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Obituaries, May 30, 2012


Grace Anna Britton

Aug. 28, 1918-May 25, 2012

Grace Anna Britton, a resident of Boring, died Friday, May 25, at her daughter's home. She was 93.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 31, at Mountain View Cemetery in Walla Walla, Wash. A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, at Sandy Assembly of God.

Grace was born Aug. 28, 1918, in Dixie, Wash., to Ralph and Letitia (Hankins) Baker. Grace was raised and received her schooling in Pasco, Wash. Shortly after graduating, she married Clarence Britton on Dec. 31, 1938, in Billings, Mont. They made their home in Montana.

During the war, the family moved to Tacoma, where Clarence worked in the shipyards. After the war, the family moved to Milton-Freewater, and Grace worked in a cannery during the summer months. In December 1953, the family moved to Kinzua, where they lived until 1961 when they moved to Touchet, Wash.

In 1967, Clarence preceded Grace in death. She remained in Touchet until her youngest daughter graduated from high school and then lived in various areas in Washington and Oregon. Grace moved to Boring in 2004 to live near her family.

Grace was actively involved in her children's activities with Blue Birds and Camp Fire. She enjoyed cooking, especially baking, and was known for her cinnamon rolls. She did embroidery work, and crocheted and made many afghans. Grace loved watching the birds and could identify the various types that would come near the trees and feeders. She was a caregiver to both her family and others and was committed to the Lord.

Survivors include her sons, Richard Britton of Clarkston, Wash., and Jerry Britton of Boring; daughters, Coleen Manley of Boring, Marilyn Wike of Gresham and Shirley Worden of Walla Walla; brother, Frank Baker of Walla Walla; 13 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Richard W. Levisee

Dec. 11, 1951-May 26, 2012

Former East County resident Richard W. Levisee, 60, died Saturday, May 26.

A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, June 1, at English Funeral Chapel in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Burial will be at the Washington State Veterans Cemetery in Medical Lake, Wash.

Richard was born Dec. 11, 1951, in Portland to Robert and Ella (Baker) Levisee. He was raised in the Portland area and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He served from 1968-1972 and was a Vietnam veteran.

After his discharge, Richard returned to Portland and then moved to Reno, Nev., where he started in the cabinetry business. He moved to Post Falls, Idaho, in 1985 and worked for several local cabinet shops.

Two sisters preceded Richard in death.

Survivors include his wife of 26 years, Jeanette; children, Melissa Levisee of Gresham, Brenda Leonard of Spokane, Wash., Julie Martinez of Victor, Mont., and Chris Leonard of Hayden, Idaho; mother and stepfather, Ella and Cliff Sherwood of Dallas, Ore.; brother, Jerry Compston of Dallas, Ore.; sister, Judy Farmer; several grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Visit Richard's page at englishfuneralchapel.com to sign the guest registry and view the online memorial.

English Funeral Chapel of Coeur d'Alene is handling arrangements.

Jerry DeGraw

June 12, 1936-April 29, 2012

Gresham resident Jerry DeGraw, 75, died Sunday, April 29.

A service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at Gresham Memorial Chapel, 257 S.E. Roberts Ave.

Visit caringbridge.org/visit/jerrydegraw for information.

A complete obituary will be published in The Outlook at a later date.