FAIRY IVA BORGENS

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FAIRY IVA BORGENS Smith Funeral Homes Ltd. & Crematory Fairy Iva Borgens went to be with her Lord on April 6, 2016, in Prosser, Washington. At that time, she was living at Sun Terrace Prosser. She was born on April 18, 1928 in Des Moines, Washington, to Dr. G. Franklin and Alice Allee. The daughter of a Church of the Nazarene pastor and evangelist, she lived in Minnesota, Wyoming and Washington. She graduated from Bremerton High School in 1946 and then attended Northwest Nazarene College where she met and fell in love with Raymond G. Borgens. They were married in Nampa, Idaho, on March 25, 1948. Fairy and Ray were farmers in Eltopia, Washington, until 1998 when they retired and moved to be closer to their daughter, Terria Golladay, in Sunnyside. In 2001, they moved to Prosser, Washington. Fairy and Ray raised five children who will miss her deeply. She was very active in her church as a long-time Sunday School Teacher, Missionary President, choir member and soloist. If she was not at home taking care of her children, she was working in the church. She delighted in Bible Study and participated in both organized Bible Studies and her own home study over many years. Fairy was also an active community member. She served on her local PTA and was a member of the State PTA Board for several years. She and her sister, Leone Steenblock, opened a consignment collectibles shop in Connell, Washington, called "The Small Mall" which they operated for several years. She enjoyed cooking, her garden, sewing and knitting baby blankets. Many young women in her church or family received a hand-knitted baby blanket at the birth of their first child. She was an excellent cook and was known by her family for her ability to make tasty, nutritious dinners out of refrigerator leftovers. Her vegetable gardens regularly produced enough zucchini to share with family and neighbors. Music was a big part of her life. Her home was filled with music, and she sang in several community and church special events. She even sang for the USO during the war as a young woman. She is survived by her loving husband, Raymond G. Borgens (Prosser, WA), and five children and their spouses: Patricia Borgens (Grandview, WA), Terria and Donald Golladay (Sunnyside, WA), Deborah Borgens (Lake Stevens, WA), Michael and Jacqueline Borgens (Eltopia, WA), and Alisa and Kevin Martin (Kenmore, WA). She also has seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and her two sisters, Leone Steenblock and Bethel Winslow. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Grandview Church of Nazarene for their Alabaster Offering to support building missions at 500 North Elm Street, Grandview, Washington 98930. Memorial funeral service will be held on Monday, April 25, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at the Nazarene Church in Grandview, WA. Those wishing to sign Fairy's online memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com Smith Funeral Homes and Crematory is in care of arrangements.
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Published in Tri-City Herald on Apr. 18, 2016