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Maxine Myrn Oldenburg Morgan
Maxine Myrn Oldenburg Morgan died Friday, November 17, 2018, at age 87 in Spokane. She was born July 25, 1931 in Pomeroy, Washington to Virgie Mae (Koller) and Leo Otto Herman Oldenburg, the second of three children. The family lived on the farm on the Snake River on Wawawai Grade Road in Garfield County. Maxine and her sister walked a mile to attend the one room Kelly Offield School House, until she completed the sixth grade. The homestead was three miles to the top of the hill where the school bus picked them up to go into "town" to school at the Pomeroy Junior High and High School. When the weather was bad, Maxine stayed with her grandparents, Richard and Ollie Koller, or an aunt in town or at Mrs. Kraemer's Boarding House. During this time, Maxine worked for Mrs. Hugh Cardwell and Mrs. Hal Obenland and others. From these ladies, Maxine learned about crystal, fine china, serving at formal dinners and many other things that sparked her appreciation and love for beautiful crystal and red glassware.
On October 15, 1949, Maxine married the love of her life, Lloyd Francis Morgan in Pomeroy. They settled down and farmed on Deadman Creek and later at Central Ferry where they built their home. Maxine continued to help her parents during their soft fruit harvest and, as the two children got older, Maxine worked for several summers as a cook for the harvest crew of Mr. and Mrs. Pearl Gwinn. She later worked part-time for Dr. Rich Long at his Colfax Veterinary Clinic where she cared for the animals and assisted with minor procedures. After building a house at Central Ferry, Maxine started gardening in earnest. She joined the Petal Pushers Garden Club in Pomeroy and developed a life-long interest in raising iris, tulips daffodils, peonies and succulents. Two of her Aunt's encouraged her love of flowers and in later life, the sight of iris they had given her would stimulate memories of trips to flower gardens and happy memories of those travels. Maxine had been in 4-H as a young lady and later became a 4-H leader in both Garfield and Whitman Counties. Her passions were sewing and cooking and teaching others the basics of how to give a great demonstration. This involvement and her activities with the Garfield and Whitman County Flower Clubs lead to her working at the Fairs in both Counties. She served as Department Superintendent as well as a Fair Board Member(s).
The summer of 1966, Maxine and Lloyd were displaced from Central Ferry to Rosalia. The Army Corps of Engineers wanted to build the first of two dams on the Snake River. In the rush to finish harvest at Central Ferry and the move before school started, the house they were to move into at Rosalia burned. The move still had to take place, but temporary quarters had to be developed in a rush. A 10 X 20 cabin was moved in, outhouse readied and beds for the kids set up in the small shop 300 feet from the cabin. It was a cold winter, but after four months, a basement was poured, house was moved in, heat hooked up and a plank set-up to the front door. Once they settled into a new routine, Maxine and Lloyd worked on the house, unpacked and got involved in local Grange activities and Masonic endeavors. Following sports in the St. John School system helped them become acquainted with neighbors and soon Northern Whitman County became home. In 1970, Maxine was the Show Chairman for the Inland Empire Garden Clubs Annual Christmas Show of Trees at the Ridpath Hotel in Spokane. Garden Clubs throughout the Inland Empire would decorate one tree for display and then the tree was auctioned off. This was a time Lloyd remembers fondly as he and another husband volunteer learned how to flock Christmas Trees in the alley behind the Ridpath.
In 1974, Maxine was appointed as one of seven members of the Washington State Fair Commission by Stuart Bledsoe, Washington State Director of Agriculture. She served two terms traveling throughout the state, attending fairs, community shows and previews and allocating funding for those shows. Her travels, meeting with Fair Boards and sharing good ideas from other locations were the moments she enjoyed the most. The late 1970s also brought along her involvement with the Farm Home Administration where she served on the Eastern Washington Board of Directors. She was an outspoken voice on the behalf of farmers as budgets were reviewed and discussed. In the late 70s, Maxine was taken with a Grange presentation and she persuaded Lloyd to venture overseas on their first trip to Switzerland, Germany and Bavaria. She was ready to go again the next year, but waited and convinced 16 other friends to join the tour. Maxine was raised in a household with her German grandmother who spoke very little English. While on the second trip, Maxine would surprise herself and others when she knew what some of the local people were saying as they strolled through small German villages. From 1984 to 1990, Maxine served on the Washington AgForestry Foundation Board of Directors. Early in the formation of the organization, Maxine helped fund raising efforts, recruited members and promoted the program through her local organizations and networks. Maxine believed people could accomplish anything they wanted, if they had enough information to achieve their goal. To that end, she was a lifelong learner and encouraged others in their endeavors. In the early 1990s, Maxine actively participated in fund raising for the Whitman County Daughters of the Nile and the Whitman County Shrine. One year, the annual Nile Style Show featured a theme around Angels. Maxine gathered a group of ladies and they made 75 lace raffia Angel centerpieces for the tables. The next year was a Clowning Around theme and again the group gathered, stitched and decorated 150+ clown centerpieces. The Angels and Clowns were sold after the style show and the proceeds donated to the Shrine Children's Hospital in Spokane.
