Shirley Marie Storer

Shirley Marie Storer

Shirley Marie Storer (formerly known as Shirley Drapeau) passed away peacefully in her home on January 30, 2020. She was married on August 25, 2005 in Couer d’Alene to Gary Storer who passed away on February 19, 2019. She had three sons, Matthew A Fredley, Charles “Michael” Williams and Daniel T. Williams. Shirley also had seven grandchildren, Matthew Fredley Jr of Beaverton, Oregon, Mariah Williams of St. Helen’s, Oregon, Tyler Williams of Moses Lake, Jazihia Decker of Portland, Oregon, Raven and Brooklynn Williams of Moses lake and Izzabella and Eimo Fredley of Moses Lake and one great-granddaughter, Malia Fredley of Beaverton.

Shirley was born in Chicago, Illinois on April 5, 1954 to Ramona (Edwards) and Daniel “Mazak” Zaleski. She had five siblings and is survived by sisters Suzy and Karen. She attended St. John Bosco school in Chicago, and was an enrolled member of the Yankton Sioux Tribe. Shirley loved adventure and traveled much during her life. She spent time in Florida, California, Oregon, Washington, Utah, Arizona and many other places throughout the United States.

Shirley obtained a degree in criminal justice and worked as a paralegal. She also worked at a coffee shop in San Francisco in the 70’s where she got to meet Grace Slick from Jefferson Airplane. She worked at various bars and restaurants in Portland, Oregon. In Moses Lake, she sold insurance through Aflac. She loved music and poetry. She used to sing in the bars she worked at that had live music. She once filled in with a minor country western celebrity named Allen Jackson before his rise to fame. She loved to listen to Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin and Linda Ronstadt.

Shirley devoted her life to raising her children and helping with her grandchildren. Shirley’s youngest son, Daniel is disabled and Shirley has cared for his needs every day of his life. She worked hard to try and provide the best she could for all her children and grandchildren, mentally, physically, emotionally and financially. She stood up for the ones she loved and always tried to point them in the right direction. Shirley lived her Catholic faith each day by helping others in need. We remember her always telling people who were going through troubled times to “Just put it in God’s hands and He will handle it.” She also believed strongly in her native ways. Shirley attended many different Pow-wows throughout America. The last ceremony she danced at was at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation outside a small Indian town named “Wambli” in 1985. She was able to dance the entire “Sun Dance” which was four days long. She passed her Native American Heritage and beliefs on to her children and grandchildren who were influenced strongly to embrace their culture and take pride in it. Shirley spent the last decade and a half of her life enjoying the “old ways” and learning how to can fruits and vegetables. She even learned how to can the meat that her husband, Gary, and she raised. She loved to spend time in the kitchen and was an amazing cook who loved to bake treats for her grandchildren with whom she made lasting memories. She loved them very much. She was an amazing woman, wife, mother, sister and especially, grandmother with a heart of gold. She was loved tremendously and will be missed even more.

Funeral services were held at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Moses Lake, Washington and her final resting place is Meyer Falls Cemetery in Kettle Falls, Washington.

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Irene Gonzalez

Irene Gonzalez, age 53, passed away of natural causes on October 28, 2019 in San Antonio, Texas. Irene was born in Moses Lake to Jose and Maria Luisa Gonzalez on October 15, 1966. She was raised in Moses Lake and relocated to San Antonio soon after graduation and it was there she decided to make her home. She was employed at the HEB for 20+ years and had developed close relationships with her co-workers who were her family away from home. Irene enjoyed taking road trips and would drive from San Antonio to Crystal City, Corpus Christi or Moses Lake to visit her family. She enjoyed family adventures while camping out at the Sun Lakes, Bbq’s and late night sessions at our brother Jr’s or parents home. We looked forward to her visits because we would always reminisce about the days gone by, discuss our futures and there was endless joy and laughter. One could not measure the love and respect she had for her family and that which we had for her. Irene was an amazing daughter, sister, parent and friend. Many will remember her by her contagious laughter and her ability to love unconditionally. She touched many people’s lives, she was admired and loved by many. Irene was preceded in death by her infant brother Alejandro Gonzalez and grandmother Maria Villareal de Gonzalez. She was survived by her children Enrique, Veronica and Maribel Rodriguez, parents Jose and Maria Luisa Gonzalez, brother Jose Gonzalez Jr. (Ida), sisters Brenda Gonzalez, Beatriz Hernandez (Robert), Elizabeth Moreno (Jose) and numerous nieces and nephews. 

