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Bernice (Bea) F. Sterrett, 90, a long-time Sunnyside resident passed away peacefully Thursday, April 20, 2006, at her home with her husband and family at her bedside.

Bea was born Oct. 31, 1915 in Wheatland, Wyo. She came to the Yakima Valley in 1936.

Bea’s primary joy in life came from her family and she was always there for loved ones. She was the consummate flower gardner, loved every stray animal in need of food or drink and took great joy in the simple beauty of sunsets, cloud formations or the changing colors of the valley’s hills.

Bea is survived by her husband of 65 years, Clair E. Sterrett of Sunnyside; two daughters, Louella Dalton (Charles) of Lake Bay and Madelyn (Penny) Fordyce (Warren) of Yakima; one son, James E. Sterrett of Boise, Idaho; one brother, Charles Warren of Puyallup; seven grandchildren, Vicky, Rick, Randy and Ron Dalton, Lori Straus, Susan Smith and Jacqueline Sterrett; 12 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry Warren and Ruth (Jeffers) Smith; two sisters, Charlene Slavens and Viola Mitchell; and two brothers, James and Arthur Warren.

Funeral services for Bea Sterrett were held Monday, April 24, 2006, at noon at Valley Hills Funeral Home, Sunnyside, followed by internment at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens, Sunnyside.

The family would like to express their appreciation for the support and loving care provided by Julia Friend, Esmeralda Chavez and Cecilia Trevino, TLC In-Home Care, and Hospice of Sunnyside, with special thanks to Dorrie Roy and Rev. Allen R. Johnson. Online guest book at Valley Hills Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Jean C. Stout, 81, of Grandview went to be in the arms of her Savior Friday, April 21, 2006, at Hillcrest Manor Nursing Home.

She was born March 11, 1925 in Yakima to Edgar and Mary (Schafer) Early. She received her education in Mabton and graduated with the Mabton High School Class of 1942. She married Tom Stout in Prosser. Following his military service, they made their home in Mabton. Jean worked for a short time at the Mabton Post Office and later worked as a bookkeeper for various businesses including the Carnation plant in Sunnyside and Seattle, Yakima Hardware, Sunnyside General Hospital and Bleyhl Farm Service in Grandview from which she retired.

She attended Liberty Baptist Church in Sunnyside.

Jean cherished her family and enjoyed babysitting her great- grandchildren and reading. She also enjoyed people, loved to joke around and play bingo with friends.

Jean is survived by her daughter, Barbara Thomas and husband, Doug, of Grandview; one granddaughter, Amy Householder and husband, Mike; a grandson, Jeremy Thomas and wife, Erin, all of Grandview; six great-grandchildren; and her canine companion, Sammy.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Dale Early; and four sisters, Ethel Sharpe, Elna Wright, Elsie Early and Mary Williams.

Viewing and visitation will be held Monday, April 24, 2006, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 25, 2006, at 1 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home Chapel, with burial to follow at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens. Those wishing to honor her memory may contribute love gifts. Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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