Marie Kresse, 85, of Yakima, died Sunday, March 8, 2009, in Yakima at Crescent Health Care.

Marie Lehmann Kresse was born April 30, 1923 to Mr. and Mrs. Peter (Elizabeth Geringer) Lehmann at Sugar City, Colo. She moved with her family to Sunnyside in 1937.

She married Donald Kresse, Sr. on April 11, 1943 in Sunnyside. They moved to Pomeroy where they managed large wheat ranching operations until 1953, when they returned to Sunnyside and began farming operations on the Kresse family ranch. She moved to Yakima in 1992, following her husband's passing.

She is survived by her son Donald Kresse of Yakima; three grandsons; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald, and daughter, Deborah.

At Marie's request a graveside service, attended by immediate family, will be conducted.

Smith Funeral Home of Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.


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