Maxine is survived by her husband, Lloyd Morgan, daughter Annette Moller (Dusty) and son Terry Morgan (Janet), grandson Gabriel Morgan, step-grandsons Ben Di Biase (Katherine), Garrett Di Biase, step-granddaughter's Grace and Heather Di Biase, step-great-grandchildren Roman Schulze, Sam and Prudence Di Biase; sister Erma Ward and brother Charles (Gwen) Oldenburg and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services were held at Midland Richardson and Brown Funeral Home, Pomeroy, WA on Saturday, November 24, 2018, and followed by a brief graveside service. Memorial donations may be given in her name to the Washington AgForestry Foundation or the National Alzheimer's Association for Alzheimer's Research.
Our beloved mother, Eleanor Duckworth, passed away at her home Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, with her family by her side. She fought a courageous battle from a rare form of brain cancer. Eleanor Duckworth was born Jan. 8, 1934, in Pomeroy. Her parents were John and Florence Dye. She was the youngest child of three siblings. Eleanor graduated from Pomeroy High School in 1952. She married her high school sweetheart, Gary Duckworth, in 1954. They both graduated from Washington State College (later Washington State University) in 1956. Our mom earned her degree in home economics.
In 1956, the couple returned to Pomeroy to farm. That same year they welcomed their first child, Shannon. In 1957, they welcomed Wayne; in 1961 came along Susan, then in 1964 their last child, Keri, was born.
Our mom and dad enjoyed farming and raising their children. In 1984, Gary passed away and left mom to manage the farm and household. Eleanor, with her determined spirit, started snow skiing with a group of ladies who traveled to Bluewood and skied weekly. Mom was also very active in missionary trips that started in Kenya in 1989. Her missionary trips would take her many places such as Uganda, the Congo, Cuba, Ethiopia, Liberia and Russia. Eleanor had many adventures in her lifetime and always had a story for every item in her house.
Eleanor Duckworth was preceded in death by her husband, Gary Duckworth; her sister, Maxine Scott; Robert Dye, her brother; her parents, John and Florence Dye; and all her grandparents. She is survived by her children, Shannon (Tom) Keefe, Wayne Duckworth, Susan (Steve) Northway, and Keri (Greg) Parker. She also is survived by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Eleanor Duckworth will be greatly missed by many in the community. As for her family, she cannot be replaced and will be greatly honored for her strength and desire to help others. Our mom in her last days would say, “Don’t be sad, you knew this time would come. Whatever happens, happens!”
A memorial service wwas held November 19, 2018, at Richardson-Brown Funeral Home, Pomeroy. After the memorial service, there was a graveside service at the Pomeroy cemetery, followed by a luncheon at the Methodist Church.
Karen Jean Schroeder
Karen Jean Schroeder passed away at her home in Dayton on November 10, 2018, following a struggle with cancer.
She was born to Kenneth and Elsie Hall in Nashville, Tennessee, on December 5, 1943. Following Kenneth’s military service the family moved back home to Grandview, Washington. Karen graduated from Grandview High School in 1962. Following graduation she attended Washington State University.
She was married to Larry Helt from May 19, 1968, until his passing away in 1992. They had two children, Derek Helt and Kendra (Helt) Croft. Shortly following their marriage they moved to Colfax, Washington and then to Pomeroy. Karen worked at Dye Seed Ranch and later was employed as an accountant for Garfield County Public Works Dept. In 1985 their family moved to Dayton where Karen was employed at the Columbia County Public Works Dept. Following Larry’s sudden death in 1992, Karen married Gary Schroeder on February 19, 1995.
Karen always enjoyed sharing her gift of singing. She would sing solos and with music groups. She had the privilege of performing at church, local theater performances and community events, as well as travelling engagements.
Karen had fond memories of family camping outings and boating on the river. She enjoyed traveling, taking vacations, going on cruises and visiting family. A highlight was the two trips to Cambodia to visit her son and daughter-in-law. She relished the opportunity to visit her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was an active member of the First Christian Church in Pomeroy and Dayton, serving in the music ministry and as a Deaconess and Church Treasurer. Karen was an active member of the Dayton Kiwanis Club, serving as President for two years and as Secretary for numerous years. She especially enjoyed the friendships with fellowship with Kiwanians in the Southeastern Washington Division.
