Laura Miles Cole, 83, passed away Tuesday, March 7, 2006, at Hillcrest Manor, Sunnyside.

She was born April 3, 1922 in Smithfield, Cache County, Utah to John Miles and Sarah Bright Miles. She came to Washington with her family in 1939, and graduated from White Bluffs High School. She was married to Ray C. Coles from 1940 to 1946. She lived and worked in the Yakima Valley until March of 1953, when she married Rex A. Cole, and moved to Montana. They returned to Washington, where they lived in Sunnyside, Prosser and Royal City. They returned to Sunnyside at retirement time.

Laura worked at many things, such as lead cook in a school district in Montana, as a bookkeeper and tax preparer. She was especially pleased that she was able to become a CNA in her later years.

Laura was a lifetime member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in many positions of leadership over the years.

Laura loved a beautiful yard and spent many hours growing flowers and pulling weeds. She loved cooking, camping, quilting and spending time in serving others.

She is survived by two sons, Laurel Ray Coles (Clara) of Roy, Utah and John Cole (Sandra) of Brookline, N.H.; three daughters, Bonita (James) Taylor of Omak, Janet (Tony) Eagar of Goodyear, Ariz. and Gay Lynn Cole of Afton, Wyo.; two brothers, Dale (Neola) Miles of Linden, Utah and JayVale Miles (Esther) of Sunnyside; 19 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Rex Cole; grandson, Larry Coles; two sisters, Adeline Miles and Luella Stolp; and a brother, Rees Miles.

Viewing will be held Friday, March 10, 2006, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside, and Saturday, March 11, 2006, from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Factory Road, Sunnyside, with funeral services to be held at 11 a.m. Burial will be at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens. Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



Our beloved parents are together in Eternity. Lorena Pearl Martin, devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away Friday, March 3, 2006, at her husband’s side in their home in Sunnyside. Wayne Martin, devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away Monday, March 6, 2006, at their home following a long-term illness. Wayne and Lorena would have celebrated their 60


wedding anniversary on March 26, 2006.

Wayne was born Sept. 8, 1922 in Wellington, Texas, the son of Homer and Ethel (McFadden) Martin. He received his early education in Colorado. He later served in the U.S. Army from 1942-1946 in Germany as part of the “Red Ball Express”, receiving a Bronze Star.

Lorena Pearl Martin was born Sept. 2, 1923 in Sunnyside, the daughter of Thomas W. and Hazel L. (Boyd) Shannon. Lorena received her early education in the Cleveland/Bickleton area.

On March 26, 1946, Wayne and Lorena were married in Prosser. Following their marriage they made their home in Sunnyside, where they established the Sunnyside Home Café. Later making their home in Richland, Wayne worked at Hanford and was a member of the Iron Workers Local #14. The Martins farmed in Mabton before moving back to Sunnyside, where they established Martins Greenhouse. Wayne and Lorena worked side-by-side, day-by-day, year-by-year enjoying each minute together, retiring in 1996.

Dad and Mom treasured each and every customer, which later became long-time friends.

Wayne and Lorena were both members of the Neighborhood Assembly of God Church in Sunnyside. Wayne was a past member of the Masonic Lodge. Lorena was a past member of the Eastern Star. They enjoyed spending time at the cabin, hunting and fishing. Their family was the center of their life, each birthday, holiday, anniversary, or just setting under the tree in the back yard for a coffee break was a special time.

Wayne and Lorena are survived by four daughters, Dorothy (Bill) Fredson of Shelton, Patty (Wayne) Jackson, Cyndee (Curt) Butler, all of Sunnyside, and Nita (Rick) Clark of Ellensburg; nine grandchildren; and numerous great and great-great-grandchildren. Lorena has one sister, June Runyan of Whittier, Calif.

She is preceded in death by her parents; and one brother, Chester Shannon.

Wayne has two brothers, Gene Martin of Outlook and Gene Thompson of Yakima; two sisters, Wanee Kuhnhausen of Glenwood and Alta Tade of Sunnyside.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Lorena; and numerous brothers and sisters.

Viewing and visitation will be held Monday, March 13, 2006, from 1 to 8 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 14, 2006, at 1:30 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home. Burial with military honors will be held at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside, under the direction of Smith Funeral Home.


Billy Gene Phelps, 75, of Prosser and Mabton entered into rest Monday, March 6, 2006, at Round Rock, Texas.

He was born Dec. 18, 1930 in Willow, Ark. to Lucian and Carrie Ann (Voss) Phelps. Billy left home at the age of 15, lied about his age and joined the U.S. Marines. After his discharge, he farmed for a short time in Arkansas, raising cattle, cotton and vegetables and was awarded Farmer of the Year. He then joined the U.S. Army and served during the Korean War. He was a Prisoner of War for 18 months, under the brutal North Korean Army Major the prisoners called The Tiger. In 1950 The Tiger took command of 758 sick and dejected POW’s. When repatriation came in August 1953, only 262 were still alive. Billy was awarded the Purple Heart, for injuries he sustained during that time. He served a total of 13 years in the military, four as a marine and eight in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged as a Master Sergeant.

After his discharge, he returned to Arkansas to recover from surgery and his injuries and later graduated from trade school. In 1960, Billy moved to Benton City, where he met his future wife, Phyllis Browning and they were married on Oct.8, 1960 in Benton City. The couple moved to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho for a few years, where their daughter, Sally was born in 1962 and Billy began working for GTE Telephone Company as a repair technician. Billy transferred with the phone company back to Benton County and his son, Ben was born in 1965 in Benton City. He retired from GTE in 1981. Billy cooked hamburgers at Bern’s Tavern for awhile, raised cattle and wheat and bought and sold rental property and real estate and was a land developer. He was happiest when he was working.

Billy will be remembered for his greeting…. “Howdy, How you doin’?,” his smile, the twinkle in his eyes, his sense of humor, his chuckle, his simpleness and his passion for sweets, especially ice cream, pies and chocolates. Billy was an avid reader and in many ways was self-educated by researching what he needed to know, asking questions and challenging people, most notably, those in positions of authority. He was a proud man, strong willed and a wheeler-dealer who loved dickering with people. He believed his word was his bond and trust was important to him. Billy was very socialable and personable; he was well known and knew many people. He was truly one of a kind and he will be missed.

He is survived by his daughter, Sally Brawley and her husband, Duey of DuPont; his son, Ben Phelps and his companion, Debbie Wada, of Prosser; brother, Larry Phelps and his wife, Marie, of Lacey; sister-in-law, Phyllis Phelps of Grandview; his aunts, Bertha Rogers of Holbrook, Ariz. and Suetah Adams of Camden, Ark.; numerous cousins including, Faye Hemington and her husband, Al, of South Pasadena, Calif.; and his nieces and nephews, Josh Phelps, Christine Antonio, Mary Phelps, Jack Phelps Jr. and Valerie Brendemihl.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis on Sept. 15, 2004; his brother, Jack Phelps; and his parents.

Visitation is scheduled for Sunday, March 12, 2006, from 3-7 p.m. and Monday, March 13, from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. at Prosser Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 14, 2006, at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Prosser. Burial with full military honors will follow at Prosser Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post #3207, in Prosser. Prosser Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements and email messages for the family may be sent to


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