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Boyd Vernon Grant

Boyd was born on February 25, 1935, in Redmond Oregon, to Birdie and Frank Grant, and lost his battle to cancer on September 26, 2019. Boyd grew up in Oregon with his parents and two brothers, Frank Jr. and Glen. Boyd joined the Air Force when he was 17 years old. The Air Force brought him to Condon, Oregon, where he met his wife of 63 years, Fran. Boyd had many adventures throughout his life. He served on the Quincy Chamber of Commerce, Quincy Police Reserves, Lions Club in Quincy and Moses Lake, was a retiree of Grant County PUD, and owner of several businesses. Boyd and Fran enjoyed many travels and great times spent with family and friends. Boyd was a very proud father. His four boys, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the highlight of his life. Boyd is survived by his wife Fran, Four sons and daughters-in-law, Steve (Cheryl), Sam (Cathy), Scott ( Shari), and Bean (Karla), ten grandchildren and their spouses: Brynne (Richard), Erin Ginny Skyyler, Jaryd, Kehlan, Karrie (Josh), Kraig (Sara), Kasey (Rebecca) and Kelsie (Andrew). Seventeen great grandchildren: Lilly, Gavin, Liam, Wyatt, Jasmine, Joselyn, Brayden, Sam, Stella, Joshua, Kynslee, Shannon, Alaina, Karter, Kamryn, Kayden and Karsten and many extended family members and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, father two brothers, sister-in-law Nelda, brothers-in-law Donald Didier and Ernie Garner, and grandson Garrett. There will never be another person like Boyd Grant. Boyd had a strong character and lived life to the fullest. He will be greatly missed. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, November 2, 2019, from 1:00 – 4:00PM at Pillar Rock Grill in Moses Lake, WA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Columbia Basin Cancer Foundation.

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Gary Storer

Gary William Storer, a long-time Moses Lake resident, passed away peacefully in his home on February 19, at 6:40 a.m. He was married to Shirley Drapeau on August 25, 2005 in Couer d’Alene, Idaho. Shirley had three grown sons at the time; Matthew A. Fredley, Charles “Michael” Williams and Daniel T. Williams, all of Moses Lake.

Gary had no children of his own and he doted on Shirley’s sons and grandchildren as if they were his own: Matthew Fredley of Beaverton, Oregon, Mariah Willilams of St. Helen’s Oregon, Jazhia Decker of Portland, Oregon, Raven & Brooklynn Williams of Moses Lake, and Isabellla & Eimo Fredley, formerly of Moses Lake. They also had one great-grandaughter, Malia Fredley of Beaverton, Oregon.

Gary was born on October 29, 1955 and was a first-line descendant of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation and a member of the Lake Band thereof. His parents were Agnes Taylor & Norman Storer from Gifford, Washington, both now deceased. He was raised by his grandparents, George and Florence Taylor of Gifford, Washington and grew up on their farm. His parents divorced when he was small and his mother moved to Moses Lake, and his father resided in Kettle Falls, WA.

Gary graduated from Columbia High School in Hunters WA. He was a star-football player and was offered a scholarship but instead wanted to work on the farms and ranches and earn a living doing what he loved.

Gary worked as a Supervisor at American Potato for 20 years and also worked at U&I Sugar.

He was an accomplished cattle-man, and was adept at raising all types of livestock. He also excelled at butchering, and helped many friends with their livestock undertakings. He was especially skilled and gifted at doctoring sick animals and was a source of advice for many of his friends.

He especially loved the “Old Ways” as he would say, and he taught his wife Shirley how to can fruits and vegetables and the meat that they raised. He loved traditional Country Music, and would say that today’s Country Music isn’t even “Country” anymore.

He loved showing his grandchildren the livestock, and he would delight in having them sit on his lap and drive the old pick-up to the ranch property on the gravel roads. He taught them how to mix the milk for the baby calves and how to bottle feed them, and how to round them up for the corrals. He taught the older ones how to shoot a rifle and how to fish.

He was wonderfully fond of fishing, and loved nothing better than fishing in a creek. He could spot where the fish would be hiding and where the best places to throw your hook in would be.

He touched many lives and was a loving, generous and kind husband, father and friend. He leaves a painful chasm that no one else can fill.

He was also survived by his Uncle, George Taylor of Rice, Washington and his favorite Cousin, Steve Taylor of Prosser, Washington.

Arrangements were handled by Pioneer Memorial Gardens of Moses Lake.

