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Dorothy J. Miller

millerd.jpgDorothy Jane Miller, 89, passed away on Saturday, May 14, 2011 at the Alpine Way Retirement Apts. in Shelton, WA. Dorothy was born on August 21, 1921 to Robert and Lillian (Gay) Mitchell in Seattle, WA. 

She graduated in 1939 from Irene S. Reed High School in Shelton and attended a nursing school. In September of 1945, she married Leslie Louis Miller in North Hollywood, CA. Dorothy was a homemaker and a member of the Shelton VFW for 50 years.

She enjoyed writing editorials to the Mason County Journal, politics, current events, reading, gardening, collecting rocks and teaching the neighborhood children life’s lessons.

She is survived by her son, Larry Miller (Pamela), Sammamish, WA; daughter, Linda Sue Bailey (Jack), Shelton; sister, Jeannine Griggs, Shelton; six grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, one great great grandchild, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Dorothy was preceded in death by husband Leslie, two brothers and three sisters.

Graveside services will be held at Shelton Memorial Park on Friday, May 20, 2011 at 1:00pm. A reception will follow at 640 W. Hurley Waldrip Rd in Shelton.

Memorial donations can be made to the V.F.W. Post 1694, 206 W. Franklin St. Shelton, WA 98584. McComb Funeral Home was privileged to serve this family.



Veta M. Holtorf

holtorfvet.jpgVeta Marie Holtorf, 84, a resident of Shelton since 1929, passed away at the home of her daughter on Thursday, May 12, 2011. She was born on December 6, 1926 to Charles and Ida (Sleighter) Rader in Portland, OR. She attended Shelton Schools until 1945, married, raised a family and then went back to work for the Shelton School District as a bus driver for 11 years and a custodian for 12 years, after helping in the kitchen. She was also a domestic in many homes in between bus runs.

She loved her little dogs and cats, her flower and vegetable garden. She did a lot of fancy work for her family and friends. She was a member of the Southside Homemakers for years before they disbanded. She enjoyed working on the election boards and seeing old friends often. She also enjoyed the reunion breakfasts’ class of 1945. When her children were younger the whole family were avid horseback riders, one son still has horses.

Her husband, John, preceded her in death on July 23, 1987 after 37 years of marriage. A daughter, Starla in 1955, her father, Charles Rader and step mother, Helen; her mother Ida Staley and step father Charles Staley; and a brother, Paul Rader also preceded her in death.

She is survived by four children, Richard (Shirley) Holtorf, Las Vegas, NV, Sandra (Russell) Swarringim, Shelton, Sheila (Felix) Lewandowsky, Shelton and Robert Holtorf, Shelton. She leaves eight grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, and 9 great great grandchildren. There are four sisters, Adeta Edwards and Shirley Coleman of Shelton, Judy Salsgaard, Montana and Linda Westover of Tenino. There are many nieces and nephews, cousins by the dozens, keeping touch with many of them. She had several special friends that will miss her also.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2011 at Shelton Memorial Park. A potluck reception will be held following the service at Mason County Fire District 4. McComb Funeral Home was honored to serve this family.


Edward A. Lawrence

lawrencee.jpgEdward Andrew Lawrence, 40, passed away on April 13, 2011 at Lake Limerick. Ed was born on September 24, 1970 in Washington, Pennsylvania to Anthony and Mary (Danko) Lawrence.

He graduated from Shelton High School. Edward worked for a number of years for Costco and also owned and operated the former Railroad Ave. Antique Store. For the last five years, he has been employed by S & M Builders. Ed was a member of the Eagles. His hobbies included woodworking, pool, darts, camping, fishing, boating and playing dominoes. His family shared that he was a workaholic, very energetic and was an artist with wood. He did chainsaw carvings and also loved to cook; creating his own recipes that may have seemed odd but were delicious. They also spoke of how he loved animals and would often take in strays. He was the type of man that would give anyone the shirt off his back, always loyal, honest and dependable as well as fun. He enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren, taking them on rides on his quads and tractors.

Survivors include his wife, Stefanie, Shelton; daughters, Rebecca (Stephan) Sorg and Emily Sorg (Nick Hanson), both of Shelton; son, Clinton “CJ” Sorg, Shelton; grandchildren, Timothy, Thomas, Robert, and Christopher; nieces, Hailey Marchesino and Jasmine Morey, both of Olympia; extended family, Frank Weeks, Marty Weeks, Julia Weeks, Kyleigh Gray and Sandy Strandwold. Edward was preceded in death by his parents, sister Michelle and stepdad Ed Gates.

A celebration of his life will be held at Lake Limerick Country Club on Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 6:00 pm. A memorial fund has been set up at Our Community Credit Union, 526 W. Cedar St. Shelton, WA.