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Dorothy Laverne McCleskey

mccleskeyd.jpgDorothy Laverne McCleskey was born on July 17, 1921.  After a life filled with love and laughter with many friends and family, God called her home to live with him. On November 1, 2011 Dorothy closed her eyes and with angel’s wings was passed into the loving arms of Jesus.

Dorothy grew up on a small farm near Lamoure, North Dakota as one of 14 brothers and sisters.  She didn’t like life on the farm very much at the time, but said she really learned to appreciate it later in life, and it was probably from those early days there that she learned the incredible work ethic that would be with her all of her life.  Too beautiful and adventurous to stay on the farm long, Dorothy, or Dot as she was better know, left and settled in the Seattle, Washington area.  She was briefly married to Charles Hampton and had her first child, Sandra, in 1945.  In 1950 she married Edward Torre and had two children, Toni and Michael born in 1951 and 1952. Her husband Edward died in 1965.  In 1971 Dot met and married her soul mate and best friend forever, Jim McCleskey.  Dot and Jim moved to New Orleans and then Mississippi for Jim’s work.  When Jim retired in 1988 they chose Lake Cushman as the place to build their home where they would live the rest of their lives.  They had a wonderful life there with friends and neighbors stopping by and family staying over.  Dotty remained very close to her children throughout her life and had the joy of watching them grow and have their own families. She loved being home visiting with friends and family, going shopping (especially for shoes) and she cherished her animals.  Dot was truly a very special lady, wife, and mother. She had an incredible spirit and determination.  She was loved by all for her warmth, kindness and amazing sense of humor. She will be missed and loved forever.

Dot is survived by her two daughters and son: Sandee Torre, Toni Nicholes, and Michael Torre, 8 grandchildren: Edward Rodriguez, Pam Simpson, Erika Wheeler, Lisa Sanford, Tory Vetter, Krissy Nicholes, and Sean and Dylan Torre, and 13 great-grandchildren. Dot was preceded in death by her husband Jim in 2008.

Dorothy was baptized into Christ on July 4, 2010.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, November 6, 2011 from 10 until 3 at McComb Funeral Home, Shelton, WA with a celebration of life to follow at her residence.


Gary Emery Mork

Gary Emery Mork, 76, died at his home in Shelton, WA on Tuesday, October 25, 2011.  He was born on August 7, 1934 in Shelton, WA to Emery and Irene (Trousil) Mork.

Gary graduated from Irene S. Reed High School in 1954 and served in the US National Guard.  On August 27, 1960 he married Joyce Johnson in Seattle, WA. He worked as a millwright for Simpson Timber Company for a number of years, working a total of 42 years and retiring in June of 1995.  Gary was a member of the IWA (International Woodworkers Association) and enjoyed hiking, camping, mountain climbing, reading and traveling the USA. 

Gary was preceded in death by his parents Emery and Irene Trousil.  He is survived by his wife, Joyce Mork of Shelton, WA; son, Steven Mork (Patti) of Shelton, WA; daughters, Kimberly Million of Shelton, WA, Dawn Seljestad of Shelton, WA; ten grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be sent to American Heart Association, 4414 Woodland Park Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98103-7499 or American Diabetes Association of Washington, 3434 Martin Way NE, Olympia, WA 98506-5047.  The family was served by McComb Funeral Home.

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.