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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.

William R. Nolte

noltewill.jpgWilliam Robert Nolte, 85, of Shelton, WA died on Saturday, September 17, 2011 in Shelton. William was  born on April 28, 1926 in Everson, WA to Ernest C. and Eva L. (Pritts) Nolte. He graduated from Cowiche High School in Cowiche, WA in 1943.

Mr. Nolte served in WWII for the US Naval Coast Guard and was honorably discharged as a 3rd class petty officer. In February of 1969, he married Tanya Carlson in Aberdeen, WA. William was employed in sales for Associated Grocers and then with Keith Uddenberg Co, a retail grocery chain. Mr. Nolte was an honorary lifetime member of the Elks and a prior member of the Moose and the Eagles. His hobbies included fishing, hunting, pool, and wine making. He enjoyed his boat and spending time with his family. He and his wife Tanya did extensive traveling, visiting Finland, Russia, and much of the United States. They went on many cruises and wintered in Yuma, AZ.

Survivors include wife Tanya, Shelton; son, Dale Reed (Maria), Aberdeen; daughter, Kathy Holden, Ocean Shores; ½ brother Harry Rainford (Gwen), Yakima; cousin, Mickey Meador, North Bend; grandchildren, Robert Reed (Erin) and Melissa Piller (Rob), both of Aberdeen and Michael Martinson, Ocean Shores; eight great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents and brother Ernest E. Nolte.

Funeral services will be held at Hope Chapel, 421 West “E” St, Shelton, WA on Monday, September 26, 2011 at 11:00 am. Donations can be made to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research, P.O. Box 19024, J5-200, Seattle, WA 98109-1024 or the Elks Children’s Memorial, c/o Shelton Elks, 741 SE Craig Rd. Shelton, WA 98584.
The family was served by McComb Funeral Home.