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Genevieve R. Ford

Ford_Genevieve.jpgGenevieve Ruth Ford, 91, of Shelton, WA passed away on Friday, November 2, 2012 at Fir Lane Health and Rehabilitation Center. Genevieve was born on January 6, 1921 to Harry E. and Genevieve (Waclaski) French in Brooklyn, NY. She graduated from Red Bank High School in New Jersey in 1939. It was also that year that she married Eugene Augustus Ford in Red Bank. They moved to Shelton in 1968. Genevieve worked as an Electronic Radar Assembly person before becoming a certified nursing assistant and working for various nursing homes. She raised five children and is survived by two of them, daughter, Barbara Kealy, Shelton and son, Mike (Deborah) Ford of Bremerton;   brother, Ed Steffen, VA; sisters, Barbara McLaughlin, TX and Bernice (Ken) Turner, SC; seventeen grandchildren, twenty eight great grandchildren and seven great great grandchildren. Genevieve was a member of the Jesus Christ Church of Latter Day Saints and was an avid reader, She also enjoyed crocheting, travel, classical music and her family. She is preceded in death by her husband Eugene; sons, Ronald, Gerald, Eugene and beloved dog “Ralph”. A private family service will be held at a later date.




 

 

David W. Whitener Sr., “ahkwateed”

Whitener_Dave.jpgOn Friday, November 2, 2012, David Wayne Charles Whitener Sr. of the Squaxin IslandNation passed away peacefully with family at his side after a long, courageous journey with Parkinson’s disease. Dave was 78. He was born on January 6, 1934 to Percy W. and Ethel (Richards) Whitener at home in Kamilche. He graduated from Irene S. Reed in 1951, served in the US Army, and obtained his Master’s Degree in Education from Western Washington University. In his younger days, Dave worked as a logger and in the construction business and enjoyed fishing with his family in Alaska. He married Elaine Moore in 1957 and they later divorced. Dave was principle and teacher at Southside School from 1965 until 1969 and was also the principal in Neah Bay for a time as well. From there, he carries a tribal name in the Makah language. Mr. Whitener was dedicated to education and the Native American heritage. He was faculty in the Native American Studies Program at Evergreen State College for 17 years and was co-convener of that program for several years. He was instrumental in the planning and building of the Evergreen Long House on campus, which opened in 1995. Retirement in 1996 did not slow Dave down. He served on the Board of Indian Affairs, Olympic National Forest Advisory Board, Mason General Hospital Board and was the Deputy executive director for the Squaxin Island Tribe. He served in many capacities on the Squaxin Island tribal council. Part of Dave’s ancestry is Tsimshian from Alaska; he is of the Raven Clan. Dave was a member of the St. David’s Episcopal Church of Shelton and the Toastmasters. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and traveling, especially for Indian affairs and cultural events, smoking salmon, and spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife of  23 years, Barbara (Greene) Whitener, Shelton; sons, David (Sotheary) Whitener Jr, Olympia, and Jonathon (Marty) Thompson, Seattle; daughters, Connie Whitener, Parker, AZ, Mitzie “Rhonda” Whitener, Shelton, Annie-Beth (Cameron) Henry, Shelton, and Jessica (Nathan) Hoppe, Helena, MT; sisters, Ruby Fuller, Shelton and Mary Bell Whitener, Shelton; his brother, Donald Lynn, Shelton; nine grandchildren, one great grandchild and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He is preceded in death by his parents and sister Martha. A celebration of Dave’s life will be held at the Little Creek Event Center on  November 15, 2012 at 11:30. Donations can be made to the Evergreen State College Foundation; with reference to David Whitener Sr Scholarship Fund, Olympia, WA. [At this time there is a matching grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.]
 
Dave was an amazing man who left an unimaginable legacy and will truly be missed by all that knew him.

 

Betty J. Hickson

Hickson_Betty.jpgBetty Jane Hickson, 88, Shelton, WA passed away surrounded by her family at Mason General Hospital on Wednesday, October 24, 2012. Betty was born on November 2, 1923 to Everett L. and May (Hardin) Remsberg in Iola, KS. She graduated from Iola High School in 1941 and obtained her teaching certificate from Western Washington College in Bellingham. She moved to Shelton and taught school for a time at the Lincoln and Bordeaux schools. She married Allen Hickson in December of 1948 in Pacific Grove, CA, became a housewife and raised eight children. Betty was a member of the Matlock Church, the First Baptist Church of Shelton and the Mason County Senior Center. She taught Sunday school at both churches and enjoyed sewing, embroidery, gardening, canning, and cooking. Her family shared that she baked everyday and the children were always anxious to come home after school to see what the daily treat would be. She supported her children in sports and enjoyed watching football, golf and other sports on TV with her sons. Betty was especially fond of cats. She is survived by her sons, Michael (Mardell) Hickson, Helena, MT, Chris Hickson, Tacoma, WA, John (Susan) Hickson and Richard (Suzy) Hickson, both of Shelton; daughters, Kathy (Mike) Stienke, AR and Linda (Randy) Brush of Shelton; 15 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.  She is preceded in death by husband Allen and sons William and Charles. A memorial will be held at the Hope Chapel, 421 West “E” St. in Shelton at 1:00 PM. Donations can be sent to the Karen Hilburn Breast Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box  1462,   Shelton, WA 98584.
At Betty’s request, she will be inurned in the rose garden of the family home in the spring. If anyone would like to donate a rose bush in her memory, please contact Richard Hickson. McComb Funeral Home was honored to serve this family.