains. T. C. Van Eaton have Mack, Susie, Bessie and Frank with his second wife and John, Robert (Bob), Nell and Anne Crowe (adopted) with Nellie Appleby.

Donald Lofquist

     Donald Lofquist of Edmonton, Alberta passed away on December 30, 2002 at the age of 81 years. Although Donald was born in Seattle, he called Canada home, where he had many friends and associates. Donald is survived by his brother, Warren of Eatonville, two nieces, Grendl  Moseley of San Francisco and Sally Lofquist of Eatonville, and two nephews, Fred Lofquist of Graham and Max Moseley of Seattle. He was preceded in
death by parents Lars and Hulda Lofquist and sister Aileen Moseley. Graduated from Eatonville High School (1940) and attended college at the University of  Washington and in London, England. Served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. A celebration of Donald's life will be held on January 18, 2003 in Edmonton.


Keith Eugene Predmore

1930 - 2002 

     Keith was born April 9, 1930 in Rochester, MN. He peacefully passed away at his home in Tacoma, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer and surrounded by family, on Saturday, October 26, 2002. Until 1942 he lived in Eyota, MN; then moved with his family to Washington to settle in Eatonville. He graduated from Eatonville HS and attended both CPS and PLC in Tacoma. 

     A natural athlete, he excelled in several sports. He was a veteran of the Korean War, he retired from US West after 37 years, served as a deacon at Immanuel Presbyterian Church and until his death, served as a member of the Board of Directors for Sound Credit Union. 

     He was preceded in death by his parents, Ronald and Mildred Predmore. He is survived by his beloved wife, Carolyn, of 47 years; son Brian (Laura) of Kent and son Stephen (Jeanne) of Port Orchard. His grandchildren are Aaron, Caleb, Clayton, Rebekah, Madison and Daniel. His sister is Maryln (Don) Farquhar of W. Richland, WA; and his brothers are Richard (Norita) of Eatonville, David (La Norma) of Eatonville and Kirbie of Seattle. 

     Services will be held at Mt. View Funeral Home on Friday, November 1st at 1:00PM in the Valley Chapel. Graveside services and a reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Hospice of Multicare, Immanuel Presbyterian Memorial Fund, or your favorite charity. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home, 584-0252.


Shirley Jean Kathleen Johnson


Shirley (Hamilton) Johnson was born June 6, 1930 on the block family Homestead, Donnybrook, North Dakota.  She passed away Saturday, September 21, 2002 at the Good Samaritan Hospital, Puyallup Washington, surrounded by her family.  She was a resident of Eatonville for 66 years, and her family all reside in Eatonville.

Shirley went through school in Eatonville, graduating with honors in 1947, at age 16 years.  She won state honors playing the clarinet and was a cheerleader all four years of High school, earning the nickname “Star."  She was a bookkeeper for years for several businesses, including the Eatonville Lumber Company, and was bookkeeper and auditor for the local Eagles Lodge for 40 years.  She also had a long career as a cook at Pack Forest.

August, 1952, she married Mr. Joseph F. Johnson, a marriage that lasted 15 years and resulted in the birth of 4 children:  James Joseph Johnson, Steven Mark Johnson, Charles Grant Johnson and Kimberly Sue (Johnson) Abicht, all of Eatonville.

Shirley was preceded in death by son Charles Grant Johnson in 1992, but is survived by 3 children, 10 grandchildren (her pride and joy), as well as 4 great grandchildren.  Her family will have a gathering of friends and relatives on Saturday, September 28 at 3 .pm. at the Eatonville Eagles Lodge.


June M. Wicks

Age 89, of Eatonville, passed away Sept. 17, 2002. Survived by husband of 66 years, John; children, Janice (Larry) DeChant, William (MaryAnn), Ronald (Janet) and Sheila Wicks; grandchildren, Shari (Mike) Schaub, Adrienne and Brendan Wicks; great-grand- children, Joshua and Kristin Schaub; sister, Hazel Wilcox; numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by grandson, John Michael Wicks and sisters, Callie, Bonnie and Laura. Graveside Service, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2002 at 1:30 pm at the Eatonville Cemetery. Memorials may be made to: Eatonville Fire Dept. Aid Unit, P.O. Box 291, Eatonville, WA 98328. Arrangements by Dryer Mortuary.

Ray Arnold Jameson

Went to be with the Lord on September 5, 2002, after a battle with cancer. He was born February 1, 1936 in Mount Vernon, WA. Ray was a member of the Eatonville Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon for three years. Ray will be greatly missed by his loving wife, Virginia, daughter and son-in-law Jenny and Greg Hamilton of Sumner, son Frank of Colorado, brothers and sisters-in-law Larry and Carla of New Mexico, Bill and Dorothy Douglas of Oregon, sister Gayle Dralle of Everett, three grandchildren, Sarah and Naomi Hamilton, and Jason Jameson, nephew Leslie Jines and wife Angie and his many loving relatives and friends. Ray will be laid to rest at Tahoma National Cemetery. Memorial services will be at the Puyallup Church of the Nazarene on Wednesday, September 11, at 1:30 PM. Fellowship to follow. The Family requests that donations be made to Franciscan Hospice services. Pastor Daniel Hoffman officiating. Arrangements by Powers Funeral Home.

