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Clara Alice Croasmun

March 28, 1932 - December 18, 2017

CROASMUN, Clara Alice (85) of Almira, Washington, passed away at Lincoln Hospital in Davenport, Washington, Monday morning, December 18, 2017.. Clara entered this world Monday, March 28, 1932 in Wausaukee, Wisconsin into the home of John and Pauline Kuchta. On Friday - December 16, 1960, Clara's life changed forever, when she married Emanuel "Red" Croasmun in North Carolina. A member of Almira...
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William G. McKay

September 4, 1928 - December 13, 2017

McKAY, William G. (Bill) -Passed away on December 13, 2017 at his home in Spokane, WA. He was born on September 4, 1928 in Spokane, WA to W. James "Jim" & Hilda McKay and grew up on the farm in Almira, WA. He attended high school in Almira and graduated in 1946. Bill received his BS degree from WSU and then taught high school agriculture for 10 years in Pomeroy, WA, where he was also an FFA...
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Pat Randall Green

July 11, 1939 - November 30, 2017

Pat R. Green passed away peacefully with his family at his side on November 30, 2017, at the age of 78. Pat was born in Holdenville, OK to Ethel and Chester Green. Pat was preceded in death by both parents and his six siblings: Paul, Johnny, Lester, Jerry, Larry, and Della. He graduated from Sumner High School in 1958, followed by two years of active U.S. Navy duty. Pat was a respected glazier...
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Norman Kay Thomas

January 4, 1936 - October 24, 2017

THOMAS, Norman K. -Passed way October 24, 2017 in Spokane, WA formerly of Lincoln, WA. Norman was born on January 4, 1936 in Wilbur, WA to Noah and Mabel Thomas, grew up in Hartline and attended school graduating in 1954 he then went on to attend Eastern WA College (now EWU) where he was involved in the ROTC program. Norman married Claudia Tilson on September 29, 1956 in Hartline, WA and they...
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Velma J. Abel

November 23, 1935 - August 13, 2017

Born Velma Jean Utt on November 23, 1935 in Omak, WA to Floyd Lincoln and Eula Mae Bolin Utt, and passing after a brief illness at Coulee Medical Center, August 13, 2017. Velma married Leroy Payne, having children Ronald, Donald, and Carla before divorce. Married Steven D Abel in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho on June 11, 1962, having children Anita and William. Velma loved her family, traveling,...
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Trenton Edward Frye

June 29, 1993 - August 11, 2017

Trenton "Little Guy" Edward Frye (24) was born June 29, 1993 in Everett, WA and died Friday, August 11, 2017 in Wilbur, WA. Arrangements under the direction of Strate Funeral Home, Wilbur, WA.
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Robert Lloyd Jones

May 4, 1924 - August 10, 2017

JONES, Robert (Bob) - (Age 93)-May 4, 1924-August 10, 2017A Lifetime Wilbur resident, passed away August 10, 2017 in Wilbur, WA. Bob was born on May 4, 1924 in Wilbur to Elsworth and Lockey (Copenhaver) Jones. He grew up and attended school in Wilbur graduating in 1943. After graduation Bob joined the US Navy during WWII and served until being discharged in 1946. Bob married Marie Quirk on May...
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Julia Jean Lane

June 10, 1926 - February 7, 2017

Julia "Jean" Lane, aged 90, went peacefully into the arms of Jesus on February 7, 2017. She was a resident of Fairwinds Assisted Living in Spokane for six years where she enjoyed many outings, including many plays and visits to various locations. Jean was born June 10, 1926, in the Wilbur Johnston Hospital to Arthur and Nellie Andersen. She graduated from Wilbur High School in 1944 and later...
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Suzette Marie Johnson

August 1, 1946 - December 28, 2016

Ever Close in mind and heartNo further away then a pictureA smile or remembered phraseOur loved ones live in memory.So close in so many ways.For how often does a sunsetBring nostalgic thoughts to mindOf moments that our loved ones sharedIn days now left behind!How often has a flowerOr an crystal autumn skyBrought golden recollectionsOf happy days gone by!Yes, memory has a magic wayOf keeping...
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Cheryl Lynne Copenhaver

