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JUANITA RUTH BRAMWELL PEMBERTON

JUANITA RUTH BRAMWELL PEMBERTON

Juanita Ruth Bramwell Pemberton, 91, of Sunnyside passed away Friday, Jan. 7, 2005, at her home.

She was born Sept. 29, 1913 in Garfield, Idaho to Franklin Elias and Vera Bramwell. Ruth spent her early childhood years in the Idaho Falls area, and later moved with her family to Rosemary, Alberta, Canada, where her father rented land from the Canadian Pacific Railway. He farmed wheat and oats and raised cattle, pigs, horses, and chickens. Living on the farm in Canada, Ruth’s main jobs were herding the pigs and milking the cows. When Ruth was 17 years of age her family moved to Klamath Falls, Ore., where she met the love of her life, Wendell J. Pemberton. They married July 25, 1932. Shortly after being married, the new couple moved to Susanville, Calif., where Wendell worked in the logging industry. After having four girls, they were blessed with a son. In December of 1944, they moved to the Yakima Valley, where they lived the remainder of their days. Wendell worked as a fruit farmer, owned a grocery store, and then in 1952 began his long farming career on the Roza. Ruth worked many years for the Yakima Valley Bank (Seattle First National Bank). Her co-workers became life-long friends.

Ruth was an outstanding wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother. She was happiest when she was spending time with her family and serving in her church. She was extremely talented in using her hands to create stuffed animals, especially monkey boolas and teddy bears. She had great artistic ability in creating ceramics and even dabbled in oil painting. But she will be remembered most for her handmade quilts, afghans and crocheted potholders, which she made for each of her descendants and countless friends. In addition, one of Ruth’s memorable talents was her ability to love all people. She was a good listener and used positive feedback to make those in her presence feel like they were the most important person in her life at that moment. Our beloved mother and grandmother will be dearly missed.

Ruth was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served in many positions in the church including Relief Society teacher, Cub Scout leader, Sunday school teacher, and chorister. She and Wendell also served a mission for their church. Next to her family, her love was for music. She loved to conduct, she loved to teach and she spent many years serving as the music director of the Sunnyside Ward. One of her unique talents was being able to encourage others to develop their talents. She consistently called on the young people in her church to use their musical talents to serve the Lord.

She is survived by four daughters, Shirley Ann Knott and husband, Earl, of Auburn, Norma Gerene Anderson and husband, John, of Ogden, Utah, Virginia MarVel Pemberton and Carma Lynn Bos, and husband, Harry, all of Sunnyside; 16 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Marjery Goff and husband, Bert, of Bonanza, Ore.; and one brother, Kenneth Bramwell of Gresham, Ore.;

Viewing and visitation will be held Friday, Jan. 14, 2005, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside and Saturday, Jan. 15, 2005, from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2000 East Lincoln Ave., Sunnyside. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 15, 2005, at 11 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Sunnyside. Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside, is in charge of arrangements.

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