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Marion Ester (Williams) Almy (1407-1532-2W)

Marion Almy, 91, wife of Charles B. Almy of Little Compton, Rhode Island, died on January 19, 1998. Marion was born in Fall River, Massachusetts on April 15, 1906, the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Burrows) Williams. Marion and Charles were married August 26, 1931 in Hartford, Connecticut. They had two children; Marcia Louise Pratt and Charles B. Almy. Our thoughts and prayers go to her husband, children, and many friends.

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Nellie M. Hufford (1407-1C72-6)

Nellie M. Hufford, 92, of Omaha, Nebraska, died January 13, 1998. Nellie was born on September 5, 1905, on the farm her father homesteaded west of Ashland, Nebraska. She was the daughter of William A. and Florence Elizabeth B. (Almy) McReynolds, and the granddaughter of Horace Manchester and Abbie Colburn (Grinnell) Almy. Nellie married in Ashland, June 7, 1927, Harold Russel Hufford. They had 3 children.

Nellie was the retired director of a nursery school and was active in several service groups. She was a 1926 graduate of the University of Nebraska, where she studied childhood education. Nellie was a descendant of Pilgrims John Alden and William White and she joined the Nebraska Society of Mayflower Descendants in 1957. She served the Society as Historian for 19 years, from 1971 to 1990. The Nebraska Society honored her for her service and dedication at their annual meeting and Thanksgiving dinner in Lincoln, Nebraska, on November 23, 1997.

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Richard R. Almy (1233-5143-242)

Richard R. Almy, 93, of Front Royal, Virginia, died peacefully in his home on October 25, 1997. Richard was born November 27, 1903, in Simmonsville, Rhode Island, the son of Benjamin Franklin and Mary Emily (Cutts) Almy. He was a retired manufacturing superintendent for FMC, formerly American Viscose Corp. in Front Royal. He was also owner of R.R. Almy Realty, Inc. in Front Royal.

Richard received his bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, where he was a member of Sigma Xi, an honorary science society, and was a Francis Wayland Scholar.

Richard was past president of Front Royal-Warren County Community Chest and past chairman of Warren County Electoral Board. He was past vice-president of the Board of Trustees of Warren Memorial Hospital and also superintendent of Building Construction of the hospital at the Shenandoah Avenue site. He was past chairman of the Warren County Electoral Board and former secretary for the Board of Real Estate Equalization of Warren County.

Surviving family members include his wife, Frances Hale Almy; a son, Richard R. Almy, Jr. of La Grange, IL; three daughters, Hale Almy Ament of Reston, Virginia, Elizabeth Almy Davis of Huntingdon Valley, PA, and Rebecca Almy Graves of Clemmons, NC; a sister, Esther Almy Sheldon of Alamogoro, NM; a brother, Benjamin F. Almy of Tucson, AZ. and seven grandchildren.

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Vernon Lewis Almy (1233-4668-134)

Vernon L. Almy, 71, of Chehalis, Washington, died July 22, 1997, in Olympia, Washington. Vernon was born on April 1, 1926 in Columbus, Ohio, the son of Martin D. and Edna (Bailey) Almy. On June 30, 1951 he married Marjorie Jean "Jeannie" Harris in Centralia, Washington. Surviving family members include his wife; two daughters, Brenda Reagan of Centralia, and Monica of Chehalis; two brothers, Harold D. of Olympia, and Robert of Vancouver, Washington; four sisters, Clara Jane Johnson of St. Helens, Oregon, Erma Jean Miller of Centralia, Donna June Boudreaux of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Betty Jo Croft of Vancouver, and two grandchildren.

Following is a short synopsis of Vernon's life, written by his daughters Brenda and Monica, which was read by the minister at his funeral service.

Born on April Fool's Day 1926 which accounts for his keen sense of humor, Vernon grew up in the Midwest. Stories from his childhood included long walks to school bundled up so tight he could hardly walk and ice skating on the lakes in Minnesota. He also told of running barefoot around the house after the first snow. Summertime was filled with farm work, hunting, fishing, and swimming, also gathering hail after summer storms to make homemade ice cream.

His first job was working for Elmer Selmo at a service station in Solway, Minnesota. It was at this time he picked up the nickname "Elmer" which followed him even to later years when he worked for Weyerhaeuser. As a young man he worked as a bellhop in a Bernidji hotel where he sneaked down to the kitchen after hours and made himself wonderful ice cream concoctions. Working in North Dakota on farms and building silos, a story he often told was of a runt pig he raised that followed him around like a puppy.

In 1948 he moved to Washington State to be near his family. During that time he worked in a mill in Shelton with George Watson, Bob Lusk, and Connie Swope. George who was dating a Centralia girl, Bonnie Baker, set up a blind date for Vernon with Bonnie's friend Jeanne Harris. The blind date worked and Vernon and Jeanne were married on June 30, 1951. In April of 1954 at the age of 28, Uncle Sam called and Vernon packed up for boot camp in California. After stops in Texas, New York and Greenland, he was discharged from the service with a bald head.

Back home again he worked in the woods with his father-in-law Jesse Harris, and then later for the Weyerhaeuser Company until his retirement in 1980. His love of the woods and the outdoors was mirrored in his favorite pastimes of camping, hunting, fishing, and gardening. He also loved birds and small animals and always made sure that there was enough birdseed in the bird feeder, syrup for the "hummers" and a carrot for the rabbit that came into his yard. One time he and Jesse were picking huckleberries at Mt. Adams when they discovered a newly smoldering potential forest fire, they extinguished it before any damage was done and earned mention in the paper.

The early sixties brought major changes to the Almy household when first Brenda and then Monica were born. Always a favorite with his many nieces and nephews he didn't disappoint as a daddy either. Ready with a joke, to build a snowman, or make french toast, he always had time for his "girls." Family favorites were camping and fishing at Spirit Lake and 4th of July's spent at Westport. Friday nights were spent at the bowling alley watching Vern bowl, he maintained a 173 average and had more trophies than space allowed.

The 80's brought more changes with births of Jessica and Allison. "Papa" enjoyed spending time with his "Bugs" and "owie" and only missed a softball game if "it just couldn't be helped." There are more memories than time allows. This tells the story of a life well lived and a family well loved. We will miss you husband, dad, papa, brother, and friend.

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Hilda Almy (1239-2145-2B3)

Hilda Almy, 77, of Tiverton, Rhode Island, died January 31, 1998. Hilda was born in Tiverton on November 29, 1920, the daughter of Charles Henry and Clara E. (Bateman) Almy. Surviving family members include two sisters, Phyllis J. Rocha of Fall River, Massachusetts, and Edith R. Davis of Portsmouth, Rhode Island, and several nieces and nephews.

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Ethel Owen Almy (1408-6612-1W2)

Ethel Owen Almy, 103, died in Savannah, Georgia on February 16, 1997. John Hale Almy (1408-6612-1) and Ethel were married in Pelham Manor, New York, in April 1949. She was born March 31, 1893 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and when she married John she was the widow of Dr. Raymond Owen.

John's son Kenneth wrote that "Ethel, a very charming and interesting woman, had a long career in radio, television and stage plays. She was featured in the play Threes A Family, and in a revival of Show Boat. In later years she was heard on daily radio day-time serials, especially The Second Mrs. Burton, where she was the niece of Mrs. Burton.

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