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Margaret C. Holt

holtmarge.jpgMargaret Claire Holt, 90, of Shelton, WA, died on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at Alpine Way Retirement Center. Margaret was born on April 30, 1921 to Paul and Elizabeth (Krostad) Walther in Wolfpoint, Montana. She was raised in Seattle and graduated from West Seattle High School. In 1940, she married Milton L. “Joe” Holt in Seattle.

Mrs. Holt was a retail clerk and clothing buyer most of her working life. She had worked at Lloyd’s Men’s Shop (formerly Bettman’s) and Miller’s Department store in Shelton. She retired at the age of 60. Margaret was a member of the Bayshore Golf Club and a former member of the Elk’s Club. Her hobbies included shopping, golfing, going to the casino, cooking and gardening. She liked to travel, having traveled to Russia, the Panama Canal, Africa, and Spain. She was an avid reader and liked dogs. She got together every Wednesday with her friends which was known as “the ladies day” and went out to lunch. Her very favorite thing was to sit at her home, with all of her family, spending time and laughing.

She is survived by her sons, Gary Holt, Shelton, Steve Holt, Shelton and Lonnie Holt of Olympia; grandchildren, Teri Holt-Mirabal, Albuquerque, NM, Jamie Holt, Lilliwaup, WA, Kari Holt, Woodinville, WA, Mike Holt, Olympia, Matt Holt, Edmonds, WA and Joe Holt of Shelton; seven great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, brother Bob and sister Irene.

Donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association, 1730 Minor Ave, Seattle, WA. A graveside service will be held at the Shelton Memorial Park on Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at 1:00 pm. The family was served by McComb Funeral Home.

George T. Booth

boothgeorge.jpgGeorge Thomas Booth, 83, of Shelton, WA passed away on Saturday, October 8, 2011 at Mason General Hospital. George was born on December 23, 1927 to Ernest W. and Eleanor  (Shorter) Booth in Shelton, WA. He graduated from Irene S. Reed High School in 1945, attended Cal-Tech, obtaining his bachelors degree in Education from the University of Washington and his bachelors degree in Economics from the College of Puget Sound.

George served in the US Navy from 1952 until 1954.  In June of 1960, he married Marcia Wallin in Shelton, WA.  Mr. Booth was a teacher for 18 years, teaching in South Kitsap, Tacoma and Southside School, here in Mason County. He was also a coin dealer for a number of years. George was a member of the Elk’s Club, Mason County Pioneers, the Mason County Historical Society and the Little Skookum Community Club. He enjoyed volunteering at Treasures and at the Caboose. George was a collector and enjoyed ancient history and watching sports. He was very friendly, had a wonderful sense of humor and really enjoyed going out to eat, good food, and especially a good piece of prime rib. He was very fond of his cat “Pearl”.

Mr. Booth is survived by his wife Marcia, Shelton; daughter, Sharon Booth, Long Beach, WA; granddaughters, Ann Marie Booth, Long Beach, WA and Sarah Snow, Sherman Oaks, Ca; great grandson, Noah Woodward and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, brother Bill, sister Eleanor Ann and twin sister, Georgena.

Donations can be made to Adopt a Pet, 940 E. Jensen Rd, Shelton or the Mason County Historical Society, P.O. Box 1366, Shelton, WA 98584.

A memorial will be held  at the Shelton Elks Lodge, 741 SE Craig Rd, Shelton, WA on Saturday, October 22, 2011 from 1 until 3.


Laurella J. St. Denis

stdenislaurella.jpgLaurella Jean St. Denis, 63, of Harstine Island  in Shelton, WA passed away on Sunday, September 25, 2011. Laurella was born on December 27, 1947 to Daniel and Laurel (Hansen) Arneson in Northfield, MN. She graduated from Farmington High School in 1965 and attended some college classes in the home health care field. Laurella was the oldest of eight children and attended the Assembly of God Church as a young person.

Her hobbies included horticulture, gardening, cooking, hunting, fishing, traveling and music. She loved her pets and spending time with her family and grandchildren. Her family shared that Laurella was a very social, loving, outgoing person with a peaceful nature.

Survivors include her companion, Adrian Garcia, Harstine Island; mother, Laurel Arneson, AZ; daughter, Sophia Sedge (Markus) Olympia, WA; sons, Mikie Pietsch (Dana), Washington DC and Soren St. Denis (Jaime) of MN; sisters, Danette Holmberg (Harold) AZ, Betty Brishky (Tom) AZ, Joyce Halbraken, CA; brothers, Ed  Arneson (Kelly) CO, Daniel Arneson and Paul Arneson, both of IA; ten grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her father and a brother, James Arneson.

A memorial will be held at the Capital Vision Christian Church, 1775 Yew St. Olympia, WA 98506 on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 1:00. The family was served by McComb Funeral Home.