Karen is survived by husband of 23 years, Gary; her children, son and daughter-in-law, Derek (Pam) Helt from Phenom Phen Cambodia; daughter Kendra (Kevin) Croft, Spokane; two step-sons, Kevin Schroeder from Walla Walla and Steven Schroeder from Ft. Worth, Texas; and step-daughter, Angela Smith from Dayton; one sister and brother-in-law, Lorrel and Carl Melching from Grass Valley, California; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She will be remembered by nieces and nephews and many friends. Karen was preceded in death by her parents, Kenneth and Elsie Hall; and her deceased husband, Larry Helt.
A memorial service was held Saturday, November 17, at the First Christian Church, Dayton.
Raymond L. Beale
Raymond L. Beale was born June 26, 1930, at Walla Walla, to Marion and Betheen Beale. He graduated from Pomeroy High School in 1948 and Washington State College in 1953. Mr. Beale served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Germany, from 1953-1955. Ray passed away November 1, 2018.
He married Arlene V. Prince on June 8, 1958, at Clarkston, and the couple made their home in Pomeroy, where Mr. Beale worked as a farmer.
He was a member of Pomeroy United Methodist Church, Crankers, Speedsters, Eastern Washington Ag Museum, Lewis-Clark Antique Power Club, Pomeroy Gun Club and Mt. Misery Snowdrifters. He loved his family, his farm, growing his sweet corn and his old cars.
Survivors include his two sons, Loren Beale (Denise) of Pomeroy and Matt Beale (Lori) of Asotin; and his sister, Wilma Edwards (Dave) of Baker City, Ore. He is also survived by eight grandchildren: Sabrina Hasenoehrl (Kyle), Mallory Lobe (Trey), Greg (Sarah), Sean, TayLyn, Bryan, Kaylissa and Isaac Beale; and three great-grandchildren, Halle, Haiden and Kamryn Hasenoehrl. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A memorial service was held November 7, 2018, at the Richardson-Brown Funeral Home in Pomeroy.
Memorials may be given to the Pomeroy United Methodist Church, PO Box 37, Pomeroy, WA 99347; or to the Eastern Washington Ag Museum, PO Box 326, Pomeroy, WA 99347.
Charles (Chuck) Leroy Fouty
Chuck was born in Seattle, Washington to Francis Bennett and Edith Fouty on Feb. 12, 1928. He died on October 30, 2018.
From a young age Chuck never shied away from work projects – his or those of other people he knew who needed something built or repaired. He was helping his father lay floor boards on Pearl Harbor Day at what would become the family home. He also enjoyed wood carving and painting.
While in the Army in 1950, Chuck volunteered for the front lines in Korea. Grateful to come home, he got back into civilian life and married Donna Chase. That marriage ended in divorce. Chuck spent several years as the Chief Engineer at Burien General Hospital (Highline Medical Center). The student Nurses would ask to practice taking blood pressure and giving shots on him. Chuck later married Elaine Killingsworth. They enjoyed road trips through the Northwest. She survives him at the family home.
Chuck was preceded in death by his parents and 3 brothers; baby Ben, James Joal and William Allen. One brother Clifford (Dixie) survives in Mesa, Arizona along with nieces and nephews.
Chuck was laid to rest in the Pomeroy City Cemetery in Pomeroy, WA. Memorials may be made to Make A Wish or Meals on Wheels.
Douglas W Powell
Douglas Powell, of Pomeroy, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, after a very brave fight with cancer. He was born Aug. 12, 1957, in Portland, Oregon, and lived in Oregon throughout his early years before moving to Othello, Washington, with his family in 1969. He later moved to Pomeroy in 1989 with the flying service.
Doug was a part of the family flying service and earned his private flying license early on in life. Flying was a passion for Doug, but he also loved riding dirt bikes, four-wheelers, snow skiing, jet skiing, snowmobiling and up until the time of his passing, flying hobby helicopters.
Survivors include his wife, Sheila Powell of Pomeroy; two sons, Cody Powell of Castaic, California, and Matthew Powell of Pasco; two stepchildren, Tasia Weimer and Brendan Porter, both of Pomeroy; mother Anita Lenker of Coeur d’Alene; sister Sandra Williams of Little Rock, Arkansas; brother Dave Powell of Othello; five grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Doug will be missed so very much, but we thank the Lord for the wonderful 61 years that we were blessed with him here.
There was a celebration of life at the Christian Church in Pomeroy on November 17, 2018.
