Iva Gertrude Andrews, 96 of Yakima, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012 at the Blossom House facility.
Iva was born Feb. 16, 1915 to John Wiley and Clementine Pannell at Pyatt, Arkansas. Joining her two brothers, she was the youngest of three children.
At an early age, she developed strong work habits and worked along with the rest of the family at many jobs. In early days, they did not have the conveniences we have today which meant long days. She attended school where all grades were in the same building. With no transportation available, she walked regardless of weather.
At the age of 18, she married Lester Andrews in Pyatt, AR. In 1934, they ventured to Washington State to join the rest of the family that had been here several years. The employment was working in the orchards, timber, warehouse and open farming.
Iva was baptized in 1983 at the Ahtanum Community Church and was true to her faith.
She enrolled in the Practical Nursing Program and graduated with her certificate in 1941.
Lester was drafted for the service and spent two years in the Army. During this time, she worked at the Western Auto Store in Yakima for several years. For leisure, she joined a bowling team, swam at the pool, and fished at the lakes and streams of the valley. She was an American Red Cross donor and was recognized for contributing 2 gallons.
Upon Lester's return and a few years later, they bought a small orchard and found enjoyment with that. Upon selling the orchard, they bought five acres of open land when it became available and purchased a mobile home for it. The open land gave them the opportunity to have their horses which became their #1 enjoyment. Their spare time was spent riding with friends around the country or trail riding in the mountains.
Lester passed away in 1978 leaving her with the care of the property which she did for awhile.
Iva moved to the Ahtanum area in 1983 where she bought her home and lived there very independently until August of 2011.
Although they were not blessed to have children, she showed great affection for her nieces and nephews. At Christmas time, she would make sure she sent $25.00 to each one until the age of 12. As more were born, more money she spent. She enjoyed family gatherings and made sure there was enough food and etc. for all.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two brothers, Bill and Aud Pannell and several nieces and nephews.
The family would like to take this opportunity to give a big thanks to all members of the staff members at the Blossom House. She had wonderful treatments and enjoyed her time there.
A Funeral Service will be 1:00 p.m. Monday, January 16, 2012 at the Keith & Keith Ninth Avenue Chapel with burial following at West Hills Memorial Park. To share a memory of Iva visit, www.keithandkeith.com.