Obituary:Sonya Denise Saint
Sonya Denise Saint passed away on Nov. 23, 2012, in Brewster, Wash.
Sonya, the first child of Dee and Ruby Lucky, was born on Dec. 8, 1939, in Pampa, Texas. Her father, whom she always called “Daddy”, worked in electrical construction and had to move often during those years to follow the work. Sonya was followed by three siblings: Mick who was born in Texas, Sharon who was born in California, and Virginia who was born in Missouri. The Lucky children attended many schools until the family settled in Okanogan, Wash. in the early 1950s. Sonya graduated from Okanogan High School in 1957. Sonya treasured her family and childhood years.
Sonya married Jim Pritchard in 1957 and they had three children together: Tami, Mark, and Darla. Sonya spent the next 20 years raising her children and supporting their activities. She was always at the ready to make a meal, iron a shirt, fix unruly hair, or chauffer a child to the activity of the hour. She was fond of teasing her kids when they were older, “I hope you have a child that is just like you.”
In 1978 Sonya completed EMT training and joined the Brewster Ambulance Crew, where she was a member for 9 years. The EMT work motivated her to return to college where she completed coursework and obtained an LPN license in 1979. Sonya worked in nursing for the next 22 years, and along the way, went back to college one more time to complete an RN degree in 1992. She worked at the Brewster Hospital and as Dr. Cerpa’s nurse for those many years until she retired in 2001. Fortunate were the many she cared for over the years.
On May 2, 1981, Sonya married her best friend, Don Saint, at their home in Brewster. In their 31 happy years together, Don and Sonya enjoyed a full and active life with their combined family. They took many hunting and fishing trips together with friends and family, and loved to go camping. Don and Sonya enjoy poodles and have cared for many through the years, including Lizzy, now Don’s most faithful companion. They took pride in completing home improvement projects, large and small.
Always curious, Sonya recently joined the North Central Washington Prospector’s Club, hunting for coins and jewelry with her metal detector.
Sonya was most “home” when she was cooking for those she loved, and everyone was welcome at her table. She was quick to share her favorite recipes and make them for her family and friends. Sonya liked to read in quiet times, and was known to be an enthusiastic shopper. She collected keepsakes like old coins, hand-tooled belts, and pretty jackets. Sonya loved trips to Montana to pick huckleberries, and always enjoyed visiting new places. In 2010, she vacationed in Las Vegas with her sisters and her sister-in-law, Audry. They shared many laughs and made great memories.
Sonya was a life-long Christian and active in her church, Faith Baptist Church in Bridgeport. She was devoted to God, family and friends.
Sonya is survived by her husband, Don; all of her siblings and their spouses; her children, Tami Parker-Thomas (Cameron Thomas), Mark (Laurel) Pritchard, Darla Pritchard (Brian Burtenshaw), Nanette Saint, Donny (Michelle) Saint, and Daryl Saint; 12 grandchildren, seven great- grandchildren; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her beloved parents, Dee and Ruby Lucky; and by granddaughter, Holly Anne Parker.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at 2 p.m. The service will be located at Barnes Chapel, 510 W. Indian, Brewster, Wash. A reception will follow at the American Legion Hall. For those interested in making a donation, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Ronald MacDonald House are suggested and would be most appreciated by the family.