Edna Marie Downing
At age 74, Edna Marie left with the angels on October 22, 2018, from her home in Waitsburg, Washington, after succumbing to lung disease. Edna Marie was a deeply spiritual, caring person loved because of her devotion to family and friends, her generosity, energy, originality and the joy she received from doing favors for others. Her passions included being outdoors, camping, riding motorbikes, ATV's, crafts, observing nature, collecting "purdy" things, photographing old barns, trees and waterfalls, writing letters and just visiting.
Edna Marie was 7 when the family moved to Walla Walla. She graduated from Wa-Hi and moved to Waitsburg after her marriage to George where they raised their family. She was always busy and enjoyed pastimes such as softball, bowling, being a campfire leader, working at the cannery and eventually Nelson Irrigation for many, many years.
She was born in Pomeroy on October 30, 1943. Edna Marie was preceded in death by her birth parents, Cecil L. Kimble and Helen Jackson Kimble, and her sister Jennifer Black Board. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, George O. Downing, daughter Cindy Sonenthal, son Mark Downing, parents Janette and Richard Black, sisters Inez Kimble, Irene Kimble Cline, Cecilia Kimble Price, Sharie Black Ledford, Kathleen Black Harding, brother Rick Black, and four grandchildren.
Memorial services were held November 9, 2018, at Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, Walla Walla. The servbice was followed by a family-hosted light catering and potluck at the Presbyterian church in Waitsburg.
Howard Lyle Neal
Howard Lyle Neal was born March 24, 1930, the son of Howard Neal and Ruby (Townsend) Neal, in Milwaukie, Ore. His death occurred Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018.Although Howard’s family moved several times after his birth, all of the moves occurred in Clackamas County. They eventually settled in Molalla, Oregon, in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains.
He graduated from Molalla Union High School in June of 1948. After high school, he attended Northwest Christian College in Eugene, Oregon, to become a minister, and at the same time the University of Oregon, where his requirements for liberal arts were fulfilled.
On June 15, 1952, he married the love of his life, Betty, at St. John’s Christian Church in Portland. Howard would say, “It was the smartest thing I ever did.” They celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary.
After graduating Northwest Christian College in 1954, he was the pastor at Prescott, Washington, for two years, and one year in Lewiston. He then moved to Des Moines, Iowa, to attend Drake Divinity, where he graduated with his master of divinity degree in 1960. While going to school, he served churches in Cumberland and Massena, Iowa, on the weekends.
In August of 1961, the Neals moved to Pomeroy, where he served as minister of the Christian church for 34 years, retiring in 1995.
Howard served his community, including the Pomeroy Chamber of Commerce, city planning commission, Human Service Board, Kiwanis Club, PTA, Pomeroy Ministerial Association and the Garfield County Food Bank.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Ruby Neal; stepmother Irene (Plater) Neal; brothers Kelton Neal and Gordon Neal; twin sisters Irene Renzema and Eileen Love; brothers-in-law Ray Renzema, Marlin Love and Bill Miller; sisters-in-law Gusta Neal and Rose Neal; and son-in-law Tom Metcalf.
He is survived by his wife, Betty; sons David Neal, Steve and Charleen Neal, and Timothy and Laura Neal and daughter Patti Metcalf; his second daughter, Melody (McClanahan) Darby; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews, in addition to his “chosen” family and his church family.
A memorial service was held. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Pomeroy First Christian Church or Garfield County Ambulance.
Nancy Lee Wisner
Nancy Lee Wisner, 80, of Adna, Washington, passed away peacefully at home on August 15, 2018, surrounded by family after a long battle with Primary Lateral Sclerosis. Nancy was born June 12, 1938 to John and Lillian Hein at the family farm in Pomeroy. Nancy attended Adna High School, where she was the Salutatorian of her graduating class in 1956. Adna High School was also where she met the love of her life, LeeRoy Wisner. They were married in May, 1957, and built their first home together on Crego Hill before moving to Highway 6 in 1974.
She held many jobs throughout the years but was most recognized for her 18 years driving school bus for the Adna School District. She also worked as a bookkeeper for many years at the family owned business, Wisner’s Gun Shop. After retirement, she spent several years volunteering at Providence Centralia Hospital.
Nancy greatly enjoyed gardening, bike riding, walking, sewing, embroidery and reading. She also loved to bake and, when the children were growing up, there was always a full cookie jar, pie or cake on the counter. LeeRoy and Nancy liked to square dance and were members of the Adna Do Si Do’s. She loved to be active and outdoors, the beach was one of her favorite destinations. Nancy loved sports as well and played slow pitch on the Sandrini Construction team for several years. She was also active with the Daughters of Washington Pioneers, Lewis County Chapter. After her retirement, you could find her walking “the loop” near their home on Highway 6 every morning, snow, rain or shine. Nancy was an original, die hard Seattle Seahawks fan, following the team long before being a 12th man was popular.
