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Leona Runyan



Leona M. Runyan, age 93, of Sunnyside, WA. passed away on Wednesday, November 6, 2013. Leona was born on November 12, 1919 to Niels J. and Anna L. (Jensen) Brown on the Brown Ranch in Bickleton, WA. She received her education in Bickleton and at Washington State College. On September 14, 1952 she married Vaughn Runyan. After college the couple made their home in Sunnyside. While Leona was kept busy in the home Vaughn taught school in Granger and then in Sunnyside, retiring in 1978. The couple raised her brother Norman's children Margaret Anna Brown (Fritz) Stout and Niels Joseph (Whitney) Brown. Leona was a member of the Novella Club, bridge and pinochle groups and was a 6th degree member of the Alder Creek Grange in Bickleton. Leona enjoyed gardening, sewing and doing 1,000 piece puzzles.

Leona is survived by her loving husband Vaughn Runyan of Sunnyside, WA. Margaret Anna and husband Fritz Stout of Cheney, WA. and Niels Joseph and wife Whitney Brown of Sunnyside, WA. Brothers Norman J. Brown and wife Carlene of Anchorage, Alaska and Ellwood M. Brown and wife Jan of Bickleton, WA. Sister-in-law Phylis Brown of Santa Rosa, CA. numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and close friends. She is preceded in death by her parents and brother Walter Niels Brown.

A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the Sunnyside Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Lower Valley Hospice or the Bickleton Odd Fellows. Those wishing to sign Leona's on line memorial book may do so at Smith Funeral Homes Ltd., Sunnyside, WA. in charge of all arrangements.


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