May 23, 1940 - December 20, 2016

Copenhaver, Cheryl L. (Age 76)Cheryl Lynne Copenhaver (Henriksen) entered into Heaven's gates on December 20, 2016. As her spirit departed she was surrounded by all that was most precious to her on this earth - the love of her family and her home. Cheryl was the second born of three children to Leo and Doris Henriksen from Pasadena, California. She spent her growing years in the San Fernando...
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Elten H. Klein

October 8, 1924 - December 8, 2016

Elten Henry Klein passed away peacefully December 8, 2016 at the Columbia Basin Skilled Nursing Unit in Ephrata, WA. He was born in Spokane, WA October 8, 1924 to Anne Thomas Klein and Henry Klein of Almira, WA and lived his entire life in Almira until 2011 after breaking his hip, and requiring assistance with daily living. Elten grew up on the homestead farm North of Almira till he graduated...
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Cary Michael Kuchenbuch

September 11, 1946 - November 15, 2016

Cary Michael "Mike" Kuchenbuch (70) of Wilbur, WA went to be with the Lord Tuesday, November 15, 2016. He was born September 11, 1946 to Norm and Jane Kuchenbuch. Mike Graduated from Wilbur High School in 1964 and went on to Spokane Community College where he received his associates degree in diesel mechanics. The summer of 1967 Mike married Jean Brandewie, they were married for 7 years and...
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Timothy Bruce Allinson

August 4, 1965 - September 27, 2016

Timothy B. "Timmy" Allinson (51) was born Wednesday, August 4, 1965 in Burien, Washington to the home of Paul and Sheila Allinson and passed away Tuesday morning, September 27, 2016 in Wilbur, Washington. Following his graduation from Highline High School in Burien, Washington, Tim attended Renton Technical College where he studied his lifelong passion - Auto Mechanics. This formal training...
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Logan James Thompson

May 25, 1995 - September 26, 2016

They say that time heals all wounds but there are some wounds so deep, no measure of time can heal. Our beloved Logan James Thompson, born May 25th 1995, left us to be with our Lord, Sunday September 25th, 2016. A life cut short too soon, he left a wake of loved ones behind. He is survived by his loving mother and father, Dean and Lisa Thompson, his sister Danni and her husband Brandon Haller,...
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Lee Arthur Wolfe

October 8, 1924 - September 26, 2016

WOLFE, Lee A. (Age 91) -Passed away Sept. 26, 2016 in Davenport, WA his home Wilbur, WA. He was born on Oct 8, 1924 in Wilbur, WA to Arthur and Blanche Cox Wolfe, he grew up on the family farm and attended school in Wilbur graduating in 1942 from Wilbur High School. He married Ethel Sterett on June 17, 1947 in Davenport, WA and they returned to the family farm where they farmed and raised Horned...
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Robert Joe Braybrook

February 10, 1947 - July 11, 2016

Robert Joe Braybrook, 69, of Wilbur, passed peacefully in his sleep, Monday, July 11th, 2016, in the family's home near Keller Ferry. Robert was born to Walter M. and Doris (Shea) Braybrook in Moscow Idaho on February 10th, 1947.His family moved from Idaho to Portland, OR where Bob graduated from Madison High School in 1965. He was a Letterman, in Boy's Glee; Football; Swimming; and Boys'...
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Shirley May Clark

May 31, 1936 - July 10, 2016

Shirley May Clark passed away July 10th, 2016 in Spokane, WA surrounded by her family.Shirley was born May 31st, 1936 in Kenmare N.D. to Peter and Rose Ackerman. She was the 11th of 12 children. She was raised in Kenmare and graduated from St. Agnes High School in 1954. On June 23rd, 1955 she married James R. Clark. They were married for 55 years before Jim's death in May of 2011. Together...
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Marie Earla McKay

October 23, 1939 - May 25, 2016

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 mother, grandmother and wife relocated to Heaven while being treated at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane, Washington. If all is right, she's riding a white horse across a green field, on a hard run right now with the wind blowing through her hair and a big old grin is finally on her face again. Earla was born October 23, 1939 in Sacred Heart Hospital to Earl and Yjordis ...
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Patricia K. Morey

