MAXINE B. WHITE
Maxine B. White, 77, of Grandview died unexpectedly
Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2005, in Prosser following a short illness.
Maxine was born on her family’s farm in Grandview to Victor
and Grace (Tuttle) Cresci. When she was a young girl, her family moved to a
farm located on Grandview Pavement Road, where the family farmed about five
acres of grapes. She graduated from Grandview High School in 1945. In 1948 she
married the love of her life, Harold White, and they continued to live on the
family farm and together built their home there. In 1951 Harold and Maxine
moved to Anchorage, Alaska for a short-time and then returned to Grandview,
where they owned and operated the landmark Black and White’s Corner Gas Station
for several years. In 1954 they moved back to the farm and raised asparagus,
grapes, and planting additional grapes over the years, eventually raising more
than 30 acres of grapes.
Maxine was a very hard worker and helped Harold with most
aspects of farm life, from driving tractors to planting and training the
grapes. For years she cooked and fed the grape harvest crew, as was the
tradition on the farm. They joined National Grape Co-op in 1957 and were very
proud to be members of the association and of raising grapes for Welch’s. They
were thrilled when members of National Grape interviewed them last fall and
featured them in the January 2005 grower profile of the National Grape Co-op
Maxine was very active in the Seventh-day Adventist Church
in Grandview and was a prayer warrior for those in need.
The love that Maxine and Harold had for each other was
apparent to everyone who met them. It was a marriage filled with joy, caring
and happiness. They were very happy and cherished each day they had together.
She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Harold White of
Grandview; one daughter, Nancy and (George) Pinarcik of Tracy, Calif.; one son
and daughter-in-law, David and Teresa White of Grandview; four grandchildren,
Shelle and (Eric) Kyle of San Diego, Calif., Tiffani, Andy and Lucas White, all
of Grandview; one great-granddaughter,
Ali; two brothers, Doc and (June)
Cresci of Walla Walla and Dick and (Pat) Cresci of Kennewick; her
stepmother, Edith Cresci of Yakima; many nieces and nephews; and a special
friend, Juanita Mohr.
Maxine was preceded in death by her parents, Grace and
Victor; her stepfather, Roy White; and two brothers, Lloyd and Jerry Cresci.
Visitation time for family and friends will be held
Saturday, Feb. 5, 2005, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Valley Hills Funeral Home, 345 N.
St. Sunnyside. Funeral
services will be held Monday, Feb. 7, 2005, at 11 a.m. at the Seventh-day
Adventist Church, 106 N. Elm St. in Grandview, with burial to follow at
Grandview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any memorials
be made to Grandview Seventh-day Adventist Church or 3ABN and may be left at
the church. Services are under the direction of Valley Hills Funeral Home,