Lydia Deyo, 100, of Prosser went to be with her Lord on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007, at Sun Terrace in Prosser.

She was born Jan. 13, 1907 in Samara, Russia of German heritage. Lydia arrived in the U.S. in Boston, Mass. She received her education in Colorado.

On Oct. 3, 1925 she married Joe Deyo in Toppenish. The Deyo family farmed near Mabton for many years. After Joe's death in 1982, Lydia lived in Sunnyside and Prosser.

She was an active charter member of the Calvary Lutheran Church in Sunnyside.

Lydia is survived by three daughters, Dorothy Howe of Yakima, Bonnie (Bob) Johnson of Prosser and Wanda (Elton) Wheeler of Leavenworth; five grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and 21 great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Ray Merk of Zillah and Roy Merk of Ahaheim, Calif.; and a special friend, Trish Coleman of Grandview.

Lydia's family wishes to thank the Lower Valley Hospice for all the special care shown to our mother.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jacob and Elizabeth Stencil; her husband, Joe Deyo; a son-in-law, Bernie Howe; and 10 brothers and sisters.

Visitation will be held Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Graveside services will be held Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007, at 1 p.m. at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside.

Those wishing to honor Lydia's memory may contribute to the Lower Valley Hospice.

Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements


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