Elsie M. "Dolly" Lakey, 79, our mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, passed away Thursday, Sept. 27, 2007, at Landmark Care Center, in Yakima after a short battle with lung cancer.

She was born Aug. 24, 1928, in South Dakota to Carl and Ruth (Williams) Schleuning. She grew up in the Yakima Valley.

She met Darrell Lakey and they were married on Oct. 12, 1946. They had 10 children.

She loved her family very much and was very close with her children. She knew things that they did, and at times, it seemed before they did it. When asked how, she would always say a "little birdie" told her. The kids probably looked for that bird a time or two.

She was a special woman. She was always doing something. She enjoyed the time spent baking, making quilts, crocheting and working in her yard and garden.

When the children were young, she worked alongside Darrell when needed at Lakey's Butcher Shop in Granger. She later worked and retired from Seneca Foods in Prosser.

She was a long-time resident of Grandview.

She always made time for friends and family. She made everyone feel at home, sitting around her dining room table, enjoying coffee and friendly conversation.

Dolly is survived by her sister, Dorothy Henderson of Kennewick; five sons, Dennis Lakey and wife, Ana of Seattle, David Lakey and wife, Trudie of Yakima, Jim Lakey and wife, Patricia of Yakima, Gary Lakey and wife, Roxanne of Sunnyside, Darren Lakey and wife, Jessica of Oroville; one daughter, Darla Ellinghausen of Prosser; 19 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews who were loved very much.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Darrell in 1986; two sons, William and Jerry Lee; two daughters, Carol and Lynn Ann; her parents; one brother, Bud; and one sister, Margie.

Mom knew no stranger and lived with an open heart. We will miss her very much.

Visitation is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 30, 2007, from 3 to 6 p.m. and Monday, Oct. 1, 2007, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Prosser Funeral Home, with graveside services to follow at 11 a.m. at the Prosser Cemetery. A celebration of Dolly's life will follow at the Prosser Eagle's Lodge.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Prosser Funeral Home.

Prosser Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.


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