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Betty J. Hickson

Hickson_Betty.jpgBetty Jane Hickson, 88, Shelton, WA passed away surrounded by her family at Mason General Hospital on Wednesday, October 24, 2012. Betty was born on November 2, 1923 to Everett L. and May (Hardin) Remsberg in Iola, KS. She graduated from Iola High School in 1941 and obtained her teaching certificate from Western Washington College in Bellingham. She moved to Shelton and taught school for a time at the Lincoln and Bordeaux schools. She married Allen Hickson in December of 1948 in Pacific Grove, CA, became a housewife and raised eight children. Betty was a member of the Matlock Church, the First Baptist Church of Shelton and the Mason County Senior Center. She taught Sunday school at both churches and enjoyed sewing, embroidery, gardening, canning, and cooking. Her family shared that she baked everyday and the children were always anxious to come home after school to see what the daily treat would be. She supported her children in sports and enjoyed watching football, golf and other sports on TV with her sons. Betty was especially fond of cats. She is survived by her sons, Michael (Mardell) Hickson, Helena, MT, Chris Hickson, Tacoma, WA, John (Susan) Hickson and Richard (Suzy) Hickson, both of Shelton; daughters, Kathy (Mike) Stienke, AR and Linda (Randy) Brush of Shelton; 15 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.  She is preceded in death by husband Allen and sons William and Charles. A memorial will be held at the Hope Chapel, 421 West “E” St. in Shelton at 1:00 PM. Donations can be sent to the Karen Hilburn Breast Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box  1462,   Shelton, WA 98584.
At Betty’s request, she will be inurned in the rose garden of the family home in the spring. If anyone would like to donate a rose bush in her memory, please contact Richard Hickson. McComb Funeral Home was honored to serve this family.


Mary Eloise Johnson

JohnsonMary.jpgMary Eloise Johnson, 70, passed away Saturday, October 20, 2012 at her home in Shelton, WA after a year-long journey with cancer. She was born September 8, 1942 to H. Thomas Hesser and Charlotte Marion (Carmody) Hesser in Eureka, CA. After her family’s move to Hoodsport, WA, she graduated from Irene S. Reed High School in Shelton in 1961. She was married to Michael E. Kirk on August 30, 1963. They resided in Hoodsport and raised two daughters. Mary was married to Allard R. “Al” Johnson, on July 23, 1983. Together they built a beautiful blended family and a business, Cascade Forest Corporation, where they worked side by side for nearly 30 years.
Mary loved the sea and she and Al spent time cruising Alaska on the “Mary Beth”. She enjoyed reading, cooking and hosting Christmas Eve for her entire family. Memories of Grandma Mary’s Christmases will always be treasured by her family.
Mary is survived by her adoring husband of 29 years, Al Johnson, of the family home; daughters Shannon (Greg) Twiddy, Shelton, WA and Stefanie (Mark) McDougall, Hoodsport, WA; sons Michael (Julie) Johnson and Mark (Cindy) Johnson of Olympia, WA and Kevin (Karen) Johnson of Shelton, WA. Mary is also survived by her cherished 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father, “Tom” Hesser, mother, Charlotte Hilligoss, step-father, Ralph Hilligoss, sister, Martha Tyynismaa and grandson, Ryan Johnson.
A celebration of Mary’s life will be held on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 1:00 pm at the Hope Chapel, 421 West “E” Street, Shelton, WA. Arrangements by McComb Funeral Home.


Anna B. Benson

Benson_Anna_B.jpgAnna Belle Benson, 80, of Shelton, WA passed away on Saturday, September 29, 2012 at Fir Lane Health and Rehabilitation Center. Anna was born on October 4, 1931 in Des Moines, Iowa to David C. and Myrtle I. (Mitchell) Frazier. She attended Dunlap High School in Dunlap, Iowa. She married Don Holloway, ending in divorce and married Cliff Benson in Kitsap County, WA on June 9, 1966. Anna was a homemaker and worked her own farm. She was a member of the Silver Spurs Riding Club where she met her late husband Cliff through their love of horses. They took horseback riding trips into the North Cascades to hunt for deer and elk each year. Her life was based around her farm where she raised calves, had many horses, grew a garden and canned her bounty. She also entertained at the Girl Scout Camp and was a starting member of Adopt-a-Pet in Shelton.
She is survived by her stepdaughter, Irene Goldsby, Shelton; stepson, John Stephens (Patti), Shelton; sister Edith Frerichs, Sioux City, IA; brothers, Ed and Fred Frazier, Dunlap, IA; seven grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Cliff and brothers Paul and Duane.
Inurnment will be at Shelton Memorial Park. Donations can be made to Adopt-a-Pet, 941 E. Jenson Rd. Shelton, WA 98584. The family was served by  McComb Funeral Home.