Mary H. Ochs, 90, passed away on March 24, 2009. She leaves behind her son Frank (Bill) Ochs and grandchildren Dawn (Bart) Anderson, Brian (Karen) Ochs, Mark Ochs, and great-granddaughter Jessica Anderson. Mary was the first female store manager in the state for the Liquor Control Board, and was very active in many organizations, including Pierce County Democratic Women’s League, Pierce County Democratic Luncheon Club, 29th District Democratic Club, RPE (Retired Public Employees) Club, and the 1918 Club. She was a member of the South Tacoma Business Association and for many years worked as a Poll Worker on Election Day. She belonged to Bethlehem Lutheran and belonged to the ladies circle. Mary was a longtime Democrat, always lending a hand at fundraisers and other events. For years after her retirement she could be found walking around the Tacoma Mall in the mornings In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bethlehem Lutheran Church’s piano fund or the American Heart Association. Memorial services will be held at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 101 East 38th St., Tacoma, Washington, Saturday April 4, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. Visit www.mountainviewtacoma.com and follow the online tributes link. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252.
Nancy L. Bevis 1930 – 2009 Nancylee Hale Bevis passed away peacefully March 25, surrounded by her family, due to complications from multiple myeloma. She was born and lived the majority of her life in Tacoma, Washington, where she graduated from Lincoln High School in the spring of 1948. Career pursuits included office administrator for the Tacoma Water Department, a licensed real estate broker, and a creative writing contestant. She retired in 1992 as a supervisor after 23 years of service with the City of Tacoma. Artistic endeavors included performances in several local TV commercials and as an extra in the movie After Midnight. She was conspicuously free-spirited and loved to gamble and travel. After touring all over the country since retirement with her longtime companion Duaine Moe, her favorite places were Mexico, Lake Tahoe, Reno, Las Vegas, and the Grand Canyon. Each winter they enjoyed a lengthy visit to Lake Havasu, Arizona. Her proudest accomplishments in this life, by her own admission, were her children, whom she encouraged and supported with unconditional love through sickness and in health. Nancy was preceded in death by her husband of 36 years, Barry Bevis, in 1992, and her son Jeff, age 33, in 1985. She is survived by her daughters Susan (Marshall) Moffat and Kim (Mark) Halsey, grandchildren Jake, Shauni, Erik and Tom, and by her life partner and caregiver Duaine Moe. Viewing will be held from 1 – 9:00 PM on Tuesday, March 31, 2009 at Mountain View Funeral Home. A celebration of her life will be held at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, April 1, 2009 in the Garden Chapel at Mountain View Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, Nancy requested donations be made to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Her family would also like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of the Good Samaritan Cancer Center for all their care, support and friendship during the last stages of her life. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guest book at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
James Douglas Griffith Age 69, of Eatonville, died March 21, 2009 after a long illness. Born June 13, 1939 to Doug and Billie Griffith, he married Charlotte Flanner of Elsie, MI, in 1960. He was a member of the U. S. Air Force for 20 years, and served in Vietnam. In 1976 he moved to Eatonville and worked at Jesse Engineering until his retirement in 1996. He was a member of Tanwax Country Chapel. Beloved husband of Charlotte; father of sons James and John Griffith and daughter and son-in-law Lisa and Rodney Lamping; grandfather of Breanna and Tyler Blair, Colton Griffith, and Logan Flanner; brother of Patsy McGlauthlin; and brother-in-law and uncle to many, he was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Howard. Service to be held at 1:00 on April 4 in the Valley Chapel at Mountain View Funeral Home, in Lakewood. Reception to follow at Tanwax Country Chapel in Eatonville. Gifts in his memory to the American Heart or Lung Association are welcome. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guest book at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Brian L. Knipe May 1, 1954 ~ March 22, 2009 Our dear, sweet, unforgettable Brian was born in Tacoma, WA, graduated from Franklin Pierce High School in 1972, served in the U.S. Navy, fathered two beautiful daughters and touched many lives with his love and good humor. Brian is preceded in death by mother Lois Knipe and is survived by daughters Joey Knipe and Jayme Rosenberger, father Roland Knipe; sisters Janet Rowlands, Pamela Shadoff, Denise Squier and Nanette Vanderford and their families, all of whom will miss him so much. A very special “thank you” to Dr. Waldo Dagan, Dr. Lin Huang and the angels on earth at Good Samaritan Infusion Center, all of whom gave more than they will ever know. We would also like to thank those at U.W. Medical Center who took such good care of Brian. Services will be held in the Garden Chapel at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 4, 2009 at Mountain View Funeral Home, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd., Lakewood, WA. Reception to follow.