Eva Augusta Paul, 98, passed away on Monday, July 23, 2012, in Sunnyside.

Eva was born Oct. 2, 1913 in the family home in the Hardwood area of West Yakima, the daughter of William E and Laura Alice (Retting) Beden.

Eva received her education in various Yakima County schools and graduated from Tieton High School.

She married Vern Sinsel in Tieton on Oct. 27, 1937. They moved to Sunnyside in 1949.

Vern died on March 15, 1960.

On Jan. 7, 1963 Eva was re-married to Alan Paul. They lived on his farm in the Green Valley area until they retired and moved to Sunnyside in 1973.

Alan died Nov. 26, 1986 and Eva continued to make her home in Sunnyside until the time of her death.

She loved teaching Sunday school and vacation Bible school.

She received various awards from the Grace Brethren Church for her service and dedication in preaching the gospel.

She loved Tang, but root beer floats were her weakness.

She tried to teach us to sew, but was only successful with Kristin. Rachel was given the task of sewing buttons together, which Nanny convinced her was just as important as sewing. Everything about her was encouraging, from the wide smile on her face to her constant humor in situations. She wore a little bun on the top of her head that you could see from miles away and made the best chocolate Zuchinni cake in the world!

She babysat Kristin and Rachel from infancy, but the girls couldn't let her go once they were old enough to not need a babysitter. In fact, nanny was at every Christmas Eve, Easter, and family holiday also gaining the nickname "nanny" from even Kristin and Rachel's friends in school.

She will not only be missed by her immediate family, but by the extended family and friends of Kathy, Paul, Kristin and Rachel, who she impacted just as heavily with her wisdom, prayers, encouragement and food (she had brilliant recipes).

Nanny was a prayer warrior to the end and on her death bed found it necessary to pray for her family, just days before her passing. It will always be remembered that she held Kathy's hand, called her honey-bug one last time, and prayed to Jesus that the family would always stay close to the Lord and serve him.

She'd scold us for the tears we shed right now, affirming that where she is now is far better than where she was a few days ago. But sometimes tears are the greatest compliment as they are evidence of a lasting legacy of love, grace and sacrifice.

You are desperately missed, nanny. We love you.

Eva is survived by her two precious girls who have adopted her and called her nanny, Kristin and Rachel Van Dyken (who married brothers and are convinced that nanny's prayers are the reason behind their happy marriages to such a wonderful family); as well as lifelong adoptive family members, Kathy and Paul Jacobsen; one son, Ronald Sinsel of Tuscon, Ariz.; and a sister in-law, Margaret Beden of Bellevue; and numerous nieces and nephews left behind.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands, one sister, Lorentha Yerke; and one brother, Bill Beden.

Sincere thanks to Sun Terrace and Lower Valley Hospice for their excellent care over our beloved nanny.

We were and are so blessed by your dedication.

Graveside services will be Monday, July, 30, 2012, at precisely 2:30 p.m. at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside, with a light reception to follow at Sunnyside Grace Brethren Church immediately afterward.

Memorials may be made to the Grace Brethren Navajo Mission c/o Grace Brethren Church. Those wishing to sign Eva's on-line memorial book may do so at

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


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