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Margaret P. Aldrich

aldrichmargaret.jpgMargaret Pauline Aldrich, 88, of Shelton, WA passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday, August 27, 2011. Margaret was born on July 28, 1923 in Tacoma, WA to James S. and Ida (Nimrick) Crowell. She graduated from Kapowsin High School and attended Knapps Business College in Tacoma. In November of 1943, she married Ralph W. Aldrich.

Margaret worked nine years as a secretary for IWA Local 38 in Shelton and retired in 1982 as a medical claims examiner for the State of Washington, Disability Insurance Section in Olympia, WA. Margaret was an active member and secretary/treasurer of 15 years with the Mason County Widow and Widowers Support Group, a member of the American Dahlia Society, the North American Gladiolus Council, the Berrien, Michigan, Jefferson counties and Mason County Genealogical Societies, the Shelton Genealogy Study Group, the Mason County Senior Activities Association and the AFSCME Retiree Program. She was an avid flower gardener, particularly dahlias and won boxes of ribbons and horticulture trophies (21 of them) at the Mason County Fair. Margaret was a dedicated genealogist and compiled very thorough and organized family tree books for the members of her family. She loved birds, especially her talking myna, crows, cockatiels, turtle doves and pigeons.

She is survived by her son Ralph (Bonnie) Aldrich, Shelton; sisters, Naomi Swanson, Pocatello, ID, Betty Phillips, Aberdeen, WA, Carolyn Knivila, Pt. Orchard, WA, Nancy (Roger) Severn, Quilcene, WA, Darlene Reiter, St. Paul, MN; brothers, Robert (Claudette) Crowell, Brinnon, WA and Richard Crowell, Silverdale, WA; three grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, five great great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Ralph, infant son Ronald, grandson Wesley Aldrich and brothers Don and Jim “Bud” Crowell.

Viewing will be held at McComb Funeral Home on Tuesday, August 30 from 10 until 5 with service on Wednesday, September 30, 2011 at the Calvary Fellowship Church at 11:00 followed by burial at the Shelton Memorial Park. A reception will be held at Margaret’s home following the burial. The family was served by McComb Funeral Home.


Jordan T. Olson

olsonjordan.jpgJordan Thomas Olson, 78, died at his home on Monday, August 15, 2011. Jordan was born on April 11, 1933 in Mankato, KS to Henry and Sada (Stohr) Olson. He graduated from Mankato High School in 1951 and attended Kansas State University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in engineering in 1960.

He served in the US Army in 1953 until 1955 and was honorably discharged as a Corporal. He married Janice J. Howard in  July of 1952.  After his graduation from college, he was hired by Boeing Company, located in Wichita, KS, moved to New Orleans, and eventually settling in Renton.  He retired from Boeing in 1995. 

Mr. Olson belonged to numerous professional organizations. His hobbies included woodworking, quilting, hunting, fishing, restoring vehicles including a Corvette, and a Firebird.  He was the proud owner of two vintage John Deere tractors. He was a “Statler Stitcher” (an organization of quilters) and owned a long arm quilting machine. He designed and built his own home and furniture.  He was extremely mechanical and resourceful. He enjoyed traveling, friends and playing bridge. He was noted as having a great sense of humor.

He is survived by his wife Janice; daughter, Brenda Morrison (Harold), Federal Way; grandchildren, Miranda Figgins, Richland, WA, Michael Jordan Figgins, Kent; cousins Leland Stohr, Mill Valley, CA and Duane Stohr and Martha Olson and family.  He was preceded in death by his parents and only brother Edward.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.   Tentatively September 17th at his home.


Audrey Faye Walton


waltonaudrey.jpgAudrey Faye Walton passed away on Wednesday, August 10, 2011 in Shelton WA. She was 84. She was born Audrey Faye Scarbrough in Rockdale, TX on October 20, 1926 to her parents Thomas Leonard and Almeda Anne (Fails) Scarbrough. In 1943, she graduated from Breckenridge High School in San Antonio, TX. In 1944, Audrey married Jeffrey "Bill" Noble. 

In addition to raising her children, she worked in clerical positions at various companies, including a bank and a mortgage company.

On August 28, 1960, Audrey married Webster Walton, who remained at her side until his death in 2006.

Audrey was a long time resident of Grapeview, WA having bought a cabin on Mason Lake in 1968 and moving there permanently in 1982. Before moving to Mason County, she lived in Tacoma for over 30 years.

On their property at Mason Lake, Audrey enjoyed gardening, needlepoint, ceramics, cooking, along with crossword puzzles, dominoes and card games. She was an avid reader who loved her many cats. She was an active member of the Mason-Benson Club Senior Group, serving as its Treasurer for a number of years. 

Audrey is survived by her daughters, Anne Rae Powell (Tom) of Hawaii, and Sandra Gregory (Robert), also of Hawaii; her sons Jeffrey Noble (Debbie) of Sacramento, CA, Michael Noble (Carlene) of Roy, WA and Tom Walton of Grapeview, WA; 4 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren, her sister Juanita Emery of Tacoma, WA; and her beloved Blackjack, Willow and Max.

Audrey was preceded in death by both husbands, her brother Orville and sisters, Gladys and Edith. Audrey was also preceded in death by her step-daughter Ann Louise May, who passed away in 2005.

A memorial service was held in her honor on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011 at the Mason Benson Clubhouse. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

The family is being served by the McComb Funeral Home.