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Mary J. "Joy" Murphy

Murphy_Mary_J_Joy.jpgMary J. "Joy" Murphy, 77, died at her home on Thursday, May 2, 2013 with family at her side. Mary was born on September 19, 1935 to John M. and Leoncie M. (Imbert) Solomon in Yelm, WA. She was raised in the Bald Hills, baptized at the McKenna Church and attended schools in Yelm and Midland near Tacoma. She married Alfred C. Hillman when she was 16 years old, the marriage ended in divorce. Joy, as most folks knew her, was a queen of all trades. She had served as a laundry attendant, a box factory employee in the Maple Valley area, worked at the Wigwam in Lacey as a retail clerk then relocated to Alaska to work in a grocery store and eventually went to work on the kitchen crew on the Alaska pipeline. She finally came back down to the lower forty-eight, to enroll in a commercial trucking school where she then became a truck driver for Atlantic Richfield (aka. ARCO) at the same time owning and operating her own retail clothing shop. It was during this time when she was introduced to Leo Pat Murphy on a radio dating station. They married in 1978 in Midland, WA at St. Johns in the Woods. Joy never really retired in life, she was a ceramics instructor at South Arizona College as well as a certified Duncan and Doc Holiday Ceramics Instructor.  She won many ribbons through competitions and passed this love to her grandchildren. She convinced her husband to adopt a Llama, insisting it would cost them only ten dollars a month for such joy and that was before they ended up with fourteen of them and the comforts they needed. Joy loved the ocean, boating, going to the Casino, fishing, cooking and was an avid reader. She was an exceptional seamstress and quilter, gifted in needlepoint and creating many baby blankets and quilts for her children and grandchildren. Joy is survived by her husband Leo Pat Murphy; daughters, Sandra (Wayne) Sanders, Tumwater and Linda Autry, Apache Junction, AZ; son, Dennis Hillman Sr. Shelton; sisters, Lillian Hicks, Nancy (Wally) Thomas, and Lucy (Bill) Emsley, all of Puyallup; brothers, Martin (Lorrie) Solomon and Tom (Linda) Solomon, both of Tacoma; brother in law, Don Becker Sr.,  Puyallup, ten grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She will especially be missed by her faithful, steadfast, service dog Lexus. She is preceded in death by her parents, sisters Lorraine (Warren) and Shirley, son Ray Hillman and son-in-law, Roger Autry. Memorial donations can be made to St. Edwards Catholic Church, 601 W "C" St., Shelton, WA or the Concern for Animals, P.O. Box 4422, Tumwater, WA. Services will be held at St. Edwards Catholic Church on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 11:00 am with a reception to follow. McComb Funeral Home was honored to serve this family.


Marilyn Jean Willson

Willson_Marilyn_Jean.jpgMarilyn Jean Willson, 88, of Shelton, WA died at her home on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. Marilyn was born on July 12, 1924 to Paul and Helen (Rees) Gehring in Quincy, Illinois. In June of 1951, she married Jack Willson in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Marilyn was a school teacher. She is survived by her sons, Roger Willson, Olympia and Larry Willson, Placitas, NM; brothers, Russel Gehring, Kissimmee, FL and Bob Gehring, Qunicy, IL; sister, Janet Coe of Springfield, IL, four grandchildren and three great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by husband Jack and daughter Keilani Brandon. Inurnment will take place at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, WA at a later date. The family was served by McComb Funeral Home.


Susan Burkman

Burkman_Susan.jpgSusan Burkman, 58, of Kulm, ND, died Thursday, April 18, 2013 in Fargo, ND.

Susan (Miller) Burkman was born Baby Sebastiani, in Portland, Oregon on December 12, 1954.  She was adopted by the late Ed and Rose Miller.  She grew up in Vernonia, OR on the ocean and loved being around the water.  She could be found working on her father s fishing vessel and helping out on the boats in Astoria, OR.  She loved helping him at his Cedarwood Timber Company in Vernonia, OR.  She attended Vernonia High School and graduated with and Associates degree from Lane Community College in Eugene, OR.  She was a police officer on the Shelton Police Force and the Mason County Sheriff s department for several years.  She got into an accident and rolled several times, leaving her a paraplegic.  Proving doctors wrong with her resilience she walked again, but was plagued with chronic pain and spinal cord problems.  Throughout the recent years she has had 7 spinal cord surgeries and had her 8th on Tuesday the 16th, surgery went well and shortly after her vitals dropped.  She passed away peacefully in her sleep.  She and Arlan were both PATH Foster Parents throughout the years.  She diligently worked with the Red Cross and Lutheran Social Services with disasters and blood draws.  She enjoyed working with flowers and owned her own floral business in Boise, ID.  She is known for giving her big hugs and smiles to everyone.  She loved cooking, enjoyed singing and music, arts and crafts with the grandkids and putting others first. 

She is survived by her husband, Arlan Burkman, four children Jennifer Burton, Burlington, VT; Holly Burkman (Preston Sitzmann), Edgeley, ND; Katie Burkman, Wahpeton, ND; Adam Burkman, Aberdeen, SD; three grandchildren, Madison and Merissa and one on the way.

Funeral   10:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at Wesley United Methodist Church, Edgeley.

Visitation   One hour before the service at the church.

Interment   Mt. Hope Cemetery, Edgeley, ND, at a later date.

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Jamestown, ND  58401