February 1, 1951 - May 11, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Strate Funeral Home, Wilbur, WA.
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Anna Jannette Roberts

December 16, 1925 - May 8, 2016

Anna Jeannette Roberts, age 90, passed peacefully on Sunday, May 8, 2016. She lived a wonderful and loving life. Jeannette was born December 16, 1925, in Baker, Montana. She was the fourth oldest of eight siblings. After moving several times, she and husband Charles (Bob) Roberts moved to Wilbur, Washington, in the early 1970s, and Jeannette quickly turned it into her home. She touched the lives...
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Ronald Eugene Stearns

October 16, 1952 - April 28, 2016

Passed away April 28, 2016 in Spokane, WA. He is survived by his mother Yvonne Stearns, one brother Roy (Marilyn) Stearns and a sister Kay Wilken along with two nieces and two nephews and three great nieces and numerous cousins. He is preceded in death by his father Ronald E Stearns Sr. Ron enjoyed gardening and his roses, reading and watching westerns. A graveside inurnment will be held on...
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Connie Jean Harris

February 14, 1950 - February 18, 2016

Connie Jean Bauer was born on February 14, 1950 in Spokane, WA to Winnie Mae Anderson and Dale Horace Bauer both of Wilbur, WA. She entered into heaven on February 18, 2016 at the age of 66. Services for Connie are being handled by Strate Funeral Home. There will be a graveside and celebration of life memorial in late April in order to accommodate close family who will be out of town. Please...
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Everett Vernon Hunt

January 7, 1927 - February 8, 2016

I pray that I may live to fish Until my dying day. And when it comes to my last cast, I then most humbly pray: When in the Lord's great landing net And peacefully asleep That in His mercy I be judged Big enough to keep.
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Anthony James Quirk

October 16, 1933 - February 6, 2016

Anthony was born October 16, 1933 in Spokane to Cornelius (Neil) and Sylvia (Porter) Quirk. He attended Govan School and later attended school in Wilbur. Anthony married his wife, Roberta Pearce on June 18, 1955 at Sacred Heart Church in Wilbur. He bought a wheat farm in Mansfield in 1960 where they raised their two children, farmed for the next 34 years and was active in the community. ...
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Keith W. Masterson

August 24, 1918 - January 18, 2016

On Martin Luther King day local area farmer and rancher moved to a new location where the weather is always beautiful and the fields are totally free of rocks and weeds. His brief 21 day stay in the Grand Coulee Hospital was over. Born in the summer of 1918 at the Wilbur Hospital he spent his infant days sleeping in a drawer out of the chest in his parents' bedroom. His family then moved to...
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Elaine Houger

May 5, 1928 - January 10, 2016

HOUGER, ELAINE -Heaven received a sweet, loving lady when Elaine Houger was ushered in to meet her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. On January 10, 2016 she left this earth with her husband of 67 years holding her hand. Elaine was born on May 5, 1928 in Grangeville, Idaho. Her biological parents were Jon and Ona (Hall) Undeen. She was the youngest of seven children and, after the death of her mother,...
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Minta L. Root

May 4, 1928 - December 11, 2015

Minta Louise Root, 87, was welcomed into the arms of her Heavenly Father on December 11, 2015, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was the oldest of three daughters of Walter Victor Coffman, and Ines Louisa (Harris) Coffman. She was born in Phoenix, Arizona on May 4, 1928. For most of her childhood she lived in the Phoenix area, with a short time in Prescott, Arizona. She...
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William Edward Rosman

November 9, 1941 - November 30, 2015

Passed away November 30, 2015 in Davenport, WA. His home was at Wilbur, WA. Bill was born on November 9, 1942 in Spokane, WA to Joseph and Agnes Rosman. He grew up on the family farm near Creston. He graduated from Creston school in 1960. Bill married Sheron Rettkowski on August 16, 1961 in Wilbur, WA. They raised their family on the wheat and cattle ranch until he moved into Wilbur in 1999...
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Leslie R. Camp

