JEWEL P. RASMUSSON
Rasmusson, 96, of Sunnyside passed away Saturday, Dec. 16, 2006, at Hillcrest
Manor in Sunnyside.
She was born
March 16, 1920, in Visalia, Calif. She was the seventh of 11 children born to
Will and Ada (Lewis) Porter. The Porter family came from Missouri to California
and on to Washington in 1914 when she was four.
Jewel worked in the fields with her dad. She attended schools in Sunnyside thru
the eighth grade.
Durman Rasmusson were married Goldendale on Sept. 8, 1928. They met at a dance
in the Bickleton Garage that she attended with Durman’s brother, Wesley. For a
few years they lived in Dot County. This was during the depression and times
were hard so they moved to Mabton, where Durman could find work. While living
there in 1933 their son, Durman Jr. drowned in a small canal running by their
house on Fisher road. They moved back on up “the hill” in 1934. In 1936, Durman
went away to herd sheep for seven years. She and the children lived in
Bickleton visiting sheep camps whenever possible.
be remembered by many younger folks for making her famous play dough for them.
No mess was too much for her when it came to children and their games. She
enjoyed working in her yard and digging around her flowers. Her greatest
interests, however, were pinochle, fishing and her grandchildren.
designed a tombstone for herself and Durman. It has Mt. Adams, a fishing hole
with two fishing poles nearby and five sheep representing each of her five
survived by a daughter, Ada Ruth (Lawrence) Whitmore of Bickleton; two sons,
Phil Rasmusson of Sedro Woolley and Mike and wife, Martha, of Kennewick; two
daughters-in-law, Dorothy Rasmusson of Wenatchee and Cindy Rasmusson of
Grandview; a brother, Robert (Bob) Porter and wife, Edie, of Yuma, Ariz.; a
sister, Mae “Toots” (Harold) James of Spokane; 16 grandchildren; and almost 40
great-grandchildren. She has two great-great-granddaughters named in her honor,
Sophia Jewel Rasmusson, born on Jewel’s 88
birthday, and Kendall
Jewel Rasmusson, born May 4, 2004.
to Orchard House in Grandview in September 1998 and made many friends with her
bright and sunny smile. In May 2002, she moved to Hillcrest Manor in Sunnyside.
In lieu of
flowers, donations may be made to the Rebekah Lodge in Bickleton or one’s own
visitation will be held Thursday, Dec. 21, 2006, from 1 to 6 p.m. at Smith
Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Funeral services will be held Friday, Dec. 22, 2006,
at 1:30 p.m. at Bickleton Presbyterian Church, with burial to follow at
Cleveland Cemetery in Bickleton.