(ENN special note:)  Ray taught for many years in the Eatonville School District.   He was affectionately referred to as "Ray Jay" by many of his students.  Ray will be remembered and missed by many.

Madge Van Cleve

    Madge Van Cleave of Eatonville, WA was born February 5, 1906 in St. Thomas, ND; passed away August 14, 2002 in Tacoma, WA at the age of 96.  Madge was co-owner of Van Cleve Motors in Eatonville for 43 years.  She was a registered nurse and belonged to the Eatonville Methodist Church.  Madge was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, George (Pappy) Van Cleve, Sr.; brothers Andrew, Tom, Carl and John; sister Jean (Miller) Worcester; and granddaughter Lola Van Cleve.  She was the loving mother of Jean Ann (Jim) Miller of Eatonville; Ruth (Rich) Williams of Olympia, WA; George (Rosemarie) Van Cleve, Jr. of Eatonville; and James L. (Joan) Van Cleve of Morton; Grandmother of James, Steve and Christy; Great-grandmother of James, Derek, David and Jon.  A memorial service will be held Monday, August 26, 2002, 2 p.m. at the Eatonville United Methodist Church.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may go to the Unrestricted Research Fund, C/O Virginia Mason Research Center, P.O. Box 1930 D-1 MF, Seattle, WA 98111-1930.

Mildred Suzanne Garrison

    Mildred Suzanne Garrison was born May 5, 1946, in Seattle, WA; passed away July 26, 2002, in Puyallup, WA, at the age of 56. She was the loving wife of Bill Garrison of Puyallup; mother of Gwen (Tony) Judd of Eatonville, WA and Brian (Debbie) Garrison of University Place, WA; grandmother of Desiree, Josie, Grayson, Mikaela and Wyatt; sister of Tom (Karen) Smallwood of Anchorage, AK and Bonnie (Reini) Vanderheyd of University Place; sister-in-law of Sandra Ehrhard of Puyallup; best friend of Kris and Ted Koch of New Castle, WA. A memorial service was held Wednesday, July 31, 2002 at Dryer Mortuary. Memorials may go to the American Diabetes Assn. or American Leukemia Assn.

Margaret Swanson

Died July 22, 2002. Born Margaret Hale, January 15, 1915, in Hindman, Kentucky. Graduated from Carr Creek High School. Attended Caney Creek College, now Alice Lloyd College, Kentucky. Married Ivan Swanson in Tacoma, Washington June 1, 1937. After living in National, they bought the Triangle in Eatonville in 1938. They moved from it in 1945 and returned to spend their remaining days there in 1959. Margaret was a founding member of Eatonville Baptist Church. Survived by: husband: Ivan “Casey” Swanson; sister: Lola Elston; 3 children: Ruth Swanson Ferris, Rodney Oliver Swanson, Stanley D. Swanson; 6 grandchildren: Paul Swanson, Kent Swanson, Jeffrey Swanson, Joshua Swanson, Cynthia Ferris Burt, Christopher Ferris; 8 great-grandchildren: Tiffany Bock, Alexander, Madeleine, Andrew, and Grace Burt, Stephanie and Amanda Swanson, Bayley Swanson. Services were held Monday, July 29, at Fir Lane Memorial Park. Memorials to Eatonville Baptist Church. 

Terry Alvin Miller

1969 ~ 2002

Terry Alvin Miller was born June 9, 1969 in Puyallup, WA; passed away July 6, 2002, at his home in Eatonville, WA, at the age of 33. Terry was preceded in death by his grandfather, Stanley R. Sjoblom, and grandmother, Frances A. Miller. He was the loving husband of Shelley C. Miller of Eatonville; father of Ashley and Tanner; son of Fred and Susan Miller of Eatonville; brother of Shelly (Mike) Henricksen of Eatonville; grandson of Alvin S. Miller and Bernice L. Sjoblom of Eatonville; uncle of Jacob and Jared Henricksen, Jesse and Bo Zukus and Caden, Molly, Luke, Zachary, Amanda and Destiny Saterdal; godfather of Sarah Painter and Sara Holbrook. Terry was a well known resident of Eatonville, having attended and graduated from Eatonville High School. After graduation he joined his father in the family business, Miller and Son Logging. Later, he took over his father’s business with his brother-in-law, Mike, which became Miller and Henricksen Logging. From there, went on to the employ of Lloyd Enterprises, starting as an equipment operator and working his way to project 


"Life is a great sunrise. I do not see why death should not be an even greater one.?

