THEONE GLADYS FISHER
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
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
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
ROBERT DALE JAMES
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.