Glenn A. Rayburn, 82, of Grandview died Tuesday, March 1, 2005, at his home.

He was born Sept. 3, 1922 in LaGrande, Ore., the son of Orville and Mary Jane Rayburn. His received his early education Belma School in Grandview. He graduated from LaGrande High School in 1941. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. In July of 1946, he married Margaret Shaw. He taught school in Grandview, before becoming a principal at Mabton schools and at Harriet Thompson Elementary School in Grandview.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret Rayburn of Grandview; his son, Jeff (Elizabeth) of Puyallup; daughter, Mary (Jay) of Renton; four grandchildren; and one sister, Grace Hinkley of Lancaster, N.H.

He was preceded in death by his parents; Orville and Mary Jane Rayburn; four brothers, Arthur, Claude, Ernest and Victor; and one sister, Nina Rayburn.

There will be no services at his request. A memorial will be held at a later date. Those wishing to honor his memory may make contributions to the Grandview Dollar for Scholars Foundation, P.O. Box 632, Grandview, WA 98930.


Diane Lee “Dede” Brandsma, 52, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt quietly and peacefully left her earthly body Saturday, Feb. 26, 2005.

Dede was born Aug. 12, 1952 in Richland to Donald and Billie Welker. She lived most of her life in Tri-Cities.

She is survived by her husband, Keith Brandsma of Sunnyside; son and daughter-in-law, Aaron and Stacey Welker; grandchildren, Ashley and Aaron Michael Welker, all of St. Helens, Ore. and son, Greg Hines; her father, Don Welker of Richland; stepmother, Marjorie Watts of Ephrata; three brothers, Don Cox of Kennewick, Tom of Finley and Dan of Richland; three sisters, Janice Hammack of Kennewick, Cynthia Hayes of Basin City

and Kim Thomas of Ephrata; three sisters-in-law, Kathi Paul (John) of Sunnyside, Debbie Schreiber (Doug) of Grandview and Cheryl Schreiber (Les) of Grandview; one brother-in-law, Karst Brandsma (Irene) of Everett; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Billie; and a brother, Craig.

Family and friends will remember Dede for her warmth, her easy laughter and wit, her intelligence, her openness and her friendliness to all.

Dede requested a “Celebration of Life” in lieu of a formal funeral. Family and friends will be notified of the time and place or may contact Dede’s husband, Keith at:


A celebration of Life for Diane “Dede” Brandsma is to be held Sunday, March 6, 2005, at 2211 W. Canal Dr., Kennewick, from noon until her sister, Janice Hammack sends us on our way. Coffee and cookies will be served and if you would like to bring a potluck item, that would be appreciated. Thank you and I hope to see you there. Keith

Thanks to Greg Smith at Smith Funeral Home for assistance in arrangements.


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