Priscilla Ferne Baker, 82, of Mabton died Friday, Nov. 5, 2004.

She was born Nov. 24, 1921 in Seattle to Spencer and Anna (Hansberry) Gilbert. She came to the Yakima Valley in 1921. She received her education and married here.

She is survived by five sons, Jerry Baker of Grandview, Jay Baker of Sarasota, Fla., Leroy Baker of Bonny Lake, Delbert and Bruce, of Maui, Hawaii; and four daughters, Donna deGraaf and Nancy Kielstra, both of Sunnyside, Sue Wossivlo of Cornelius, Ore., and Sandra King of Pasco.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Nov. 13, 2004, at 2 p.m. at Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall, 2291 Tear Road, Grandview. Valley Hills Funeral Home, Sunnyside, is entrusted with arrangements.


Margaret Amundson Mason, 99, of Spokane and a pioneer of the Yakima Valley passed away Saturday, Nov. 6, 2004, of natural causes at Sunshine Gardens Nursing Home, in Spokane.

She was born April 27, 1905 to Nettie and Albert Amundson. She attended Sunnyside schools and graduated in 1923. In high school she played music for silent movies in Sunnyside and Toppenish. She attended Washington State College, where she received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in music. She was studying to be a concert pianist. She returned to Sunnyside, where she taught music. On Aug. 27, 1933 she married Vern Ward Mason. They had one child, Mary Ann Mason.

She is survived by her daughter, Mary Ann Abercrombie of Sunnyside; her brother, Leslie Admundson of Sunnyside; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Admundson; five grandchildren, Robert Fuller, Carolyn Raschko, Steven Fuller, Susan Huwe and Sheri Sedgwick; and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Archie Amundson, Lloyd Amundson and Kenneth Amundson; and four sisters, Allie Amundson, Ethel Hilderbrand, Alberta Stover and Hazel Amundson.

A private service will take place at Wapato Memorial Gardens, Wapato at a later date.


William “Ernest” Boggs, 91, of Sunnyside passed away Friday, Nov. 5, 2004, at Sunnyside Community Hospital.

Ernest was born June 29, 1913 in Winnie Peg, MO., the son of Mae Williams and James H. Boggs. Ernest received his education in Missouri. He later farmed with his father and picked fruit throughout the country during the Depression.

On Oct. 7, 1939 he married Dorothy Murrell in Missouri. The Boggs family made their home in Idaho several years before moving to Washington in 1948. Ernest worked building houses in Richland for the people who worked at Hanford. He later was a carpenter at Hanford and worked on all the dams on the Columbia River, retiring in 1979. Ernest also farmed, which was the love of his life.

Following his retirement Ernest enjoyed gardening, repairing small engines and traveling to the mountains with Dorothy in their travel trailer.

He was a member of the Trinity Baptist Church, Sunnyside and Carpenters Local #1849 in Pasco.

Ernest is survived by his wife, Dorothy Velma Boggs of Sunnyside; two daughters, Peggy Boggs of Benton City and Mary Ann Boggs of Yakima;

two sons, Ernest Merle Boggs of Hermiston, Ore., and Jerry Boggs and wife, Anna, of Prosser; three grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren; five sisters, Alma Becker, Nora Dilport, Marie Sing, Alda Starnes and Norma Brumley; three brothers, Lester Boggs, Eldon Boggs and Elmer Boggs.

He was preceded in death by one son, Ronald James Boggs; one grandson, William Dean Boggs; four brothers, Alva, Ralph, Emmett and Herbert; and one sister, Lucille.

Viewing and visitation will be held Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2004, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2004, from 8:30 a.m. until noon at Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside. Graveside funeral services will be held Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2004, at 1:30 p.m. at Lower Valley Memorial Garden, Sunnyside, under the direction of Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside.


Carmen Garcia, 59 of Sunnyside passed away Saturday, Nov. 6, 2004, at Yakima Regional Hospital, Yakima.

She was born July 30, 1945 in Eagle Pass, Texas to Gregorio and Dolores (Rebellosa) Rodriguez. She received her education in Sunnyside, graduating with the class of 1964, later attending Clackamas Community College in Oregon City, where she obtained a four-year degree in nursing. Carmen worked for Kaiser Permantee Medical Center in Clackamas, Ore., retiring after 25 years. On July 10, 1999 she married Manuel Garcia in Sunnyside, where they made their home. She was currently employed as a registered nurse at Sunnyside Community Hospital.

Carmen enjoyed music, dancing and celebrations with her family and cherished time spent with her grandson, Mackenzie.

She is survived by the love of her life, Manuel Garcia of Sunnyside; two daughters, Dolores Ann Clark and husband, Donald, of Beavercreek, Ore., and Michelle Reitenbaugh of Rocklin, Calif.; one grandson, Mackenzie Reitenbaugh of Rocklin. She is also survived by her mother, Dolores Rodriguez of Sunnyside; three sisters, Molly Yanez of Grandview, Vicki Hernandez of Grandview, and Julie Gonzales of Corbett, Ore.; and three brothers, Jim Rodriguez of Lincoln City, Ore., John Rodriguez of Tacoma, and Greg Rodriguez of Lake Chelan.

She was preceded in death by her father, Gregorio Rodriguez; one brother, Joe Rodriguez; and one son-in-law, Erik Reitenbaugh.

Viewing and visitation will be held Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2004, from 3 to 8 p.m. with a Rosary to be recited at 6 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2004 at 10 a.m. at


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