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Obituaries

DELMAR QUINCY ALLBRITTON

DELMAR QUINCY ALLBRITTON

Delmar Quincy Allbritton, 99, a life-time Bickleton resident, passed away Saturday, Aug. 5, 2006, at Kadlec Medical Center in Richland.

Delmar was born Sept. 1, 1906 at Bickleton, the son of Edward and Eunice (Churchill) Allbritton. Delmar spent his childhood years at Six Sprong and received his education at the Kuhn School in Six Prong. On Sept. 8, 1927 Ula Kelley and Delmar Allbritton were married at Goldendale. Their first home was at Six Prong, where they operated Delmar’s folk’s farm for several years before moving to the Fostrup place south of Cleveland, for three years. They then purchased the Tradewell place, where Delmar made his home until the time of his death. His wife, of 69 years, Ula Allbritton, died June 21, 1996, at their home in Bickleton.

Over the years, Delmar had farmed and ranched, eventually buying back the original family place in Six Prong, which included the homesteads of his grandparents, his parents, an uncle and an aunt.

He worked for Farmers Warehouse in Roosevelt. He ran an eight- man sheep shearing crew throughout the Northwest, worked for Klickitat County Road Department and at any job he could find. In 1934 he worked for Fred G. Redman when Redman and Donoho built four miles of road from the Klickitat County line to Bickleton.

He was a member, trustee and elder of the Bickleton Presbyterian Church, 60-year member of the Bickleton Grange, receiving the sixth degree in Colorado Springs, Colo. and seventh degree in Grand Rapids, Mich. He was a member of the Odd Fellows Excelsior Lodge 111, and served on the Bickleton School Board for many years. In 1979 Delmar was Klickitat County Cattleman of the Year and president of the Alder Creek Pioneer Picnic Association. He was given the O.P. Kreps Award for life-time ranching achievement in 2003.

Delmar loved working his cattle and traveling. He loved being placed in a position where he could tell a joke or two.

Delmar is survived by two daughters, Barbara Wandling Cowell (Frank) of Prosser and Delma Wilson (Dick) of Bickleton; seven grandchildren, Darren Wandling, Greg Wilson (Jennifer), Micki Wandling, David Wilson (Joanne), Tom Wilson (Amy), Cory Wilson and Clay Wilson (Susan); eight great-grandchildren, Jamison and Kelli Wilson, Brittney and Courtney Wandling, Walter and Kip Wilson, and Dylan and Nolan Wilson; one brother, Charles Allbritton of Oregon; one sister-in-law, Rose Kelley of Roosevelt; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; three sisters, Clara Eltzroth, Cleora Lane and infant sister, Delsie Allbritton.

Viewing and visitation will be held Thursday, July 17, 2006, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Funeral services will be held Friday, Aug. 18, 2006, at 10 a.m. at the Bickleton Presbyterian Church in Bickleton. Burial will be at Bickleton I.O.O.F. Cemetery under the direction of Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside.

BETTIE NADINE MULRONY

Bettie Nadine Mulrony, passed away July 21, 2006, at Hillcrest Manor in Sunnyside.

She was born Sept. 5, 1923 in Grandview to Lyle and Genevieve Pierce. Bettie lived in Grandview and attended school there until eighth grade. She moved to Sunnyside with her mother and stepfather, Claude and Genevieve Moore and graduated from Sunnyside High School with the class of 1941. Bettie attended college in Santa Rosa, Calif. for two years.

Bettie and James C. Mulrony were married Aug. 23, 1953 in Grandview. They lived in Bickelton for one year and have lived in Sunnyside since that time.

Bettie worked at Royal Cleaners, Howards Empire Drug and Eastway Pharmacy before retiring in 1988 as clerk for the City of Sunnyside. After Bettie retired she worked for J.C. Penney, when it was preparing to open its new store in the Valley Mall. She also worked for a time for the Department of Social and Health Services, when it moved into its new offices.

Bettie was a member of many clubs and organizations during her life in Sunnyside. She served as a volunteer at Sunnyside Community Hospital for several years. Her two greatest interests were the Sunnyside Pioneer Association and the Lower Yakima Valley Women’s Bowling Association. She served as secretary for both of these organizations and was a life member, and a member of the Hall of Fame in the Bowling Association. She was recognized as Outstanding Public Official by the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce in 1988 and Outstanding Secretary by the Washington Women’s Bowling Association in 1996.

Bettie is survived by her husband, James; a son, Charles, and his wife, Cheryl, of Auburn; two granddaughters, Cindy (Chris) Reynolds of Edgewood and Christy (John) Whelan of Seattle; one great- granddaughter, Hana Reynolds. She is also survived by a special friend, Darlene Spek; a sister-in-law, Helen Lusby of Bickleton; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jack and LaVilla Mulrony of Goldendale; and numerous nieces and nephews, as well as her favorite cat.

She was preceded in death by her mother and stepfather, Claude and Genevieve Moore; her brother, Lee Pierce; brother-in-law, Herb Lusby; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Wally and Shirley Olson.

Memorial funeral services will be held Saturday, Aug. 19, 2006, at 11 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials be made in her name to the Sunnyside Pioneer Association, a scholarship fund for a junior bowler from the Lower Valley Bowling Association Junior Bowler Scholarship fund, Lower Valley Hospice or a charity of choice.

GILBERT YSMAEL OROSCO

Our hero, Gilbert “Lil’ Gibby” Ysmael Orosco, 6, of Grandview went to be with his Lord Thursday, Aug. 10, 2006, surrounded by his family, after a courageous battle with cancer. His spirituality was greatly shown and spread to others through his faith, strength, courage and love.

He was born April 25, 2000 in Prosser to Gilbert Jr. and Veronica (Diaz) Orosco. Gibby had cancer since the age of two and was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma on April 5, 2004. He attended kindergarten at A. H. Smith School in Grandview. He was a friend to all and verbally said he loved everyone in this whole town.

He enjoyed playing soccer, roping a toy calf, dinosaurs and playing video games with his cousins and friends. In June of 2006, Gibby enjoyed his family’s camping trip to Lake Easton, where he tried to catch chipmunks. Gibby spent one year at the Ronald McDonald House, where he made many friends. Gibby came home in 2005, to a Home Makeover and a bedroom full of dinosaurs and fun.

He is survived by his parents, Gilbert Jr. and Veronica of Grandview; his 10 year old sister, Angelica Orosco of Grandview; his grandparents, Gilbert Orosco Sr. of Richland, Norma and Juan Camacho of Grandview, and Vincent and Gail Diaz of Buena; his great-grandparents, Paula and Salvador Balderas of Yakima, and Abel and Anita Orosco of Mabton; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Mary Diaz; and great- grandfather, Ysmael Santana.

He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Viewing and visitation will be held Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2006, from 4 to 8 p.m. with a Rosary to be recited at 6 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2006, at 11 a.m. at the Grandview Church of the Nazarene, with burial to follow at Grandview Cemetery. Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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