Roberta Clement, 96, a life-time Sunnyside resident, passed away Thursday, June 2, 2005, at her home in Sunnyside.

Roberta was born Aug. 28, 1909 in Sunnyside, the daughter of Charles Herbert and Gertrude Clarice (Cochran) Padgham.

Roberta received her education in Sunnyside at Washington State College and Modesto California Community College. On Jan. 30, 1931 she married Harry D. Clement in Dayton. Roberta worked in sales for J.C. Penney, management at Consolidated Freightways, bookkeeper for Eastway Pharmacy and was a breeder of purebred Angus cattle.

Roberta enjoyed sewing, spinning, dyeing and weaving wool.

She was a member of the Washington Lady Woolgrowers, Sunnyside Methodist Church, Aberdeen Angus Breeders, Desert Fiber Arts and Sunnyside Stampeders.

Roberta is survived by one daughter, Trish Pitts; one son, Dan Clement and wife, Joan, all of Seattle; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; one brother, David Padgham of Mabton; three sisters, Pauline Shockley, Roxine Fuerst and Birdena Lange, all of Sunnyside.

She was preceded in death by parents; her husband, Harry D. Clement in 1970; two sisters, Zada Fernandez and Rowena Daubersmith; and two brothers, Kester Padgham and Paul Padgham.

Graveside funeral services will be held Monday, June 6, 2005, at 2:30 p.m. at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens, Sunnyside, under the direction of Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside. In lieu of flowers those wishing to honor Roberta’s memory may contribute to the Lower Valley Hospice or Yakima County Food Services (Meals on Wheels) at 711 Inglewood, Yakima, WA. 98092.


Lawrence Jefferson Ledgerwood, peacefully went to the arms of our Lord June 2, 2005, at Prosser Memorial Hospital at the age of 90.

Family and Pastor Mike Hughes surrounded him at the time of his passing. Our beloved husband, father and grandfather started his life on Oct. 18, 1914, near Birch Tree, Mo. He was the son of Marcus Lee Ledgerwood and Nova Paralee Smotherman and was the fourth of nine children.

Lawrence graduated from Birch Tree High school and continued working on his parent’s farm and at Birch Tree Planer Mill.

In 1937, due to the depression, he began traveling in the western states with friends, working wherever he could. Later that year, he and friends came to Sunnyside and found work, but returned to Missouri in 1938.

On March 25, 1939 he married Ruth Elaine Weaver in West Plains, Mo. They were blessed with 66 years together. In their early years, Lawrence farmed with his dad and did carpentry work assisting in the building of barracks at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. Lawrence and Elaine made the decision to move to Sunnyside for employment opportunities arriving in September 1942, where he began working for Emmett Taylor Plumbing. In 1945, he was drafted into the U.S. Army receiving an honorable discharge. He returned home and continued doing carpentry work until 1949, when he began driving oil truck for True’s Oil Co. In the mid 50s, he became employed by Union 76 and worked there until his retirement in 1979. Between 1960 and 1985, he was a part of the Sunnyside Float Team, constructing and setting up floats for parades throughout the state.

Lawrence continued his carpentry skills throughout the years working on his own home, his families and friend’s homes.

He also helped with the First Baptist Church’s major remodel. He enjoyed wood working projects and created many things of beauty.

Lawrence had a ready smile and a twinkling in his eyes for anyone he saw and never knew a stranger.

He was a hard working, responsible man and was always willing to help anyone in need. He lived his life by example through his quiet and gentle nature. His passing will leave a great void in the hearts of those who loved him.

He is survived by his wife, Elaine; children, Larry and wife, Linda, of Kelso, Sharon Slaight of Sunnyside, Gary and wife, Carol, of Prosser, Carol and husband, Henry, of Cosmopolis, Lowell and wife, Pauline, of Camarillo, Calif.; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two more great-grandchildren expected. He is also survived by sisters, Ruby Pierce of Springfield, Mo. and Edith Layman of Raymond; brothers, Millard and wife, Lorene, of Clatskanie, Ore., John and wife, Marie, of Springfield, and Dow and wife, Bernice, of Viola, Ark.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Clay, Henry, and William; and son-in-law, Don Slaight.

Viewing and visitation will be held Wednesday, June 8, 2005, from 2 to 8 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside. A celebration of his life will be held on Thursday, June 9, 2005, at 11 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside, followed by a graveside service. A luncheon will follow at First Baptist Church in Sunnyside.

Those wishing to honor Lawrence’s memory may contribute to the First Baptist Church.


Reese Ellis Thomas was born May 21, 1927 to David Smythe and Clara Jane (Owens) Thomas in Woodburn, Ore.

He was their 13



They moved to Sunnyside when Reese was two years old.

He was educated in Sunnyside and joined the Navy in 1944. He was stationed on board the U.S.S. Antietem Aircraft Carrier. After his honorable discharge in 1946, he returned to Sunnyside and began working at Valley Auto Parts. He met and married Mae Owens in August 1949.

Reese was very involved in Scouts, Lower Valley Musical Comedy Company, city council, Toastmasters and Optimists. After 23 years of auto parts managing he moved to Olympia and opened his own Napa store called Reese’s Auto Parts. After 17 years he retired due to the failing health of his wife and himself.

Reese is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years, Mae; son, Doug (Gini) and daughter, Diane; two grandchildren, David (Kathleen) and Renee; one brother, Donald (Brick); and two sisters, Edith and Darlene; and a large number of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his step-father, Hawley Robbins; 10 brothers and sisters; and two sons, Dave and Bobby.

Reese Ellis Thomas died June 3, 2005, at Providence St. Peter Hospital from complications following surgery. He was loved and will be missed by all.

Viewing and visitation will be held Thursday, June 9, 2005, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside. Graveside services will be held Friday, June 10, 2005, at 11 a.m. at Lower Valley Memorial Park in Sunnyside. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation. Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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