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ge A-22 - Mason County JOurnal - Thursday, May 22, 2014 Will Our dear sweet mother Ruth Walker Willard went to be with her LORD and Savior Jesus on April 16. Born in 1911 in Spokane, she was 102 years old. She attended Logan Elemen- tary School and North (entral High School. (When her daughters tool her to west Spokane to visit her childhood ho ,e, she marvelled that the streets were paved!! 'INo more dirt!" How things have changed! I) She remembered legend- ary teacher Elsa Pinkham ondly. A tough competitor, Ruth Walker was an athlete as a young woman, running hurdles, playing ten- nis competitively, and swir0ming. She graduated from Washington State Uversity with a degree in Physical Education. Sh was a member of the Chi Omega sorority. She narried husband Frank Sw " " -- " ede Wfllard, a Tacoma natwe who she met at WSU, in 1934. (He grlduated from Pacific Lutheran University.) The night they were mar- fled, Frank drove her to Park where he was a mot to work putting up ladder to the top of the mountain t er they climbed Rainier in made it to the top that yea them.) Ruth and Frank eventually, WA where he taught scho ketball. They then moved t yet close knit little logging Olympia where they both 1 and they had many adventu lives there. (Frank, who cc ketball and football team, away in 1995.) Ruth livec 70 years. Ruth and Frank their daughters, traveling U.S., Canada and Mexico. in Hawaii and Australia. R with friends to Alaska, the rope. Ruth was advisor for Scm Clubs, and coached variou at Shelton High School, ai won the state Girls Tennis q was a member of GQ PEO and in Spokane a member c publican Womens' Club ar Women's Association. She younger than her!! (She sl crocheting with Jacob's was a loving, loyal, generc mother to her two daughter, potocky (husband John--5 Senator Betsy Willard Clos She is also survived by her lt. Rainier National ntain guide--he had and chopping steps he next day! Togeth- 1934. (Two women r .... Ruthwas one of vent tO live in Tieton, al and coached bas- ) the sometimes wild town of Shelton near aught in the schools res during their long ached baseball, bas- in Shelton, passed in Shelton for over oved trailering with dl over the western ?hey also vacationed =th enjoyed her trips Carribean and Eu- et "S" and G.A.A. ; girls' tennis teams td in 1968 her girls 2hampionship. Ruth chapter in Shelton, f the Ponderosa Re- d Spokane College had many friends lared a passion for ife Natasha.) Ruth us friend, wife and , Cindy Willard Za- pokane) and State e (Chris--Oregon). grandchildren Who she loved dearly: Jacob Close (wife Natasha an ' d Ruth s new great grand daughter Gwenlth Ruth); Abi Jablonski (Ben),osiah Close (Sara); and Matthew; and Alan, Briim , Chris and Daniel Zapotocky. | A Memorial Luncheon cele rating Ruth's long life will be held in Shelton at The Pavillion in June. A second Memorial Lu in Spokane in July. Email CJ mation at waconco@gmail., 534-5707. Ruth's family no Shelton Garden Club memb, lessly with other awesome Shelton. She was a skilled flowers and trees, and they re a tree or a rose bush in your yard of someone you love memory. ~ PAID OBITUARYJ Call 426-4412 fo: your obituary ncheon will be held ndy for more infor- :om or phone 509- :es that Ruth was a ;r who worked tire- women to beautify ;ardener, and loved quest that you plant own yard, or in the his summer in her rOTICE ~ help with leeds. Richard Lacy Richard Clair Lacy, 58, a resident of Shelton, died May 14, 2014. He was born May 22, 1955, to Robert Lacy and Elizabeth Lewis (Harter) in Seattle. Richard married Dian Lacy on July 12, 1976, in Agate. He worked in the road construction industry for nearly 40 years. He began his ca- reer washing machinery and finished as a project manager in highway heavy construction. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, hosting gather- ings and working on home improvement proj- ects. Richard is survived by wife Dian Lacey of Shelton; mother Eliza- beth Lewis of Shelton; brother David Lacy of Shelton; sister Mary Lacy of Shelton; sons Dupree Lacey, Bill Lacy and Chris Lacy of Shelton; daughter-in- laws Jennifer Lacy of Shelton, Sarah Lacy of Shelton and Julie Lacy of Shelton; and grand- children Gable, Quinn, Olivia, Ty, Allison, Shawna and William of Shelton. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Funeral Home and Crematory in Shelton. Memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society. David Pierson David Dean Pierson, 64, died Feb. 6, 2014. He was born July 16, 1949, to Marion Rose (Hinderman) Pierson and Rudolph Elias Pier- son in Bremerton. David moved to Shelton in 1953 and at- tended school. He played football at Irene S. Reed High School. He moved to Olympia, where he be- came an auto mechanic -- his favorites were the classic type. He was a devoted Christian and active in Bible studies and youth activities. He was awarded for his many years of service with Awana youth. He is survived by brother Kelly Pierson (Kimberly); and sisters Sharon Baldwin (Mi- chael); Linda Carter (Gene) and Deborah Ko- eppen (Dennis). He was preceded in death by his pareats; and brothers Richard and Donald. A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. on May 31 at the Westwood Bap- tist Church, 333 Kaiser Road, Olympia. Betty Johnson Betty Lou Harvey Johnson, 89, a 45-year resident of Shelton, died May 6, 2014, at Shelton Health and Rehabilita- tion. She was born Dec. 28, 1924, to Bill and Sylvia (Oyen) Harvey in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. Betty married Calmer Johnson on May 20, 1944, in San Diego. She worked as an electronic assembler for 15 years in San Diego, at the Holiday Park from 1975 to 1983 and at Shelton's Evergreen El- ementary School in the mid-1980s. Betty loved to sing and garden. She is survived by son Larry Johnson of Shelton; daughter Kay Hoopes of San Diego; granddaughters Tammy McCowan of Olympia, Asia Hoopes of Shelton, Jillian Johnson of Olym- pia and Kelsey Johnson of Olympia; grandsons Jason Johnson of Shel- ton, Dylan Hoopes of Olympia and Logan Johnson of Olympia; and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by husband Calmer Johnson and son James S. Johnson. A memorial and graveside service will begin at 6 p.m. May 27 at Shelton's Faith Lu- theran Church. She will be inurned at 3 p.m. May 28 at Shel- ton Memorial Park. Arrangements are by Kay Hoopes. Jana Larson Jana (Simmons) Lar- son, 60, a resident of Auburn, died April 22, 2014, in Seattle. She was born July 1, 1953, in Newport, Ore- gon, to George Simmons and Ruth (Richards) Pryor. The family of six chil- dren moved in 1964 from Oregon to Union. The daughter of a logger, Jan grew up learning how to embrace the great out- doors -- hunting, fish- ing, hiking, harvesting clams and oysters from their beach on Hood Canal. All knowledge she would pass on to her three sons: Chris, Joe and Erik. She had a small "funny farm" in Matlock where she raised her boys with her first husband, Bruce Larson. Jan was in charge of the petting zoo at the local Old Timer's Fair. Out of all of her animals, chickens were her favorite; she valued their intelligence and was fond of collecting chicken knickknacks. An avid reader, Jan also had a deep interest in learning about plants and herbs for their me- dicinal properties. Jan spent the last 10-plus years with the love of her life, Jeff Sorini, in Auburn. They enjoyed fishing and spending their summers in the lo- cal community garden. Jan is survived by her partner, Jeff Sorini of Auburn; mother Ruth (Richards) Pryor of Shelton; brothers Bill Simmons and Mike (Rae- gene) Simmons of Union; sister Terri Wheeler of Shelton; sons Chris Sim- mons, Joe (Lori) Larson and Erik (Paulina) Lar- son of Shelton; grandchil- dren Reid Simmons, and Sophia and Max Larson; and many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her father, George Simmons; step- father John Pryor; sister Kay Simmons; brother George "Chip" Simmons Jr.; and sister-in-law An- nette (Geist) Simmons. A memorial service will take place at 1 p.m. on June 14 at New Com- munity Church of Union. It will be officiated by Terry Oliver. Arrangements are under the direction of Lori Larson. Memorial donations can be made to your favorite commu- see OB/TUARIES, page A-23