Location: Tacoma Washington

Poland, Arthur Melvin – Obituary

Stricken by a heart attack on the local bus, Arthur Melvin Poland, 43, Collins school teacher, died Friday [June 8, 1945] in a shipyard hospital where he had been taken for emergency attention. Poland was a native of Ellensburg and had resided in Tacoma 10 years. He is survived at the home, 2356 South G Street, by his wife, Esther, and daughter, Patricia Poland; mother, Mrs. Cora [Grimm] Poland, Sumner; brothers, Elmer and Lynn Poland, Ellensburg; five sisters, Miss Ann Poland, Montana, Mrs. Clinton Morrow and Mrs. Edna Kenyon, Seattle; Mrs. Dollie Brown, Portland, and Mrs. Leta Doyle, Spanaway. C. O. Lynn will announce funeral arrangements. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Pease, Edgar Bishop – Obituary

Edgar Bishop Pease died Sunday afternoon [August 10, 1930] at a local hospital at the age of 65 years. His home was at 6301 South Alder Street. He was a foreman at the Northern Pacific shops and had lived 31 years in Tacoma. He was a member of Afifi Temple of the Shrine; of Clover Lodge, F. & A. M., and of Whote Clover Chapter, O. E. S.; of Keystone Chapter No. 37, Royal Arch Masons and of the P. O. S. of A. and Northern Pacific Veterans’ Association and M. W. A. Surviving him are his wife, Mrs. Mattie E. Pease; two daughters, Mrs. E. Winifred Wrye and Mrs. Annabelle Holmberg, both of Tacoma; by four sons, Dr. Edgar B. Pease of Phoenix, AZ, Arthur J. of Portland, and Barge B. and Steven O. both of Tacoma; by his mother, Mrs. Anna M. Pease of Ellensburg; one sister, Mrs. Helen Fuson of Ellensburg; by four brothers, William M. Pease of Seattle, Henry, Carnie R. and Sherwood O. of Ellensburg and by five grandchildren. The body is at the Piper Mortuary awaiting funeral arrangements when the sons come from Arizona. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Baker, Grace Edith Fix Bakken – Obituary

Grace Edith Baker, 69, 231 So. 79th St., and a resident of Tacoma for several years, died at the home of her daughter, Mr. C. E. Moore, Hoquiam, Tuesday [May 22, 1951] following an extended illness. She was born in Minnesota and had lived in Washington almost all of her life. She is survived by her husband, G. A. Baker, Tacoma; two daughters, Mrs. Ruth D. Hinthorne, Alderwood Manor, and Mrs. Esther Moore, Hoquiam; one son, Harold A. Baker, Tacoma, and six grandchildren. Services will be held at the chapel of the Orting Funeral Home, Saturday at 1:30 p.m. with the Rev. Paul Roper of Alderwood Manor officiating. Cremation will follow. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Champ, Clifford – Obituary

Clifford H. Champ, 79, of 9924 Waller Road, died Saturday [February 7, 1976]. Born in Winlock, he came to Tacoma in 1921 from Hoquiam. Mr. Champ was a crane operator for St. Paul Lumber Co. until his retirement in 1962. He was a member of the First Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Edna; a son, Stanley of Tacoma; a brother, Jay of Tacoma; two sisters, Mrs. Retha Longuet of Portland and Mrs. Brace (Florence) Leland of Seattle; two grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. Mountain View Funeral Home is in charge. [Clifford was born September 12, 1896. His parents were Willis Champ and Elvira Ackley]. Contributed by: Shelli...

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O’Farrell, Margaret – Obituary

Mrs. Margaret O’Farrell, aged 56 years, died at one of the city hospitals last evening [March 7, 1904]. She had been a well-known resident of Orting, coming there from Australia with her husband 34 years ago. A husband and five sons and a daughter survive her. The cause of her death was cancer, from which she had been suffering for more than a year. The funeral arrangements are not yet complete. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Hart, Helen Mildred Bell – Obituary

Mrs. Charles L. (Helen M.) Hart, 74 of 6810 South J St., died Monday [September 10, 1979]. Mrs. Hart was born in Ontario, Canada, and had lived in Tacoma since 1930. She was a retired nurse, and a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church. Besides her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Steve (Michele E.) Hull of Gig Harbor; two sons, Duane Lee of Reno, Nev. and James A. of Bend, Ore.; a sister, Alice Mooney of Victor, B.C.; a brother, Doug Bell of Sidney, B.C.; and 10 grandchildren. Mountain View Funeral Home is in charge. Tacoma News Tribune, September 12, 1979 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Harmon, Janet Logan Simpkins – Obituary

Mrs. Janet Harmon, 416 South L Street, died in a local hospital Friday [October 5]. She was born in Scotland and was a pioneer resident of Tacoma. Mrs. Harmon was a member of the first Tacoma Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star and belonged to the Holy Communion Church. Survivors are two sisters, Miss Charlotte Simpkins of Tacoma and Miss Nellie Simpkins of Juneau, Alaska; also two brothers, George of Juneau and Hector of Tacoma. The funeral announcement will be made by Buckley-King upon arrival of the sister from Alaska. Tacoma News Tribune, October 7, 1944 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Hallock, Ahlma Rose MacDonald – Obituary

Ahlma R. MacDonald, 99, a resident of Tacoma the past 64 years, died Monday [January 7, 1985]. Mrs. MacDonald was born in Heppner, Ore. She was a retired librarian who had worked in Portland and New York City. She was a former member of the Ladies Musical Club, pro America, Tacoma County & Golf Club and Tacoma Lawn Tennis Club. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Herrick (Beatrice) Allen of Tacoma, and two grandchildren. Buckley-King Downtown is in charge. Tacoma News Tribune, January 9, 1985 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Bowman, Arthur – Obituary