March 16, 1920 - October 19, 2015

Was born on March 16, 1920 in Hammond, Indiana to Casper and Ernestina Camp. He died on October 19, 2015 at the age of 95. He graduated from Caldonia High School in 1939 and enlisted in the Army Air Corps on December 8, 1941. He flew 30 missions over Germany as a belly turret gunner in a B-17 bomber. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and three Oak Leaf Clusters as well as other...
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Bruce Wayne Goodlake

May 12, 1953 - October 8, 2015

GOODLAKE, BRUCE W. -Passed away October 8, 2015 in Spokane, WA. Bruce was born on May 12, 1953 in Coulee Dam, WA to Rondall and Shirley Goodlake. He attended school in Wilbur graduating in 1972 before attending Wenatchee Valley College and graduating in 1974. Bruce married Sally Sherwood on June 26, 1976 in Wilbur, WA where they continued to live. Bruce is survived by his wife Sally at the...
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Joyce Frances Gardner

August 2, 1931 - September 26, 2015

GARDNER, Joyce F. (Age 84)-Passed away peacefully on September 26, 2015, in Ritzville, WA. Her home was in Wilbur, WA. Joyce was born on August 2, 1931 in Wilbur, WA to Arthur and Nellie Andersen. She grew up on the family farm 10 miles north of Wilbur. She attended school in Wilbur and graduated in 1949. She went on to attend Eastern WA State College (now EWU) from 1949-1950. She married Les...
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Arlene May Gennai

April 23, 1938 - September 17, 2015

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Jeanette May Kelley

February 1, 1922 - June 27, 2015

Kelley, Jeanette M.Passed away on June 27, 2015. Jeanette was born on February 1, 1922 in Spokane, Washington to Edmond and Marian (Marcum) Odenrider. Jeanette is survived by her sister, Bonnie Burchill, and numerous nieces and nephews. Jeanette is preceded in death by her parents, Edmond and Marian, her first husband, Gordon Andersen, husband Robert Kelley, and a brother, Wes Odenrider. She...
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Barbara Ann Draper

September 7, 1933 - June 7, 2015

DRAPER, BARBARA A. - Barbara (Grimes) Draper was born on September 17th, 1933 to Harley and Pauline Grimes. She was followed five years later by a sister Lavonne Hayes (Grimes). Barbara grew up in the Elk/Chattaroy area graduating from Riverside High School in 1950. She was working in Spokane when she met her future husband, Bob Draper, on the Monroe Street Bridge in August 1952. They got married...
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George H. Dormaier

January 3, 1921 - May 18, 2015

DORMAIER, George H.Was born on January 3, 1921 in Wheeler, WA to Christian (Chris) and Clara (Roduner) Dormaier, and was one of 12 children. In 1924 the family moved to the Hartline area where they farmed. George started school in Hartline and graduated from High School in 1939. He later attended Northwest Bible Institute in Seattle for a period of time. He made Hartline his lifelong home and...
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Vern LeRoy Eggerud

August 5, 1929 - February 18, 2015

EGGERUD Sr., VERN LeROY '''Born August 5, 1929 in Brainerd, MN to Oscar and Ella (Clabo) Eggerud., Vern passed peacefully in his sleep next to his wife of almost 65 years, Maxine Eggerud on February 18, 2015. He grew up in the Brainerd area, attended school there and the later entered the US Army in 1952 and was discharged in 1954 as a Corporal. Vern married the love of his life, Maxine Ann Laing...
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Nora Ruth Miller

August 23, 1921 - January 18, 2015

Nora Ruth Miller, age 93, passed away January 18, 2015 in Davenport Washington. Nora was born August 23, 1921 in Wilbur, WA to Raymond and Louella (Robertson) Portch. She grew up in Wilbur and graduated from Wilbur High School in 1939. Nora enjoyed baking (her caramel frosting was a legend in our family), cooking for her family growing beautiful flowers in the spring and summer and feeding all...
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Violet Rosella Anyan

