Theone Gladys Fisher, 84, of Yakima went to be with the Lord she loved Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2004, at Summitview Health Care Center in Yakima. She leaves a legacy of Godliness to her loving family and wide circle of friends.

She was born April 26, 1919 in Sunnyside to Fayette and Goldie Lacey. Theone completed her schooling, and then went on to further studies at the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Ill. In the 1940s following her college graduation, she enlisted in the Coast Guard. During this time, she met and married John S. Fisher, who was on active duty with the Navy. Their first set of twins, Gene and Judy, were born in Portland, Ore., as was their son, Craig. After the war, the family moved to Sunnyside, and a second set of twins, Kaylene and Kevin joined the family.

Theone worked as a practical nurse in the labor and delivery section of the hospital in Sunnyside for many years. As her children grew older, she began her successful career teaching private piano lessons to hundreds of area children. Eventually, this led her to go to Pakistan, where she taught piano at Murree Christian School, and where her son and daughter-in-law were on staff. She truly enjoyed traveling, and was a people-person who made many friends from around the world. Upon returning to the States, she was “Mom Fisher” at the men’s dorm at Multnomah School of the Bible in Portland for eight years, until illness forced her to retire and move to Yakima to be near her family.

A woman of many gifts and talents, Theone served for several decades as the pianist/organist of the Grace Brethren Church in Sunnyside. She also sang with a quintet of ladies in the church and at other events. Her burning desire was to serve the Lord with her life, and to raise her children to honor and serve him as well. Throughout the triumphs and struggles of her life, Theone remained steadfast in this pursuit, and she has finished well! God’s words to her were, “Well done, Thou good and faithful servant.” We, her family, “rise up and call her blessed.”

She is survived by her five children, Gene (Linda) Fisher of Chiang Mai, Thailand, Judy (Richard) Lyon, Craig Fisher, Kaylene (James) Button and Kevin (Lorrie) Fisher, all of Yakima; 14 grandchildren, Genie Lynn Fisher, Bethany (Josh) Carney, Angela Fisher, Sara Lyon, David (Drea) Lyon, Rick (Amy) Lyon, Sabrina (Mick) Gamlem, Liesl Fisher, Craig (Celestial) Fisher, Jr., Sara (Nathan) Decker, Loren Button, Kevin Fisher, Jr., Derek Fisher and Ashley Fisher. Also surviving Theone are eight precious great-grandchildren; one sister, Marilyn Fisher of Toppenish; and many other members of the extended family survive her.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2004, and Thursday, Feb. 12, 2004, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday, Feb. 13, 2004, until noon. Committal services will be held Friday, Feb. 13, 2004, at 2 p.m. at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens, Sunnyside. Her memorial services will be held Saturday, Feb. 14, 2004, at 2 p.m. at Westside Baptist Church in Yakima. Memorials in memory of Theone may be made to Conservative Baptist International, for the support of missionary work, or to Multnomah Bible College in Portland, Ore., c/o Langevin-Mussetter Funeral Home, 1010 W. Yakima Ave., Yakima, WA 98902.


Andee Jo Den Hoed, infant daughter of Andrew John and Robin Den Hoed of Grandview, passed away Monday, Feb. 9, 2004, at her home in Grandview. She was a precious gift from God.

Andee Jo was born Oct. 25, 2003 in Yakima. She went straight from her parents’ arms into the arms of Jesus. Andee Jo was in our arms for a short time but will be in our hearts forever.

She is survived by her parents, Andrew John and Robin Den Hoed; three sisters, Erika, Kara and Krista Den Hoed, all of Grandview; grandparents, Hank and Henrietta Bosma of Zillah and Andrew and Marie Den Hoed of Grandview; great-grandmother, Florence Bosma of Visalia, Calif.; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2004, at 10 a.m. at Sunnyside Christian Reformed Church. Burial will be at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens, Sunnyside, under the direction of Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside.

Those wishing to honor her memory may contribute to the Sunnyside Christian School or Lower Valley Pregnancy Center.


Robert (Bob) Dale James, 83, of Yakima and a former Sunnyside and Toppenish resident, passed away Sunday, Feb. 8, 2004, at Landmark Care Center, Yakima.

Robert was born Feb. 10, 1920 at Colville, the son of Esther Harris and Thomas James. He received his education in Burns, Ore., and graduated in 1937. Following his graduation Robert started working for the Oregon-Washington Company in Burns. From 1942 to 1945 Robert worked with communications in the U.S. Army in Hawaii. After completion of his military service Robert returned to work for the Oregon-Washington Telephone Company in Sunnyside. He retired as an assistant outside plant engineer after 44 years. He had said one of the most pleasurable experiences while working for the telephone company was meeting the woman who became his wife. On June 5, 1948 Robert married Shirley (Warner) Davis in Prosser. The family made their home in Sunnyside until 1963, when they moved to Toppenish.

Robert enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, people, morning coffee time with the boys at Gibbons Drug Store and all the activities, especially bingo at Englewood Heights Retirement Village. Robert loved playing his guitar, singing for family and at church.

He was a member of the Zillah Nazarene Church and Independent Telephone Pioneers Association.

Robert is survived by five children, Barbara Louise Gulley and husband, Wayne, of Zillah, Arloa C. Davis of Yakima, Betty Ann Casebeer of Enumclaw and Leta Faye Bowen of Oakland one son, Earl L. Davis and wife, Helen, of Sequim; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and one brother, Leslie James of Clarkston, WA.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Shirley James; one great-granddaughter, Stephanie Schrag; one sister, Eileen Cronin; and one brother, Marvin Dean McGee.

Viewing and visitation will be held Thursday, Feb. 12, 2004, from 1 to 8 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside. Funeral services will be held Friday, Feb. 13, 2004, at 11 a.m. at Zillah Nazarene Church. Burial will be at Zillah Cemetery, under the direction of Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside.


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