Jan. 20, 1923 - May 24, 2012
Ilene E. Kromm, 89, died May 24, 2012, at Walla Walla General Hospital. Ilene was born Jan. 20, 1923, at Lancaster, Wash., to Ira Fulton Cook and Edith Louisa Bowen Cook. She attended Ewan Grade School until the age of 12 and Pine City High School.
On Dec. 12, 1939, she married Harry Kromm in Steptoe, Wash. They worked many years with farmers in the Steptoe and Endicott area. The family moved to Coeur d'Alene, where they ran a dairy farm with one of her brothers. Returning to Endicott, the Kromms ran a restaurant and teen center.
Harry and Ilene began working at Grote Farms in 1954 in the Clyde area. He was manager and she was secretary and cook. Together, they worked there 29 years. They retired and lived three years in Long Beach, Wash., and then moved to their son and daughter-in-law's farm outside Waitsburg.
She was a member of Waitsburg Presbyterian Church, a member of the Skyline Snowmobile Club and a former member of the Dayton Yacht Club.
Survivors include her sons, Randy and his wife Lenore Kromm and Jerry Kromm; a daughter, Sharon and son-in-law Bill Carter all of Waitsburg; two sisters, Neomi Morasch of Spokane and Donna Rae Morasch of Prescott; 15 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry; four brothers, Marold Cook, Melvin Cook, Ivan Cook and Neil Cook; and one sister, Neva Hargrave.
The graveside funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 1, 2012, at Mountain View Cemetery in the Elks Rest Section. The memorial funeral service will follow at 11:30 a.m. at the Waitsburg Presbyterian Church with Rev. Bret Moser officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Providence St. Mary Regional Cancer Center or charity of choice through the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla. Family and friends are invited to sign the online guestbook at www.herringgroseclose.com.