Her grandchildren and great grandchildren brought the most joy in life for her. She was very active in their lives and could be counted on to spoil them greatly with the gift of love and time well spent.
Nancy is preceded in death by her parents, John and Lillian Hein; brother, Ken Hein; and son, Donald Wisner. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, LeeRoy Wisner; son, Jim (Jennifer) Wisner; daughter, Julie (Royald) Richter; grandsons, Brad (Megan Beck) Wisner, Kris (Andrea Zabroski) Baird and Jaden Wisner; great granddaughters, Ember and Willow Wisner; her bonus great grandchildren, Tyronn and Terannce Forsythe; and another great grandchild due in February, 2019. She is also survived by her sister, Anna Lynes; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to extend their gratitude to all of the Hospice staff with Assured Home Health. They were a wonderful blessing and provided such loving care.
In lieu of flowers and gifts, the family asked that donations be made to the Adna Scholarship Foundation (ASF) for the Wisner Family Scholarship, PO Box 93, Adna, WA 98522 or to the charity of your choice in Nancy’s name.
Diane Hattell passed away Tuesday August 7, 2018 in Spokane. Diane Hattell was born in Pomeroy, Washington on July 12, 1937. Diane lived in Pomeroy most of her life and was married for 57 years to George Hattell. Diane is survived by her brother Bert and his wife Carol Obenland; her three children and spouses, Curt and Eileen Hattell, Tony and Michelle Hattell and Mary and Darren Mutch; five grandchildren, Allison Hattell, Jessica Hattell, George Hattell, Jack Hattell and Myrhanda Mutch as well as many nieces and nephews.
Services for Diane were held on September 6, 2018 at the First Christian Church in Pomeroy followed by a reception at the church which followed a private graveside service.
Bill was born in Pomeroy on January 29, 1941, to Sam Waldron and Octavie Richards Waldron joining brother Herman and sister Hilda. He passed away on May 31, 2018, in Spokane.
For most of his life, Bill was in sales and management. He was also an accomplished sculptor. He liked to collect guns, knives, and cars. He also loved to watch old Westerns, and having grown up around horses he was always checking for the authenticity in those movies.
Bill is preceded in death by his mother and father; brother, Herman; and son, Donald. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Cindy Waldron, of Pomeroy; son, Terry, of California; sister, Hilda; brother, Sam Jr.; step-mom, Dorothy, of Walla Walla; and step-children, Tammy, Kristie, and Kellie, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
No service was held and his cremains were scattered over several of his favorite places. Wife Cindy will carry him in her heart and cherish their love forever. As Bill liked to say, “If I had known I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself!”
Susy K. (Fischer) Brown
Susy K. Brown passed away Thursday, May 17, 2018, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, from a very aggressive cancer. She was 61.
Susy was born March 7, 1957, in Pomeroy to Robert and Shirley Fischer. She attended schools in Pomeroy.
A funeral mass was said May 24th, 2018, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Pomeroy.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Humane Society or the Boys and Girls Clubs.
Wayne Mathew Brown passed away peacefully on Friday, April 27, 2018, while a patient at Pomeroy Hospital. He was born June 9, 1927, to Dewey Brown and Lois Dixon Brown. He was a lifelong resident of Garfield County.
Wayne married Barbara Jean Fuller of Clarkston on Dec. 16, 1945. They had two daughters, Becky Lowry of Tucson, Ariz., and Linda K. McKeirnan of Pomeroy. Wayne and Barbara were later divorced, and in 1982, Wayne and Clarice Dye were married. Wayne and Clarice were married until her death, May 18, 2017.
At the time of Wayne's passing, one of his great-grandchildren, 2-year-old Maddex, was being treated for cancer at St. Jude's Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. The family requested that memorial donations be sent to St. Jude's by calling 800-822-6344. Please state the donation is in memorial for Wayne Brown.
There was a viewing on May 19, 2018, at the Richardson-Brown Funeral Home, Pomeroy, followed by a graveside service at the Pomeroy City Cemetery. Family and friends celebrated Wayne's life at a luncheon that afternoon.
Nelda Irene Koller
Nelda Irene Koller, 77, passed away peacefully, Wednesday, February 7, 2018, at Whitman County Hospital in Colfax from complications of pneumonia and heart failure. Nelda was born September 13, 1940, to Clarence and Lottie Kimble Watson in Pomeroy. She grew up on a farm, 25 miles south of Pomeroy on the edge of the Blue Mountains. She graduated from Pomeroy High School in 1958.
In February of 1959, Nelda married Larry Koller, they divorced, and were remarried on November 26, 1960. She completed her freshman year of college at WSU and then attended beauty school in Spokane and became a licensed beautician. While Larry was attending WSU finishing his veterinarian degree, they lived in Pullman from 1960-1963. Nelda worked as a beautician and was raising two children at that time.