A private service was held at Our Lady of Fatima of Moses Lake on February 25.

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Irene Trevino

Irene Trevino, age 67, passed away February 27, 2019. Services are slated for Noon, Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at Sendero Life Center, 2227 W Peninsula, Moses Lake, WA.

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Dawn Marie Merrill

Dawn Marie Merrill passed away February 16, 2019. Per Dawn’s wishes, there will be no funeral, however a celebration of life will happen sometime in June. She was born September 19, 1973 in Edmonds, Washington to Jim and Patty Jacks and was later adopted by Mike Freeman. Dawn graduated Lake Stevens High School and moved to Wenatchee, where she went to Wenatchee Valley College and later to Bellingham to Western Washington University. She married Jason Hannan in 1995 and they resided in Snohomish where she had their daughter Arlena. Dawn moved to Moses Lake and married Seth Merrill January 12, 2002 and they became the parents of another daughter, Miranda. Their happy family enjoyed the outdoors… 4x4s, camping and riding motorcycles. Seth preceded Dawn in death with his passing on November 18, 2007. Dawn is survived by parents Mike and Patty Freeman, 2 daughters Arlena and Miranda, a sister Kim (Shane) Hensley, a brother Shane (Nicole) Freeman, numerous cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Family and friends will miss her smiles, her kindness especially helping others and her beautiful heart.

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Carla Bragg McMullen Gutierrez

September 19, 1952 – October 31, 2018

Carla Bragg McMullen Gutierrez, 66, of Warden received her angel wings on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018 after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Carla was born Sept. 19, 1952 to the late Carl V. Bragg and Willeen M. Weaver in Twin Falls, Idaho. After the family moved to Washington, Carla attended school in Moses Lake but graduated from Connell in 1970, after the family moved so Carl could get a new potato plant up and running.

After graduation Carla returned to Moses Lake where she met and married Patrick Michael Timothy McMullen on Feb. 3, 1972. Tim and Carla welcomed their son Sean Patrick McMullen on Aug. 27, 1973.

After Tim’s death on April 30, 1975, Carla was a grieving widow until she met Roland V. Gutierrez. Roland became the love of her life. Roland and Carla welcomed their son Alexander Juan Gutierrez on July 14, 1980. After many happy years together Carla and Roland finally made it official on Dec. 20, 2014 in Las Vegas with a fun Elvis wedding attended by family and friends.

Carla was an extremely accomplished cook, baker, gardener and crafter. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend to all of us who knew and loved her.

Carla is survived by her mother Willeen Bragg; her son Alex and his wife Megan and grandson Jonah; her Bragg brothers John, Bob and Brian; her sister Cathy Cerrillo and special niece Heather along with other numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins who she loved dearly. She is preceded in death by her husband Roland, her father Carl Bragg, her son Sean Patrick McMullen, her dog Ivy and other beloved family members.

The service and celebration will be held at 1 p.m. on Dec. 1, 2018 at Lake City Foursquare Church, 333 N. Central Dr. Moses Lake with Oscar Ochoa officiating. The family invites you to join us for a sandwich, finger foods and refreshments buffet celebration after the service. Feel free to bring something if you wish.

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Ronald Gear

February 26, 1944 – November 30, 2018

Ronald Clayton Gear of Moses Lake, Wash. passed away on Nov. 30, 2018 after a long illness. He was living with Anita Heath (his daughter) and Earl Romig. Ron was preceded in death by his mother Doreen, brother Dwayne and grandson Devan. He is survived by his father Lewellyn, brother Douglas, two daughters Debra and Anita, two stepdaughters Ellie and Gracie and six grandchildren Rylee, Kari, Chance, Lilly, Clayton and Mayci.

Ron was born Feb. 26, 1944 in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada to Lewellyn and Doreen Gear. He was a typical Canuck boy, playing hockey, riding horses and hanging out at his grandpa’s farm. In 1955 the family moved to Iowa due to his mother falling victim to polio. As he grew up he became a skilled hunter and sportsman, especially hunting with hound dogs. He and his friends would go out at night, set the dogs loose and follow them until they “treed” a raccoon. They’d shake the “coon” out of the tree and the game would continue. He played the cornet in the school band and developed a very keen interest in music. He also learned to play the piano and guitar. Later in life he became an aficionado in the bluegrass world.

