Edythe L. Grundy

May 27, 1928May 21, 2010

Yakima- Edythe LaVonne Grundy, 81, was taken home by our Lord Friday, May 21, 2010. Born Rapid City, South Dakota, May 27, 1928 to James Alfred Sutfin and Amelia Emily (Arneson) Sutfin. Survived by her sister Eunice (Billie) Nadine Rhodes and her children Sheryl D Miller of Yakima; John R Grundy (Twin) of Yakima; James R Grundy (Twin) and his wife Mary Leta Grundy of Union Gap; Jack R Grundy (Triplet) and his wife Bonnie E Grundy of Port Orchard, Washington; Jeffery R Grundy (Triplet) of Yakima; Joshua Ray Grundy and his wife Cathleen A Grundy of Kennewick; Amelia L Henderson of Yakima; 22 Grand Children and 10 Great Grand Children; also a sister-in-law Betty Sutfin of Washington, D.C. and brother-in-law Robert McGreal, MD of Ellensburg. Preceding her in death were her husband, parents and one of the Triplets Joel R Grundy; also her siblings Lionel A Sutfin; Mildred (Millie) E Rhodes; Vance E Sutfin; Viva G Dovel; Socrates “Drew” Sutfin; Maxine (Tel) Thelma McGreal; Lillian (Lillie) E Sutfin; Ede was our beloved Mother, Mother-in-Law, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Sister and Friend; she was surrounded by her loving family until God in his grace called her home. She married Harry Richard (Dick) Grundy on June 5, 1950 in Tacoma, moving to the Yakima Valley in 1954. Together they operated the Yakima Ice Skating Arena and in 1962 in partnership owned and operated the Yakima Speedway; which she continued to run until early 1967 bringing in acts like Evel Knievel whom she called Robert; and also started the first Apple Cup Racing for Yakima. As a single mom she worked in the Food Services Industry carrying two and three jobs at a time keeping a pretty tight schedule because her eight children were the world to her. Charisma, charm and attention to detail opened the hearts of all who came in contact with her … remembering the wonderful Blonde Hair and the “all encompassing laugh” that drew you in. Ede had retired from Golden Kayland after 15 years at 77 years young only to begin work again part-time; stopping this February and still wanting to continue because she was too young to sit at home. Holidays were a favorite she would prepare food like the most melt in-your-mouth Brown Giblet Gravy where all the Children or Grandchildren would take turns to stir if they wanted to visit with her in the kitchen; baking cakes and pies while pulling out all the decorations to deck out her home in the wonderful colors of the event. At Easter she had become famous for her Bunny Cakes and would lavishly decorate her dining table and nestle the Bunny’s in the middle, everyone decorating eggs in anticipation for the big hunt. Love of family and friends followed her, she looked forward to a sit down coffee or glass of wine as anyone could drop by gather around the dining table or out on the deck, sharing their best jokes and stories. Her love of discovering new people made traveling with her an extra special treat, any who met her would call her Mom and look forward to a big hug. Recent trips included a Baja Mexico Cruise, with a total of 17 family and friends booking the same event. When it was time to relax by the dance floor, pool and/or hot tub there was possibly a small glass (or maybe it was a larger glass) of Chardonnay or Merlot to toast family and life and that God is good! Next off to Florida where they held Daytona’s 50th Anniversary, a full week of Nascar racing in all its glory; she packed her Crossword Book and a week’s worth of Papers’ folded to the daily crossword puzzle to catch up on the plane, using a pen not a pencil because of her devotion to getting things done right! Mom … God Bless the time you had with us, always ready to lend a hand, share whatever you had, give advice as needed and especially provide us with hugs and kisses; we are all the richer from your love.

Memorial Service to be held at Langevin-Mussetter Funeral Home, 1010 W. Yakima Avenue at 1:00PM, Friday, May 28, 2010. Inurnment will follow at West Hills Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to Union Gospel Mission, c/o Langevin-Mussetter Funeral Home.

Arrangements under the direction of Langevin-Mussetter Funeral Home, Yakima, WA.


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Carol (Sutfin) Millikan

May 18, 2011

Rest In Peace Auntie...till we meet again.

June 11, 2010

My prayers go out to all family members. I Loved Edythe and will miss her very much. She was a wonderful lady and welcomed everyone with opened arms. She treated my girls and I like framily from the start. I will always remember her.

Patricia [Sutfin] Maki

June 7, 2010

very young and she came to Rapid and stayed with us for a short visit, and also when we as a family went to Grandma Sutfin's for a visit and she was still at home. A very beautiful and vibrant young lady! Who went on to give the world eight youngsters and numerous grandchildren. She will be missed by all! But oh the memmories you all have!

Kathy Collins

May 29, 2010

Dear family of Edythe, I am your mom's niece, Lionel's daughter. My thoughts and prayers are with you all even though we've never met. Thanks to cousin Carol Milikan I learned of Aunt Edythe's passing. From reading the story of her life and viewing the pictures I feel so bad that I never got to meet her. She was beautiful and fun loving it sounds, and I couldn't help notice that she had many interests like me. I wish I could meet you all! I couldn't help but see a bit of my dad in her..her eyes especially. I had the special opportunity to actually meet Aunt Mildred back in 1980/81. She came to see my dad before he passed away from cancer in October of 81. Uncle Drew and Aunt Betty brought her out to Faith. Daddy and Mildred looked alot alike. My sincere sympathy to you all, I for one know how it is to lose the ones so dear. Kathy (Sutfin) Collins. Faith,SD

Lee & Pearline Fox

May 28, 2010

Mrs Grundy was our friend and neighbor here on South 9th Ave for over 40 years. She was a hard working lady who raised eight really fine children.
When we first moved in across the street and one house down from the Grundy home in 1969 some of the older Grundy boys came running across the street to help move us in. Well, it so happened that Mrs Woods, an elderly lady who lived in the house next to the Grundys was on her front porch observing all this. She stood up and yelled, "You boys get back over here and take care of little Amy." That was the kind of neighborhood it was, neighbors looking out for neighbors and everyone wanting to help out when help was needed.
Our condolences go to all of Edythe's family.
Your friends,
Lee & Pearline Fox

Kristy Berry

May 28, 2010

Today we will celebrate the life of Ede Grundy. Anyone whose life she touched will miss her dearly; there is no way around that. But we also need to remember that she loved life (no matter how hard things were), loved laughing and making people laugh with her and I'm sure she would want us to live our lives the same way. We will always feel like there is a piece of ourselves missing without her here with us each day but we can fill that missing spot by remembering and sharing our memories of Ede. Love you

Gail Henley

May 28, 2010

What an amazing & wonderful lady. Many years ago she took me under her wing & became my boss, my friend & my mentor. She taught me soo much about life. Anytime I needed a friend or some life advice, she stepped up to help me through. So.. I guess my message to "my Ede" is... Thank you, my friend. You made a huge difference in my life. I was honored to call you my friend. I will miss you & I love you. Bye for now.


May 27, 2010

I will miss my dear friend of 40 years.
she was my best friend & advisor over the years. My heart goes out to the family as I know their pain. judy johnson

May 27, 2010


Casey Grundy

May 27, 2010

grama,ever since the first time we met i knew that you were my grama. you took me in without question. introduced me to pop milk,the best turkey gravy ever, and gave th sweetest hugs followed by silent i love you's. you will be in peace Casey, Christie and jaiden grundy