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G. Elaine “Sunny” Waller (Knox)

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G. Elaine “Sunny” Waller (Knox)

November 13, 1930 ~ August 22, 2013

G. Elaine “Sunny” Waller (Knox) passed away August 22, 2013, at Central Washington Hospital. Sunny was born November 13, 1930, in Stanford, MT, to Joseph and Marian Knox. She lived there through her early childhood until the family moved to Kalispell, MT. In Kalispell, the family lived and ranched along the Stillwater River. She attended schools in Stanford, MT, and Kalispell, MT, but it was in Kalispell where she met and fell in love with Richard L. Waller. The couple were married in 1949 in Thermopolis, WY and lived in Bozeman, MT, Helena, MT and Spokane, WA, before settling in East Wenatchee, WA. They had four sons: Doug, Rick, Scott and Dave. She helped her mother and sisters provide hearty meals for harvest crews and learned early on how to prepare good food. And she spent the remainder of her life enjoying cooking, baking and canning. Nothing brought her a greater sense of joy than preparing food for a large family gathering. A homemaker, she also created beautiful ceramics, until arthritis made that work too difficult.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Richard L. Waller; and by her oldest son, Doug. She also was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Jean Brown; and one brother, Richard “Dick” Knox. She is survived by three sons: Rick Waller of Wenatchee and his wife, Robin; Scott Waller of Olympia and his wife, Sherry; and Dave Waller of East Wenatchee. She is also survived by her sister, Barbara Fuller of Kalispell, MT; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

There will be an informal gathering in memory of G. Elaine “Sunny” Waller on Sunday, September 15, 2013, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., at Rick and Robin Waller’s home in Wenatchee, 1017 First Street. In accordance with her wishes, her ashes will be scattered near the Stillwater River in Montana. Arrangements assisted by Telford’s Chapel of the Valley, East Wenatchee.

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