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Ponhee A. Whaley

Ponhee A. Whaley, 92, a resident of Wenatchee, WA and a longtime resident of the upper Wenatchee Valley, died Tuesday, December 16, 2014, at Maple Lodge Adult Family Home. Ponhee was born on February 27, 1922, to Milas and Nancy (Smelcer) Green at Sevier County, Tennessee, where she was raised and received her early education. She married Dewey Whaley on November 5, 1938, at Pittman Center, TN and they made their first home in the Sevierville area. In December of 1942, they came west to Leavenworth, WA.

Betty Lou (Ellis) Cunningham

Betty Lou (Ellis) Cunningham, 84, a hands on family member, devoted to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, was not alone when she made her journey home, to be with her Lord, on December 16, 2014; she was surrounded by her family. She was born on February 7, 1930, in Charleston, WV to the late Richard and Maxine Ellis. After moving to East Wenatchee in 1988, Betty was able to take her hobby of crafting a step further and open a craft store, "Country Fair", located in both Valley Malls.

Melbourne “Meb” Morris

Melbourne "Meb" Morris, of Omak, WA, passed away at Park Place Rest Home as a result of several strokes on December 16, 2014. Meb was born to Harley and Myrtle Morris of Okanogan, WA on October 28, 1925, in Benton City, WA. Meb went to school at Cameron Lake through the eighth grade and graduated from Okanogan High School in 1942 with honors. He served in the U.S. Army at Fort Benning, GA and was discharged with the rank of Corporal. Meb worked as a rancher most of his life ...

Bruce E. Graham

Bruce Edwin Graham passed away on December 6, 2014, after a long illness, following complications from a stroke. He had many accomplishments, but he was probably most proud of his 30 years as an industrial arts teacher, mostly metal shop, for Wenatchee High School. He taught hundreds of students and provided the foundation for many successful careers.

Pamela L. “Pam” Titland

Pamela L. "Pam" Titland was born June 11, 1943, and passed away peacefully on December 15, 2014, after a long battle with illness. She was born in Seattle and moved eight years ago to the Wenatchee, WA area. Orondo was her home. Pam worked for the Seattle PI newspaper, Union Pacific Railroad, Pioneer Manufacturing in Arlington, WA and Quantum Windows and Doors in Everett, WA.

Ottilie S. “Tillie” Magnotti

Our Mom, Oma, Oma-ma, Aunt, Sister, and Friend, Ottilie Magnotti, left her earthly body at home, at the age of 87, on December 11, 2014, surrounded by loving family. Ottilie was born to Otto H. Siegrist and Anna Baier Siegrist on May 23, 1927, in Berkach, Germany. She was honored to be naturalized as a United States citizen in 1949. Ottilie's childhood and early to mid-adulthood were spent in New Jersey.

Robert K. “Bob” Weber

Robert K. "Bob" Weber was born 83 years ago in Wenatchee, WA to Quincy, WA pioneers, Henry C. and Henrietta Weber. Bob passed away on December 14, 2014, in Quincy. Bob attended school in Quincy, graduating in 1949. While in school, he played eight-man football and basketball. After graduating from high school, Bob began his 65-year farming career. Bob was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, serving many terms as an Elder.

Paul Lawrence Neff

On December 4, 2014, Paul Lawrence Neff was called up to heaven by the good Lord to teach the angels how to give hugs, wear bib overalls, grow a sasquatch-style beard, and drink Pendleton. Things he was known to excel at over his lifetime. Heaven gained an extraordinary Father, Grandfather, and Friend! Paul was born on May 13, 1959, to Alois "Louie" and Gertrude "Gertie" (Von Moos) Neff. He was raised in a Swiss family on the Neff Farm, northeast of George, WA. He worked on the family farm his ...

Lila May (Baldridge) Allen

Lila May (Baldridge) Allen was born on November 30, 1928, in Paoli, OK. She died on December 14, 2014, in her home in East Wenatchee, WA.

Robert Donald Petersen

Robert Donald Petersen was born on June 9, 1950, blessed with a loving heart. He made his appearance in Leavenworth, WA to the delight of his parents and grandparents. He was welcomed with love and open arms. His first home was in Dryden, WA, Valley Cottage Motel, which his father, uncle, and grandfather had built. He enjoyed riding their garden cart with motel guests' children.

Shirley May Canterbury

Shirley May Canterbury passed away on Sunday, December 14, 2014, at Central Washington Hospital. She was born Shirley Stegeman on April 5, 1936, to John Stegeman and Agnes Henreka (Parkins) Stegeman in Leavenworth, WA. She was the middle child of nine children. Shirley lived her youth at the end of Eagle Creek on a dairy ranch. After graduating from Leavenworth High School in 1955, Shirley moved to Wenatchee, where she worked as a candy striper for St. Anthony's Hospital. She met her soul mate, the late George H. Canterbury Jr., ...

Joanne “Jody” Duncan

Joanne "Jody" Duncan passed away on Friday, December 12, 2014, at the age of 80, in East Wenatchee, WA with her husband by her side. She was born in Cashmere, WA to Henry "Hank" Parkins and Harriet (Horey) Parkins on August 30, 1934. Tragically, Jody lost her father at a young age in an accident. In time, her mother met and married Fred Bitle, who was a loving father and grandfather.

Eyvon Bardwell Craig

Iris Eyvon Craig, 75, of East Wenatchee, WA, passed away on December 11, 2014. She was born on February 27, 1939, in Buffalo Valley, OK to Al and Stella (Pool) Phillips. Eyvon was the youngest of four children. In 1947, the family left the farm in Oklahoma and moved to McFarland, CA. They worked together in agriculture in California and later in Muleshoe and Rawls, TX. As a young girl, she helped pick cotton, hoe weeds, and cut potatoes. She developed a strong work ethic that remained with her throughout ...

Emerson Tolle

Emerson Tolle, 97, of Wenatchee, WA, passed away on Thursday, December 11, 2014. He was born on August 6, 1917, near Maysville, KY (the oldest of 17 children) to Gus Linn and Iva (Carpenter) Tolle. His father was a farmer and his main crops were tobacco, corn and hogs. Emerson worked with JC Penney as a shoe salesman in Maysville, KY. He enlisted in the Army in August 1941, just before being drafted. He completed basic infantry training at Camp Roberts in California, just prior to the attack on Pearl ...

Susan Nanette (Carlson) Detering

Susan Nanette (Carlson) Detering passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by family on December 12, 2014. Susan was born in Hallock, MN, the 14th of 17 children. She had eight sisters and eight brothers. Loss entered her life early, when she lost her father at 17, to the same type of cancer that eventually took her life, as well. In 1957, she met the man who would be her husband for over 57 years, Victor Detering, in Phoenix, AZ. Victor was a jet fighter pilot in the Air Force, ...

Daniel Irvin Carpenter

Daniel Carpenter was born a New Year's baby January 1, 1947, to Enid and Irvin Carpenter in Wenatchee, WA. Dan's troubles started early in life with the passing of his mother at the age of three, but by then she already had taught him to read. This was kept close to his heart all of his life. Dan had a spiritual side to his life and was baptized in 1960 at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Wenatchee and he kept Christ in his life always, but kept it personal.