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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.

 

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.