Lael L Headley, 90, of Puyallup changed her address to “Heaven” on March 12, 2009. Left to miss her until we see her again are her daughters Karen (Wallen) Shearer, and Diane Headley. Her grandchildren Gary Kolberg, Ward Shearer, Brett (Katie) Shearer, Vicki Sorrels, Steven Kolberg, Brian Headley, Nadine (Tony) Prather. Her great grandchildren Amanda Murdock, Roxanne Headley, Angelica Sorrels, Kaycee Shearer, Desiree’ Shearer, April Shearer, Leanna Bates, Christopher Sorrels, Piper Sorrels, Chante’ Oliver, Nevaeh Shearer. Her great-great-grandchildren Christian Schmidt, Gabriel Schmidt and, soon to enter this world Kaitlyn Schmidt. She also leaves two dear friends who were like daughters to her, Linda Chelius and Laura Castelo-Toledo. Graveside services will be Thursday, March 19 at 12:30 at Mt. View Funeral Home in Lakewood. Viewing will be from 11:00 to 12:00 Thursday.
Kelly M. (Jennings) Rose, age 44, lost her battle with cancer on March 8, 2009, and passed away at her home in Puyallup, WA. Her family was by her side. Kelly was born on July 24, 1964, in Lakewood, WA, to Brian Jennings and Cheryl (Jennings) Rosskopf. Kind hearted, friendly, spiritual, and with positive energy, she made friends easily and had a large circle of close friends. Kelly graduated from Wilson High School in 1982. In 1984, Kelly’s adventurous nature had her moving to Denver, where she worked for TRW. From Denver she moved to the New York City TRW offices. In 1984, homesickness and her desire to be with friends and family brought her back to Tacoma. Kelly soon found work in her chosen career as a Commercial Property Manager. Kelly worked for the Neil Walter Company in Tacoma, and then CB Richards in Seattle. In October of 2008, she accepted a position with the Egis Company of Tacoma, and shortly thereafter was diagnosed with cancer. In 1990 Kelly married Frank Rose in Olympia. It was this union which gave rise to one of Kelly’s favorite sayings, “Kelly Rose – such a beautiful name.” In 1993, their daughter, Mackenzie, was born. “Kenzie” was the delight of Kelly’s life and the two had a very special relationship and bond and loved spending “girl-time” together. She was involved with her daughter’s gymnastics, dance, and Puyallup High School cheerleading activities. She was very proud of Mackenzie and all that she had accomplished. Kelly and Frank divorced in 2004, but both focused their energy on raising Mackenzie and remained good friends. An avid snowboarder, Mariner, and Seahawks fan, she loved going to games, cheering loudly for the teams. Kelly had boundless energy and lived life to the fullest. However, cancer confronted her with that mountain she could not climb; that disease she could not beat. Kelly was preceded in death by her father, Brian Jennings. She is survived by her daughter, Mackenzie; mother and step-father, Cheryl Jennings Rosskopf (Karl), Olympia, WA; brother, Sam Jennings, and nephews, Taylor Jennings and Zackery Willis, Tacoma; Grandmother, Carolyn (Simons) Boone, Olympia; fianc Rory Doering, Tacoma; Uncle Dan (Phoebe) Simons, Denver, CO; Aunt Pearl (Pete) Fjugstad, Randle, WA; Aunt Thelma Smart, Renton; and step-sisters, Kari Rosskopf, Yelm; Kelli Bennett (Bruce), Olympia; Kimberly Carter (Rob) of Sedro Woolley, WA.; and numerous other relatives and friends. A “Celebration of Life” service will be held on Tuesday, March 24, at 4 p.m., at the Puyallup Foursquare Church, 601 9th Ave. SE, Puyallup. Reception following. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kelly Rose Memorial Fund at any Columbia Bank. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guest book at www.mountainviewtacoma.com
Mary Jane Overland, RN Our beloved mother and grandmother Mary Overland passed away peacefully March 9. She was born March 30, 1925 to Mamie McGuire and Arthur Smith in Rice Lake, Wisconsin. Due to the loss of her mother at a very young age, Mary was raised in the convent under the care of Sister Angela. After graduation, Mary reunited with her father and 2 brothers, Hubert and Paul, in Tacoma. Mary was a registered nurse; graduating from Tacoma General Hospital. She retired from TGH in 1987, having enjoyed many years in Labor and Delivery. She was also the recipient of 2 awards from the Tacoma Family Medicine Residency Foundation. Mary loved many things: Jesus, her family, her church, Skip Bo and Pinochle, and cats. Mary was a lifelong member of the Catholic Church; attending most recently Holy Rosary. Mary was preceded in death by her husband Martin in 2005. She is survived by her children John, Karen, Kevin, Mitzie and Rod; her grandchildren Ryan, Karley, Erica, Gregg, Colin, Weston, Chad, Anna, and Colby, and many other family and friends. A special thanks to Dr. Paula Schulze, Elizabeth, her caregiver, Mary Lynn, her nurse from Sound Options, and Father John for his recent home visit to her. The Rosary will be held at Holy Rosary Church, 6 PM on March 19; viewing at Mountain View Funeral Home, noon to 4:30 on March 19; and services in the Mountain View Valley Chapel at 3 PM on Friday, March 20, 2009. Donations may be made in her name to Holy Rosary School, 424 South 30th, in Tacoma. Sign the guest book online at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Elmer J. Price passed away peacefully surrounded by family on March 9, 2009. He lived 95 years full of adventure, iris growing, mountain climbing, and fatherly guidance. He was born in 1913 in Tacoma, and lived nearly all of his life there. We believe Elmer to have departed on the ultimate backpacking ascent to the high meadows. He was a man most accustomed to wearing boots, either for hiking or work, and those boots, with legs attached, took him ever higher. He was a member of the Tacoma Mountaineers and led many hikes through the Cascades and Olympics. He served one year as the organization’s vice president. As he slowed