Betty Ruth (Robinson) Graden, 80, passed away Monday, Sept. 29, 2008. She lived with her daughter and son-in-law for the last 20 years, most of that time in Yakima. The past few years, the family lived in Lacey, where she passed away at home with her family and pets by her side.
She was born Oct. 31, 1927 in Yale, Okla. to James Frank Robinson and Mamie Young Robinson, the sixth of eight children. She grew up in Bellefonte, Ark. During the Great Depression and her senior year of high school, the family moved to Caldwell, Idaho. However, she returned to Arkansas to graduate with her class. During high school, she played on the state-ranked basketball team.
After graduation she moved to Payette, Idaho where she worked for Marshall Fixture Furniture. She met Lyle Albert Graden and they were married April 25, 1948 at the Payette United Methodist Church. While living in Payette their children were born, a daughter Lyla Ruth, a son Gregory William, who died a few days after birth and a son Timothy Lyle.
She was a bookkeeper for Manser Ford in Payette until 1968, when they moved to Prosser. She was the office manager for Hall Chevrolet until a heart attack forced her retirement in 1986.
When she and Lyle lived in Payette, they were members of the Payette United Methodist Church. Her interests were her family. She and her husband were there for their kids' activities. She was very close to her sisters and brothers and Lyle's family throughout her life. She also remained friends with classmates in Arkansas. Betty and Lyle were members of JayCees/JayCee-ettes; assisting with many community activities, she was in Eastern Star and they were Guardian/Assistant Guardian in Bethel #55.
In Prosser, they were members of the Prosser United Methodist Church. They were involved in Dance Club and she supported Lyle in all his community activities. This included all of Tim's athletic activities, which both Betty and Lyle passed their love of sports to.
She continued to work in Prosser after they moved to Sunnyside. In Sunnyside they were members of the Sunnyside Presbyterian Church and served as deacons until Lyle passed away unexpectedly in 1988. After a few years, she moved to the Yakima area where she began living with her daughter, Lyla, her son-in-law, Mike and grandson, Jeff. While living in Yakima, she attended Wesley United Methodist Church.
She is survived by her daughter, Lyla (Mike) Aldrich of Lacey; grandson, Jeff of Lacey; son, Timothy (Carolyn) Graden of Tumwater; sisters, MaryLou Chadsey of San Jose, Calif. and JoEllen (Frank) Lamb of Caldwell, Idaho; sisters-in-law, LouJean Cross of Clarksville, Ind. and Betty Robinson of Orleans, Vt.; many nieces and nephews; and special friend, April Fae Hensley of Harrison, Ark.
In addition to her loving husband Lyle, she was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Mamie Robinson; brothers, Gordon, David, EB and Joe; her sister, AnnaBelle; her son, Gregory; and her sister-in-law, Euna Robinson of Campell, Calif.
The family will hold a small graveside service Monday, Oct. 13, 2008, at 1 p.m. at East Prosser Cemetery, where she will be laid to rest next to Lyle.
Memorial donations may be made to Capital Clubhouse, 618 7th Ave. SE, Olympia, WA 98501-1454, which is a non-profit mental health recovery program, or the donor's favorite charity.