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"I shall not die of a cold. I shall die of having lived."

~Willa Cather



superintendent. Terry loved the outdoors. He was an avid hunter and also enjoyed horseback riding and recreational jeeping with his wife and children. Most of all, Terry loved his family, which was evident when he spoke of them, especially his children. He will be deeply missed by friends, family and co-workers. A memorial service will be Saturday, July 27, 2002, 11 a.m.  at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, Eatonville. Memorials may be sent to the Ashley and Tanner Trust Fund, c/o Columbia Bank, Spanaway.

Marguerite "Babe" Jones

1912 - 2002

     Marguerite was born to Emma and Ernest Horsfall in Roy, Washington on June 6, 1912, and passed away peacefully on July 13, 2002. Marguerite was preceded in death by husbands Fred Jones, Gordon Axelson; daughter Arlene Daugherty and son Ernest Jones. She is survived by daughter Jacqueline Henricksen (husband Ray), daughter-in-law Virginia Jones of Eatonville, son-in-law Dennis Daugherty of Graham, 12 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, 3 great great grandchildren, and many close friends. Babe led a very full 90 years. She was a Beauty Operator in Eatonville, Rocky Ridge, and in her home for 36 years. She was a member of the Steilacoom Indian Tribe, a 32-year member of T.O.P.S., Eastern Star OES #179, Spanapark Eagles #3563, Rocky Ridge Ladies Club, Rocky Ridge school board, and had a passion for bowling with a 50-year membership with the Washington State Bowlers Association. Babe lived in Graham on a little farm for 61 years. She loved the outdoors and jumped at the chance to go fishing, hunting, clam digging and camping whenever the situation arose. Her family would like to thank her caregivers, Wendy Rivard and Bonnie Boyde, for their devotion and compassion. Services were held on  Saturday, July 20th in the Mountain View Valley Chapel.

Berneice D. Hefley
February 23, 1914 ~ July 8, 2002

     Berneice Hefley, 88, of Eatonville, passed away peacefully on July 8, 2002, while residing at Rainier Vista in Puyallup. She was born on February 23, 1914 in Ashford, WA. She was preceded in death by her husband Charley, grandson Chris and 3 brothers, Bud, Al and Chuck. Berneice resided in Eatonville for 25 years after living in Ashford for many years. Berneice and Charley were involved in Eastern Star and Masons, and were Worthy Matron and Worthy Patron in 1950-1951. Berneice was also involved in Rebekah’s and Eatonville Eagles Aux. #3158. After Charley retired they spent their time traveling in their travel trailer, eventually becoming “snowbirds” wintering in Quartz-site, AZ. To her eight great grandchildren she became known as “Banana Grandma”, because she gave them bananas. Grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her greatest pleasure. Berneice is survived by son Harold (Rosana) Hefley and daughter Cheryl (Ray) Parrish; five grandchildren, Shawn Ostrom, Kelly Pedersen, Douglas Hefley, Mark Parrish, all of Eatonville, and Diana Fetters of Elko, NV; eight great-grandchildren, Allie, Kelsey, Amy, Kyle, Brittany, Tara, Emma and Wyatt. Berneice is also survived by 2 sisters, Nancy (Dick) Rambo and Betty (Eldred) Katyryniuck of Chehalis, WA; 2 brothers, George (Charlotte) Fossett of Winlock and Clyde (Jean) Fossett of Olympia, WA. Viewing will be Monday, July 15, 2002, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Dryer Mortuary. Services were held on Tuesday, July 16 at Eatonville Methodist Church at 2 p.m. Interment was at Eatonville Cemetery, with a reception following at the church. Memorial donations can be made to Eatonville Eagles #3158 Aux., Eatonville Firefighters Association or Eatonville Methodist Church.

Bruce M. Painter

1912 ~ 2002

Born in 1912, Bruce (Big Grandpa) passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family, on June 16, 2002. Although born in Canton, NC, he lived in Pierce County, WA his whole life. He graduated from Eatonville High School in 1930. He was married to Freda Webster for 27 years. In 1961 he married Margaret Rose from Eatonville. Both preceded him. Bruce made his living in the logging industry, where his legendary work ethic was unrelenting. He was known for his quick wit, sense of humor, stubbornness and kindness. He remained independent till his last breath. He is survived by his son, Bob Painter of Graham, WA; daughter Joyce Potts of Bethany Beach, DE; 7 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; and a countless family of friends from the Philippines to Eatonville whose lives he touched. A service to celebrate his life was  held at the Methodist Church in Eatonville, WA on Saturday, June 22nd at 12:00pm. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Ladies Auxiliary of the Methodist Church or the American Cancer Society.

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