Maxine Lamb, 85, a long-time Sunnyside resident died Saturday, Oct. 2, 2004, at Hillcrest Manor in Sunnyside.

She was born Oct. 13, 1918 in New Mexico to Benjamin and Audie Bell (Fairley) Ditto.

She is survived by three daughters, Dorothy Bryan and Karen Tucker, both of Sunnyside and Linda Gray of Richland; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and four sisters.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Lamb; one son, Carroll Lamb, her parents; three brothers; and two sisters.

Viewing will be held Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2004, from 10 to 8 p.m. at Valley Hills Funeral Home, Sunnyside. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2004, at 10 a.m. at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens, Sunnyside. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Mrs. Lamb’s name be made to the Sunnyside Christian School. Valley Hills Funeral Home, Sunnyside, is entrusted with arrangements.


Hendrika (Rika) Benjert, 90, of Sunnyside passed away peacefully Friday, Oct. 1, 2004, at her home.

Mrs. Benjert was born Aug. 12, 1914 in Klaas-waal, Holland to Alexander and Martha (de Romph) Zwijgers. Rika Zwijgers and Hubert Benjert were married in Klaas-waal, on June 25, 1936 and resided in Gaudswaard, Holland. Mr. and Mrs. Benjert celebrated their 50


wedding anniversary in 1986.

Following the World War II, the Benjerts realized opportunities were limited in Holland, so they came to America so their children could have a better life. In May 1950, Mr. and Mrs. Benjert along with their five children; John, Alex, Hank, Helen and Martha immigrated to the U.S. with T.J. Schilperoort as their sponsor. Two sons, Hubert Jr. and Clarence “Babe” were born in America.

The Benjerts lived on East Zillah Drive, where Mr. Benjert worked for Gerrit Schilperoort and Mrs. Benjert was a homemaker. In 1954 the family moved to their farm on Waneta Road, where they owned and operated Sunnyside Quality Dairy.

Mrs. Benjert was a member of the Netherlands Reformed Church. She treasured visitors stopping by for coffee and homemade goodies.

She enjoyed her vegetable garden and her flowers.

Mrs. Benjert is survived by two daughters, Helen Stout and husband, R.O. “Bud”, of Sunnyside and Martha Bright and husband, Mel, of Zillah; two sons, Hubert Benjert Jr. and wife, Linda, and Clarence “Babe” Benjert and wife, Sharon, all of Sunnyside; daughters-in-law, Pat Benjert of Sunnyside, Anita Gardner of White Swan and Sue Garretson of Richland; sister-in-law, Mrs. Jacoba

deVos of Canada; and special friends, Cornie and Jane Bestebreur of Sunnyside. She is also survived by 17 grandchildren, Staci Smith, Janice DeVries, Jeanette Lundeen, Julies Ferguson, Laura Van de Graaf, Carla Trevino, Amanda Benjert, Katie Wallace, Jon Bright, Jayson, Erika and Hank Benjert, Lindsey, Ashley, Alex, McKenzie and Reid Benjert; 12 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews in the U.S., Canada and Holland.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hubert, in 1992; three sons, Hank, in 1977, Alex, in 1988 and John, in 1996; two sisters, Heiltje Boender and Marie Bijl; one brother, Hendrik Zwijgers; and one sister, Christina Jansen.

Viewing and visitation will be held Monday, Oct. 4, 2004, from 10 to 8 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2004, at 10 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home Chapel, Sunnyside. Burial will be at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens, Sunnyside. Those wishing to honor her memory may contribute to the Sunnyside Volunteer Fire Department, Hospice or NRC. Memorials may be left at Smith Funeral Home.


Moises “Moy” S. Garcia Sr., 74, of Mabton died peacefully Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2004, at Sunnyside Community Hospital.

He was born May 29, 1930 in Monterrey, Mexico to Maria De Los Angeles (Silva) and Crecencio Garcia. On Oct. 30, 1954 he married Noemi Trevino at Little Field, Texas. Following their marriage they moved to the Mabton area, where they made their home until the time of his death. Moises started his trucking business in 1960. He retired due to his illness.

