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Melvin Raymond Little

Little_Mel.jpgMelvin Raymond Little 79, of Shelton, Washington died September 26, 2012 at Fir Lane Convalesant Center with his wife Catherine at his side after suffering a stroke on September 14, 2012.
He leaves his wife of 60 years, Catherine (Russell) Little; son, Michael Little and his wife Jeannie(Graham) of Lewistown,Montana; daughters, Elaine Little and her companion David Sykes of Ballantine, Montana and daughter Peggy Zamzow and her husband Mark of Shelton,Washington; six grandchildren, Allen Cathers of Phoeniz, Arizona; Wayne Little of Shelton, Michele Hope, Kent Little, Jody Cathers all of Lewistown, Montana and Corey Zamzow of Shelton; brothers, Jerry Little of Tieton, Washington and Ted Little of Shelton. 11 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and close friends. He was preceded in death by his father Edward in 1974, his mother Dorothy in 1998, two infant brothers, a brother Gerald in 1958 and brother Marvin in 1985.  
Born and raised in Naches, Washington he was the son of Edward Walter Little and Dorothy Lena (Field) Little. In his early years, along with his parents and brothers, were members of the Boot and Spur Club in Naches where they would rodeo and ride posse.
On March 7, 1952 Melvin married his sweetheart, Catherine Russell also of Naches, Washington. It was in spring of 1955 when Melvin moved his young family to Shelton. He would work for Simpson Timber Company at the Insulation Board Plant until 1973 when he bought his first business. Melvin owned "Mel’s Shell" along with his wife Cathy until 1983 when he sold for the "Life of Retirement". It only took him a few months of mending fences to realize that it wasn’t all it was cracked up to be and went back to working! He purchased a semi truck and leased out to Morgan Trucking so he could cruise the interstate along side of his son Mike who also had his own truck.  1994 he again retired and began their life of snow birding between Parker Arizona, Lewistown, Montana and Shelton. During the course of their travels they met a lot of people and made many friends. Due to an on going illness with his wife Cathy, they returned to the place they had always called home, Shelton.
Melvin also belonged to the local Elk's Fraternity, local jeep club "Timber Runners", and the Old Car Club of Olympia. He enjoyed all old car events and tours. He also enjoyed camping with his family and riding horses with his son and daughter in law. He had a love that ran deep for his family and has left a hole that no other can fill.
 
Melvin’s family would like to extend a special thanks to all his neighbors for getting him medical attention as quickly as they did. Also a special thanks to all the staff at Mason General Hospital and Fir Lane Convalesant Center for the excellent care they gave and the compassion they displayed to the family during this difficult time. "Thank You"!
A memorial is being planned for a future date.
 

 

Barbara R. Smith

Smith_Barbara.jpgBarbara Ruth Smith, 91, passed away at her home on Saturday, September 22, 2012 surrounded by her family. Barbara was born on June 18, 1921 to John and Della (Ingram) Bailey in Cleveland, OK. She attended school in Oklahoma and married Roy Smith in September of 1938 in Chandler, OK. Mrs. Smith was a homemaker and a foster mother. She tended to over 40 children over a four year period and also taught airbrushing for a short time. As a teenager, Barbara studied with the Salvation Army.
After her marriage, she and her husband moved to California. In 2005, she moved to Shelton to be closer to her grandchildren. Her hobbies included painting (in all mediums), photography, jewelry making, and crafting. She did an amazing variety of crafting projects and enjoyed trying many new things. She like large farm animals and playing the organ. She truly enjoyed spending time with family and the grandchildren.
She is survived by daughter, Chelle Williams, Shelton; sons, Jim Smith, Grants Pass, OR, Richard Smith (Denise), Laveen, AZ and Gerald Smith (Marie) Paradise, CA; 15 grandchildren and numerous great and great great grandchildren as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband Roy. A memorial and reception will be held at Hope Chapel, 421 W.”E” St, Shelton on Saturday, October 6, 2012 at noon.
The family was served by McComb Funeral Home.



 

 

Lawrence Frank Godwin

Godwin_Larry.jpgLawrence “Larry” Frank Godwin, 90, died Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at his home in Shelton, WA. He was born December 31, 1921 in LaJunta, CO to Frank Rather and Dorothy (Carter) Godwin. Larry served in the US Army during WWII and received a Purple Heart and Bronze Star. He was with the 10th Mountain Division that climbed Mt. Belverdere in Italy and surprised the Germans. Larry was married to Stella Gibbons and Betty Pierce, both who preceded him in death. He worked as a Fire Security Chief from Albany, OR to the Canadian border for the Simpson Timber Company from 1941 until his retirement in 1982. Larry was a member of VFW Post #1694 and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Shelton. He enjoyed wood working, metal work (wrought iron), hunting, rock climbing and repelling. Larry is survived by his sons, Ronnie F. Godwin (Linda) of Port Orchard, WA, Ross Godwin (Lena) of Langley, WA; eleven grandchildren, twenty four great grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife’s, Stella and Betty; parents, Frank and Dorothy Godwin; brother, Floyd; sister, Bernice; daughter, Lawrie; and grandson, Kevin. Memorial donations may sent to Mason County Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1694, PO Box 1694, Shelton, WA  98584 or the Mason County Historical Society, PO BOX 136, Shelton, WA 98584. Viewing will be held at McComb Funeral Home, 703 W. Railroad Ave, Shelton, WA from 9 am to 5pm on Wednesday, September 26th and Thursday, September 27th. A funeral service will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2nd Ward, 1200 Connection Street, Shelton, WA on Friday, September 28, 2012 at 10:00 am. Military honors and burial will be at Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent, WA on Monday, October 1, 2012 at 1:00pm.  McComb Funeral Home was honored to serve the family.