|Birth: ||Aug. 25, 1917|
|Death: ||Mar. 11, 2007|
Former Shelton resident Merna Rowe Haskins died on March 11. She was 89 and a resident of Lacey.
She was born at Alki Point in Seattle on August 25, 1917 to Helen Gladys and Thomas Richard Rowe. Her childhood was spent first at Matlock, where her maternal grandparents, Charles and Belle Hopkins, had homesteaded, then to Frisken Y, where her father started a 60-year career with Simpson Logging and Timber Company.
She moved to Shelton when she was 5 years old. The family moved on the train directly to Shelton to a red house where the Shelton Post Office now sits. Mrs. Haskins enjoyed athletics and was an aquatics instructor, as well as a ping-pong champion.
She married John William Joseph Haskins of Bellingham in 1939, while attending Western Washington University. They lived in Bellingham, Seattle and Shelton, where Mr. Haskins worked for Simpson Timber Company.
She opened the first licensed nursery school in Washington State. Mr. Haskins preceded her in death in 1953. She began working for the then Department of Highways in Olympia in 1954 and retired 29 years later.
She was also preceded in death by son, Billy, brother Charles “Chuck” Rowe and his wife, Helen, and her best friends, Evelyn Eliot and Addie Stenger.
Surviving are her children, Jacqueline Vera, Jeriline Ruth Kilpatrick and husband Richard and John Jeffrey Haskins and wife Lynn; five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; sisters Ruth Turner and husband Bob, and Vera Lowe and husband Sonny; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Mrs. Haskins’ life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at the Tom Lowe residence, 261 Clearwater Ridge Drive in Shelton, located off Mill Creek Road. Shelton-Mason County Journal, March 15, 2007
Thomas Richard Rowe (1891 - 1971)
Helen Gladys Hopkins Rowe (1896 - 1992)
John William Haskins (1913 - 1954)*
William Gerald Haskins (1942 - 1942)*
Thomas Charles Rowe (1915 - 1999)*
Merna Rowe Haskins (1917 - 2007)
Shelton Memorial Park
Plot: I.O.O.F. 1, 5 4 F
Maintained by: Nancy Stout
Originally Created by: Angie Robinson
Record added: Feb 03, 2010
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