Kathryn 'Sunnie" Casebolt


Kathryn "Sunnie" Casebolt
June 22, 1924 March 24, 2012

Sunnie Casebolt, 87, of College Place passed away at home from ALSamyotrophic
lateral sclerosis- better known as Lou Gehrig's disease. She was
born in Girard, Kansas to Arthur and Elizabeth Smith. She is survived by her
husband, Don Casebolt; three wonderful children: Douglas Gerald, Constance
Elaine, and Keith Dale; eight wonderful grandchildren: Heather and Kevin
Casebolt; Amy, Lisa, and Laura Godenick; Caitlin, Ross , and Becca Casebolt; and
two wonderful great-grandchildren: Kai and Ane Lise Casebolt; a sister, Ruth Burgener, and a number of
nieces and nephews.

Her family moved to Fort Shaw, Montana when she was 2. At
about age 14 they moved to Kalispell, Mont. Then at age 18 in the
spring of 1942 there was a move to the Los Angeles area. During
the Christmas holidays of that same year she arrived at Walla
Walla College to start school. She became a baptized member of
the Seventh-day Adventist church during that period but had to
drop out of school for financial reasons at the end of that school
term. She took a job like Rosie the Riveter helping to build Liberty
ships at Portland. When the rainy weather came in the fall of 43
she felt she might fall off the scaffolding so she returned to the Los
Angeles area to find work. In 1946 she returned to WWC, where
she caught the eye of a young pre-med student, Don Casebolt. They
were married on June 21, 1948 and their marriage lasted 63 years
until her death.

After the marriage she had to drop out of school to help with
the finances so Don could continue his studies. She continued
working while he was in medical school at Loma Linda University
in Loma Linda, California, but when he finished his internship at
the San Diego Naval Hospital it was time to start a family. Sunnie
was a very social person and her husband used to claim she was
the best vegetarian cook in the world. Those two factors led to the
entertaining of hundreds of folks in their home over the years.
She was also active in the church, working with children for many
years and later as a church treasurer. The children were educated
in SDA schools from grade 1 through college. The SDA church
reportedly has the largest Protestant school system in the world.
She and her husband promoted the Adventist concepts of
healthful living. Because of those concepts of healthful living,
the November 2005 issue of the National Geographic Magazine
identified the town of Loma Linda as one of the three places in
the world where folks had the greatest longevity. Also throughout
their marriage they paid a tithe of 10 percent of their before-taxes
income to the church and another 10 percent was used for church
projects and other humanitarian projects such Goodwill, etc

The last 22 years of work were spent working on the Navajo
Reservation first at the Monument Valley Adventist Mission
Hospital and then working for the Indian Health Service
Sunnie is now sleeping peacefully. She knew that it would
seem like but a moment until she awakened at the time of the
resurrection. She will be sorely missed by family and friends.
The kind care of Dr. Dee Ann Taylor and Dr. John Chapin
has been much appreciated. The great care rendered by the Walla
Walla Community Hospice, especially Nancy, the nurse, will
be forever remembered. A memorial service will be held at the
Village Seventh-day Adventist Church in College Place at 1 pm on
Sunday, April 15, 2012. It is suggested that if folks wish to honor her
memory, memorial contributions would be more appropriate than
flowers. Contributions may be made to Gospel Outreach, Walla
Walla Community Hospice and/or the ALS Association through
Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road,
Walla Walla, WA 99362.
Friends may write memories and sign the online guestbook at


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