After finishing high school and a couple of years of college, Ron’s Canadian roots were calling and he moved back to Saskatchewan in 1966. His early careers included surveying, working in a saw mill and bricklaying. His travels brought him to Chilliwack, British Columbia in 1967 where he eventually became a home builder with his brother. His love of horses and dogs continued and were a very big part of his life. Through the horse world, he met and married Kay Nutter in 1971. They blessed the world with two beautiful daughters, Debra and Anita.

Ron became very active in real estate and when the economy slowed in the late ’70s, Ron and his nine partners bought land in Washington state and he became the property manager. Ron officially moved to Moses Lake in 1983. Since that time he became very active in real estate development, residential housing, his love for dogs and horses, rafting and most of all music. He spearheaded the restoration of the George, Wash. Grange and promoted bluegrass music near and wide. The highlight of his life was playing music with family and friends, and most of all teaching his grandkids to play.

He will be so greatly missed by all the people whose lives he touched. A celebration of life is set for March 2, 2019 at 3PM at the George Community Hall. 

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Leslie Wilson

August 9, 1945 – November 17, 2018

Leslie Wilson of Moses Lake passed on Nov. 17, 2018 after a two-year battle with leukemia. He died peacefully at home surrounded by family.

Les was born Aug. 9, 1945 in Omak, Wash. to Roy E. Wilson and Audrie Mae Wilson. He spent his childhood on the family ranch in Chewelaken Valley and attended school in Tonasket. The family moved to Curlew in 1963 where he graduated from high school.

Les met Judy Thorp from Okanogan at a 4-H conference when he was 15 and the friendship endured. They were married in 1965 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and had been married 53 years.

In 1968 Les graduated from the Washington State Patrol academy and was assigned to Vancouver, Wash. as a trooper. Son Scott was born in Vancouver in 1970. Les was reassigned to Spokane, Wash. in 1973 and the family was glad to return to the east side of the mountains, moving to property they owned in Veradale, Wash. A short time later in 1974 daughter Tracy was born in Spokane.

Les spent the following years working as a Washington State Patrol Trooper on I-90 in the Spokane area. His days off were spent working on the family ranch in Curlew. He had a love for cattle and the Western lifestyle.

In 1983 Les was in a serious patrol car accident that ended his WSP career. While he was recovering from several back surgeries his biggest pleasure was taking his children and other young people to cattle shows all over the Northwest. He was always ready to take a trailer load of cattle and a pickup full of kids to the livestock shows. One rule was that he got one of the beds in the motel; kids could sleep in sleeping bags on the floor. He continued the tradition by making sure his grandchildren had the opportunity to compete and attend local and regional shows.

Les and Judy bought a ranch north of Moses Lake in 1989 where he resided until his death. Son Scott took over management of the ranch as Les’ health deteriorated. He still loved to check on new calves and make sure the fences were hot and water troughs were full.

Les was preceded in death by his parents Roy and Audrie Wilson of Curlew, Wash. and a sister Lela Kurtz of Republic, Wash. He is survived by is wife of 53 years Judy; children Scott Wilson (Gerry) of Moses Lake and Traci Sevigney (Jeff) of Valleyford; special nephew Loren Kilham (Kim) of Spokane and grandchildren Rylee, Reagan and Wyatt as well as Kory and Kyle Kilham. He is also survived by sister Sharon McKinney and nephew Troy Kilham of Moses Lake.

Les loved his family; he loved and missed his job as a WSP trooper, and he loved being a rancher. We are missing him already.

Private family burial will be in Conconully cemetery.

A barbecue celebration of life will be held in the spring, when the grass is green. A notice will be posted on Facebook and in the paper.

Memorial donations may be made in Les’ name to Junior Livestock Show of Spokane, 3810 E. Boone Ave, Suite 204, Spokane, WA 99202.


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Beverly Smigaj

November 17, 1928 – December 18, 2018

Beverly Jean Smigaj passed away suddenly Dec. 18, 2018. She was born Nov. 17, 1928 in Leavenworth, Wash. She grew up in the Leavenworth and Seattle areas, moved to Moses Lake in 1950 and married the love of her life WM Smigaj in 1951.

She is predeceased by her husband WM Smigaj and sisters Connie Milne and Beth Morrow. She had four children: Linda (John) Lewis, Susan (Adrian) Neufeld, WM III (Trish) Smigaj and Brenda (Paul) LaComb.

She loved motherhood and being a grandmother to five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Beverly had a passion for flowers, crocheting and canning. She enjoyed playing bingo and cards with her dear friends at Pioneer Village.

A celebration of life will be sometime in the spring.

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