Today’s obituary notices:
- Lynn M. Logslett-Hembree
- Bruce Lynn Wheeler
- Eldon “Tom” Smothermon
- Marlene Dorothy Haines
Lynn M. Logslett-Hembree was born in Nashua, Montana to John and Mabel Hovland in 1924 and passed away on June 26, 2013.
She is survived by Jack Hembree, whom she met in 1942. Jack was a hospital corpsman stationed at Farragut Naval Training Base in Idaho and at the time, she worked at Idaho First National Bank in Coeur d’ Alene. They met at the USO. Lynn leaves five stepchildren, Linda Hallmark, Debbie Kirkpatrick, Beth Newby, Dennis Hembree, and Mark Hembree.
She will be missed by her many family, her golfing buddies, and PSNB retirees. She has requested no services be held. Interment will be at New Tacoma Cemetery.
Bruce Lynn Wheeler (April 11, 1944 – June 16, 2013) was a life long resident of Tacoma. He graduated from Wilson High School and received his Associates Degree in business from Olympic College. Bruce chose real estate as his profession and after obtaining his realtor license he joined his father and brother in the family business of Wheeler Realty in the Proctor area.
Bruce was a long time member of the Tacoma Elks; he had been on the board of trustees for the Dyslin Boys Ranch and was a member of the 26th and Proctor Business District Association. He had created the annual children’s Halloween Walk in the Proctor shopping area which grew in size every year. He was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, “Woody” and Vi Wheeler, and his granddaughter Brooke Lyn Wells. He will sadly be remembered by his children, Monica (Jason) Wells, Deric (Shawna) Wheeler, and Jonathan (Angela) Wheeler. Also, he leaves behind his grandchildren: Zoey Wheeler, Ashley Wells, Morgan Wheeler, and Gage Wheeler. Missing Bruce will also be his former wife, Jean Wheeler, his brother, Michael Wheeler, and his 3 nieces.
Per Bruce’s request there will be no funeral service.
Eldon “Tom” Smothermon was born to Alfred Ray and Julia Florence (Brumley) Smothermon in Hollis, Oklahoma and passed away June 25, 2013 at the age of 79. In December of 1942, he married the love of his life, Ann M. Jackson. He retired from a 21-year career in the U.S. Army.
Tom had an associate’s degree. He took extensive dietary classes and was educated in all phases of food preparation. He began his career at Franke Tobey Jones Retirement Estates as the Food Service Director. He also worked as the Director of Food Service at Abilene House. Tom set up the original kitchen for the Weatherly Inn.
Tom’s interests included politics, collecting recipes, and history, esp. military history. However, his greatest joy was feeding family and company. He was also a member of the VFW, DAV, and AARP.
He was preceded in death by his parents. Tom is survived by his wife, Ann Smothermon; sister, Frances Taylor; nephew, Aaron Taylor; niece, Tori Choate and her children, Asher, Ava, and Corbin.
A graveside service with military honors will be held at New Tacoma Cemetery on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. with reception to follow in Chambers Creek Chapel. Guestbook atwww.newtacoma.com.
Marlene Dorothy Haines passed away Sunday June 23, 2013 in her home after a long courageous battle with cancer. Her strength, patience, spirit, determination, and love for others showed in how she lived her life.
The family moved to Tacoma in 1946 where she graduated from Lincoln High School. In 1956 she moved to California where she began her career in real estate/escrow. In 1970 she returned to Tacoma to spend the rest of her life. Marlene was employed by Swanson McGoldrick Real Estate in Tacoma as an Escrow Officer for 42 years.
Marlene is predeceased by her husband, Frederick (Fritz) Haines. She leaves behind her two sons, Donald Pretari (Carol Whitehurst) and Steven Kirk (Yuka); two grandchildren, Alex and Alyssa, who are the bright stars in her life; and Fritz’s granddaughter, Lisa Haines. Also three sisters, Sharon (John) Farber, Audrey (Michael) Pierce, and Donna DuVal; and sister-in-law, Mercy Smith. Fiona Prince was a friend who was like a daughter to her.
She also leaves happy memories with her nieces, Teresa (Kevin) Moon, Jami Burgess, Angie (Rick) Dorgan, and Debbie Williams; and nephews, Larry (Cara) Francis, Walter Scott, and Rob Petersen.
Marlene was an amazing, loving, caring person who will always be remembered by her friends, family, and those who worked with her. She loved the arts and was a supporter of Broadway Art Center, Chihuly Glass Museum, and Rescue Mission. She volunteered at Multi Care for over 20 years.
The family wants to thank all those who cared for her during this time, especially Franciscan Health Care, Dr. Frank Senecal, Franciscan Hospice, and the Family Resource Home Care.
A Celebration of Life will be held in August at a to-be-determined time at her home in Tacoma. Please call Marlene’s number if you want to be notified of date and time.