Beulah Jane “BJ” (Falter) Johnson passed away on Oct. 22, 2013 at Ray Hickey Hospice in Vancouver, Wash.
Beulah was born Dec. 8, 1932 in Fordville, N.D. to Percy Kenneth Falter and Irene Elizabeth Walsh. She was the oldest of four children, and took life by the horns. She was fearless, unstoppable and ready to take anyone on an adventure with her. Beulah could do it all: crabbing, shrimping, hunting, bartending, camping, cooking — you name it. She loved being around those she loved and teaching them anything they wanted to learn. She died without a single gray hair on her head; not one.
For almost 20 years, she lived in Woodland, Wash. at Horseshoe Lake Park where she made her home.
She is preceded in death by her first husband, Arthur Raymond Baird; her second husband, Clifford Allen Huddelston; and her third husband, Laurie Eldon Johnson.
She is survived by three brothers; Dallas and wife Nancy of Longview, Wash.; Forrest and wife Joanie of Kelso, Wash.; Ron and wife Po of Goldendale, Wash.; by her six children; Virginia Baird of Kalama, Wash.; Richard Baird and wife Sharmon of Everett, Wash; Chrystal Baird of Auburn, Wash.; Christiann Smallwood and husband Mike of Marshall, Ill.; David Baird and wife Carla of Homer, Alaska; JoAnn Johnson and husband Gary of Auburn, Wash. She is also survived by 19 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren (with one on the way) and one great-great grandchild, Rowyn.
The family would like to thank the following for their care and support over the past two years: Woodland Moose; Woodland and Kalama VFW; Kim and David Woolford of Woodland, Wash.; Bill Maitland of Woodland, Wash.; Dee Ladahl and sons Dan, Lon, Jack and Ted; Gary and Sandy Day, and the Lynda Vista Crew in Arizona; Laverne Fredrickson of Woodland Wash.; Bonnie and Larry Cochran of Woodland Wash.; Ray Hickey Hospice of Vancouver, Wash.; and everyone who donated time and energy to helping our mom get over the hurdles. Thank you!
In lieu of flowers and gifts, the family requests that you send donations in the name of Beulah “BJ” Johnson to: Ray Hickey Hospice House, 2112 E Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver, WA 98661.
Laura Elizabeth deLumeau (Boyd) passed away on Oct. 27, 2013 with her brother and daughter by her side. Laura was born April 3, 1951 in Philadelphia, Penn. It was there that she met Gary deLumeau and they moved to Somers Point, N.J., where they got married and had one daughter.
In 1988, Laura and her daughter moved to Pompano Beach, Fla. to care for her mother who had breast cancer. Laura was proud to own and operate an Ace Hardware store in Boca Raton, Fla., where she enjoyed helping her customers. In 2005, she moved to Anchor Point, Alaska, with her daughter. She wasn’t so fond of the cold, so she moved to Waianae, Hawaii in 2009 with her brother and family.
She returned to Alaska in 2012 to visit, and was never well enough to return to Hawaii. Laura fought a hard battle, having three occurrences of breast cancer and other complications. She loved whales, Crosby, Stills and Nash and meeting new people. Laura loved talking to strangers.
Laura is preceded in death by her parents George Gaul Boyd and Delores Elizabeth Boyd (Swayne). She is survived by her daughter; Jenna Elizabeth deLumeau, grandchildren; Emmy Elizabeth deLumeau and Patrick Joseph deLumeau; her brother, George Gall Boyd; niece Linda Nelson and her four children; niece Meena Opunui and her daughter and grandson; nephew Manoon Kokdorkmai and his three children, and nephew Thanin Boyd and his three children and granddaughter.
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