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Nancy A. Byrd

Byrd_Nancy_A.jpgOn Monday, September 3, 2012, Nancy Ann Byrd passed away at Alpine Way Retirement Center. She was 72. Nancy was born on January 19, 1940 in Miami, Florida to Hugh Ridings and Martha (Heal Ridings) Hughes. She lived in the Florida Keys until about the age of four. 
When Nancy was a pre-teen, her mother married Harold Hughes, and he formally adopted her.  The family lived in the Anaheim, California.  She graduated from Anaheim High School and married her life-long love, Richard L. Byrd, in 1956.  They were both 16 years old. 
The couple purchased their first Weimaraner when they were 20 years old.  They showed her in confirmation dog shows as a hobby.  This hobby launched her into a lifelong career as a dog breeder, handler, trainer and eventually dog judge.  She judged local shows and prestigious events in the United States and was invited to judge all over the world.  
Nancy claimed she never “had a job in her life.”  What she meant was that no one ever issued her a paycheck, Nancy was self-employed.  The dog business demanded all kinds of skills.  She knew how to mix cement and stretch chain link to build kennels.  Nancy managed a commercial boarding kennel at home, while travelling across the country showing dogs.  She raised three kids, a bazillion pups and a half dozen teen apprentices.  Nancy kept books, managed a complex travel schedule, kept clients on track with the paperwork, laid out ad campaigns and kept everyone in our neighborhood registered to vote.  Nancy was an expert at animal nutrition and conditioning, and a talented groomer.
Over the years, Nancy was a member of various dog clubs and associations.  She was a founding board member of the Shoreline Dog Fanciers Association in California.  Most recently Nancy belonged to the Gig Harbor Kennel Club which hosts its annual show in Shelton.  She also enjoyed gardening, cooking and entertaining.  Nancy was a great player of the board game Upwards, and an avid western movie fan.  Spending time with her family was most important to her, and she cherished her three Chihuahuas, “Dani”, “Dida” and “Bunny”.
She is survived by her husband Richard, Shelton; daughters, Janis Byrd (Denis Leverich) and Vicki Willard (Steven) of New Zealand; grandchildren, Laura Lewis (Paul), Shelton, Nathan Willard (Brittney) Ft. Rucker, AL. Patrick Hunter (Cherie), Seattle; Rachel Barnett (Andrew) Ft. Drum, NY, Brenda King (Brian) Forks, WA and seven great grandchildren.
A private gathering of family and friends will be held at a later date.  In lieu flowers, dog fanciers may make a donation to any dog club of the donor’s choice.  If donors would prefer, donations would also be appreciated to the Mason General Hospital Foundation, as her daughter and son-in-law have been long-time volunteers for that community resource. 
Nancy is preceded in death by her parents and son, Richard Scott Byrd. McComb Funeral Home was honored to serve this family.


Lynda Dillon Silver

Silver_Lynda.jpgLynda Dillon Silver, 63, a resident of Potlatch, died of cancer on July 9, 2012, at home.
She was born on Dec. 17, 1948, in Shelton to Charlie Dillon Leona (Aardell).
She was married twice. Both ended in divorce.
Silver took care of both of her parents as they became ill at the end of their lives. She had a flower shop in Union called Bloomers, then got involved in the fire department. She devoted many years to Mason County as an EMT and emergency dispatcher.
Her family shared that she loved to arrange flowers, garden and was very informed about birds, plants and photography. She also did a lot of traveling.
She is survived by her brother Sigurd Bakke of Eastern Washington; sister Kirsti Horner of Wisconsin; uncle William Conner of Olympia; aunt Thelma Conner of Olympia; cousins Bruce and Kathleen Conner and Celia Dillon of Olympia and many nieces, nephews, friends and family.
A memorial service will take place at 3 p.m. on Sept. 8 at the Mason County Fire District 6 fire hall, 50 E. Seattle St., Union. A potluck is also scheduled. For more information call 427-9416. Fire Chaplain James Potter and Chief Clint Voke will officiate.
An inurnment will take place on Hood Canal following the service. Arrangments are under the direction of Lori Jackson.
Memorial donations can be made to Lynda Dillon Silver at any Our Community Credit Union branch.


Robert Milton Smith

Smith_Robert_M.jpgOn Tuesday, August 21, 2012, Robert Milton Smith passed away at Alpine Way Retirement Center. He was 93 years old. Bob was born on July 2, 1919 in Edmonds, WA to Oscar James and Anna (Rodgberg) Smith. He graduated from Irene S. Reed High School in 1937 and married Merle E. Bitney, who preceded him in death. Bob entered the US Army in 1943 and served in India as an engineer until the end of World War II.
Bob was a lifetime resident of Mason County and was employed by logging companies which were working along Hood Canal.  Soon he moved to the Rayonier Pulp and Paper mill in Shelton to work as a pipe fitter until his retirement forty years later. In April of 1983 he married Lila Spalding in Shelton, WA at the Faith Lutheran Church. Bob was a lifelong member of the American Legion and served along with his wife Merle, (40 et 8) as president. He also became a lifelong member of the Good Sams Club and along with his brother in law Ray Peterson, led this group on many interesting adventures.
Bob is survived by two sons, Jack who lives in Shelton and Jim who lives in Seattle.
He is preceded in death by sons, Jerry and Kenny; sister, Maxine; brother, Rodney and daughter in law, Mary Kay Burns. There will be a memorial service at Faith Lutheran Church on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 1:00 pm. Donations can be made to the Faith Lutheran Church Memorial Fund.