Our dear mother, Dorothy Maxine Brunkhorst, 83, of Yakima and a former Grandview resident, passed away Friday, April 11, 2008. She was a wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend.
She was born at the family home during a blizzard on Jan. 5, 1925. She was one of nine children born to Floyd and Grace Oswalt.
Mom was raised in a small town in Nebraska. She went to school at Palisade High School, and there she met the love of her life, Herb Brunkhorst. They were high school sweethearts and had the nicknames of Dot and Dash. Mom got hers because of her name, but dad got his because he was a track star, having won first in State for the 220.
After graduation, dad joined the Navy and mom missed him terribly. So the little Nebraska girl traveled by herself to New York City. They were married by a Navy chaplain on April 11, 1945. They eventually moved to San Diego, Calif. While in San Diego, they had their first daughter, Sheryl. When dad got leave to come home for a visit, his daughter was scared of him. Dad said that was no life for him and got out as soon as he could. They settled in Grandview and another daughter Peggy and son Fred were born. They lived in Grandview for a total of 54 years.
Our mother was artistic. Anything she could see or imagine, she was able to draw or make. She also designed dresses for us girls. She would draw the patterns on newspaper, and then fit the patterns to our size. We would have great dresses, just like the ones in the Sears catalog.
Mom helped with so many things while we were growing up. She helped with Blue Birds, Camp Fire Girls, Cub Scouts, church youth groups and school projects. She worked tirelessly for the City of Grandview. She retired in 1981.
We were blessed to be raised in a Christian home. We all have great memories of fun times at the church. We were like an extended family to one another.
Mom loved to tell people about Jesus. She spent lots of time with people and she was an encouragement to many.
During the last few years, she had quite a lot of health problems. Through all of her problems, she continued to praise the Lord. At times she was confused that all she could do was whisper, Jesus... Jesus...Jesus over and over. We are glad that she is now pain free and her mind is as sharp as it ever was.
She is survived by her husband, Herb Brunkhorst of Yakima; daughters, Sheryl Beeman (Gary) and Peggy Hawkins (Robert), all of Yakima; one son, Fred Brunkhorst (Beckie) of Pasco; her seven grandchildren, Shawn and Michelle Beeman, Angela and Derek Roberts, Amy and Russ Roberts, Mindy and Jeff Clark, Michael and Rachel Hawkins, Joshua and Rachel Brunkhorst, and Charles Brunkhorst; 13 great-grandchildren, Maxwell and Benjamin Clark, Marcus, Avery and Eli Roberts, Eliana, Emily and Lilyanne Hawkins, Wyatt, Wade and Weston Roberts, Amber, Oso and Maria Beeman; and three sisters, Jean Schwartz and Dona Hudson of Kennewick, and Phyllis Hosko of Prosser.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Floyd and Grace Oswalt; brothers, Dick, Ed, Delbert, Joe and Bud Oswalt; and two great-granddaughters, Grace and Zoey Roberts.
Mom, we are so glad you are home!
Viewing will be held Wednesday, April 16, 2008, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Valley Hills Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Graveside services will be held Thursday, April 17, 2008, at 10 a.m. at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside. Memorial services will be held Thursday, April 17, 2008, at 2 p.m. at Tieton Drive Bible Chapel, 4305 Tieton Drive in Yakima.
Valley Hills Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.