down just a little in his 80s, he led shorter hikes through Point Defiance Park. He served MetroParks Tacoma by maintaining trails through Point Defiance. He continued to be active into his 90s by doing his ten minutes on the treadmill at the Wellness Center at Franke Tobey Jones. Even when working he often went higher than most, climbing up the old ASARCO Smelter smokestack. He worked for ASARCO in instrumentation and environmental controls for many years until retiring in 1978. In retirement, he continued hiking, documenting the beauty of the mountains with his camera, and growing iris in his garden and in the gardens at Point Defiance. He was a lifelong member of the Pierce County Iris Society and a Master Gardener. He was also a member of the Boy Scouts, serving as a district commissioner. Growing up in Tacoma, he was one of the region’s first Sea Scouts. He was fond of rowing around Puget Sound and lashing his boat to the barges going here and there. Elmer worked for the CCC during the Great Depression and during World War II, was a recipient of the Bronze Star and a member of MacArthur’s rear echelon. While in occupied Japan, he was discharged from the U.S. Army and worked for the Civil Service. There he met his wife Teruko, and thus began a 62-year romance. They were married in 1947. He WAs preceded by his father Joseph Price, mother Dorthea, and brother Erwin. He is survived by his wife Teruko, daughter Mary Hudson, her husband James, son Joseph Price and his wife Denise. He has nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A celebration of Elmer’s life will take place in the Mountain View Garden Chapel, Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Elmer’s memory to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation.
Ronald Raymond Sobie Devoted Husband, Father, Friend, Soldier! Ronald Raymond Sobie passed away March 10, 2009 in Tacoma, Washington at the age of 76. He was born June 10, 1932 in Chicago, Illinois. Ron joined the United States Army in 1951. A veteran of both the Korean and Vietnam wars, Ron retired as a Master Sergeant from the Army in 1975. He continued as a civilian employee for the Morale Welfare & Recreation Dept. and managed the Ft. Lewis Bowling Center until his retirement in 1998. An avid sportsman, Ron enjoyed fishing, hunting, bowling and boating. He was most involved in his children’s activities and school. Ron is survived by his wife of 54 years, daughter, son and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his two brothers and sister. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, March 19, 2009, 11:00 am at St. John the Baptist Parish, 25810 156th Ave. SE, Kent, WA, followed by burial service at Tahoma National Cemetery at 12:30 p.m.
Mary Elizabeth Syverson, Libby as her family and friends referred to her, passed away on January 23, 2009, just a couple weeks shy of her 96th birthday. Born in Benson, Minnesota on February 8, 1913 to Daniel and Mary Carney, Libby, along with her younger sister Virginia, enjoyed the life of growing up in a small town. Eventually, Libby caught the eye of a young man in Benson named Arthur M. Syverson, and on August 3, 1939 she married the love of her life. Shortly thereafter, the newly married couple moved to Tacoma, WA. The early 1940s brought lots of exciting moments to Art and Libby, most notably the addition of their sons Peter and Edward. The Syverson family enjoyed many outdoor activities throughout the years like camping and hiking, and very much looked forward to these events and the times spent together. When their sons were just entering their 20s, a tragic and unexpected auto accident took the lives of both Peter and Eddy. Art and Libby understandably never quite got over the loss of their boys, but did all they could to enjoy what they still had left, each other. In 1987, Art too bid his farewell after a long bout with mesothelioma. With the love and support of family and friends throughout the past 20 years, Libby’s strong spirit, sense of humor and determination kept her going until she could join her beloved family and see her three favorite men again. Services to celebrate Libby’s life will be held on March 27th at 11 am at MountainView in their Garden Chapel.
Beverley Gail Welch, born on May 8, 1934, passed away peacefully on March 11, 2009 with her family at her side.
Beverley was born to Fred and Berniece Russell in Ontario Oregon. She grew up on a farm in Vail where she had her own jersey cow as a pet. She has had a lifelong love affair with animals and has always had pets by her side. Her passion was her pugs in which she proudly raised and showed.
Beverley was a woman who was filled with a lot of love, laughter and kindness but most of all she was a lady with amazing strength and determination who lived her life to the fullest extent possible.
Beverley is survived by her husband of 57 years, Clifford Welch; son, David Welch (wife Denise); brother, Graydon Russell (Janice); sister, Shirley Caron (Bill); 6 grandchildren; Jennifer and Christopher Welch, Kenney Ferguson, Rachel Hines (Thomas), Rebecca and Grey Chase, and 9 great grandchildren. Beverley was also blessed with a lifelong best friend of 60 years, Shirley Solomon.
There are no words to describe how much our loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother and friend will be missed. We have all been blessed by having Beverley, whom touched our lives in so many ways. We love her and will miss her very much.
Memorial services will be held at Mountain View Funeral Home, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd SW Lakewood WA at 2:00PM in the Valley Chapel. Following the service a reception will be held in the Oak Room, Mountain View Celebration of Life Center. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home (253) 584-0252.
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