In June of 1963, they moved to Lewiston, Idaho, and Nelda became a full-time homemaker with three boys. In September 1968, the family moved to a farm 20 miles north of Pomeroy, then with their fourth son. They resided there for 42 years while raising four sons. Nelda helped with the family farm and livestock activities.
Nelda was a lifetime member of the Pomeroy Christian Church, teaching Sunday school when she was in high school and later. She was twice president of the Mother’s Organization associated with the AGR fraternity at Washington State University, Superintendant of The Home Ec. Department at the Garfield County Fair for approximately ten years, a member of The Spade Swingers Garden Club and a dedicated Pirate Booster. She loved quilting, crocheting afghans, playing cards, and especially doing stained glass. She loved her family and attending any event her children and later her grandchildren participated in. She enjoyed spending time at Loon Lake and watching Gonzaga basketball.
Nelda is survived by her husband, Larry of 57 years; sons, Jim (Terri) and Brian (Jana) of Pomeroy, Brent (Shana) of Amarillo, Texas; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren: Nick (Ashley) Koller and sons, Kanin and Carson; Craig Koller; Karla, husband, Phillip Luft and children, Evelyn and Jace; Darren Koller, wife Madison and son, Kolt; Dalton Koller; Darbi Koller; Jared Koller; Alyssa, husband, Mike Lehmitz and sons, Kaysen and Holden; HayLee Koller; Torrie, husband, Judah Burton; a sister, Joan Smith of Clarkston; a brother, Ron (Wiona) Watson of Hermiston, Oregon, and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Monty Koller, and a sister, Evonne Seipert.
The funeral was held Monday, February 12, at the Pomeroy Christian Church. The family suggests memorials to the Pomeroy Christian Church, PO Box 699, Pomeroy, WA 99347 or the Pomeroy FFA Alumni Association, c/o Kayleen Bye, 22 Sullivan Road, Pomeroy or a charity of your choice.
Loretta Aleen (Abel) Spoonemore
Loretta Aleen (Abel) Spoonemore, 97, longtime Dayton and Pomeroy, Washington resident and recently of Pullman, passed away Jan. 12, 2018 at Regency Pullman. Aleen was born Nov. 27, 1920 in Dayton, WA the only child of Reade & Daisy (Turner) Abel. She was a descendant of Columbia County pioneers and grew up in Dayton, Bellingham and Wenatchee. She graduated from high school in Wenatchee where she was a snow skier, member of the Drum and Bugle Corps and an accomplished pairs roller-skater before locating to Pilot Rock, OR for a time.
Aleen returned to Dayton and on April 26, 1941 she married Loren Spoonemore in Pomeroy. The newlyweds then moved to Pilot Rock, Oregon (Dale) where Loren worked in the logging industry and they brought home their first two children, Loren Joel (1942) and their daughter Donna May (1944). In 1948 they returned to the Dayton area, locating off and on to Pomeroy and Prescott, Washington, where Aleen worked seasonally for the Green Giant Company. The family finally settled in Dayton where they made their final home and their youngest daughter, Kay Redene, was born in 1952.
Aleen was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and a consummate homemaker her entire life. She was a devoted woman of faith, a talented seamstress, artist, and gardener. She could do almost anything with her hands. She was always supportive of her children and grandchildren no matter where their activities led them. Through the years Aleen was active in the Rebekah Lodge, PTA, Campfire, 4-H and Cub Scouts. She was a devoted member of the First Christian Church in Dayton and Pomeroy.
She is survived by her son Joe (Sandra) Spoonemore of Pullman; her daughter Kay Nelsen (Mike Miller) of Kent, Washington; 6 grandchildren Kevin, Kim, Kerrie, Chris, Brett & Eric and 15 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Loren on Dec. 28, 1995, and a daughter Donna (Lester) Reid on August 4, 2007.
A graveside memorial service was held June 2nd, 2018, in Dayton. Kimball Funeral Home of Pullman was been entrusted with arrangements.
The family suggests memorial contributions be sent to Friends of Hospice, PO Box 484, Pullman, WA 99163 or 1067 Isaacs, Walla Walla, WA 99362. The family also thanked, in the sincerest way, the staff of Kindred Hospice and Regency Pullman for their total devotion and professional caring for our sweet mother. God bless you all.
Edward "Dick" John Wolf
Edward "Dick" John Wolf, 93, of Pomeroy, passed away peacefully Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. He was born in Lewiston to Frank and Elizabeth (Feider) Wolf and lived his entire life in Pomeroy.