December 12, 1926 - December 17, 2014

ANYAN, Violet R. (Johnson) '''Was born on December 12, 1926 to Magnus and Amanda Johnson in the Peach, WA area. She attended school in Creston and later graduated from Creston High School. Violet married Everett "Corky" Anyan on September 27, 1947 in Creston, WA. They continued to live in the Lincoln area while raising their four children Karen, Keith, Janet and Pam. Violet worked at various...
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Frances Irene DOUGLAS

January 25, 1931 - November 29, 2014

Frances Irene Douglas was born January 25, 1931 to Frank and Myrtie Johnson, in Govan, Washington. She passed away November 29, 2014 in Spokane, WA following a brief illness. She is survived by a daughter Patricia Irene Douglas of Liberty Lake, son James Edward Douglas of Almira, (wife Susan Lynch Douglas) grandchildren Margaret Carol and Jamais Ian Douglas, a sister Loraine Lute of Spokane...
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Carl Raymond Kannas

February 13, 1940 - November 20, 2014

Kannas, Carl R.,Passed away November 20, 2014 in Nespelem, WA. Carl was born to Raymond and Viola Kannas February 13, 1940 in Watertown, South Dakota. He was an auto body repair man and enjoyed working with cars. He loved, 50's music, old cars, camping and spending time with his family. Carl belonged to and was a past president of the Fords of the 50's club.Carl is survived by wife Rita, and...
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Larry Gene Clark

April 15, 1961 - November 10, 2014

Larry Gene Clark II, 53, passed away suddenly on November 10, 2014 in Wilbur, WA. He was born to Larry and Linda (Duncan) Clark on April 15, 1961 in Moses Lake, WA. When Larry was 6 years old he started helping his father in the body shop, he even had his own special coveralls with the body shop logo. After his family moved to Wilbur in 1970, Larry spent his summers and his free time in Ernie...
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Dennis Eugene Stone

March 3, 1934 - August 8, 2014

Dennis Eugene Stone, 80, a life long resident of Almira, WA, passed away peacefully and stepped into the arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, on Friday, August 8, 2014 in Grand Coulee, Washington. Dennis was the oldest child born to Ralph L. and Bertha R. Stone on March 3, 1934, in Spokane, Washington. As a small boy, he grew up running around in Almira and later at the family farm south...
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Dolores Marie Novotney

February 13, 1922 - July 10, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Strate Funeral Home, Wilbur, WA.
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Julie Vaughan Pittman

September 11, 1961 - January 12, 2014

Pittman, Julie VaughanOur brave Julie, loving wife, daughter and sister, passed away January 12, 2014 at her home on the Columbia River at Hanson Harbor with her husband, Doug and her parents at her side. Julie had battled chronic severe health problems for years. Julie was born on September 11, 1961 in Spokane, WA to David and Carol Vaughan. Julie grew up and attended school in Colville WA,...
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Jerald Lee Vaughan

June 28, 1944 - August 17, 2011

Arrangements under the direction of Strate Funeral Home, Wilbur, WA.
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Billie Jo Bandy

April 20, 1976 - July 16, 2011

Arrangements under the direction of Strate Funeral Home, Wilbur, WA.
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Phillip Wayne Krause

July 19, 1923 - July 16, 2011

Arrangements under the direction of Strate Funeral Home, Wilbur, WA.
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Donel Joe Copenhaver

March 2, 1943 - July 2, 2011

Arrangements under the direction of Strate Funeral Home, Wilbur, WA.
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Donald Leroy Sorensen

April 11, 1936 - June 28, 2011

Arrangements under the direction of Strate Funeral Home, Wilbur, WA.
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Julie Ann Peterson

April 15, 1953 - June 26, 2011

Arrangements under the direction of Strate Funeral Home, Wilbur, WA.
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Norma Loraine Martin

December 11, 1919 - May 30, 2011

Arrangements under the direction of Strate Funeral Home, Wilbur, WA.
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Sharon Marie Farmer

February 2, 1946 - May 14, 2011

Arrangements under the direction of Strate Funeral Home, Wilbur, WA.
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Pauline E. Walker

May 2, 1953 - May 1, 2011

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