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October 12th, 2012

Miriam K. Christiansen, 92

October 12, 2012

It is in celebration, mourning and love that we remember our beloved sister, aunt and friend, Miriam Kathleen “Katie” Christiansen. At 92 years old, Katie peacefully returned to the arms of her lord, husband and parents on Oct. 6, 2012.
Katie was born to Edward and Harriet Wolf at the family home near Tekoa, Wash., on July 30, 1920. She grew up in Deer Park and lived there for the rest of her life.
As a young girl, she enjoyed sports, even winning top honors at the state level for her role as the point guard on the team. She went on to graduate in the Deer Park High School Class of 1938.

September 18th

Wesley L. Strong, 72

September 18, 2012

Wesley Lyle Strong went home to be with the Lord on Monday Sept. 3 2012, in Fairbanks Alaska. He was 72 years old.
He was born to Lyle and Ethylene Strong on Oct. 26 1939, in Deer Park.
Wesley decided to follow his heart to Alaska and has called Fairbanks his home for more than 25 years.
He passed away with his family by his side. His ashes were spread along the banks of the Tanana River where he spent much of his time shooting his guns and watching the aurora borealis. He will be greatly missed by his friends and family.

August 29th

Wilma Metier, 86

August 29, 2012

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Wilma Metier on August 24, 2012 — our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend.
An angel came and took her hand and said her place was ready in Heaven up above. She would have to leave behind all those she dearly loved. Thoughts of all the yesterdays and all the good times we shared with loved ones will long be remembered.
As the days pass into years don't think we are apart, for every time you think of me, I will be there in your heart. At the age of 86 her passing was as graceful and loving as was her life.

August 28th

Zoe E. Williams, 93

August 28, 2012

Zoe Eva (Heiner) Williams, age 93, went to be with the Lord on Friday, Aug. 10, 2012.
Zoe was born to Elmer and Ora (Ross) Heiner on Aug. 3, 1919, in Rooks County, Kansas. She married Alfred William Williams on Oct. 18, 1937, in Grand Junction, Colo. Together they raised a family of 12: Fred, Tommy, Charles, Jane, Art, Daryl, Lance, Ron, Bill, Clara, Jim and Gayle. She was a loving grandmother of 23, great-grandmother of 39 and great-great-grandmother of five.
She dedicated her life to raising her family and caring for their home.

August 7th

Shawn R. Egle, 53

August 7, 2012

Shawn Roberts Egle passed away on July 26, 2012, in Littleton, Colo., at Porter House Hospice Center.
She was born on Dec. 8, 1958, in Seattle to Ron and Vicki Roberts. The family moved to Spokane in 1960 and to Deer Park in 1967.
Shawn graduated from Deer Park High School in 1977. She loved representing DPHS in her first love, gymnastics, in state competition four years in a row. She also did the same thing in track.
Earning gymnastics scholarships, she went to Spokane Community College and Washington State University, then back to SCC for a degree as a cardiopulmonary technician.

Gary E. Bell, 74

August 7, 2012

Former area real estate agent Gary Edger Bell, 74, passed away on Aug. 4, 2012.
Born on March 18, 1938, at Idaho Falls, Idaho, to Hilma and Dwight Bell, he graduated from Idaho Falls High School in 1956.
After graduation he served in the Army. Upon his discharge, he moved to Dillon, Mont., to work road construction with Took Brothers Construction. It was in Dillon that he met and married Agnes Shafer in April 1962.
The couple moved to Bonney Lake, Wash., when he went to work for Boeing. They later purchased property between Deer Park and Chattaroy and built their home.

Rose G. Gilbert, 95

August 7, 2012

Rose G. Gilbert, 95, was born in Saskatchewan, Canada, and moved to Deer Park in 1958. She was a devout member of the Eagles and Church of the Wildwood since 1999.
Rose was a wonderful member and friend to many people. Her many interests included quilt making, crocheting for disabled veterans, grandchildren, family and many friends. No matter the craft Rose enjoyed them as well as special knick-knacks.
Rose will be greatly missed but her beautiful hand-crafted gifts will be long enjoyed.
She is preceded in death by her husband of 36 years, Tom; and a son, Bill, 69.

James E. Calmes, 70

August 7, 2012

Jim Calmes passed away on July 17, 2012, fighting a good fight to the end from complications of his lung cancer resulting in leukemia, with his family at his side.
He was one of our nation’s heroes, a Air Force veteran, but to his family, he was so much more. He was the father and husband that are the backbone of our country, a man to look up to. He will be so missed. God got a good one!
Jim was born at Pearl River, La., on Jan. 7, 1942, to Charles and Ella Calmes.

Betty L. Cuff, 59

August 7, 2012

A memorial service was July 25 at Woodland Cemetery, Deer Park, with the Rev. Daniel Berg officiating, for longtime Deer Park resident Betty Lou Cuff, 59, who passed away on July 17, 2012.
Born on Nov. 6, 1952, to William and Alma Cuff, she attended school in Deer Park before graduating high school in Spokane.
She worked at Radio Shack and the Salty Dog in Deer Park before volunteering at the GreenHouse Community Center for the past eight years.
She is survived by two brothers, Leo and Jack; and one sister, Bonnie.
Lauer Funeral Home, Deer Park was in charge of arrangements.

June 26th

Etta M. Clarkson, 92

June 26, 2012

It is with profound love that we celebrate the life and mourn the loss of our mother, Etta Marie Clarkson. Surrounded by her dedicated and loving family, she was welcomed by the lord on June 22, 2012.
Etta was born on Sept. 30, 1919, in Harper, Kansas to John and Ida Phye. She later married James Clarkson on Sept. 24, 1942, in Anthony, Kansas. Shortly after, they filled their home with the birth of their three children, Ralph, Richard, and Jana.

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