Frances Ilene Griffin Age 87, went to be with the Lord on May 3, 2011 in Orlando, Florida. Born May 30, 1924 in Seattle, she grew up in Rochester. She was the fourth of six children and is survived only by her sister, Martha Lohrer of Olympia. Frances was a longtime resident of Lakewood. She loved dearly her family, faith, and flower gardens. She is survived by her daughers, Frances Bondy (FL), Annette Fender (FL), and Alisha Griffin (WA). She also is survived by her grandchildren, James Forman (FL), Lance Bondy (NY), Erin Lanuti (NY), and Devon Bondy (NY), and her great-grandchildren, Isaiah Griffin (FL), Ciera Grandberry (WA), Sequoya Carter (WA), Graham Lanuti(NY), Bailey Bondy (NY), and Piper Bondy (NY). Frances will be laid to rest with her beloved husband Bobert Griffin, Esq. at Tahoma National Cemetery. Memorial service will be held May 12, 2011 at 11:00 am in the Mountain View Garden Chapel. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. Our phone number is: 253-584-0252. Please sign the online guest book at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Joseph Junior Hanks passed away peacefully on Monday, May 2, 2011 at home surrounded by his family. Junior was born February 29, 1924, in Salem, Utah to Joseph Emmett Hanks and Bernice Wilson. He married Daisy Dean Daniels on August 12, 1946 in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple. They are parents to three children: Mark (Janet), Lynn (Gail) and JoDean (Mark) Thatcher, 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He is survived by his sister Beverly Bearnson and brother Dwight Hanks. He is preceded in death by his mother and father, sister Priscilla Simmons, brothers: Brice and Newell Hanks. Joe was inducted into the US Army in 1943 & served in the 80th Division at the completion of the war was transferred to the Famed 1st Division & served as a 1st Lieutenant guarding the Nuremberg Trials. Upon returning home he earned a BS in Business from the University of Utah. He worked for TriState Lumber, Boise Cascade, Weyerhauser and then in 1966 began working for New York Life Insurance where he became very successful and loved being his own boss. Services will be held at 11am Monday, May 9th at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 5220 104th St SW, Lakewood. Viewing will be from 10:00-10:45am. Interment will be at Mountain View Memorial Park. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. Our phone number is: 253-584-0252. Please sign the online guest book at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Nellie May Moore Born 9/11/1935 in Cleveland, OK, passed away on 5/2/2011. Survived by her husband James A. Moore, daughters Sandy Hummer and Pat Twiggs, son Jerry Moore, 6 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. Viewing held at Mountain View Funeral Home, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood, WA, on 5/9/2011 from 10AM till 9PM. Services held on 5/10/2011 at 1PM in the Garden Chapel. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. Our phone number is: 253-584-0252. Please sign the online guest book at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Geraldine Merz (Nee Guinn) February 14, 1922 – May 3, 2011 Geri was born in LInden, Texas, as part of a large family of twelve brothers and sisters. She loved Texas and the only thing that could draw her away was the love of a sailor. She met Edward Leland (Lee) Merz while he was stationed in Houston, Texas, during WW II. Lee and Geri were married March 20, 1943 and they soon had a family, a daughter, Mary-Lee, and two sons, Charles Andrew (Andy), and Leslie Wayne (Les). Geri and Lee lived their entire married life in Tacoma, Washington, and established many dear, life-long friends, many of whom shared their love of travel, dancing, music, and family activities. Geri was a member of First Christian Church, and the BPOE Lodge #1450; Geri’s greatest enjoyment and satisfactions in life came from caring for her family, and all her energy and attention was focused on their comfort and well being. Geri brought a unique spark to everything she did; she had an indomitable spirit, a huge sense of fun, and was always delighted to welcome people into her life. Her quick wit, ready laugh, and willingness to embrace life to the fullest left a lasting impression on all who knew her. After a period of declining health, Geri passed peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at the age of 89. She is survived by her three beloved children, by five grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. There will be a private graveside interment on Friday, May 13, 2011 at Mountain View Memorial Park. A memorial service and celebration of her life will be held at The Weatherly Inn, 6016 North Highlands Parkway, Tacoma, at 1:00 pm on Saturday May 14, in the Chapel and adjoining Nautical Room. The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to and admiration of her physician, Dr. Andy Loomis, the staff of The Weatherly Inn, and Franciscan Hospice who provided exceptional care and comfort to Geri in her last years. Please consider a donation to Franciscan Hospice or your favorite charity. Online condolences may be left at www.thenewstribune.com or at www.mountainviewtacoma.com. Our phone number is: 253-584-0252. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home.
Gary W. Yost was born May 19, 1935 to Samuel and Molly Yost in Tacoma, WA, and passed away from mesothelioma on May 2, 2011. He spent his entire life in Tacoma, with the exception of his time with the US Navy in San Diego, CA. In 1964 he married Janice Watland and raised three children whom he was most proud of. He graduated from Clover Park High School and worked as a Teamster, Asbestos Worker, and retired from IBM as a Customer Engineer. He was proud to be a first-generation descendant of Germans from Russia. Gary enjoyed spending time with family, fishing, ice skating, woodworking, and attending Tacoma Rainiers baseball games. Gary is survived by his wife Janice of 46 years, his three children, Sherri (John), Gary Jr. (Paula), and Lisa (Paul), nine grandchildren, John Jr., Megan, Jordan, and Morgan Tveter, Gary III and Sam Yost, Paul Jr., Seth, and Noah Remington, brother Gordon Yost, sister Janet Randall, and a large extended family. Viewing will be May 12, 2011 from 2-9 PM at Mountain View Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life Service will be Friday, May 13, 2011 at 2:00 PM at Our Savior Lutheran Church, located at 4519 112th Street East in Tacoma. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home, 253-584-0252. Please sign the online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.