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Obituaries for Aug. 23

James “Jim” Lee Ater, 83, of Hilo died Thursday, Aug. 16, at Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home. Born in Oberlin, Kansas, he was a retired Marine Electrician for Kems Inc. on Oahu; a U.S. Navy veteran during the Korean Conflict; and made koa wood crafts. He was also a member of AFL-CIO IBEW Local Union 1186 and the NEBF. Private services held. Survived by wife, Judith Flores Ater of Hilo; daughters, Jamie S. Ater of Honolulu, and Jessica (Duane) Vargas of Hilo; sons, Mark (Anna) Ater of Hilo and Thomas (Genevieve) Teixeira of Waimanalo, Oahu; sisters, Joanne (Walt) Castle of Oberlin, Kansas, and Jackie (Larry) Rathbun of McCook, Neb.; five granddaughters; five great-grandchildren; one aunt; one cousin; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary Inc., Hilo.

Judith Ann Gilbert, 46, of Ocean View died Thursday, Aug. 16, at Hilo Medical Center. Born in California. Survived by mother, Shirley Day (Dennis L.) Martineau of California; Step-mother, Shirley Downing of Virginia; sons, Adam Richard Starbird of California, Jacob Allan Starbird of Michigan; daughters, Stephanie Marie Glenn of California, Maranda Elizabeth Gilbert of Pennsylvania; brother, Maurice E. “Butch” Downing IV of Virginia; sisters, Mary (Paul) Boswell of Virginia, Christine Downing of Minnesota. Arrangements by Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home, Hilo.


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