Ava Borden, 90, passed away on Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, at Prestige Care and Rehabilitation, in Sunnyside.

She was born Feb. 9, 1922 in Blythe, Ark. to Deroase and Hester Cheek. She grew up with her four siblings on a family farm in Arkansas.

In the late 1940s she moved to Washington, where she met and married Milton Borden. She later had two children Colleen and Rayburn Borden. The family settled down in Sunnyside and started a family farm growing and selling organic vegetables.

Milton and Ava were original charter members of the Trinity Baptist Church, where they attended regularly.

Ava enjoyed teaching Sunday school and helping with various church activities.

After the passing of her daughter in 1969 and then the passing of her husband in 1978, Ava began working at local canneries and warehouses.

She also enjoyed working with the children at the Mother Goose Daycare. After retirement she began volunteering at the Sunnyside Museum, Planned Parenthood and the elementary school.

In later years, she remained active by making quilts that she donated to local nursing homes.

Ava was known for always having her door open and a warm cup of coffee waiting to greet anyone who came to visit.

She enjoyed spending time with friends, going to the 4-H

fun fair and playing bingo.

Ava is survived by her son, Rayburn (Patti) Borden of Prosser; granddaughter, Andrea; sister, Oletha King of Arkansas; and brother, O.J. Cheek of Arkansas.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Milton; daughter, Colleen; brother, Ray Cheek; sister, Ruth Blair; and her parents.

Ava's family would like to thank all the staff at Sun Terrace Assisted Living and Prestige Care and Rehabilitation for their care and compassion.

Visitation and viewing will be held Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, from 1 to 8 p.m. at Valley Hills Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Services will be held Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at noon at Valley Hills Funeral Home in Sunnyside, with Christian burial to follow at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside. A luncheon will follow at Trinity Baptist Church, 1051 Alexander Rd. in Sunnyside.

Valley Hills Funeral Home in Sunnyside is in care of arrangements.


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