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Ellen L. Gilman

Gilman_Ellen.jpgEllen LaVerne “Sue” Gilman, 86, of Shelton, WA passed away at Fir Lane Health and Rehabilitation Center on Sunday, January 13, 2012. Ellen was born on April 15, 1926 to Lloyd W. and Goldie (Goodwin) Fosdick in Port Angeles, WA. She graduated from Irene S. Reed High School in Shelton in 1943 and met her husband in Aberdeen while he was serving in the military there and the two were married in July of 1944. Ellen worked for about three years for the telephone company before becoming a full time wife and mother. Mrs. Gilman’s pride and joy were her children and grandchildren. Her hobbies included gardening and canning. She was a wonderful cook and an avid reader. She is survived by her son Chris (Karen) Gilman, Shelton; daughter, Erin (David) Ryan, Las Vegas, NV; grandchildren, Michael and Jakob Gilman, Jeffrey Ryan and Jennifer Myers; great grandchildren, Logan Myers and Courtney Ryan, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She is preceded in death by her parents, Husband Frank, brother Ron Fosdick and children Jeffrey and Marceil. A memorial gathering will be held at McComb Funeral Home on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 1:00.


Paul L. Robinson

Robinson_Paul.jpgOn Wednesday, January 9, 2013, Paul Lawrence Robinson passed away at Mason General Hospital. He was 61 years old. Paul was born on April 4, 1951. He was adopted into the arms of  Ralph and Dorothy (Sutcliffe) Robinson in Queens, New York. He attended Lakeland High School in Putnam Valley, NY then enlisted in the United States Marine Corp. where he served in Viet Nam for four years. Upon his return, he married Diane G. Brenish in Lake Mohegan, NY in October of 1975. They resided in Arizona before settling in Shelton in 1979. Paul worked as a heavy equipment operator and operated dozers and loaders under the Operating Engineers Local 302. He worked for City Transfer for a number of years before retiring in 2004. Mr. Robinson was a member of the National Rifle Association and enjoyed target practicing with his son Curtis. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, boating, gardening and bicycling. He loved nature and bird watching and was an avid reader enjoying literature and crossword puzzles. Having grown up with three brothers, he was considered the “Daniel Boone, Leader of the Pack” sort of brother who once decided to parachute off the barn with a sheet which spurred his love for skydiving. His family shared that he was strong and determined with a sense of humor. He is survived by his wife Diane and son Curtis, both of Shelton; mother, Dorothy Robinson and mother in law Marian Brenish; brothers, Donald Robinson, WA, Jimmy Robinson, NC and David Harper, VA; sisters, Rebecca Costello, NY, Ruth (Allen) Benjaminson, VA, Cindy Robinson, NC and Jennifer (Paul) Williams, NC; sisters and brother in laws, Linda & Chuck McNully, TN, Judy & Charles Blood, NY and Eva & George Brenish, NY; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  He is preceded in death by his father, brother Billy and sister Pat. A private family service will be held at a later date. McComb Funeral Home was honored to serve this family.


Barbara Jean (Barb) Hill

Hill_Barbara.jpgBarbara Jean (Barb) Hill of Shelton died of complications from a stroke Thursday, January 7, 2013. She was 76 years old. She was born on September 6, 1936 in Oklahoma City to Ralph and Viva Booth. Barbara was raised in Olalla, Washington and raised her family in Tacoma until 1973, when she relocated the family to Juneau, AK. She met Robert Hill in Alaska and they married in Reno on September 18, 1981, (their granddaughter Sara’s birth date). He preceded her in death in 2000. Barb raised her four children single handedly by working in restaurants as a waitress, manager and owner. She worked at the Nugget Department Store from the late 70’s until her retirement in 1986. Barbara was a member of the Red Hat Club and bowled on the same bowling team with close friends for over 20 years. She loved her family, black lab Rascal, bowling, gardening, canning and playing cribbage. During the summer you would see Barb riding her John Deere tractor around the property. Barb was a woman of character and heart, and lived enthusiastically. Barbara was preceded in death by her son, Michael Collins, parents Viva and Ralph Booth and husband Robert Hill. Surviving her are brother, William Booth of Columbus Falls, Montana, daughters Joanne White of Tampa, Florida, Sherry Meyer of Tacoma, Washington, and Kristi West of Juneau, Alaska. Other survivors include eight grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Barb’s ashes will be released in her favorite spots in Alaska and Washington. Memorial donations may be made to Providence St. Peter’ Hospital in Olympia. A celebration of life is planned for May 11, at the Bend on Hood Canal. Contact daughter, Kristi, 16700 Ocean View Drive, Juneau, AK 99801 or niece, Bonnie, 253 E. Great Bend Drive, Union, WA 98592. For directions go to