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MAURICE ERNEST BEAULAURIER

OBITUARY

PAID OBITUARY

Maurice Ernest

Beaulaurier

passed away Friday, March 9, 2007, at the age of 82.

He was born March 20, 1924, in

Moxee

at the home of his parents, Harvey L. and Mary Alice (

Auve

)

Beaulaurier

, on his mother’s birthday. Maurice attended Holy Rosary School in

Moxee

and graduated from Marquette High School of Yakima in 1942. While attending high school, he pitched for the baseball team which ignited a love for sports he maintained his entire life.

He grew up on the family hop ranch and continued hop farming in the

Moxee

area. He married

Lisbeth

(Betty) Jo Lamb on Sept. 20, 1952. In 1957, he moved his family to Grandview, where he farmed until 1965. He purchased a fruit orchard north of

Sunnyside

on

Chafee

Road in 1965, where he continued farming with the help of his wife and children until retiring in 1974. They raised apples, cherries and asparagus, as well as their six children on this farm.

He taught his family about the importance of hard work and family unity when working toward a common goal, both skills that have served them well. He lived in

Sunnyside

until July 2005, when he and Betty moved to Spokane.

Morry

valued his family and never hesitated to brag about their accomplishments. He was convinced that whatever they did or had was the best. He also enjoyed sharing laughter, and always had a joke to tell, sometimes a new one or often a

Morry

“classic.” His gift of story telling has been passed on to his children making for fun and often loud family gatherings.

You are with us Dad every time we catch ourselves repeating a “classic.”

Thanks for your gifts of love and laughter.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Betty

Beaulaurier

; his six children, Brian (Kathy) of Kirkland, Randy (Alicia) of Albany, Ore., Alan of Spokane, Dr. Bruce (Rebecca

Boylan

) of Sammamish, Dr. Patrick (

Kelli

) of Spokane and Jean (John)

Kilian

of

Sunnyside

. Also surviving are 17 grandchildren, Kristen (Jason),

Karrie

, Katie, Rachel, Amy, Michelle, Laura, Janelle,

Meghan

, Sarah,

Kaily

,

Alaina

, Christopher, Matthew, Hunter,

Reece

and Aaron; and a great-granddaughter, Addison Bay. He is also survived by a brother, Raymond and his wife, Patricia, of Grandview; and his sister, Elise Cote and her husband, Al, of Yakima; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Elmer and Robert.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Moran Vista Assisted Living and Horizon Hospice for

Morry’s

care and for supporting his family in the time of his failing health.

A memorial service will be held Friday, March 16, 2007, at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in

Sunnyside

. Lay Minister Joanne

Kilian

will conduct the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer memorials to be made to Horizon Hospice, 123 W. Cascade Way, Suite E., Spokane WA, 99208, the United Methodist Memorial Fund in

Sunnyside

, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Hennessey

-Smith Funeral Home in Spokane is in charge of arrangements.

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