Judy Brinson

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Feb. 13, 1942 -- Sept. 11, 2009

KENNEWICK -- Former Walla Walla resident Judith Kathleen "Judy" Gradwohl Brinson died Sept. 11, 2009, at an adult family home after a 10-year struggle with Alzheimer's disease.

The graveside service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Desert Lawn Memorial Park, 1401 S. Union St., Kennewick. The memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. at First Christian Church, 1921 S. Olympia St., Kennewick, WA 99337-4200. Arrangements are through Mueller's Tri-Cities Funeral Home, 1401 South Union St., Kennewick, WA 99338. An online guestbook is available at www.muellersfuneralhomes.com.

Memorials contributions may be made First Christian Church, Tri-Cities Chaplaincy Hospice House, 2108 W. Entiat Ave., Kennewick, WA 99336, or to the Alzheimer's Foundation.

Mrs. Brinson was born Feb. 13, 1942, at the family home at 208 W. Maple St., Walla Walla, to William and Anna Gradwohl. She graduated from Walla Walla High School in 1960. While at Wa-Hi, she was active in choir and Glee Club.

She attended Columbia Basin College and Washington State University. While at CBC, she met Robert Brinson Jr. in 1962. They married Sept. 2 of that year at the Evangelical and Reformed Church on West Maple Street. They eventually made their home in Kennewick's West Highlands.

Mrs. Brinson sold Avon products for nearly 20 years, achieving President's Club status for the majority of those years. Growing very close to her customers, she viewed her time with them as a ministry more than a business.

She enjoyed gardening and was proud of her beautiful flower beds and huge vegetables. She was active in the Kennewick First Christian Church, serving as a deaconess and chair of the membership ministry. She was serving on the pastoral search committee when she began suffering from Alzheimer's.

Mrs. Brinson is survived by her husband, at the home; two daughter, Kathy Brinson and Becky Marty; two sisters, Shirley Dement of Kennewick and Nancy Austin of Walla Walla; five grandchildren, Samuel, Daniel, Michael, Anna and Jesse.

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