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Anne Seago Celebration A celebration of Anne Seago's life will be held on Sunday, Feb. 8 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Olympic Room of the Tacoma Public Library Main Branch, 1102 Tacoma Avenue South, Tacoma WA. A short program will begin at 3 p.m., followed by a reception. To RSVP, or to leave a remembrance to be read on your behalf at the celebration, please fill out the form at All are welcome to attend.
Pub Date: 1/31/2015

Marie L. Mercer Marie Lucile (Griffin) Mercer was born on June 24, 1932 to Walter and Georgian Griffin in Tidewater, Florida. Marie passed on January 27, 2015 in Lakewood, Washington. She graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in Dunnellon, Florida. Marie attended college briefly under the tutelage of Ms. Mary McLeod Bethune, who later founded Bethune Cookman College. However, she had to leave prior to graduation to return home to assist her parents. She reunited with Roosevelt Mercer, Sr. and they were married on April 4, 1952. Marie's greatest passion was being a mother to her five children and being an elementary school educator. Upon her husband's retirement from the United States Army she began her professional career. She served over 20 years with the United States Civil Service and retired in August 1993. During this time she returned to college and obtained her bachelor's degree in 1983. Marie had a superior intellect, unique and marvelous touch with people. Her presence has always been felt in a positive way and indelibly noticed as an inspiring, team building, helpful and caring individual, even in the midst of family crisis. All who knew her, readily acknowledge that her ability to get along with people is truly unique and rare. Marie always, always went the extra mile. She had that magic, unquantifiable quality that resulted in drawing out the very best from everyone that got to know her. Marie was preceded in death by her parents Walter and Georgian Griffin, brothers Walter Griffin, Jr. and Charles Griffin, and sister Nellie Mae Holbert. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, MSgt Roosevelt Mercer, Sr., USA (ret), sons Major General Roosevelt Mercer, Jr. USAF (ret) (Michaeline), Lt. Thaddeus Zebedee Mercer, Seattle Fire Department (ret) (Diana), and Eric Keith Mercer, Corrections Officer, Washington Corrections Center for Women (ret) (Naana), daughters Ms. Aloria Darlene Mercer and Yvette Lavon Mercer, sisters Margaret Ann Singleton (Robert) and Morrell Jones (Jimmie), brother Archie Lee Griffin, grandchildren David Smith III, Eric Mercer, Jr., Sidnee Arielle Mercer, Abraham Kweisi Mercer, Myra Joyce Brisky and Faith Gabrielle Kinnear, and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Monday, February 2, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. in the Aspen Chapel at Mountain View Memorial Park. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. Remembrances may be shared at
Pub Date: 1/31/2015

Pearl M. Onstott Pearl M. Onstott, 94 years, passed away to her Lord on January 4, 2015 at Olympia, Washington. She was the youngest of three children born on November 21, 1920 in Sumner, WA to Lloyd and Theresa Davis. She attended Dieringer Grade School and Sumner schools graduating from Sumner High in 1939, and Tacoma School of Nursing in 1943. She was married to her high school sweetheart, Tom Onstott for over 60 years. She is survived by her daughter, Sherry Feek (John), son, Ed Onstott (Mary), grandchildren, Brad Feek (Cami), Melissa Chambers (Matt), Jonathan Onstott (Rachel), Sarah Shadley (Skye); and great-grand-children, Emily and Jacob Feek, and Mason Chambers. Pearl also leaves behind her sister-in- law, Lidabeth Hicks. The Celebration of Life service will be Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Mills and Mills Funeral Home in Tumwater. Please see full obituary at: www.millsndmillsfunera|
Pub Date: 1/31/2015

Robert Allen Tuckness Was born on May 20, 1926 to Jesse and Esther Tuckness in Ekalaka, MT. He passed away quietly on January 22, 2015 in Tacoma, WA. He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Gloria, daughter Tina Robin Steele, brother Russell Tuckness, and sisters Marjorie Brooks and Janice Peterson. He is survived by his brother Floyd (Maralyn) Tuckness, his friend of over 70 years and brother-in-law Marvin Brooks, his daughter's friend and partner Rodger Ingulsrud, many nieces and nephews, and his Sunshine - Nancy. Bob enjoyed gardening and carpentry work, making furniture and clocks. Bob worked for Puget Power for 43 years, starting in the supply room, line work, climbing poles, safety manager, retiring as Superintendent of Operations for the Western Division. Private services will be at Miller-Woodlawn Memorial Park in Bremerton. Memorial donations may be made to LeMay Family Collection Foundation at Marymount Event Center, 325 E. 152nd St., Tacoma, WA. 98445, or the LeMay Museum, 2702 E. D St., Tacoma, WA. 98408.
Pub Date: 1/31/2015

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