Leadra E. Allessio, 83, of Benton City and a former Grandview resident, died on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, at her home.

She was born March 24, 1928, in Astoria, Ore., the daughter of George and Freda Normand Muehlhauser.

On Sept. 18, 1947, she married James Allessio Sr. in Walla Walla.

She is survived by eight children, MaryLee Frost of Topeka, Kansas, Donald Study of North Pole, Alaska, Violet VanRyswyk of Spokane, Sarah Owen, Sadie Johnson, James Allessio Jr. and Bernice Guinn, all of Benton City, and Jenett Pankoke of Blanchard, Idaho; 18 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and one great-great- grandchild; and numerous brothers and sisters.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers; two husbands, Leland Stauffer and James Allessio Sr.; and two grandsons, Brett Frost and Raymond Owen.

Graveside funeral services will be held Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, at 11 a.m. at the Grandview Cemetery.

Smith Funeral Home Ltd. and Crematory in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.


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