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Elsie Florence Jones

Elsie Florence Jones, 91, died Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at her home in Shelton, WA.  She was born on August 25, 1921 in Bremerton, WA to Alexander and Dora Bella (Mitchell) Thomson.  In the early 40’s she married Richard Jones in Seattle, WA. Elsie worked as a waitress.  She loved people and art and enjoyed animals, trailer traveling in the USA with her husband, gardening and her plants on the porch.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Jones; parents, Alexander and Dora Thomson; brother, Gordon Thomson and sister, Beverly Tonkin.  Elsie is survived by her nephews, Wyatt Tonkin and Lance “Bud” Tonkin both of Seattle, WA; great nephews, Shea Tonkin of Seattle, WA and Tyler Tonkin of Oklahoma City, OK.  Memorial donations can be sent to the humane society of the donor’s choice.  No services will be held.

Shirley M. Weaver

Weaver_Shirley_Mae.jpgShirley Mae Weaver, 89, of Shelton, WA passed away on the morning of Wednesday, November 28, 2012 surrounded by her family. Shirley was born on September 13, 1923 to Truman and Nellie Tuff.
After graduation she went to work as a riveter at Boeing Company for some years before leaving to take care of her ailing father. Shirley married Fred Weaver in Shelton, WA and was married to him for 56 years when he passed in 2009.
Shirley and Fred enjoyed traveling in their travel trailer and grew a large garden, of which they shared the bounty with friends and neighbors. She enjoyed canning, knitting, crocheting, bowling, fishing and camping. Shirley was a great cook and was known for her homemade pie crust. Her son shared that she was a wonderful mother, very fun and supportive. Mrs. Weaver loved the Christmas season, with all of the lights and festivities and especially spending time with her son, grandsons, great granddaughter and her little Chihuahua, “PeeWee”.
She is survived by her son, Dave Weaver, Shelton; grandsons, Kyle (Samantha) Weaver, Grapeview and Kellen Weaver, Shelton; great granddaughter, Kenzie Mae Weaver; caregivers, Margie, Paula, Josie, Theresa and DeRay.
She is preceded in death by husband Fred in 2009, six brothers and sisters, and granddaughter Shelby Hanson-Weaver.
A private family gathering will be held at a later date. The family was served by McComb Funeral Home.

 

John Whalen

whalen_john.jpgJohn Whalen, a former long-time Mason County PUD No. 3 commissioner and Belfair resident, passed away on November 26 at the age of 94. 
Whalen was swept into office in 1983 in a special election to fill two positions on the PUD board. Two commission spots were vacated by a recall election over financial obligations related to the failed Washington Public Power Supply System nuclear power plant program.
 
Whalen retired from the PUD 3 commission in December of 2008 after serving 25 years. He was replaced on the board by Tom Farmer, an Allyn-area businessman.
 
In announcing Whalen’s passing, Farmer said at today’s (November 27) commission meeting that the person he succeeded was a brave and strong man and that he will be missed.
 
During Whalen’s multiple terms, the PUD
 
·         Increased its commitment to energy conservation.
·         Instituted the “Project Share” program to assist financially distressed customers.
·         Helped form a cost-effective self-insurance pool with other public utility districts.
·         Emphasized a commitment to customer communications and outreach.
·         Introduced the budget billing plan for customers.
·         Worked diligently to control its budget and financial management to minimize rate impacts on customers while maintaining safe & reliable service.
·         Was granted, along with other public utility districts, authorization by the Washington State legislature to provide wholesale telecommunications services to their communities.
·         Connected its substations and other facilities via a fiber optic network,
·         Began the planning process and the purchase of property which eventually led to the construction of PUD 3’s Johns Prairie operations center.
 
In 2005 he received special commendation from the Washington PUD Association for his years of service to Public Power. He served for many years on the Public Power Council executive committee and was a long-time member of the Public Utilities Risk Management Services (PURMS) board.
 
Whalen was well regarded by his peers in the Pacific Northwest energy community for his passion for public power utilities and the important role they play in the everyday lives of the customers they serve.
Photo of John Whalen, taken at a PUD 3 function in 2008