Edna Juanita (Aerni) Edwards was born March 26, 1926, in Trout Lake, Wash., to proud parents, Joseph and Grace Aerni. She was the youngest of five beloved children, Ruth, Olive, George and Pearl.

Donna Rae Allison, 81, passed away July 4, 2020, after battling Covid-19.

MaryBelle Rice died peacefully Saturday night, June 6, 2020, in the same Yelm home where she was born July 24, 1923. Her mother died during childbirth and she was raised by her older siblings, Evelyn, Ruth and Howard. MaryBelle was a beautiful child and teen who loved to sing. Many would sto…

Gary Rowley, 66, passed away May 25, 2020. He was born in Fulton N.Y., and spent his younger years in California, before settling in Yelm, Wash., in 1980.

Nathan Clair Turner II, 69, was born in Tacoma, Wash., May 5, 1950, to parents, Nathan Clair Turner Sr. and Jeanne Madge Turner (Smith). He passed away Feb. 10, 2020.

Jonathan F. Stringer passed away Jan. 9, 2020. He was on a job site, helping save a man from a collapsing trench, he succeeded. It was Jon’s nature, helping others. He was born May 4, 1995, in Everett, Wash., and attended schools in Tenino, Tumwater and Rochester.

Marilee Rose Gamin passed away Dec. 5, 2019, in Lacey, Wash. She was born Dec. 27, 1957, to Jack and Olive Gamin in Tacoma, Wash.

On Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, Marion Louise (Cory) Nelson, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away at the age of 97. She was born Dec. 2, 1921, in Fargo, N.D., to Joseph and Ruth Cory.

Van Roy Southworth, 70, originally from Yelm, Wash., passed away July 23, 2019, surrounded by his family. Roy was born in Olympia, Wash., June 10, 1949, to Harry and Georgiana Southworth. Along with his older sister, Kay, he was raised in Yelm, Wash.

Leonard Charles Blauvelt was born May 23,1941, in Seattle, Wash., to Leonard and Charlotte Blauvelt. He grew up on Phinney Ridge with his late sister, Linda Vadset.

Isabel H. “Izzy” Hay, 96, passed away peacefully June 11, 2019. She was born in Matlock, Wash., to the late Arza and Julia (Gulliver) Hay.

Patrick John Kelly was born to Madge (Carlson) and Frank J. Kelly in Olympia, Washington, and was one of eight siblings, including Lawrence, Hank, Louise, Patricia “Sis”, Dwayne, Donald and Dolly. He is survived by Lawrence, Louise, Patricia “Sis”, Dolly, Dwayne and Hank’s wife Marilyn. He i…

Curtis Franklin Sumner, 77, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 2, 2019, in the Providence St. Peter’s Hospital Intensive Care Unit after sustaining a fatal fall from a roof 14 hours earlier on Saturday. Curt was born Feb. 1, 1942, to William Franklin Sumner and Martha Eloree Hyder Sumner…

Donald D. Phillips, of Yelm, passed away peacefully at his home on April 17, 2019. He met his lovely wife, Lavina, in Manson, Washington, and they were married Sept. 21, 1963. They lived most of their married life in Yelm while raising their three children, Kelli, David and Bryan. Don had tw…

Phillip Jay Rearden, 72, beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, died on May 8, 2019, peacefully in his home on Chuckawa Lane. Phil was born in Tacoma, Washington, to Frank and Opal Rearden on June 20, 1946. He married Christie Jay Potter on July 20, 1970, and Phil would tell you th…

Michael Richard Walker, 71, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Yelm, Washington on Dec. 10, 2018. Mike was born to the farming family of Verne and Edna Walker in Wapato, Washington on Aug. 12, 1947 where he was raised. A loyal Cougar, Mike attended WSU and earned a bachelor’s degree in …

Robert (Bob) aged 87, passed away April 5, 2019 at the Washington Soldiers Home in Orting, Washington. He was born on July 8, 1931 to Robert and May Brown in Vancouver, British Columbia. He served in the Canadian Airforce and the US Air Force.