Our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great- grandmother, sister and friend, Eileen F. Concienne, 75, went to be in the arms of her heavenly Savior on Thursday, April 14, 2011, following a 10-year battle with Alzheimer's. Eileen was born Nov. 3, 1935 in Franklin, Neb., the daughter of Ovie and Vera (Scott) Caton.
She received her education from Highland High School, graduating with the class of 1953. Following her graduation, Eileen attended one-year of business college. On Sept. 25, 1954 she married the love of her life, Patrick Concienne at St. Paul's Cathedral in Yakima. Eileen and Patrick lived in the Tieton area for 10 years before settling in Grandview in 1966, where they raised their family.
In 1972 Eileen graduated from nursing school in Yakima and was the valedictorian of her class.
She worked for Dr. Lloyd Butler's office for 27 years and retired in 1998.
Eileen was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Grandview, Altar Society and the Red Hat Society, all of Grandview.
Faith was the center of Eileen's life with daily prayers and the reciting of the Holy Rosary.
She enjoyed cooking, her specialty and favorite treat to give away were her famous "Monster Cookies". She also spent many hours gardening, crafting, preparing for family gatherings and holidays, especially Thanksgiving.
Eileen treasured each grandchild, loved watching her children and grandchildren participate in sporting events and shopping with her granddaughter.
She is survived by her loving husband, Patrick Concienne; two daughters, Teresa (Thomas) Guy of Grandview and Cheryl (Larrick) Walter of Yakima; three sons, Michael (Anne) Concienne of Grandview, Daniel (Connie) Concienne of Hood River, Ore. and Robert (Gaylyn) Concienne of Prosser; 14 grandchildren, Tyler, Troy, Andrew, Travis, Nicole, Christopher, Kevin, Matthew, Ryan, Cristel, Carah, Cayla, Jacob and Sarah; five great-grandchildren, Jeryn, Owen, Allison, Skyler, Landon and Madison Eileen.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one great- grandson, Jonathan Concienne; and one sister, Bertha Hanson.
Viewing and visitation will be held Monday, April 18, 2011, from 2 to 8 p.m. with a Rosary to be recited at 6 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, April 19, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Grandview, with burial to be held at Grandview Cemetery.
Those wishing to honor Eileen's memory may contribute to Lower Valley Hospice.
Those wishing to sign Eileen's on-line memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmit.com.
The family wishes to thank Lower Valley Hospice and Sunnyside Sun Terrace for their professionalism and loving care of our precious, Eileen.
Smith Funeral Home LTD and Crematory in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.
JOYCE ELEANOR GIBSON
Joyce Eleanor (Resleff) Gibson, 95, of Omak passed away on Wednesday, April 13, 2011.
She was born in Sunnyside to Albert C. Resleff and Clara E (Rowe) Resleff.
Joyce graduated from Sunnyside High School in 1930 at the age of 15. She then graduated from Wilson Business College in Seattle.
Joyce worked in sales and as a secretary.
Joyce was a Yeoman in the U.S. Coast Guard Women's Reserve (SPARS) during WWII for two and a half years and then worked for 20 years for the Portland Oregonian newspaper.
Joyce kept busy after work with her family, husband Art and two sons Larry and John.
She bought a loom and taught herself to weave in her spare time.
After she retired, Joyce kept busy being a volunteer for many organizations.
She opened and operated a yarn shop for Portland Handweavers and directed style shows for them several times.
For nine years, Joyce volunteered as a Senior Health Insurance advisor (SHIBA), trained by the insurance commissioner's office. For 12 years, she was a coffee hostess at the senior center lounge in Olympia.
Joyce taught herself how to read and type Braille, and for 31 years she brailed textbooks for Oregon schools. She was certified by the Library of Congress.
She is survived by her sons, Larry (Karol) Gibson of Omak and John Gibson of Escondido, Calif.; grandson, Aaron Gibson of Omak; stepgrandson, Nick (Amanda) Brender of Seattle; and step granddaughter, Kelsey (Clint Carrell) Brender of Bellingham.
Joyce was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Henry (Anita) Resleff and Lyle (Dorcas) Resleff; and her husband, Arthur Gibson.
The family would like to thank Welcome Home Villa in Omak for the care of Joyce for the last two-plus years. We would also like to thank Amedysis Hospice Services of Omak for their care and concern. A special thank you goes to Dr. Phylicia Hancock-Lewis of Omak for providing excellent care and for making home visits to check on Joyce before her demise.
Graveside services will be held Thursday, April 21, 2011, at 1 p.m. at Skyline Memorial Gardens, 4101 NW Skyline Blvd., Portland, Ore.
Skyline Memorial Gardens Funeral Home in Portland, Ore. is in charge of arrangements.