MAUSTON, Wisc. — Former Ocean Park resident Sandra Wray made an important discovery this past year and not a moment too soon. “I had moved quite often from place to place. I had written a children’s book for my five-year-old nephew and discovered it just in time to get it in print for his graduation from high school,” Wray explains with delight.

The book is “James the Pirate” and can be purchased for $24.99 at the website, by writing to Wray at 515 Juneau Ave., Mauston, WI 53948, or calling 608-853-0751.

Wray was born in Ilwaco, grew up in Ocean Park, and spent less than year at Ilwaco High School in the 1970s. Her parents were Douglas and Dorothy Howell, both deceased and she has sisters Penny Kramer, Donna Early, Sharon Wray, Shkala Quinn, and a brother Monte Howell. Two stepsisters include Frieda Poe and Dorothy Harwood.  

Wray has also lived in Chicago, California, Michigan, Alaska and was in the U.S. Army Reserves for six years in the 1980s. She is currently a water fitness instructor in Mauston and says, “I’m addicted to Farmville, where I have lived the past 15 years.”

“I loved getting up and digging clams and my sisters cooking them for breakfast. I also was on dad’s dredge in Willapa Bay, watching for whales from North Head Lighthouse, and having picnics at Waikiki Beach. We could walk on driftwood almost the entire length without ever touching the sand. I still appreciate all the things the Peninsula had to offer,” Wray recalls. 

“I hope to move back to Washington some day, but I’m not sure when.”

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