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Carol Briggs (Brooks)
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Obituary: Carol Anne Brooks
 
Carol Anne Brooks, 72, went home to meet her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, in Kingman.  Carol was born on Sept. 11, 1940, in Willows, Calif.  Carol married Don Brooks on Sept. 21, 1974.  The two blended their families, her two girls, his son and daughter.  They were also blessed with a daughter of their own.  Carol and Don moved the family to Kingman in 1988.
 
Carol was a devoted wife and mother who loved the Lord with all her heart.  She was the true definition of a Christian.  While Carol worked sporadically over the years, her favorite job was being a teacher's aide at Cedar Hills School.  She loved teaching children to read.  Carol and her husband, Don, helped form the Cedar Hills Community Church.  She wanted to bring the Word of God to everyone.  Her love for the Lord's work knew no bounds.  She prayed ceaselessly for her family and friends.
 
Carol is survived by her husband of 38 years, Don; her four daughters, Debbie Place (Joseph) of Prescott, Juliet Starr of Kingman, Sandy Grandgenett (Alan) of Aberdeen, N.C., and Becky Brooks of Kingman; grandchildren, Don Starr (Renee) of Kingman, Jessica Place of Winston-Salem, N.C., Elizabeth Place of Tucson, Ashley Place of Tempe, Bobby Brambley, Matthew Brambley, and Jacob Brambley, all of Kingman, Brooke Grandgenett and Ryan grandgenett of Aberdeen; great grandchildren, Kyle, Angel, and Connor starr of Kingman.
 
Carol was preceded in death by her mother, Helen; brothers, Mike, Wayne and Bill; and son, Tim Brooks.
 
The family wishes to thank the amazing staff at The Joan and Diana Hospice Home in Kingman.  Everyone who came into contact with Carol and her family was so supportive and loving.  Thank you for making her last days comfortable and filled with love.
 
A memorial service celebrating Carol's life was at noon on Friday, April 5, at Cedar Hills Community Church, 9188 E. Daily Drive.  The church is located 15 miles east of Kingman; A luncheon followed the service.
 
 
Spouse:  Don
Children:  4 Daughters & 1 Son
Grandchildren:  9
Great Grandchildren:  2

We were married in September 1974.  We were stationed at El Toro, California.  Don worked as a maintenance chief for the F-4 squadron and I worked as a secretary in a flower arrangement shop.

I had two children from a previous marriage - Deborah Marie and Sandra Lynn.  Don also had two children from a previous marriage - Timothy and Juliet.  Our youngest, Rebekah, was born on Thanksgiving day, 1975 while we were living in Mesa, AZ.  We lived in Mesa about one y ear, then moved to Las Vegas, Nevada.  I worked for Levi Straus for four years, then we moved to Henderson, Nevada for ten years.  From Henderson we moved to our ranch outside of Kingman, AZ.  I worked as a teacher's aid at the local school for seven years.  We have nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
 
 
 
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Stanley Bright
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b. 01 May 1940
d. 12 July 1995, Santa Barbara, CA
Mary Brock (Snider)
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Mary Ella Snider, 66, died peacefully in her sleep at home, following a brief illness.  She was born as one of four daughters including Shirley Penington, Doris Walters and Opal Sherlock, to Sherod and Florence Brock on April 25, 1940.  She graduated from Walla Walla High School in the class of 1959.  She married Harold Snider on April 4, 1959.  Together they managed an orchard in Dayton, WA until moving to Kelso in 1965. 

They raised 4 children, Teresa Snider of Kelso, Myrna Odell of Montana, Mary Kaye Reynolds of Kelso and Bill Snider of Waitsburg, WA.  Mary had 9 grandchildren, 1 great grandson and many others relied on her as adoptive Mom and Grandmom.  Friends and family will cherish the "Snider webs" Mary crocheted for one and all.  We will remember her love of music and finely honed sarcastic wit.  She was preceded in death by her husband and sister, Opal.

