Remembering Our Friends and Neighbors

Death Notices and Remembrances of people who were born in, grew up in, spent time in, or lived in Pomeroy, Washington, are offered as a public service at no charge by The notice should be sent to One or two photographs may be attached to the email. We can accept notices from the family or from the funeral home. Notices and/or photos may be edited for space or editorial purposes.


Paula Marie Wood

Paula Marie Wood, 55, of Pomeroy died Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at her home. Richardson-Brown Funeral Home in Pomeroy is in charge of arrangements.


Velma Irene Rosendahl Birge

Velma Irene Rosendahl Birge, 91, passed from this life to the next, Thursday, March 2, 2017, at Libby Care Center. She was born October 25, 1925, in Vancouver, British Columbia, to Henry and Teckla Nelson Rosendahl, the younger of two daughters.

Velma Irene Rosendahl Birge, 1925-2017

She was a long time resident of Troy, Montana, residing there with her husband, Larry Birge, who preceded her in death, September 21, 2013. Velma and Larry were married in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, on October 7, 1967.

She and her husband moved to the Troy after Larry retired. They thoroughly enjoyed the many outdoor activities, fishing, hunting, camping, hiking and anything else that included the beautiful Montana outdoors. They belonged to the Rendezvous Club for many years.

Velma loved to cook, sew, worked fine embroidery, tended to her flowers and her garden as well. She loved the beautiful hummingbirds that flocked each year to her feeders on her porch deck. She also loved the squirrels that delighted her each day just outside the kitchen windows. She is much loved by her "step" children and all her grandchildren on down the line. She had the most awesome laughter. She taught her family much.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Violet, in 2012 and one stepson in April, 2016.

Survivors include 5 stepchildren, three stepdaughters, and two stepsons; 12 grandchildren and several great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren.

Visitation and services were on Saturday, March 11, 2017, in Pomeroy, Washington.

(Information courtesy of Schnackenberg & Nelson Funeral Home in Libby, Montana and Merchant Memorial Group.)


Arlene Beale

A memorial service for Arlene V. Beale, 80, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Richardson-Brown Funeral Home in Pomeroy. Mrs. Beale passed away Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, in Lewiston.

Arlene V. Beale, 1936-2017

She was born May 11, 1936, at Thornton, Washington, to Burdett and Lula Prince. She graduated from Rosalia High School in 1953. She also attended Whitworth College and graduated from Washington State College in 1958.

She married Raymond Beale on June 8, 1958, at Clarkston, and the couple made their home in Pomeroy, where Mr. Beale worked as a farmer and Mrs. Beale was a homemaker.

She was a member of Pomeroy United Methodist Church, where she was an organist, pianist, singer and Sunday school teacher. She also was active with the P.E.O., UMW, Daughters of Pioneers, Crankers, Garden Spade Swingers, Home Economics, and Speedster Clubs. Arlene was a devoted wife, mother, and grandma who enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. She loved the Lord and her family mightily and enjoyed sharing her musical talents. She cherished her many friendships throughout her life and was a good truck driver and excellent cook.

Survivors include her husband, Raymond Beale of Pomeroy; and sons Loren Beale (Denise) of Pomeroy and Matt Beale (Lori) of Asotin. She also is survived by grandchildren Sabrina Hasenoehrl (Kyle), Mallory Lobe (Trey), Greg, Sean, TayLyn, Bryan, Kaylissa and Isaac Beale; and great-grandchildren Halle and Haiden Hasenoehrl. She was preceded in death by her parents and her two brothers, Eugene and Hubert Prince.

Memorials may be given to the Pomeroy United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 37, Pomeroy, WA 99347; or to the Garfield County Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 69, Pomeroy, WA 99347.

(Information courtesy of Merchant Memorial Group and Richardson-Brown Funderal Home.)


Edith Mae Waldher

On Thursday, January 26, 2017, Edith Mae Waldher passed on from this world to find a better place to listen to her music, which can be found in the heavens. She will be deeply missed by her large circle of family.

Edith Mae Waldher, 1932-2017

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She was born March 20, 1932, to Florence Vernard Jennings and John Jennings on a small farm in what was then the little town of Redmond, Washington. After graduating from Kirkland High School, she went on to pursue her education at Washington State College (University), where during a square dance she meet her soulmate, Jackson Taylor Waldher. They were married, and on their honeymoon they spent the night in Paris - Paris, Idaho, where they camped out underneath the stars. They spent more than 65 years together, celebrating their 65th anniversary on August. 28, 2016.

After they married, Edith and Jack moved into a small home in Pullman. They later moved, and Edith spent her career years working for the Selective Service and WSU while living in Moscow, where they had their five children: Mike, Cindy, Linda, Jennie and Kevin.

As a family, they enjoyed camping all around the Northwest mountains, lakes and ocean beaches. After retiring, Edith and Jack moved to their beautiful home on Jette Lake, Montana. This is where Edith enjoyed being a grandmother and was lovingly referred to as "Gramcrackers."

Along with spending time with family, Edith enjoyed quilting, tole painting, playing the piano and making cookies for everyone who visited her home. Edith was a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars and platinum member of the WSU Alumni Association. She is survived by 18 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Even though this is a celebration, it is very hard to let her go, as she touched so many lives with her thoughtfulness.

Funeral services for Edith Mae Jennings Waldher were held on February 4 at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Pomeroy. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America.

(Information courtesy of Merchant Memorial Group and Richardson-Brown Funderal Home.)


Steven Crabb, formerly of Pomeroy

Steven John Crabb, 1953-2017

Steven John Crabb passed away January 18, 2017. He was 63. His funeral was held on Saturday January 28, at the Richardson Brown Funeral Home in his hometown of Pomeroy, Washington. A dinner followed.

Support can be made in honor of Steve at GoFundMe.

He was loved by many and will be forever in our hearts.

(Information courtesy of Merchant Memorial Group.)




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