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Ruth E. Broughton

broughtonr.jpgRuth Elenora Broughton, 87, Shelton, WA passed away on Sunday, September 11, 2011 at her home. Ruth was born on July 25, 1924 in Midland County, Kentucky to Albert E. and Mary Jane (Karstens) Short. Ruth was raised in West Seattle and graduated in Seattle. She married Bud Johnson in  1943. He passed away in 1968. In 1970, she married Robert Broughton, passing in January of 2002. years.

Ruth was an artist and a homemaker. She studied art in Seattle and Shelton, paintings shown at the Seattle Center, the Norway Center in Seattle, Thurston County fair, Lacey Mall, St. Peters Hospital, Mason County Fair, Mason General Hospital and numerous places of business in Shelton Ruth was one of the artists who painted the “fourteen stations of the cross” for St. Edward’s Catholic Church here. Her hobbies included painting (oils and watercolor), needlework and volunteering. She enjoyed collecting spoons and was an avid Mariner fan and Jeopardy fan. She was very active at the Mason County Senior Center, Station 7 Sirens, Nifty Thrifty, Mt. Olive Ladies Auxiliary, served on the Mason County Fair Board, and instrumental in the establishment of Shelton Art Club.

She is survived by her son, Rick Johnson, Shelton; sister, Alberta Broughton, Yuma, AZ;  two grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husbands and two brothers.

A private family gathering will be held at a later date. Donations can be made to the Mason County Senior Activities. 826 W. Railroad Ave. Shelton, WA. The family was served by McComb Funeral Home.


Pamela A. Hartwell

hartwellp.gifPamela Ann Hartwell, 47, of Shelton, WA passed away on Thursday, September 8, 2011 at the home of a close friend surrounded by her loving family and friends, after a courageous battle with cancer. Pam was born on August 7, 1964 in Newton, New Jersey to Robert R. and Elizabeth (Riker) Place Sr. She moved to Shelton when she was twelve years old, attended school, and married Don Hartwell Sr. in March of 1997.
Pamela started waitressing at the age of 15 and continued the career until her passing. She was a well known, well loved waitress with an incredible ability to remember the favorite dishes of her patrons. She leaves her legacy at some of the local restaurants here, The Pine Tree, Blondie’s and Suzan’s.

Pam’s hobbies included camping, hiking, traveling, loved the ocean, exploring old ghost towns, knitting, card playing, barbequing, and target practicing. She and her husband shared the love of their 5 dogs and the restoration of old cars.

Survivors include her husband, Don Hartwell Sr; mother, Elizabeth Place; daughters, Melissa Johnson, Rebecca Munoz, and Tiffany York; sons, Bobby Lee Jr., Jeremy Munoz, Donald Hartwell Jr. and Gary Hartwell ( Tony) all of Shelton; brothers, Robert Place (Danae Bayley), Shelton and Mark Place of McCleary. She had eleven grandchildren. She was preceded in death by father, Robert Place.

Memorial services will be held at St. David’s Episcopal Church on Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 2:00. Pamela was a blue jeans and flannel shirt sort of gal on her days off. The family asks that anyone attending the memorial dress casually in her honor. Memorial donations can be made to Western Washington Oncology, Charity Care, 3920 Capital Mall Dr. SW, Olympia, WA. The family was served by McComb Funeral Home.


Jefferson “JB” Stroud

stroudjeff.jpgJefferson Boyd “JB” Stroud, 92, of Shelton, WA died on Tuesday, September 6, 2011 at Fir Lane Health and Rehabilitation Center. JB was born on October 28, 1918 in Mt. Pleasant,  Arkansas to Esmer O. and Mary (Fleetwood) Stroud.

He was drafted into the US Army in 1941, and was stationed in Seattle, where he met Velma Prince. They  married on February 3, 1945, and after the war, spent the next 20 years in Shelton where he was employed by ITT Rayonier Co. and then Simpson Timber Co. In 1966, they relocated to Arkansas where he was employed by McDonnell Douglas Corporation, retiring in 1976. During that time, he served as president of the Union for nearly 5 years. In 1978, the family moved back to Washington State where Jay worked for Certified Manufacturing for a time.

Mr. Stroud’s hobbies included hunting, fishing, coon hunting in Arkansas with his coon dogs, training hunting dogs, gardening, dancing, coaching his son’s baseball games and enjoying John Wayne movies. After the passing of his wife Velma, JB returned to Melbourne, Arkansas, and later married Opal White in 1996. In 2010 he returned to Shelton to be closer to his children.

Survivors include daughters, Jaydee Stroud, Bremerton and Mary Jo (David) Walterick, Belfair, WA; sons, David (Neva) Stroud, Sacramento, CA; and Danny Stroud, Shelton; grandchildren, Tracy (Keith) Cook, Shelton, Jason and Noah Stroud, both of Sacramento, Mason and Taylor Stroud, Shelton, Nathan Walterick, Belfair, Danielle Walterick, Shelton, beloved nephews Kenneth and Harold Stroud, and two great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Velma and brother Rayburn.

Services will be held at The Shelton Presbyterian Church, 1430 E. Shelton Springs Rd. on Saturday, September 17. 2011 at 1:00 pm. The family was served by McComb Funeral Home.