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Donna R. Davidson-Hodgkinson

Davidson_Donna.jpgDonna R. Davidson-Hodgkinson, 82, died peacefully at her home in Lacey, WA on May 16, 2013 surrounded by the love of her family after her courageous battle with cancer.   

She was born September 9, 1930 to William H. Mann and Gracie Sterling in Seattle, WA and married Daniel R. Davidson on January 10, 1953 in Seattle, WA. Together they made their home of 44 years in Shelton, WA.

Donna is survived by her current husband, Donald Hodgkinson. Together Donna and Don loved to travel particularly spending time at their homes in Hawaii and California.

Donna is survived by her children; Mike Davidson, Shelton, WA., Pat Davidson (MaryLee), Boise, ID, Scott Davidson (Phyllis Henderson), Hilo, HA., Jeff Hodgkinson, Hillsboro, OR. Teana Robbins (Greg), Selah, WA. Pam Easterwood (John), Minneapolis, MN, Janine Kanable (Bill) Beaverton, OR, nineteen Grandchildren, twelve Great-Grandchildren, a special cousin, Lorna Jacks of Gilroy, CA. and Donna’ dog, Noble.

Donna was a member of the Shelton Yacht Club, serving as the Commodores wife in 1989 – 1990. She was also a member of Wrinkles of Washington, The Red Hat Society, Hospital Guild, United Methodist Church, Bayshore Golf Club (Hole-In-One Award 7-30-91), and Alpha Xi Delta Sorority of University of Washington.

Donna received her most enjoyment by spending time with her family. She was always willing to read the kids a book, hem a pair of pants, endlessly listen to friends and family, play a family card game, and most important to her children, the enjoyment she had in teaching us to bake. We have all learned so much from mom as she was such a talented, patient teacher providing endless guidance and support.

Donna’s hobbies included toll and oil painting, dancing, sewing, knitting, traveling, cooking, gardening and assembling creative crafty projects. Additionally, Donna was very skilled at quilting and constructing beautiful porcelain dolls that she would individualize for each of her children and grandchildren.  

The love and friendship Donna shared with others will be forever carried on in their heart.

Visitation will be Thursday, May 23, 2013 from 7-8 pm at McComb Funeral Home, Shelton. A funeral service is planned for Friday, May 24, 2013 at Shelton Presbyterian Church, 1430 Shelton Springs Road, Shelton, at noon. A gathering to celebrate her life will be held at the Shelton Yacht Club from 1-3 pm.  Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 11:00 at Shelton Memorial Park.

The family suggests that memorial donations be made to Providence Sound Home Care and Hospice.  

 

 

Myron Charles Simmons

Simmons_Myron.jpgMyron Charles Simmons, 85, formerly from Forks, WA passed away on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at Retsil – Washington Veteran’s Home in Port Orchard, WA. Myron was born on August 14, 1927 to Walter C. and Gladys M. (Sawyer) Simmons in Olympia, WA. He moved to Forks in 1942.  At the insistence of his mother, he graduated from Quillayute High School in 1945 before enlisting in the United States Navy during WWII.  Myron married Jacqueline Kelm in November of 1947 in Forks, WA. He worked in the timber industry most of his life. He experienced the progression of the timber trade from falling trees with an ax to a chainsaw and eventually became a private contractor for various timber companies. In August of 1992 he retired.

Myron was a member of the VFW’s for over 64 years and was always very active in his community as a volunteer and enjoyed his children’s and grandchildren’s activities. His hobbies include hunting, fishing, picking wild blackberries, razor clam digging and woodworking. He enjoyed traveling to Yakima yearly for fruits and vegetables. Listening to country music was also an enjoyment. Myron is survived by his sons, Larry (Carol) Simmons, Renton, WA and Mike (Roberta) Simmons, Long Branch, WA; daughter, Dawn (Frank) Clark Jr; sister, Marilyn Torstvet, Tenino; brother, Dale (Linda) Dorris, Brookings, OR, nine grandchildren, six great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his wife, Jacqueline and parents. Donations can be made to the Timber Museums in either Pt. Angeles or Forks, WA or to any VFW.  Services will be held on June 29, 2013 at the Forks Congregational Church, 280 S. Spartan Ave. Forks, WA 98331 at 1:00 pm. McComb Funeral Home was honored to servethis family.

 

Arvin (Al) Pile

Pile_arvin(1).jpgArvin (Al) Pile, 88 years old, died peacefully at his home on Thursday, May 16, 2013with his family by his side.  Arvin was born on March 16, 1925 to E.E. Pile and Jessie (May) Pile in Bloomfield Kansas and attended school in Smith Center, Kansas.  In 1952 he moved to Washington. Arvin married Lorna Johnston in Tacoma, Washington on July 11, 1969.

He worked on farms in Eastern Washington for many years. After moving to Western Washington he became a heavy equipment operator for Simpson Timber Company.  Al retired from Simpson, and never one to remain idol, went to work for Lake Cushman Development Company building a network of roads and developing park sites for lot owners.  He later worked as a Security Officer for Lake Cushman Development Co.

Al was a member of the Shelton Trailblazers Motorcycle Club and the Hood Canal CB Club where he had the “handle” of Grumpy.  He and Lorna were Arizona “snowbirds” for many years.  Among Al’s various hobbies were rock-hounding and fabricating metal yard art.  He loved blue grass music and would go to every jam session or performance that he could.

He is survived by his wife Lorna; daughters Janet (Greg) France of Wenatchee and RaeGene Churchill (Michael Simmons) of Union; five grandchildren, three great grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of Al’s life will be held on Saturday, June 8, 2013 at the Hoodsport Fire Hall on Finch Creek Road beginning at 1pm.  The family was served by McComb Funeral Home.