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Martin J. “Jim” Hart Jr.

hartj.jpgJim M. Hart Jr. 82, died at Mason General Hospital on Thursday, July 28, 2011. Mr. Hart was born on May 16, 1929 to Martin J. and Dorothy (Hayssen) Hart Sr. in Portland, OR. He graduated from Irene S. Reed High School in 1947 and was drafted into the US Army, serving in South Korea 1951 until 1952. After serving in the Army, he returned to start his own sheet metal shop and heating company, a trade he learned from his father.

Jim was well known in Shelton as the “furnace guy”. He went above and beyond to make sure his clients were warm, often times going out at all hours of the day or night to pick up parts and to make repairs. He was a regular at Nita’s to start his day with her breakfasts and to read the paper. Jim was a member of the First Baptist Church where he was very involved as an offering counter and active in the mission trips, where he had made several trips to Belize, Honduras and Nicaragua, helping to build churches. He was a Boy Scout leader for Troop 10 for nearly 10 years also. He liked working on the computer, hiking, was an avid reader and interested in genealogy, making family books for all of his family. He was a very kind, generous man, who was always there when you needed him and he will be missed by many.

Survivors include brother, Gerry (Joane) Hart and sister Pat (Cecil) Crow, both of Shelton. He had numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Donations can be made to The First Baptist Church Missions/Honduras, 428 W. Cota St. Shelton, WA.

A memorial service will be held at the First Baptist Church on Thursday, August 4, 2011 at 1:30 pm.

Wyla E. Barney


barneyw.jpgWyla Ellen Munuluk Barney, 86, of Christmas Village in Shelton, WA died peacefully at home on Monday, July 25, 2011. Wyla was born on June 30, 1925 to Walter and Beulah (King) Nichols in Kotzebue, AK. It was there that she inherited the middle name “Munuluk” from the native Alaskans.

Her family moved from Alaska to Idaho when Wyla was three. She graduated high school in Leavenworth, WA and attended college at the Northwest Nazarene College in Nampa, ID and then obtained her Bachelors Degree from the University of British Columbia. Wyla married Willis Barney in June of 1945. Mrs. Barney taught school in Canada from 1968 until 1969, but was mainly a homemaker and wife of a Pastor, raising three children. Wyla was a member of the Nazarene Church and strong in her faith.

Her hobbies included gardening, cooking, rockhounding, sewing and music. She played the organ and the vibraharp. Wyla was an avid reader and especially enjoyed science fiction and was a huge Star Trek fan.

Survivors include her husband, Willis, of Shelton; daughters, Wyla (Charles) Wood, Shelton and Francie (Jim) Sylvester of Monroe; son, Al Barney (Lee Lafleche), Olympia; brother, Will Nichols, Caldwell, ID; sister, Dorine Nichols, Nampa, ID, seven grandchildren, four great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Wyla was preceded in death by Her parents, brother Lauren Nichols and an infant grandchild.
Memorial donations can be made to the Church of the Nazarene, 1331 Shelton Springs Rd. Shelton, WA or the Voice of the Martyrs, P.O. Box 443, Bartlesville, OK 74005-0443. A memorial service will be held at the Church of the Nazarene, Shelton on Saturday, August 6, 2011 at 2:00 pm.


Diane White


whitediane.jpgDiane White, 55, of Grapeview, WA died at her home on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 surrounded by her loving family. Diane was born on October 19, 1955 in Seattle, WA to Robert L. and Dorothy M. (Christian) Stephens. She graduated from Immaculate Conception High in Seattle, WA  in 1973 and attended some college classes at Seattle Central Community College. In July of 1972, she married David A. White.

Diane was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and she was very active in the ministry. Her hobbies included cooking (especially Creole and Mexican cuisine), music, dance, and shopping. She enjoyed traveling with her husband and loved people and entertaining. Diane was fun loving  and mischievous with a delightful sense of humor. She will be remembered for her spunk, warmth, generosity, her welcoming spirit, her joys in life and her love for her God.

She is survived by her husband, Dave of Grapeview; daughters, Detra (Jacob) Phillips, Shelton and Denita Jones of Tacoma; father, Robert Stephens; mother, Dorothy Woods, both of Seattle; sisters Joanna (Richard) Ellison, Annette (Raymond) Livingston, Sunni (Brian) Terri, Dee Stephens, Martha Jamerson, and Janet (Joe) James, all of Seattle; grandchildren Jordan and Joel Phillips and Daisia, Malakai, and Xavia Jones; three aunts, two uncles, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Services were held at the Kingdom Hall of  Jehovah’s Witnesses on Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 2:00. The family was served by McComb Funeral Home.