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10 Friday, April 8, 2011 West Seattle Herald OBITUARIES Elmer M. ANDERSON Our much loved Father, Grand- father and Great-Grandfather ("Pop") passed away with family by his side on March 31, 2011. Elmer, son of Eric and Anna Ander- son, was born October 10, 1921 on Bainbridge Island, WA. He attended a one-room schoolhouse and Bain- Elmer bridge Island Anderson HS. As a member of the US Coast Guard, he served our country during WWII. He spent his career at Peo- ple's Bank, initially as a courier and, after several decades, retiring as an Executive Vice President. At the bank he met his future wife, Irene, his best friend and "buddy". During his career, he provided financial services for individu- als and entrepreneurs such as the Nordstrom Brothers, Eddie Bauer and Ivar Haglund. Elmer served many organi- zations including Rotary, the Lutheran Compass Center, Seattle Lutheran HS and Virginia Mason Hospital Foundation. His favor- ite pastimes were spending time with his wife and family, attend- ing the Seattle Symphony, track- ing his investments, gardening and golfing. Traveling since the 1970s, Elmer and Irene made many trips to Europe and Asia. They also enjoyed time at their cabin in Mason County for fish- ing, clamming and exploring the boondocks. Elmer was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Irene. He is survived by his daughter Linda (Bill), West Seattle; grandson Jim, Vancouver, WA; granddaughter Amy (Jeff), West Seattle; and two great-grandchildren, Michael and Anna, who will all greatly miss his love, generosity and compas- sion. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on April 8, 2011 at Peace Lutheran Church, 8316 39th Ave. S.W., Seattle, WA 98136. Donations may be made to Peace Lutheran Church or a charity of your choice. Thomas B. BELL Born January 24, 1930 in Chi- cago, IL, Thomas died March 14, 2011. MSG Ret. US Army, he served in Korea, Formosa, Thai- land, Germany, Panama, Georgia and Indiana. A longtime West Seattle resi- dent, after retirement he was employed by SeaFirst Bank, a Chevron Station and Eagle Guard Service. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Beverly, daughter Sue Steinbach (Robert), son Michael, six grandchildren, six great-grand- children and brother Jim. He enjoyed fishing, bowling and golf. He was a member of West Seattle Eagles and Tibbetts United Methodist Church. No ser- vice at his request. Dorothy Louise BOYD-MIDDLETON DorothY Boyd-Middleton died peacefully in her home in Moses Lake, WA on March 30, 2011. Born in Seattle July 29, 1931, Dorothy lived for over 50 years in Seattle, primarily West Seattle, and for the past 16 years in Moses Lake. For 35 years before retiring, Dorothy owned Floral Specialties in West Seattle, a florist specializing in wedding flowers. Dorothy was predeceased by her first husband LeRoy B0yd, twin sister Doris McBride and parents Alice and Claude Cory, She is survived by husband Donald, daughter Linda Walton (Len), 3 stepchildren Larry, Scott and Shonna, grandchildren, niec- es and nephews. A memorial service was held April 2nd at First Presbyterian Church of Moses Lake. Family and friends are welcome to attend a reception to celebrate Doro- thy's life on Saturday, April 9th at the home of a family member in Renton, WA (952'240-7859). Dorothy was a woman of strong faith who, despite her con- tinual battles with health issues, never wavered from her love of God and belief that He would care and protect her. Remembrances can be given in Dorothy's name to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Fund. Doris Isabella Powell Halliday NELSON Doris Nelson went home to her Lord and Savior on March 26, 2011. Doris was born in Seat- tle on October 24, 1916 to Wil- liam Henry and Isa- bella Con- way Pow- ell. Doris was a 3rd generation Washingto- nian, grand- daughter of a Washing- ton Terri- Doris tory pioneer Nelson family (Wil- liam Wentworth Powell and Isa- bella Bowden). Her Grandmoth- er was Adelaide Powell Conway Rogers (Mrs. Frank Rogers of Maple Valley, WA). After the untimely death of Doris' Mother in 1927, Doris and some of her siblings were raised at the Martha and Mary Orphanage in Poulsbo, WA. After working outside the orphanage in various doctors' homes as a nanny/housekeeper, Doris went to work for the Navy in Texas. She went to work for Pacif- ic Northwest Bell (now Qwest) after WWlI, retiring in 1979 after more than 32 years in vari- ous Commercial/Business Office Supervisory positions. Doris was one of the first women to become a supervisor in PNB's Coin Office. She married Ed Halliday in 1947 and assisted in raising his two daughters, Diane Elizabeth Halliday Longyear (Elko, NV) and Patricia Louise Halliday Steadman (Huntington Beach, CA). Ed died in 1967 at the age of 52. Doris married Andrew Nelson in October 1976. She was very active in West Seattle Art Club, West Seattle Garden Club, West Side Presbyterian Church (Mar- iners Group) and West Seattle Lions Club and patron of the arts. Doris served as a Founding Member of the Kenney Board of Directors for the Kenney Foun- dation. Doris and Andy trav- eled extensively throughout the United States, Mexico, Europe, North Pole, Antarctica, Egypt and Panama Canal. Doris is survived by her lov- ing husband Andrew Nelson, daughters Diane and Pat, nieces Bonny Lou Powell Taylor (Kent, WA), Patricia Marie Powell McGuire (Manchester, WA), nephew William Ronald Powell (Chehalis, WA) and numerous grandchildren, great and great great-grandchildren, great nieces and nephews. She was loved and respected by so many. A celebration of Doris' life was held at West Side Presby- terian Church March 30th. The family requests memorial gifts be made to the Kenney Founda- tion, 7125 Fauntleroy Way SW, Seattle, WA 98136. Please sign our online guest book at www.