Arthur W. Bowman, 79, of 8726 Newgrove Ave. S.W., died in a local hospital Monday. He was born in Trempealeau, Wis. Mr. Bowman had lived here 43 years. He was a retired Tacoma Transit Co. employee. Mr. Bowman was a member of the Motor Coach Employees’ Union. He leaves two daughters, Mrs. Mary Gordon of Tacoma and Mrs. Ida Wakefield of Parkwood; three sons, Charles R. of Coulee Dam and George and Arthur of Tacoma; nine grandchildren and a brother, George of Pierre, S.D. Services will be announced by the Mountain View Funeral Home. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Fix, Thomas Arthur – Obituary

Thomas Arthur Fix, 60, died Sunday [October 31, 1936] at his home at Dash Point where he had lived for 17 years. Mr. Fix was a former member of the Tacoma Fire Department, but had been retired a number of years. He was a member of the Methodist Church of Orting and of Fairweather Lodge, F. & A. M. He is survived by his wife, Stella Y.; a daughter, Mrs. Genevieve Baker of Tacoma; three brothers, William W. and George S., of Orting and Samuel E. of Kapowsin, and a sister, Mrs. Grace E. Baker of Tacoma. Mellinger will announce the funeral. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Fix, Earl George – Obituary

Earl George Fix, 50, of 1417 So. 44th St., died Friday [March 25] en route to a local hospital. He was born in Steilacoom and had lived in Tacoma for 23 years. He was a carpenter and a member of Carpenters’ Union No. 470. In addition to his wife Alice R., he is survived by a daughter, Linda Jane; three sons, Leslie W., Randal R. and Dennis W., all of the home, and his mother, Mrs. Olive A. Fix, Sumner. Services will be held Monday at 1 p.m. in the C. C. Melinger memorial Funeral Church, Charles Summers officiating. Burial will follow in the Sumner Cemetery. Tacoma News Tribune, March 28, 1949 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Champ, Edna Johnson – Obituary

Mrs. Edna W. Champ, 82, a long-time Tacoma resident, died Saturday [April 5, 1980]. Mrs. Champ, of 7235 Pacific Ave., was born in Winlock and resided in Tacoma almost 60 years. She was a member of First Baptist Church. Survivors include her son, Stanley of Tacoma, two grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. Mountain View Funeral Home was in charge. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Fix, Alice Ruth Vickers – Obituary

Alice Ruth Fix, passed peacefully away into the hands of her Heavenly Father on 2 June 1996 in Santa Barbara, CA. Born 18 June 1908 to Howard and Catherine Vickers in Kingsville, Ontario, Canada. The family moved to Drumheller, Alberta, Canada when she was 3 years of age. Alice was the eldest of 5 children. She married Earl George Fix in Drumheller, Alberta, Canada, on 10 Dec. 1925 and later emigrated to the United States. Alice lived in Orting and Tacoma, WA until Oct. 1962 when she moved to Santa Barbara, CA. Her husband; 1 sister, Vera Larsen of Seattle; 2 brothers, Jay and Frederick Vickers of Drumheller, Alberta, Canada, all predeceased her. Alice worked for Santa Barbara Savings and Loan Assoc. until her retirement. She then worked for Let’s Dine Out, and for the Santa Barbara Historical Museum as a Docent, until ill health forced her retirement. She was active in Grace Church for a number of years, before attending Montecito Covenant Church. She is survived by sons, Lesley, Gig Harbor, Randall, Copperas Cove, TX, Dan, Camarillo, CA; daughter, Linda Steinhoff, Goleta, CA; 8 granddaughters, 4 grandsons, 8 great-granddaughters, 5 great-grandsons; and a sister, Iva Gosenberg, Tacoma. Memorial services will be held on 12 June, 11 a.m. at Montecito Covenant Church, 671 Cold Springs Road, Santa Barbara. Interment will be later in Sumner Cemetery, Sumner. Arrangements by Welch-Ryce-Haider....

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Baldwin, Phebe Jane Morrow – Obituary

Baldwin–July 18, Phebe of 6335 N. Haight, beloved mother of Mrs. Mildred Engeldinger, Mrs. George Anderson and Mrs. Grace Emmott, all of Portland. Services Monday, July 15, at 1 PM, at Killingsworth Funeral Home, 430 N. Killingsworth, Remains being forwarded to Tacoma, Wash., for interment. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Fortney, Jefferson S. – Obituary

Jefferson S. Fortney, 85, former valley resident, died Sunday [December 17] at Yucaipa, Calif. He was born Aug. 29, 1893, east of Kittitas in an area known as Warm Springs. He is the son of the late Levi and Julia Hayes Fortney. He married Alice Anderson in Ellensburg in 1913. He was employed by the Milwaukee Railroad in 1915 and worked as a section foreman and superintendent of the Extra Gang. He moved to Tacoma in 1930 and retired in 1958. He was preceded in death by his wife, July 23, 1962 in Tacoma. He moved to California in 1968. Survivors include a son, Lowell Fortney of Skykomish; three daughters, Mrs. Fred (Hazel) Wilder of Desert Hot Springs, Calif., Mrs. Ray (Dollie) Bowman of Omak, and Mrs. Fred (Evelyn) VanTrogen of Enumclaw; 14 grandchildren; and one great great grandchild. Funeral services will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at IOOF Cemetery with the Rev. Donald Meekof officiating. Friends who wish to attend may meet at the cemetery. Daily Record, December 19, 1978 Contributed by: Shelli...

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