Obituaries

Mary Kathryn Burns

BurnsMaryKay.jpgOn Saturday morning of August 11, 2012, Mary Kay, loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her family. Mary Kay was born on May 4, 1953 to John and Margaret (Kale) Burns in Portland, OR where she was raised and attended St. Rose Elementary and graduated from Holy Child Academy High School. She attended college at University of Oregon, Evergreen State College, Washington State University and received her bachelor’s degree in Nursing at ICNE in Spokane in 1979.
She met Jack Smith in 1974 on the slopes of the Hoodsport ranger district planting trees in the clear cuts. They moved to Moscow, ID in 1976 so she could continue her education at WSU. She worked as a nurse until 1980. The two were married on Valentine’s Day of 1981 at the Holy Child Chapel in Portland, OR and returned to Shelton to begin raising their family.
In addition to being a full time wife and mother, Mary worked as a lunchroom cashier at Mt. View Elementary School, Shelton from 1987 until 1989 and was a familiar face as an employee of Lynch Creek Floral from 1989 until 2012 while she courageously battled cancer. Family was everything to Mary Kay and her warm smile and personality touched the lives of many friends and acquaintances. She enjoyed gardening and bird watching. She traveled to many places including Canada, Alaska, Ireland, and Hawaii. Mary Kay loved going to the beach. Mary Kay was a member of St. Edwards Catholic Church and past member of Mt. View PTA and was always a proud and involved sports mom.
She is survived by her husband, Jack Smith, Shelton; daughters, Elena (Brandon) Popovac, Olympia, and Anna Smith, Shelton; sons, John (Katie) Smith, Portland, OR and Robert Smith, Shelton; brother Joe (Joanne) Burns, Happy Valley, OR; sisters, Eleanor (Joseph) Spangler, New Denver, B.C. Canada, Meg (Erich Obermayr) Burns, Silver City, NV and Anne (Eric) Ebel, Ft. Collins, CO and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She is preceded in death by her father, John E. Burns. Mary Kay was very supportive and volunteered with Saint’s Pantry. Memorial donations can be made to them at P.O. Box 1064, Shelton, WA 98584.
A vigil will be held at St. Edward’s Catholic Church on Thursday evening beginning at 7:00. Funeral service will be held on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 10:00 at St. Edward’s Catholic Church, followed by burial at Shelton Memorial Park and a reception at the Church. McComb Funeral Home was honored to serve Mary Kay and her family.

 

Denny Howard “Dennis” Fuller

Fuller_D.jpgDenny Howard “Dennis” Fuller, 65, a life long Shelton resident, died at his home Thursday, August 9, 2012.  He was born in Shelton on April 27, 1947 to Howard D. and Ruth (Miller) Fuller. 
Denny graduated from Irene S. Reed High School in 1965 and in 1986 he married Joanna R. Whitener.  He was a self-employed logger owning and operating his own company, Fuller Logging and Trucking, for 45 years.  He was a member of the Shelton Masonic Lodge Mount Moriah #11. 
Denny was a yachtsman and enjoyed horse backing in the mountains with family, hunting, fishing, snorkeling, landscaping, in high school he enjoyed football and earned a scholarship from high school choir.   He was a jokester and was known for his sense of humor and Denny was an outdoorsman when not working hard seven days a week. 
He is preceded in death by his parents; Howard and Ruth Fuller; sister, Eloise Wokojance.
Denny is survived by his wife, Joanna Fuller of Shelton, WA; son, Jason Fuller (Irina) of Shelton, WA; daughters, Mary Anne Macaw of Prescott, WA, Suzi Fuller of Wasilla, AK, Kati Fuller of Shelton, WA; sisters, Joann Hunter (Jim) of Shelton, WA, Beverly Wallace of Walla Walla, WA, Gail Brewer, Shelton, WA; grandchildren, Sterling Stapelton, Prescott, WA, Dezeray, Heather and Joe Ball all of Silverdale, WA and Lexi Fuller of Shelton, WA; one great grandchild; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  Memorial donations may be sent to American Cancer Research, 2120 First Ave N., Seattle, WA 98109.  The funeral service will be at the Seventh day Adventist Church on Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at 10:00 am with viewing from 9:00 am to 10:00 am the same day.  Burial will be at Shelton Memorial Park after the service.

 

Mary E. Lawrence

Lawrence-Mary-E.jpgMary Esther Lawrence, 94, (formerly of Olympia), passed away peacefully at her residence in Shelton, WA on Saturday, August 4, 2012. Mary was born on March 10, 1918 to Elmer and Marie (Schratke) Hofstetter in Baltimore, MD. Being born and raised in Baltimore, Mary attended high school, graduating in 1936 and obtained secretarial skills at a vocational school.
She met John Franklin Lawrence at a dance and was married in December of 1949 while he was enlisted in the Army.
Mrs. Lawrence worked for a period of time for an insurance company in Baltimore before becoming a full time wife, mother and homemaker. Her husband’s career took them to many areas including California where they resided until relocating to Washington during the mid 1970’s.
Mary attended the First Presbyterian Church in Vancouver, WA during their residency there. Her hobbies were gardening and needlepoint. Mary was an avid reader and enjoyed board games, especially Scrabble.
She is survived by her daughter, Colleen Lawrence, Olympia; son, Wayne (Claudia) Lawrence, Washougal, WA; grandchildren, April Stoffer, Paul Stoffer and Andrew Lawrence; great grandchildren, Aleena Martin and Wheelin Larm; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She is preceded in death by husband in 2006.
At Mrs. Lawrence’s request, no services will be held. The family was served by McComb Funeral Home.