Adele M. (Branson) Harlan, 90 of Reno, Nevada,
died Tuesday morning, Feb. 27, at Saint Mary's
Regional Medical Center, Reno, Nevada.
She was born June 24, 1927, in Belknap, Sanders
County, Montana, to Leslie and Laura (Berry)
Branson. She moved to Lind in 1936 where she
graduated from Lind High School, then attended
Washington State University in Pullman where she
continued her interest in speech and drama.
Adele moved to Oakland, California in 1946 where
she worked at Capwell's as a model and Assistant
Buyer and as a manager at Kahn's Department
In the 1960s, she began a career in real estate in
Orinda, California, where she had her own
brokerage and was the first woman to be awarded
Contra Costa County, Realtor of the Year in 1972.
She moved to Indian Wells, California, in the 1980s
where she continued her real estate business.
She had a lifelong interest in nutrition and gave
lectures and spoke about nutrition on the radio in
the Palm Springs area.
She enjoyed playing tennis, attending golf
tournaments, watching football and vacationing in
Bodega Bay, California, and Glenbrook, Nevada.
Survivors include two sons, Stephen and Douglas
Harlan, two grandsons, Aaron Blakey and Theran
Harlan, and four brothers, Jennell and Louise
Branson, Jerry and Lynda Branson, Orville and
Betty Branson, Ira and Lawrie Branson, and many
nieces and nephews for whom she was very fond.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a
brother, Kendall Branson.
An informal remembrance with friends and family
will be held at The Lions Club building on Van
Marter Avenue and East First Street on May 12 at
1 p.m. Food will be provided.
If planning to attend, contact Jerry and Lynda
Branson at 509-677-3315. Private interment will be
in the Whitepine Cemetery in Montana.
- Ritzville Journal
Steven Joseph Hays was born Dec. 31, 1931, and died in Kennewick
on March 10 after a long and active life.
He was born to Joseph and Georgia Phillips Hays in Cheney. The
family lived in Pullman until he was nine.
At that point, the family moved to Lind where he finished school as a
member of the class of 1949.
He attended Washington State University where he was a member of
the Sigma Nu fraternity and completed ROTC.
Steve graduated with a degree in Fine Arts.
The highlight of his time at college was meeting the love of his life in a
third year Spanish class.
Steve and Marjorie Wagness were married in 1954 and went on to
spend 60 years together and raise their kids,
Nancy, Susan, John and Jim in Lind. Marjorie died in 2014.
Steve did his basic training for the Army at Fort Benning Georgia and
then finished out his service at Fort Ord in
California as a weapons instructor for recruits. He left the Army as a
After completing his military duty, he returned to Lind to work with his
father as a Standard Oil Company Distributor.
Just four years later, Steve became a Phillips 66 Distributor/Jobber
and opened Hays Petroleum Company.
The new business started with a brand new bulk plant and a service
station in downtown Lind. In addition,
he managed the Phillips 66 service station in Ritzville for several years.
Steve operated Hays Petroleum Company until it was sold in 1982. In
1983, Steve and Marge moved
to Spokane where Steve sold commercial real estate and farmland for
10 years before retiring.
As golfers, Steve and Marge spent 13 winters in Yuma, Arizona.
Between Spokane and Yuma, it was possible
to golf all year long.
In 2008, Steve and Marge moved to Kennewick to be closer to family.
Steve joined the Senior Men's Golf
League at Canyon Lakes Golf Club and instantly had a new group of
fellow golfers to share his jokes and stories.
Steve was an Eagle Scout and then went on to be a Cub Scout Leader
as his boys went through the
In Lind, he was a member of the Lions Club, Gun Club, and Masonic
Lodge. Steve was active at the local
and state levels of the Masonic Lodge.
He was also a member of the El Katif Shrine.
Steve is survived by their four children: Nancy (Mark) Taylor, Susan
(Frank) Kay, John (Leah) Hays and
Jim (Sue) Hays, and four grandchildren: Madison, Olivia, Joe and
He was preceded in death by his brother, Harry Hays, and his father
and mother, Joseph and Georgia Hays.
The service will be Friday, April 6, at the Danekas Funeral Home in
Ritzville at 11 a.m.
There will be a lunch following the service at the Washington Wheat
Growers meeting room.
The family would love stories and remembrances sent or emailed to:
Nancy Hays Taylor, 6619 132nd Ave NE #134, Kirkland, WA 98033 or
To leave condolences, visit http://www.danekasfh.com.