Dick enjoyed being at the "Ranch," where he had lived since 1965. He loved being with his family and spending time with his grandchildren. He also was a true farmer at heart and he drove tractor up until his late 80s. He was a kind and gentle soul with a witty side who kept everyone on their toes. One of his favorite things to do was attending the Garfield County Fair, and he always made a point to enter as many vegetables as he could.
Dick graduated from Pomeroy High School and following that he worked on the family farm. Dick met the love of his life in Pomeroy, where she had come to teach school following college. JoAnn Ethel Lindstrom and Dick were married April 27, 1957. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary just this past year. They made their home in Pomeroy, where they had 11 children.
Dick was extremely loving and proud all of his children: Leonard Wolf of Chicago; Laura Amy of Puyallup, Washington; Cathryn Gridley and her husband, Dale, of Adams, Oregon; Rick Wolf and his wife, Selena, of Pomeroy; Jenny Salzetti and her husband, Rich, of Lake Tapps, Washington; Maria Nelson and her husband, Pete, of Walla Walla; Bob Wolf and his wife, Jessica, of Pomeroy; Mary Berger and her husband, Randy, of Lewiston; and Pat Wolf and his wife, Dawn, of Grandview, Washington. He also is survived by his wife, JoAnn; three brothers, Bill of Pomeroy, Stan and his wife, Mona, of Post Falls, Idaho, and Dennis and his wife, Beatie, of Spokane; and many loving grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Francis Christopher; three sisters, Virginia, Rosemary and Betty; two sons, Eddie and Christopher; and two grandchildren, Benjamin and Roland.
A Rosary was recited Friday, January 5, 2018, at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Pomeroy. The funeral Mass will be held in the same location on Saturday, the 6th.
Memorials can be made to Garfield County Livestock 4-H in care of Garfield County Extension Office, P.O. Box 190, Pomeroy, WA 99347, or Pomeroy FFA Alumni in care of Kayleen Bye, 22 Sullivan Road, Pomeroy, WA 99347.
Deborah Jean Roe
Deborah Jean Roe, 65, of Pomeroy, died Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, at her home. There was a memorial at the First Christian Church in Pomeroy on November 11. Mountain View Funeral Home of Lewiston was in charge of arrangements.
Mary A. Schilling of Pomeroy
Mary A. Schilling, a lifetime resident of Pomeroy, passed away Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. She was 66.
Mary was born Feb. 26, 1951, in Pomeroy, to Clarence A. and Cecilia (Schaefer) Schilling. She attended Holy Rosary Catholic School through the eighth grade and graduated from Pomeroy High School in 1969. She earned an associate degree from Spokane Community College in medical reception in 1971.
She worked as a medical receptionist for Dr. Shirley Richardson in Pomeroy from 1972 until Dr. Richardson retired. She then worked for the Farm Service Agency office for a few years, and then for Dr. Pakula in Lewiston until he retired. Her retirement followed shortly thereafter.
Mary attended Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Pomeroy, where she served as the organist. In recent years, she attended All Saints Catholic Church in Lewiston. She had a love of cooking and collected many cookbooks over the years. She also loved making chocolates. She was a very good bowler. She was an expert shopper, always finding exactly the right gift for each family member. Hers was a life of generous giving and she shared gifts and cards with her family and friends at every chance. She always found a way to brighten your day.
She is survived by brothers Phillip and Leonard Schilling; sister Phyllis Jardee; and close personal friend Jim Snelson. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Charles Schilling.
Viewing was on October 19 at Merchant Funeral Home, 1000 Seventh St., Clarkston. The rosary will be recited at 10 a.m. Friday, October 20, at All Saints Catholic Church, 3330 14th St., Lewiston, followed by Mass at 10:30 a.m. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the Pomeroy Cemetery.
Rodney Lee Kimble of Pomeroy
Rodney Lee Kimble died Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, at age 88, in Pomeroy. He was born Aug. 9, 1929, in Pomeroy, to Jake and Edna Watson Kimble.
He attended Dry Hallow, Chard and Pataha Valley schools in his elementary years. He attended Pomeroy High School, where he represented the school in boxing for four years. After graduation, he went on to attend Washington State College, where he earned his associate degree in agriculture. He then served his country in the U.S. Army, 1950-52, stationed in Germany.
Upon returning to the states, he farmed the family place under his brother, Virgil Kimble. He married JoAnn Ruark on March 1, 1953. The couple moved to the family farm near Dodge in 1955 and remained until October 1959.
Rod began his career in banking with the National Bank of Commerce, training in Richland in 1959 and moving back to Pomeroy in 1960. By 1968, he had been promoted to branch manager. The bank changed hands to Rainier Bank in 1974, and in 1975 he was promoted to branch manager of Rainier Bank in Dayton.