Services were held at First Baptis Church of Longview on Saturday, March 10, 2007.
Terry Brotherton (Terhune)
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Retired History Teacher Married 3

Spouse:  Chuck (Charles)
Children:  1 Son & 2 Daughters
Grandchildren:  2 Grandsons & 2 Granddaughters
Activities/Hobbies:  Lap swimming, elliptical bicycling, reading, cooking, baking

To my classmates, Wa-Hi- Class of 1959.

“Silver Threads Among the Gold”…1955, at my piano. Well, here I am, my hair enacting this, 50 years later.
 
I graduated with a BA in Political Science & History, Northwestern University in 1963, went to Stanford University and finished while teaching at Santa Clark High, 1964. Dad never forgave me the $7,000 Stanford cost him. I taught two years of US History in one year (summer session.)
 
Wedding: November 27, 1965 to Chuck, internist and infectious disease. Basis of our marriage: friendship, love, teamwork. 

Cincinnati, Ohio: 4 years (residency). 

I taught 8th grade World History, 10th Medieval/Modern, 11th U.S. History at the elite country day school for one year, 1966-67. 
 
Motherhood: Chip, born July 23, 1967. Currently Chief of Staff for the governor of Oregon. Elizabeth, born 1968. Massage Therapist, establishing a non-profit foundation. Catherine, born 1970. Created the human resources position for David Evans & Associates, environments, engineering firm, Portland. 
 
I survived being married to a highly dedicated physician and retained sanity and a sense of freedom through exercise, retreating to Mount Angel Abbey, a Swiss Benedictine Monastery, and dragging our children to our small cabin at Black Butte Ranch. There, they experienced an innocent childhood, and I, a high sky.
 
By invitation, I converted to Catholicism via Mount Angel Abbey. Even at age eight, I sensed the depth of that faith. Besides, St. Pat’s had carnivals and spaghetti dinners; the Methodist, ham.
 
By my request, my grandchildren call me “Gramee” – one “e” for education, one “e” for exercise.
 
My voluntary service in Corvallis and in Sisters has been serving on Friends of Library Boards.
 
I am very fond of Fossil, Oregon where my paternal grandparents lived. Six years ago, I began delivering boxes of used books to “The City of Fossil” Library from FOSL to Fossil. Eventually, I asked the librarian what exactly they needed. “Physical expansion into the ambulance bay, which we own, “Marcia said”, but we’ll never accrue enough money.” “How much will it cost”? I innocently asked. It costs  little to much in Fossil and the cost was equal to my little inheritance. Dad never gave a dime to anyone. “You’ve got it”, I said.
 
So – a rippling effect; from threat of closure and books in boxes to our 50% physical expansion – a window (!), a library table, grants for computers, open four afternoons a week, filled with books and a paid librarian. One individual can still make a difference. I continue to be their benefactress (books). I’m no longer anonymous and have many good friends in Fossil.
 
I have a long-intended book to write: Epistles: A Friendship, the body of which are letters written to me by a long-deceased friend. Two doctors’ wives, kindred spirits, in Corvallis, who wrote each other letters…she, trying to survive her breast cancer long enough to enable her two daughters to survive her inevitable death and I, with three children within under four years of each other, trying to survive. 
 
Several years ago I learned that my high school nickname was “Miss Goody-Two-Shoes”. Today, perfect strangers take one look at me and say, “Here comes trouble!” By 89, I fully intend to be “Double Trouble” – and quite outrageous.
Bill Brown
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Glenda Brown
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b. 21 Jan 1941

