Margaret Mae (Dillard) Nelson passed away June 1, 2021, after a long struggle with dementia and breast cancer. Maggie was born in Wichita Falls, Texas on June 22, 1931, to Walter C. and Ola Dillard. She was one of four children: Helen, Walter, Maggie, and Nancy.
Growing up in Wichita Falls, Texas on the family farm with trips to the large ranch the family-owned in Anarene, Texas, involved lots of time with and on horses, wrangling or chasing cows, and seemingly many hijinks. She was a Water Safety Instructor and lifeguard at the local pool and was an Instructor in the Girls Club. She also traveled around the area with a mounted horse square dance troop.
While lifeguarding at the pool she caught the eye of a handsome Air Force instructor, Chuck Nelson. They and their friends enjoyed dancing, roller skating, swimming, and lots of activities at the family farm and ranch.
Jerry Lee Goodman, of Moxee, was surrounded by family when he peacefully passed from us on Friday, May 7, 2021 after a short, but hard fought, battle with cancer. Jerry was born on December 5, 1945, in Seattle, Washington, to Edwin and Agnes (Still) Goodman.
After graduating from Walla Walla High School in 1964 he moved to Yakima, Washington where he settled and started his family. Jerry called Yakima his home for more than 50 years before meeting the love of his life, Linda Layne, and moving to Moxee with her in 2015.
During Jerry’s 75 years he enjoyed working for the Yakima School District where he retired after more than 30 years of service. He worked many positions during those years but he really loved interacting with students and kitchen staff while working in food services distributing food to the different Yakima schools.
On Thursday, March 18, 2021, Wesley “Dean” Josey passed away peacefully after a courageous fight with bile duct cancer. During Dean’s journey, his fighting spirit and laughter never wavered. His short 51 years were rich and full – a life truly well-lived. On his hardest days, he ALWAYS cracked a smile and that’s exactly how he wants to be remembered.
Dean was born September 18, 1969, in Yakima, Washington to Wesley and Lavonne Josey. He grew up with his older sister, Lonni in the Naches Valley. His family was actively involved in the Vintiques Car Club of Yakima, as well as Dean’s sporting activities that included BMX-bike racing, track and field, soccer, baseball, and basketball.
Upon graduating from Naches High School in 1988, Dean attended Central Washington University, where he graduated with a BS in Engineering (Electronic). While he never pursued his Engineering degree,
Carmen Emerick, age 77, a long-time resident of the Yakima Valley, passed away on Wednesday, December 23, 2020, peacefully at home with loved ones by her side. Carmen was an amazingly strong person that battled cancer for the past two years. She never gave up and always had a smile on her face even on her worst of days.
Carmen was born February 21st, 1943 in Dallas, Oregon to Conrad and Rachel Schliesmayer. She was raised in Naches, Washington, where she created many childhood memories. Carmen married James Emerick on November 30th, 1973. Carmen had two sons (David, Doug) from a previous marriage. Later, James and Carmen were blessed with their daughter (Deana).
William “Bill” F. Koreski, 76, of Yakima, died after a 12-year battle with pulmonary fibrosis on Sunday, December 6, 2020 with his wife and daughter by his side.
Bill was born October 9, 1944 in Yakima, WA to Clarence and Alyne (Cyr) Koreski. He attended St. Paul Catholic School and graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1963, and lived in the Yakima area his entire life.
After high school Bill delivered freight for over 25 years. Bill realized a need in Yakima for a towing company that truly offered service and started BILKO Towing. He was the first to have uniformed drivers, matching trucks and offering first call service. His motto was “We treat your car like our own, 24 hours a day, 8 days a week,” and he lived that motto.
Mildred Mary (cape) Haase “Moe” “Millie” (90) passed away at home November 9, 2020. Born July 31, 1930 in Dearborn, Michigan, second daughter to Clarence and Mabel (smith) Cape. She moved to Southern California at the age of 12 with her best friend Bette (kring) Harp and family, followed shortly thereafter by her parents and sister. She married Leland “Lee” Haase, December 31, 1949 in Las Vegas. Millie was a very compassionate nurse’s aide for many years. In 1978, Lee was transferred to the Hanford Facility in Washington State so they packed up, along with daughter Jan, and moved to the Yakima Valley to be joined by daughter Nancy and her 3 boys a month later. Since their move Lee and Millie became members of the Vintiques Car Club for over three decades. Although she was a great supporter of Lee and his many hobbies her true passions were her horses, genealogy, traveling, history and reading.