Lucy Elizabeth Lester, 94, of Spokane and a former Sunnyside resident entered into rest Tuesday, May 17, 2005, in Spokane.

She was born Dec. 21, 1910 in Detroit, Mich., the daughter of Charles and Pearl Pillon. They lived in Sunnyside, where they farmed until retirement and moved to Grapeview in 1976.

She was a member of the Baptist Church in Shelton. She taught Sunday school and children’s Bible classes for many years. She played cello in a small orchestra and piano for the church.

She was a member of T.O.P.S, where she had many friends. In 1989, they moved to Spokane, where she had lived until her passing.

She is survived by two daughters, Barbara Seleski and husband, Don, of Chattaroy and Beryl Fitzpatrick and husband, Melvin, of Greenacres; two sons, Alvin E. Lester Jr. and wife, Jean, of Sequim and Gary L. Lester and wife, Milhiko, of Charleston, S.C.; one sister, Grace Bale of Yakima; 13 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Alvin Lester.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, May 24, 2005, from 3 to 8 p.m. at Thornhill Valley Funeral Home. Graveside services will be conducted Wednesday, May 25, 2005, at 1 p.m. at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens, Sunnyside, with Rev. Dal Shjerve officiating. Thornhill Valley Funeral Home, Spokane, is in charge of arrangements.


Henry Ward Paine, 97, of Fox Island and a former Sunnyside resident died Friday, May 20, 2005, at his home in Fox Island.

Henry Ward Paine was born March 25, 1908 at Bridgeport, Neb., the son of Sherman E. and Grace L. (Sachtjen) Paine. He spent his early years and received his education in Nebraska. On Aug. 23, 1930 he married Miss Dorothy Kempton at Chappell, Neb. Following their marriage, they made their home in Bridgeport, where he was employed by Carnation for 30 years, having retired in 1972. Following his retirement, Henry and Dorothy made their home in Sunnyside in the summer and Arizona in the winter. His wife, Dorothy, died Dec. 20, 1976. In 1978, he married Opal Stencil in Sunnyside, where they continued to make their home. Opal died in October of 1996. In 1999 Henry moved to Seattle. In 2001, he moved

to Fox Island, where he resided with his niece, Mabel Wagner Gerhardt and Mr. and Mrs. David Alberding and grandchildren, Bryan and Nicole Perkins until his death.

Henry was an honorary member of the Teamsters local and a member of the Home Missionary Church and Cornerstone Assembly of God, both of Sunnyside.

He is survived by one niece, Mabel Wagner Gerhardt of Fox Island; and a stepdaughter, Maybelle Baird and husband, Bob, of Kennewick.

He was preceded in death by his two wives; and a son, Dwight Paine, who died in 1955.

Viewing will be held Tuesday, May 24, 2005, from 2 to 5 p.m. and again on Wednesday, May 25, 2005, from 8:30 a.m. until the time of funeral services at 11 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home Chapel, Sunnyside. Burial will be at Sunnyside Cemetery under the direction of Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside.


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