d.  11 Jan 1996, Yelm, Thurston county, WA
Carolyn Bruce
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retired Single
Activities/Hobbies: Travel is #1! I am also an active volkswalker (untimed, noncompetitive walking events usually about 10K, or 6.2 miles. I did 59 in 2008). I enjoy reading, Sudoku, Anacrostics, photography, pinochle, and dinking around with the computer. After graduating from Wa-Hi, I attended Whitman College for two years. I ran out of funds (and interest) and got a job at Bendix Music for four years. I continued to play in the Walla Walla Symphony and during this time I traveled to Europe twice with the Grand Ronde Symphony in our government's People-to-People program. In the Fall of '65 I began at WWSU, majoring in Music with a minor in Elementary Education. I graduated in '68, moved to Woodland, and taught for one year in Vancouver, WA. I taught the next 29 years in Woodland, mostly fifth grade with a bit of fourth grade thrown in. I absolutely loved teaching!! I truly hope my students learned as much as I did. I do know that the more one learns, the more one wants to know. My M.A. in Ed. happened in 1980 from the University of Portland. I've had some form of motorized RV since 1974 (the first was a VW Pop-Top). I have driven in all 50 states (rental car in Hawaii!!), all the provinces of Canada except Nunavut, and 26 of the 32 states in Mexico. I traveled during the Summers when I was teaching, but retirement has been wonderful. I've been on all the continents except Antarctica. I have been on or in pyramids in Egypt, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras. Machu Picchu in Peru was so impressive, I've been there twice. I've walked on the Great Wall of China, seen Hadrian's Wall and Stonehenge in England, climbed up to the Acropolis in Greece, seen the Colosseum in Rome, walked through amazing Petra in Jordan, been through the Panama Canal, walked about in Angkor Wat in Cambodia, toured the Karnak Temple in Egypt., and been to the holy places in Jerusalem. Various critters are a major attraction for me. I rode an elephant in Thailand, and have ridden camels in Egypt and Australia. I got to hold a baby wallaby in Tasmania and a koala in Australia. I saw polar bears in Churchill near Hudson's Bay, thousands of Monarch butterflies wintering in the mountains of Mexico, touched a gray whale off the coast of Baja, gone snorkeling with sting rays in the Cayman Islands and Tahiti. I saw over 130 elephants at one time in Kenya, and been chased by baboons on that same trip. In the Galapagos Islands, I saw a land turtle which weighed more than 500 pounds, and had a sea lion nibble on my flippers. Water travel is super! I've cruised to Alaska, Hawaii, and various places in Mexico and the Caribbean. I went from Istanbul through the Black Sea and then the Mediterranean, and ended up in Oslo, Norway. I rafted through the Grand Canyon, on the River Kwai in Thailand, and the tidal bore in Nova Scotia. I've done a river cruise in Europe from Vienna to Amsterdam. The cruise in the Galapagos was wonderful! Along the way, I've met some fascinating people and have made some very good friends. It is always a treat to visit Walla Walla because of the many memories I have. The changes are astounding!! Send Carolyn a MessageSend Carolyn a Message
Bob Bruhjell
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Retired - Painting Contractor Married 2
Spouse:  Charlotte
Children:  2 Daughters
Grandchildren:  3 Grandsons & 3 Granddaughters
Activities/Hobbies:  Antiquing, Camping, Target Shooting

I moved from Walla Walla to the Seattle area in 1982 when my wife was transferred with the telephone company.  She has four daughters, 12 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.  Together we have a well used birthday book.

I recently purchased a Roadtrek Mercedes motor coach and completed a trip to Branson, MO and New Orleans, LA totaling 6500 miles and 16 states.  I look forward to more traveling.  My dog is a manchester terrier and loves the coach also.

