Lewis (Lew) W. Drury On the morning of Jan.21, 2009 Lew took a peaceful stroll down the golden path that lead him to heaven and when the pearly gates opened he was greeted by his father, Stanley Drury, mother, Lela Wilde, step father, Walter Wilde, sister, Bernice McWold, brother, Raymond Drury, and his mother and father-in-law, Mike V. and Dorothy S. Manza who preceded him in death. Lew was born in LaGrande, Iowa Sept. 19, 1930, and as a young boy moved with his family out to Washington where he attended school, completed it at Rochester High School. He then joined the U. S. Navy where he served aboard the Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. Boxer for four years. Upon discharge he enrolled at Tacoma Vocational School where he met and later married the love of his life, Marilyn Manza. Lew worked for Boeing, while attending school, then for Puget Sound Casket Co. in Tacoma. When he moved to Littlerock, Wa. in 1974 he was employed by Calvary Cemetery and the Tumwater School District, as a bus driver for 18 years and a State certified Driver/Trainer Instructor. He loved to travel and his last trip was a very special cruise to Alaska for his 50th Wedding Anniversary. He was a life member of the American Legion Post 166 and a lifetime member of the U.S.S. Boxer Veteran’s Associatio. He was loved and will be missed by so many, but none as much as his loving devoted wife Marilyn and his brother-in-law James (Jimmie) Manza of the home. He also is survived by two nephews . At Lew’s request, in lieu for flowers, please send your donation in his memory to: American Cancer Society, CANCER RESEARCH, 1313 Broadway, Suite 100,Tacoma, Wa. 98402, to help find a cure for Cancer. The service will be at 12:00 P.M. Sat. Jan. 31 in the Mountain View Garden Chapel. Please sign online register at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
Ethel M Lewis passed away at home January 23, 2009 surrounded by her family after a short battle with Cancer. She was born on July 16, 1934 to William “Ben” & Ethel Danard of Tacoma, WA. She is survived by her loving husband John of 54 years, 4 children Diana & John Marsh, John Lewis, Rick &ESandra Lewis, Teresa Lewis, her granddaughter Donna Lewis, sister Beverly Doyle and numerous nieces and nephews. Ethel has many friends in the community and enjoyed playing cards, bowling and lunch with her girlfriends. She enjoyed traveling with her family to Hawaii, Mexico and Reno. Ethel was a very warm and loving woman that made everyone feel like family, a constant care giver. She never lost her sense of humor and often had the family in stitches right up to her final days. We will love and miss you forever Mom A celebration of her life will be held at Mountain View Funeral Home Garden Chapel 4100 Steilacoom Blvd. SW Lakewood, WA on Saturday January 31, 2009 at 3:00 PM. In lieu of flowers you may send donations to the American Cancer Society or a charity of your choice
Virginia “Ginny” June Matson was born June 7, 1930 in Tacoma, WA to Henry and Alvina Clark and lived in the area all her life. She passed away peacefully on January 20, 2009. Preceding her in death were her husband, Major Charles William Matson Sr., US Army retired, her parents, sister Marilyn Carr and best friend Luvina Johnson. Survivors are her daughter, Susan Short, step son, Charles Matson Jr., step daughter, Barbara Matson, 7 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Virginia was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend, who loved to dance, bowl, and garden and was a fine example of what a caregiver should be. She worked many years as an Accounting Clerk for the City of Tacoma and prior to that as assistant to the Medical Director of ASARCO. Her family welcomes friends and neighbors to a celebration of her life on January 31, 2009 5 to 7 PM, with remembrances at 6 PM, at 3553 Sylvan Drive W., University Place, WA. In lieu of flowers, Please make donations to United Ostomy Aisne. Inc., 19772 MacArthur Blvd. Ste. 200, Irvine, CA. 92612.
Marion A. Stephenson died Wednesday, January 21, 2009 in Tacoma, Washington. Marion was born April 29, 1921 to George and Lillian Smeester in Marinette, Wisconsin. She married Fredrick “Fritz” Stephenson on May 25, 1942and had three children, Janet, Mark, and Carol. Funeral Services will be held January 31, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. at St. John Of The Woods Catholic Church in Tacoma. At Marion’s request, in lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the Northwest National Kidney Foundation.
Richard Byron Tibbitts June 3, 1928 — Jan. 19, 2009 Richard “Dick” Tibbitts passed away after a 25 yrs. battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was preceded in death by his wife, Darllyne (March, 2007). Dick lived his entire life in Tacoma, WA. and was a graduate of Lincoln High School. Dick and Darllyne enjoyed 56 wonderful, fun, happy years together. Dick was a kind, caring, quick-witted loved man. Family and friends came first but he also loved ice cream and sports. He was a member of one of the original slow-pitch teams in Tacoma and played from age 16 until 75, despite health issues in the later years. Dick retired from the U.S. Postal Service (Lakewood) in 1984. He joins Darllyne, but will be greatly missed by his two daughters, Kathleen Booth (Jon), Susan Galligan (Mark), five grandchildren, Allyson Oughton (Todd), Andy Booth, Darby, Steve, Katie Galligan, and one great-granddaughter, Amber Oughton. We wish to thank the caregivers and staff at both Life Manor Assisted Living and Cottesmore of Life Care for their wonderful care and support. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009 1:00 pm at Mt. View Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to: Push for PD, POEBox 25053, Seattle, WA 98125 www.pushforpd.org.
The above listed obituary was arranged by Mountain View Funeral Home. Sign the online guest book. 253-584-0252.