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Long-time Sunnyside resident bequeaths $150,000 for scholarship fund

Longtime Sunnyside resident Dessie Brady was proud of the fact that she was the first female to graduate from Washington State University school of pharmacy.

That's according to her attorney, Roger Garrison, who is handling her estate.

He said Brady was his client for 25 years. She died at the age of 87 on Dec. 5, 2011, leaving behind more than $150,000 to be contributed to the WSU Scholarship Foundation to be used for the sole purpose of providing scholarships to students accepted to the school of pharmacy.

The funds are intended to provide money for books, tuition and fees.

Garrison said Brady graduated from the school in 1947. She spent her pharmacy career, spanning 37 years, at Yakima's Memorial Hospital.

"She was in her 70s when she retired," Garrison said, stating he doesn't recall Brady's exact age upon retiring.

He said, "Dessie was financially conservative...she never spent her money."

Brady never married and was very close to her brother, Norman, who died just a few years ago.

From the residual of Brady's estate an initial payment of $150,000 was mailed to Pullman last week. Garrison said there will be a smaller amount paid to the university after taxes on the estate are paid.

"Dessie was an interesting lady," he said.

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