Retirement has given me the time and good health to enjoy my hobbies and activities.
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Bill Brunton
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Retired - Professor of Anthropology Single 3
Children:  2 Daughters & 1 Son
Grandchildren:  3 Grandsons & 2 Granddaughters
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Sailing, flying, riding motorcycles, and building classical guitars

Following graduation, I attended Washington State University and the University of Hawaii, culminating in a Ph.D. in anthropology in 1973 from Washington State. This work launched a very satisfying teaching and research career at North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota, which ended with my retirement in 2001. My main areas of interest during my career were Native American cultures and the traditional healers known to anthropologists as “shamans.” While thus occupied, I was blessed with three children with my then wife, Anne Moffitt. My children have all matured into wonderful people with interesting lives. They are my dearest friends. I had the good luck that my interest in shamanism required extensive international travel, including to remote places such as Siberia and Central Asia, so I have, indeed, “seen the world.”
Retirement has given me an opportunity to embrace plan “B,” which has included sailing on Minnesota lakes in summer and building classical guitars while holed-up against our incredible Fargo winters. Trying to learn to play these guitars well is an ongoing, pleasant challenge. Additionally, I have recently learned how to fly (with the help of an airplane, of course). What a blast! I have also returned to two-wheeled transportation via the current, national infatuation with motorcycles. This time it is for no practical reason that I hurtle on a missile down the byways; I do it for the simple pleasure of the sense of freedom and open vistas it engenders.   My life passion continues to be exploring, gaining new knowledge and skills, and making discoveries that yield “freshness” to life for me. This keeps the boy inside alive and well.
Ron Burdett
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Ronald Dean Burdett
March 10, 1941 - March 9, 2011
Kennewick, WA

Our beloved Ronnie passed away one day before his 70th birthday surrounded by his loved ones.

Born to Darrell and Alice Burdett in Walla Walla, WA in 1941, Ron often recalled fond memories of times spent growing up in Wallula, Walla Walla and Pasco.

Ron graduated Walla Walla High School in 1959 and proudly joined the Marines, where he served with pride until his honorable discharge in 1963.  Shortly after coming home, he met his future wife Kemlyn Cope, and a short 2 months later, they were married.  Their home was blessed with two sons.  It would have been their 46th wedding anniversary on April 3.

Ron was a hard worker and an excellent provider.  His jobs included being a WA State Trooper, then Battelle NW in the animal research dept and finally retiring from United Nuclear as health physics supervisor in 1996.

Ron was a man of many interests and talents some of which included fishing, model trains, cowboy memorabilia, military history, golf, oil painting and genealogy.

If you had the privilege of meeting Ron, you would become his friend.  He never met a stranger and he always had a smile on his face.

He would have a room full of people laughing along with him as he told stories of his past.

Ron was preceded in death by his father Darrell, mother Alice, sister Vickie.  He is survived by his wife Kemmie, sons Brian and Daron, grandchildren Brandon, Brice and Brooke, brother Larry (Lynn) all of Tri-Cities and Doug Miller of Spokane, brothers and sisters-in-law, Luris (Belle) Cope, Linda (Tom) Saling, Gail (Mitch) Brownsworth, Phillip (Chris) Cope, Callie (Milt) Bell, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A memorial service (was) held Saturday, March 19, 2011, 11am at LDS Church, 4445 S. Olympia, Kennewick.

March 16, 2011 (from Tri City Herald guestbook):
Tall, thin, lanky, lean, blonde, gentle, and funny Ron Burdett!  He was all of these things and more.  He had his own unique way of expressing himself ...in that he could talk, smile and laugh all at the same time!  Back in the late 1950's, I will always remember Ron as the inventer of a new teen dance style that he used to perform at the Wade parties in Wallula, that he called ... "The Orbit".  Ron was Mr. Personality Plus, and that trait attracted many friends to him.  In his later years...no one looked better in western dress style of an 1850's lawman sheriff, than Ron did with his mustache, vest, badge, black Stetson hat, and Winchester rifle.  When Ron was with his friend Jim Wade, the two of them looked like they were from a western movie set!  All the above is how I will remember my friend Ron Burdett.  It was always my pleasure to be in his company.  May God bless and keep him!  My sincere sympathies to his family and friends.  I will miss him. -- Ron Vocht, Burbank Heights, Washington.
 
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