He cherished time spent with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by four daughters, Norma Trevino Garcia of Mabton, Gloria Alaniz and husband, Martin Sr., their children, Josephine (Josie), Martin Jr. and Michael, and his (great-grandchildren), McKenzie, Onika and Freddie III, all of Grandview, Martha Alicia Vidales and husband, Roberto Sr., their children, Roberto Jr., Jessica and David, all of Sunnyside and Rita Trevino Garcia of Yakima; three sons, Moises Garcia Jr. and wife, Maria, their children, Andrea, Nikki, Anissa and Asante, all of Yakima, Chris Garcia of Mabton and Joey Garcia and wife, Norma G. Garcia, their children, Erika and Samantha, all of Sunnyside; granddaughter, Cynthia Garza and husband, Rene, their children (great-grandchildren) Rebecca, Jaime, Daniel, Adrian, Rene Jr, Nikolas and Reesah, all of Granger; grandson, Mario Garcia and wife, Daniela, their children (great-grandchildren) Mario Jr., Valerie, Victoria and Dajia, all of Yakima. He is also survived by two brothers, Andres Garcia Sr. of Sunnyside and Reyes “Rey” Garcia of Rickreall, Ore.; five sisters, Pauline Alvarez, Lupe Ramirez, both of Independence, Ore., Maria Lopez of Pharr, Texas, Josefina Hernandez of Fresno, Calif. and Juanita Baltazar of Sleeping Eye, Minn.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Noemi Trevino Garcia; his parents, Maria De Los Angeles and Crecencio Garcia; one daughter, Josefina Garcia; two sons, Guadalupe Garcia and Joe Garcia; and one brother-in-law, Pablo Ramirez.

Viewing and visitation will be held Sunday, Oct. 3, 2004, from 3 to 8 p.m. with a Rosary to be recited at 6 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, Oct. 4, 2004, at 11 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Grandview, with burial to follow at Mabton Cemetery. Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Keith Edmund McDonald, 72, formerly of Sunnyside, passed away Sunday, Oct. 3, 2004, at his home.

Keith was born Nov. 11, 1931 in Parker, S.D. to Ed and Hazel McDonald.  At an early age he moved to Sunnyside, and in 1940, the family moved to Portland, Ore., where Keith completed his elementary and most of his secondary education. In 1950 the family returned to Sunnyside, where Keith graduated from high school. Upon graduation, Keith entered the Navy and served two years with a Marine surgical team in Korea. He served two additional years in Japan and was discharged in 1955. After his return from the military, Keith began working at the Hanford Atomic Energy Plant for General Electric and Battelle Northwest Labs. He was engaged in biology research, where he authored and co-authored several publications. While working Keith attended college at Columbia Basin College, the University of Washington, and Central Washington University.  He retired from Battelle in 1992.

Keith married Jeanne Puetz in 1966 in Sunnyside. Two children, Bridget and Sean completed their family.

In 1992 Keith and Jeanne moved to Austin, Texas, where he sold real estate.  Keith underwent a heart transplant in Austin in 1996. In 2002 they moved to Aransas Pass, Texas, where he enjoyed retirement, fishing, and hunting pheasants in South Dakota.

He is survived by his wife, Jeanne McDonald of Aransas Pass; his son, Sean McDonald of Austin; his daughter, Bridget (Mark)  Mehre of Aransas Pass; his sister, Mary Thomas of Grandview; his sister-in-law, Marge McDonald of Pasco; two grandchildren, Dylan and Meara McDonald of Waco; his niece, Patti McMaster of Vancouver; and four nephews, Larry Thomas of Grandview, Doug (Carolyn) Thomas of Austin, Bob (Diana) Thomas of Grandview and Alan McDonald of Pasco.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Hazel McDonald; his brother, James McDonald; and his brother-in-law, Hoyt Thomas.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2004, from 10 to 9 p.m. with a Rosary being recited at 7 p.m. at Charlie Marshall Funeral Home Chapel, Aransas Pass. Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2004 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Star By The Sea Catholic Church, Aransas Pass, with Father Mike Lenihan officiating. Interment will be private. Expressions of sympathy may be made by donations to Catholic Charities, Heart Association, Hospice, Kidney Foundation or the charity of your choice. Charlie Marshall Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.


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