Mayme A. Tomlinson, 94, passed away Monday, Oct. 6, 2008, at Sun Terrace Assisted Living in Prosser.

She was born May 9, 1914 in Callaway Neb. to Edward and Cordelia Koch. She attended schools in Callaway and took a "Normal School" training course in high school and later taught four years in a country school for grades first through eighth. She remarked that the eighth graders were taller than she was. She also completed two years of college and earned her Nebraska teaching certificate.

In 1936 she came to Sunnyside to visit her brother and met her future husband, Bill Tomlinson. They were married in 1938 and made their first home in Sunnyside. Bill enlisted in the U.S. Army and served 39 months in World War II. She followed him from base to base until he shipped out to Okinawa. When Bill returned from the service, he and Mayme built and operated a neighborhood grocery store in Sunnyside from 1946 to 1947. She also helped Bill's aunt and uncle on their asparagus farm.

In 1948 they moved to Grandview and operated a grocery store there until 1953, when Bill went into the car business. They also had a cherry orchard south of Grandview for a few years, where she ran the picking crew. Daughter Kay was born in 1949 and daughter Susie in 1957. Mayme and Bill were married for 62 1/2 years.

She was a homemaker and was active in the Grandview United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday school, served on various committees, made pies and potato salad (no small job) for the fair booth each summer and served as wedding and reception coordinator for several years. She also spent 16 years as a Camp Fire Girls leader, leading groups for both of her daughters and their friends. She was an excellent seamstress making many beautiful clothes for her daughters and all sorts of creative craft items.

After retirement, Mayme and Bill spent winters in Indio, Calif. at the Happy Wanderer Park, where they enjoyed traveling and making many new friends. Bill passed away in 2001. In 2004, she moved to Sun Terrace Assisted Living, where she enjoyed various activities, reading and especially playing bingo.

She is survived by her daughters, Kay Myers (John) of Grandview and Susie Robb (Rodney) of Kennewick; grandson, Jeff Myers of Las Vegas, Nev.; granddaughter, Ann Miller (Brandon) of Waitsburg; and nephews, Rodney Koch (Susan) of Vancouver and Thurman Koch (Linda) of Sunnyside.

A celebration of life will be held Sunday, Oct. 12, 2008, at 11:30 a.m. at Grandview United Methodist Church, following the regular church services. A private inurnment will be held at the Grandview Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mayme's memory to the Grandview United Methodist Church, 304 Ash, Grandview, WA 98930 or to Lower Valley Hospice, 3920 Outlook Rd., Sunnyside, WA 98944. Condolences can be sent to

Valley Hills Funeral Home in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.


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