On Feb. 27, 2013, Martha Mollett, 92, passed away after a heart attack and a short stay at the Montesano Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Martha was born Feb. 19, 1921, the oldest of seven children to Ray and Dora Crites in Nickalus County, W. Va. With seven small children, the family settled in Grays Harbor.
Martha married Joseph “Joe” Yucha on Jan. 29, 1937. Their home was up Newman Creek Road in Elma, Wash. They raised three boys: Jack (Judy) Yucha of McCleary, Lonnie (Esther) Yucha of Aberdeen and Brad (Barb) Yucha of Elma. Joe passed away Jan. 14, 1977. Of Martha’s three boys there are six grandchildren: Cindy, Emilie, Beverly, Ken, Jody and Jon. She is also survived by six great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. Martha has one surviving brother: Elwin Crites and his wife, Phyllis, of Yuma, Ariz. She is preceded in death by her brother, Oshel Crites, (leaving his wife Clara of Tumwater, Wash.) and her brother Darwin Crites and his wife, Millie. Her brother, Doug Crites, passed in 1986. Sisters Phern Yakovich and Nelda Kelly also passed in recent years.
There are numerous nieces and nephews of the Crites family. On Sept. 17, 1977, Martha married Harold Mollett in Elma. She inherited many stepchildren: Roy (Karol) Mollett of Elma, Donna (Davis) Jennings of Aberdeen, Geraldine (Dick) Bailey of Poulsbo, Rosemary (Keith) Delzer of Idaho and Judy (Richard) Walker of Auburn. She was preceded in death by stepchildren Chuck, Cliff and Marilyn. She is survived by numerous nephews, nieces, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Her jobs included custodial work for WPPS, Bayview Lumber of Elma, Montesano and Cosmopolis. She liked to spend time with her friends at the Thimble club, going fishing and clam digging with family. Martha worked hard at raising her family and staying involved with her extended family. She gardened and canned her fruits of labor on the old wood cook stove. In later years, she loved to travel. She visited friends and family in West Virginia, Oklahoma and Arizona with husband, Harold Mollett, until his death March 19, 1995. She continued snowbird traveling to Arizona until about 2010. In her last few years, a longtime special friend, Chuck Yucha, was her caregiver. He was very good to her. When extra care was needed, Leanne, a family friend, stepped in to give a hand. Toward the end, she spent her last days at the Montesano Health and Rehabilitation Center. The family welcomes you to celebrate her life at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at Whiteside Family Mortuary in Elma. Interment will be at Satsop Cemetery in Satsop.
Please visit and sign the online tribute to Martha at www.whitesidefamilymortuaries.com.
Arrangements are entrusted to Whiteside Family Mortuary in Elma.