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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.

 

Gregory M. James

Jamesgregory.jpgGregory Michael James passed away at Mason General Hospital on Sunday, April 22, 2012. He was 57 years old. Gregory was born on June 12, 1954 to Donald R. and Marcella (Sullivan) James in Hennepin, MN. He attended Loveland Senior High School in Loveland, CO and obtained his GED from Big Bend Community College in 1976.  
Gregory was a disabled veteran who had served in Special Forces of the US Army during the Vietnam conflict. He was also a licensed practical nurse earning the Army Achievement Medal in the MASH, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and an Expert Marksmanship Award. Mr. James was a member of the Officer’s Club of the US Army and was very political.
He enjoyed being out of doors, gardening, boating, skydiving, guns and watching television. He enjoyed talking to people, was a good friend to many and was an overall good man. He loved his beloved pets, dog “Rosita” and “Christmas” the cat.
Survivors include his special friends Misty Dunbar and   Sue Challstrom; special children, Ruby and Karrisa Dunbar, both of Shelton; brother, Richard J. Gregory, Loveland, CO and sister, Diane Davis of MN.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Timothy and beloved dog “Brandy”.
A Celebration of his Life will be held at a later date. Donations can be made to the Republican Party. The family was served by McComb Funeral Home.

 

Douglas W. Coleman

Colemandoug.jpgDouglas Wayne Coleman, 75, of Grapeview, WA passed away on Thursday, April 12, 2012 at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia. Douglas was born on February 5, 1937 to James A. and Jenny (Rodgers) Coleman in Elma, WA. He graduated from Irene S. Reed High School in 1955. In June of 1985 he married Erma Sofil in Shelton, WA.
Doug was a mechanic for Simpson at Camp Govey before becoming a master mechanic for the Mason County Road Crew, retiring in 2002. Mr. Coleman was a member of Local Union 378 International Brotherhood of Teamsters. He was his own member of the “Dog Bone Club”, an insignia he used on the many pieces of his woodworking projects. He was gifted in the making of furniture, curio cabinets, desks, and special boxes he made for friends and family. His hobbies included fishing, riding mopeds, hunting, garage saling and second hand stores. He loved his sweets and had never met a donut he didn’t like. His family shared that he was a very helpful, giving man which was quick witted, had a wonderful sense of humor, very much a gentleman and adored his two little dogs, “Sugar Rose” and “Cricket Rose”.
He is survived by his daughters, Nancy Morgan (Roger), Allyn, Geanne Clark (Robert), Grapeview, Cammy Mastakoski (Chad), Hibbings, MN and Laurie Coleman, Shelton; sons, David Coleman (Laurie), Shelton, Ronnie Coleman (Dottie Goldsby), Shelton, Brian Coleman (Denise), Shelton, Jim Blaich and Raymond Blaich, both of Shelton, David Blaich, CA; brother, Gerald “Jeep” Coleman (Mary), Renton; sister, Darlene Warner (Gordon), Auburn and sister in law, Ethel Rich, Wenatchee; 16 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Douglas was preceded in death by his parents, wife Erma, brother Byron Coleman and nephew Steven.
Services will be held at Shelton Memorial Park on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 2:00 pm. Donations can be made to Adopt-a-Pet, 940 E. Jensen Rd. Shelton, WA 98584. The family was served by McComb Funeral Home.