Obituaries

Robert Milton Smith

Smith_Robert_M.jpgOn Tuesday, August 21, 2012, Robert Milton Smith passed away at Alpine Way Retirement Center. He was 93 years old. Bob was born on July 2, 1919 in Edmonds, WA to Oscar James and Anna (Rodgberg) Smith. He graduated from Irene S. Reed High School in 1937 and married Merle E. Bitney, who preceded him in death. Bob entered the US Army in 1943 and served in India as an engineer until the end of World War II.
Bob was a lifetime resident of Mason County and was employed by logging companies which were working along Hood Canal.  Soon he moved to the Rayonier Pulp and Paper mill in Shelton to work as a pipe fitter until his retirement forty years later. In April of 1983 he married Lila Spalding in Shelton, WA at the Faith Lutheran Church. Bob was a lifelong member of the American Legion and served along with his wife Merle, (40 et 8) as president. He also became a lifelong member of the Good Sams Club and along with his brother in law Ray Peterson, led this group on many interesting adventures.
Bob is survived by two sons, Jack who lives in Shelton and Jim who lives in Seattle.
He is preceded in death by sons, Jerry and Kenny; sister, Maxine; brother, Rodney and daughter in law, Mary Kay Burns. There will be a memorial service at Faith Lutheran Church on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 1:00 pm. Donations can be made to the Faith Lutheran Church Memorial Fund.

 

Martha L. “Teal” Lawson

Lawson_Martha.jpgMartha Lucille “Teal” Lawson, 88, of Shelton, WA passed away on Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at Shelton Health and Rehabilitation Center. Teal was born on December 17, 1923 to John H. and Effie May (Rawley) Slagle in Bativia, Arkansas.
She moved to Missouri at a young age and met and married her husband while he was in the Navy there. They moved to Shelton in 1946 after he obtained work here.
Teal was a homemaker and was a member of the Spring Road Chapel, Church of God in Shelton. Her hobbies included quilting, sewing, knitting, crocheting, reupholstering, fabric art, gardening, canning, and her family shared she was a good cook. However, Teal’s real passion in life was playing music. She was a master of the guitar and fiddle. She was always a participant of the Washington Old Time Fiddler’s Association and attended the National Fiddle Competition in Weiser, Idaho for many years and loved the Old Time Fiddler’s Campouts.
She is survived by her daughter, Marilyn Lawson, Shelton; son, Joe “Denny” (Joyce) Lawson; adopted daughter, Joyce Lucky-Valentine, Rochester, WA; sisters, Maxine Crider, Missouri and Mildred Lester, Shelton; six grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, 13 great great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She is preceded in death by her husband Wendell “Jammer” Lawson and two brothers.
Services will be held at the Spring Road Chapel, Church of God on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012 at 11:00 am. Donations can be made to the Washington Old Time Fiddler’s Association, 301 E. Wallace Kneeland Blvd, Suite 224-230, Shelton, WA 98584. McComb Funeral Home was honored to serve this family.

 

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.