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Letha Blanchard

BlanchardLetha.jpg“Shed no tears, please recall your fondest memory of me and hold it close to your heart, for I am free as the wind and in the arms of our Lord”.
Letha Blanchard went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at Shelton Health and Rehabilitation Center at the age of 86. Letha was born on December 14, 1925 to William Franklin and Clara Elizabeth (Ritchie) Wilson  in Morton, WA. She resided with her daughter Theresa and son in law, Ron Jonker of Shelton along with her beloved dog, “Angie”. She is also survived by her son William Blanchard Jr, Montesano; grandchildren, David Blanchard, Ronald Jonker Jr. and Robert Jonker; great grandson, Zackary Jonker; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Letha was a former member of the Eastern Star in the Forks and Montesano areas. She was a devoted Mariner fan and enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening, canning, cooking, fishing, camping, traveling, golfing, birds, bridge, art, reading and crossword puzzles. She was very fond of her family. She is preceded in death by five brothers and four sisters. A private family service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. McComb Funeral Home was honored to serve this family.



 

 

Ronald Lloyd Fosdick

FosdickRonald L.JPGOur father, Ronald Lloyd Fosdick, 75 years of age, passed away at his home with his family by his side on Friday, April 20, 2012.  He was born on October 3, 1936 to Lloyd W. Fosdick and Goldie A (Goodwin) Fosdick in a small home on Dearborn St in Shelton WA. He graduated from Mary M. Knight High School in 1954. In 1955, he married our beloved mother, Wanda Lee Madison, in Montesano, WA. Their marriage was dissolved in 2002.  
Dad began his career following his father's footsteps in the plumbing business. There he apprenticed in the plumbing trade which led into a future of contractor positions.  His résuméincluded Simpson Timber, working shift hours for many years while raising his young family. He then worked for Rex Floor Covering for several years before deciding to venture out on his own and establishing his own floor covering business "Omni Floor Covering". His business blossomed quickly and he was well known for his quality workmanship and the customer waiting list for his services kept his small business prosperous. In 1981 he went to work for Lumbermen's, now named ProBuild, where he worked for many years in a variety of contractor sales positions until he formally retired in 2009.  After retirement, Ron enjoyed frequenting the 40 et 8 and the Vet's Club, chancing his luck at the local casinos, reading western and fantasy novels and, most of all he loved hanging out with his best buddies from Pro-Build to shoot the breeze. He proudly referred to himself as "The Grinch" and although he could be growley at times, he did so in a loving way. Ron was a familiar face around Shelton and will truly be missed by all that knew him, including his beloved canine pal of 14 years Kizzi, who truly misses her master. 
Ron is survived by his former wife, Wanda Lyles, his children Wendell (Barbara) Fosdick, Shelton; Ronali (Kirk) Ernsberger, Sherman, TX; Kelli (Owen) Johnson, Wapato, WA; his sister, Laverne Gilman, Shelton; grandchildren Karyn (Jason) Giles; Curtis Fosdick, Joel Baker; Brandon Hartley, Jocelyn Shaw, Kaelyn Eisenmann and Dakota Ernsberger as well as three great grandchildren Marshal Fosdick, Trinity Fosdick and Wyatt Eisenmann and several step-granchildren. 
He is proceeded in death by his beloved parents. 
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Hope Chapel, 421 W. "E" St., Shelton on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 11:00 am.  McComb Funeral Home was honored to serve his family.

 

Ardith A. Brown

BrownArdith.jpgArdith Annette Brown, 76, died on Monday, April 23, 2012 at the Harstine Island Adult Family Home in Shelton, WA. Ardith was born on September 22, 1935 to Albert and Ruth (Stemph) Nelson in Moorhead, MN. She graduated from South Kitsap High School in 1954. In August of 1955, she married Donald K. Brown in Pt. Orchard, WA. Ardith was the Home Executive of the Brown family home. Raised a Lutheran, Ardith was a member of the Mason-Benson Club, a swim group, and MNWOT (A women’s investment group).
In her earlier days she was very active in her daughter’s participation in Girl Scouts as a Girl Scout leader. Her hobbies included cooking, baking, sewing, needlework and reading. Nicknamed “Me-ma” by her grandchildren, her family and her grandchildren were the true light of her life. Her devotion to them went above and beyond. The musical talents of her grandchildren were a direct reflection of that love.
Ardith is survived by her husband, Don Brown, Grapeview, WA; daughters, Donna Arcuri, Tacoma, Karen (Kim) Robblee, Puyallup, and Jeanne (Patrick) Mackin, Springfield, VA; brothers, James (Jo’Rene) Nelson, Gig Harbor and Gary (Linda) Nelson, Pt. Orchard; grandchildren, Kyle and Kelly Robblee, Brian, Angela, Brandon, and Daniel Arcuri and Samuel Mackin; seven great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Ronald.
Memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, attention: memorials, 2120 First Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98109 or the Alzheimer’s Association of Washington, 12721 30th Ave. NE, Suite 101, Seattle, WA 98125.
A memorial will be held on Friday, April 27, 2012 at the Mason Benson Clubhouse, 5971 Mason Lake Drive W. Grapeview, WA at 4:00 pm. The family was served by McComb Funeral Home.