Arvilla Wyula Dodd, 72, of Granger went dancing into heaven on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011, at Yakima Regional Hospital.
She was born Jan. 16, 1939 in Neosho, Kansas to Ralph and Juanita Eads.
She moved to Granger at the age of seven with her grandparents.
Arvilla graduated from Granger High School in 1958. During high school she was active in the debate club and cheerleading, president of the FHA, queen of the Sweetheart Ball, Cherry Festival princess and outside of high school she was a member of the Bug Hoppers dance team.
Arvilla married her high school sweetheart Pete Dodd on May 19, 1958. They wed weeks before graduation due to his deployment into the service, a union lasting nearly 54 years.
Arvilla was a homemaker, raising her four daughters and two brothers. She also worked at the Yakima Bait Company for 20 years.
In her early years she enjoyed bowling, dancing, reading and being involved with many activities in the Granger Lions Club. She also enjoyed annual family vacations to the beach and trips to Reno, Nev.
After retirement she enjoyed following her 14 grandchildren, who she affectionately referred to as her "little angels," to their many activities. She also loved playing Yahtzee with her grandkids on Thursday nights.
She is survived by her husband of nearly 54 years, Pete Dodd of Granger; her daughters, Coletta (Dan) Rojas of Kennewick, Jovita (Doug) Seto of Lynden, Eva (Craig) Carpenter and Dana (Brad) Carpenter of Granger; her brothers, Ron and Dan Nash; her sister, Clarice Cochran; and numerous nieces and nephews; her grandchildren, Jeremy and Stephanie Rojas, Lance, Brett and Ryan Seto, Colton (Resa), Erica (Mario), Jessica and Chase Carpenter, Bethany, Austin, Emily, Natalie and Lindsey Carpenter.
Her grandkids would like to say the following: Grandma always called us her angels on earth...now she is ours in heaven. God blessed us with a wonderful woman who will be missed but never forgotten. We will love her always and forever, until we see her again.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her brother, Gary Nash
A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Christian Worship Center on Cheyne Road in Zillah, with food and fellowship immediately following at the Zillah Civic Center.
Those wishing to sign Arvilla's on-line memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com.
Smith Funeral Homes LTD and Crematory in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.