LaVerne “Vern” C. Farnworth, 69, of Sunnyside passed away Friday, Sept. 22, 2006, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Vern was born Sept. 8, 1937 in Carey, Idaho to Harold and Ruth Farnworth. In 1953, he came to Sunnyside and attended and later graduated from Sunnyside High School with the Class of 1956. Vern joined the U.S. Air Force after graduating from high school. He served his country for two years. He was a mechanic, carpenter, farmer, truck driver, friend and advisor.

He was a member of the A.A.R.P. and of the Carpenter’s Union local No. 1849.

Vern was a jack of all trades. His specialty was being able to fix just about anything. He would drive thousands of miles to fix your car or just to surprise you. He loved fishing, camping, hunting and most of all he loved being a part of the yearly Farnworth family reunions. Family was the most important thing to him, and he was a master at cooking holiday fudge and dinners. Seeing 30 pies in the pie rack wasn’t out of the ordinary on these occasions.

Vern is survived by is wife of 42 years, Pearl C. Farnworth of Sunnyside; three sons, LaVerne C. Farnworth Jr. of Sunnyside, Lee V. Farnworth of Olympia, and James D. (Jan) Farnworth of Grandview; two daughters, Susan M. (Tony) Bertsch of Sunnyside and Diane L. Marquez of Yakima; 11 grandchildren and five great- grandchildren; three sisters, Jeredith Prilucik of Sunnyside, Yvonne Heide of Kennewick, and Clara Gross of Quincy; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold B. Farnworth, and Ruth L. Farnworth; one brother, Clifton Farnworth; and his daughters, Betty Jean Farnworth and Linda L. Knowles.

Viewing will be held Friday Sept. 29, 2006, from 1 to 8 p.m. at Columbia Memorial Funeral Chapel in Pasco and Saturday Sept. 30, 2006, from 9 a.m. to noon at Sunnyside Presbyterian Church. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Sept. 30, 2006, at 1 p.m. at Sunnyside Presbyterian Church with graveside services to follow immediately at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside.

The family would like to thank, Dr. Ha and North Star Cancer Center in Yakima and Lower Valley Hospice for all of their care during Vern’s battle with cancer, and a special thanks to nurses, Susan and Maryanne.


Rev. Jimmy Alvin Smith, 70, of Escatawpa, Miss. passed away Thursday, Aug. 24, 2006, in Jacksonville, Fla.

Mr. Smith was an ordained Minister with Assembly of God. He was an Army veteran, having served in the Korean Conflict. He loved to golf, fish and travel in the northwest part of the United States.

He will be deeply missed by his loving wife, Raynelle Smith of Escatawpa, Miss.; two daughters, Cindy J. Moser of Theriot, La. and Debbie A Irish of Jacksonville; one son, Rev. Jimmy R. Smith of Escatawpa; eight grandchildren, Joshua Moser, Jeremy Moser, Joseph Moser, Jimmy R. Smith Jr., Janelle Mathus, Angela Thomas, Michelle Irish and Michaela Irish and nine great-grandchildren; and other family members and friends.

Mr. Smith was preceded in death by a daughter, Michelle Alexis Smith; and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. G.E. and Ruby Shockley.

Pallbearers were Joshua Moser, Jimmy Smith, Jeremy Moser, Joseph Moser, Billy Thomas and Mike Rose.

Visitation was held Sunday, Aug. 27, 2006, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home. Services were held Monday, Aug. 28, 2006, at 11 a.m. at Heritage Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jimmy R. Smith officiating. Burial was held at Biloxi National Cemetery in Biloxi, Miss.

In lieu of flowers, the family requested donations to be made to New Beginnings Worship Center formerly the Escatawpa Assembly of God in Escatawpa. You may view and sign the online register book for Rev. Smith at

Heritage Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Brenda Lee (Riggs) Wagner, 50, of Sunnyside was called home to our heavenly Father on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2006.

She was born on March 6, 1956 in Soda Springs, Idaho, to Joseph and Nadeen (Kunz) Riggs. Her fondest memories were at an early age during her many visits at her grandparents home in Montana, where she spent many years hunting, fishing and helping around the kitchen.

Brenda, who was the oldest of four children, grew up in Pocatello, Idaho and graduated from Pocatello High School. She married and had two children, Joseph and Tobi. She then divorced shortly thereafter.

In 1980, she worked for Dr. Adams’ office in Kennewick as a medical assistant for three years. She remarried July 15, 1983 to Michael Wagner in Richland, and shortly thereafter brought into this world three additional young spirits, Michael II, Rachael and Zile. In 1987, she moved to Sunnyside, to raise their loving blended family.

She loved everything about the outdoors, from hiking and fishing at high mountain lakes to long walks on the Oregon coast. But most of all, she loved sharing these experiences with her loving husband and children.

She is survived by her husband of 23 years, Michael Wagner of Sunnyside; her five children of whom she was most proud, Michael II of San Diego, Calif., (U.S. Navy); Rachael Wagner of Provo, Utah, Zile Wagner of Sunnyside, and Joseph and Tobi Lykes; her brothers Joel Riggs and Corey Riggs; and one sister, Jolene (Riggs) Walker.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and grandparents.

Brenda was a wonderful mother and wife, whose entire life centered on her family. She loved attending her childrens’ many sports and school activities and working with the church youth.

Brenda is now at peace and with her family who have passed before her.

She was loved and admired by many and will be deeply missed by all of her family and friends who loved her.

Memorial services will be held Friday, Sept. 29, 2006, at 2 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Chapel in Prosser.


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