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Edith R. Johnson


johnsoner.jpgEdith Rebecca Johnson, 87, McCleary, WA, died on Monday, July 4, 2011 at the Bonaventure Assisted Living Center in Lacey, WA. Edith was born on December 9, 1923 in Mt. Levi, Arkansas to William M. and Rebecca E. (Warren) Leath She met and married John Raymond Johnson in November of 1941 at the age of 17 and moved to Washington.

First and foremost, Edith was a devoted wife and mother of six children, married for 64 years. She worked as a cook and a waitress at the popular Pine’s Café in McCleary and after obtaining her GED, was a cashier for the County.  Edith attended and raised her children in the McCleary Assembly of God Church; she loved the Lord and enjoyed having Bible Study in her home with family and friends. Her hobbies included sewing, embroidery, quilting, crocheting, gardening, cooking and crossword puzzles. She was also an avid reader. When raising her family, the house was filled with all kinds of animals the children enjoyed.

Edith is survived by her son John R. Johnson (Marlene), Olympia; daughters, Alice Nunez (Ray), Lola Bezley, Wanda Eveleth (Don), Sybil Logan (Jerry), all of McCleary and Marty Wilson (Brad) of Shelton. She had 11 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband and one grandchild.

Donations can be made to the American Heart Association, 1280 S. Parker RD, Denver, CO 80231 or the American Cancer Society, Attention; Memorials, 2120 First Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98109. Services will be held at the Evergreen Christian Community Church, 208 W. Pine St, McCleary, WA on Saturday, July 9, 2011 at 2:00 pm and burial at McCleary Cemetery to follow. The family was served by McComb Funeral Home.

Ormond (Orm) W. Dodge Sr.


dodgeo.jpgOrmond Dodge Sr. 77, of Shelton, WA died on Monday, June 27, 2011 at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia. Orm was born on December 27,1933 to Ormond M. and Annabelle (Bachman) Dodge in Olympia, WA. He graduated in 1952 from Olympia High School and joined the Navy. While in the service Ormond attended the US Navy Hospital Corps School in San Diego and graduated as a hospital apprentice in 1954. He was later stationed in Bremerton. He married Dianne Sells in 1960.  In 1964, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree from St. Martins College.

Ormond was a bookkeeper/accountant for many years. He started out at JD Dutton and Associates as a lineman. He worked at the Tyee as the head comptroller, for Harold’s Plumbing, Nye Lumber Co. and for Olympia Sand and Gravel, retiring from there in 1999. Orm loved hiking and photography, making regular trips to Mt. Rainier and into the Olympics. He had a special interest in lighthouses and traveled the coastal beaches extensively to photograph them. He also enjoyed vacationing in Mexico with his former companion Gina Stiller, who preceded him in death in 1988. His other hobbies included crossword puzzles, working in his yard and harvesting shellfish on his beach. He was also an avid sports fan, specifically of Washington teams. He had a sly sense of humor, an excellent memory, was very generous, supportive of his family and friends, and a much-loved father.

He is survived by his daughter, Johnna (Mark) Ziegler, Union; sons, Ormond J. Dodge Jr. (Lori Brady) Shelton and Jason Dodge (Kim Buffaloe) Belfair; ex-wife and close friend, Dianne Berry, Shelton; sister, Georgia Glass, Olympia, and nieces Barbara Glass and Mona (Dean) Moberg. He was preceded in death by his parents and companion Gina Stiller.

A celebration of his life will be held at an open house at his home at 460 SE Sells Drive in Shelton on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 1:00. The family was served by McComb Funeral Home.

Margie Laatz

Margie Laatz died on Saturday, June 18, 2011.

Born Margie Mae Johnson in Chicago on May 17, 1924, she moved with her family to Seattle as a small child. Settled on the east side of Queen Anne hill, Margie attended John Hay ES & Queen Anne HS. She later attended the U of W where she met & married her husband Lorenz Laatz in 1944. Early time together was brief, as the US Army Air Force sent her new husband to the South Pacific to command P-38 support & maintenace squadrons.

After  the war, Margie & Lorenz settled in the Magnolia Bluff area of Seattle where they lived & raised a family for many years. In the mid-1950's Margie took a pioneering step for women of her age & returned to the UW to finish a degree in education. An affinity & unique manner of communicating with small children led her to become a 1st grade teacher first at Coe ES then for most of her career at Magnolia ES Seattle SD & videos of her classrooms were used as models for early primary education training even after her retirement in 1982.

During the 1960's Margie & family spent most summers at Bayshore beach cabins near Shelton, WA. Friends, contacts & a love of that area led Margie & Lorenze to build a house on the 18th faiway of Alderbrook GC in 1982. There they spent their retirement years entertaining, traveling, & enjoying family.

Margie is preceded in death by her husband in 2001 & survived by 2 sisters, Viola & Barbara, 2 sons, John Laatz of Bremerton & Robert Laatz of Olympia & her beloved daughter Marnie Dominy who remained connected & devoted through Margie's waning years of declining health. While walls were adorned with pictures of 6 grandchildren, she had anticipated the birth of 2 new great grandchildren due this fall.

Margie will be missed by all.

Arrangements by McComb Funeral Home, Shelton, WA.