After several years in Dayton, he was again promoted, this time to senior loan officer of the Clarkston branch in 1979. Finally, he returned to Pomeroy as branch manager in 1983. While the bank changed hands several times over the years, ending up as Bank of America and Key Bank, Rodney was a constant fixture as a community banker until his retirement on August 1, 1994.
Rod was a lifelong member of Pomeroy First Christian Church, where he served as deacon and elder. He also served on many church committees. He was a member of Kiwanis, which became the Service Club, Pomeroy Dollars for Scholars, and Elks. He served as a volunteer for the food bank, the Garfield County Fair and the Garfield County Property Tax Assessment Board. He also was an avid fisherman, spending many leisure hours along the Tucannon River and lakes, and Pataha Creek. He enjoyed many family activities, attending events involving his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, gardening, bowling, camping, trips to the coast, playing card games and supporting Pomeroy High School athletics and school events.
He is survived by his two daughters, Kathi Howard and husband Clarence of Orofino, and Debby Waldher and husband Nick of Pomeroy; two granddaughters, JoyAnn Riley and husband Karl of Moscow, and Kara Daley and husband Mike of Kent, Washington; grandson Joe Waldher and wife Elizabeth of Pomeroy; great-grandchildren Teagan, Tamren and Trynley Riley, all of Moscow, and Daphne and Delilah Waldher of Pomeroy; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by parents Jake and Edna; wife JoAnn Ruark Kimble; and siblings Virgil Kimble, Cecil Kimble, Stella Kimble McFalls, Jimmy Kimble and Hazel Kimble Colyar.
A service was conducted on September 8 at the Pomeroy First Christian Church in Pomeroy, with the Rev. Roger Pedersen officiating. Viewing was prior to the service. Memorial donations may be given to the Pomeroy First Christian Church (310 South 8th St., Pomeroy WA 99347).
Margaret Bell Graham of Pomeroy
Margaret Bell Graham passed away early Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, at the Garfield County Memory Manor Nursing Home in Pomeroy. She had lived 102 years and 4 months.
Margaret was born April 20, 1915, in Spokane, to Dr. Robert Bell and Jessie Fremont Robertson Bell. Growing up, she enjoyed swimming in the many lakes in the area, golfing, singing and Camp Fire Girls. She also enjoyed trips to Ontario, Canada, to visit her many aunts, uncles and cousins, who were her father's family.
She attended school in Spokane and graduated from North Central High School. She attended Whitworth College for one year and then moved to Walla Walla, where she attended Whitman College for two years. While there, she joined the Delta Gamma sorority. One day on the tennis court she met a young farmer, Harold Edmund Graham, from the Gould City area near Pomeroy who was a Whitman alumni. It was love at first sight.
Margaret, who had been singing since she was a young girl in Spokane, was studying voice, and in order to get her degree she would have to go to Seattle for her final year. She and Harold decided they would get married and she would not finish school. So Margaret, the dentist's daughter from Spokane, became a farmer's wife.
Harold and Margaret were married Sept. 25, 1935, at her parents' home in Spokane. She began learning all the things a farmer's wife had to do. She raised a large garden and canned both vegetables and fruit. During those first 11 years she also gave birth to three little girls, Shirley, Roberta, and Anne, who also learned all those things. They too, worked in the hay fields, and drove truck, as they got old enough.
Margaret enjoyed sewing, knitting and crocheting. She made most of the girls' clothing until they were old enough to make their own. She was a member of the Gould City Home Economics Club for many years and also was a 4-H leader. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Spokane and attended the United Methodist Church in Pomeroy and Walla Walla. She also belonged to a number of organizations, including the Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary, the Daughters of the Pioneers of Washington, the American Legion Auxiliary, the Rebekahs, P.E.O. Chapter FN of Pomeroy and Chapter CN of Walla Walla.
Due to health problems, Harold and Margaret moved to Walla Walla in the 1980s. While there, Margaret took oil painting classes and produced several very nice pictures. At the end of June 1992, Harold had a heart attack and passed away. Margaret continued to live in Walla Walla at the Odd Fellows Home until April of 2007, when she moved home to Memory Manor in Pomeroy.
She is survived by daughters Shirley (Dean) Johnson of Pomeroy, Roberta (Howard) Paulson of College Place, Wash., and Anne McClure of Hermiston, Ore.; 21 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Margaret was preceded in death by her parents; brother Alexander R. (Ruth) Bell; sister Roberta Bell (Hugo) Kraemer; great-grandson Nickolas Alexander Siglin; and son-in-law Robert W. McClure.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. September 30 at the Pomeroy City Cemetery. Lunch and visiting will follow. Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.
Twila Gerber of Pomeroy
Twila Nadine Hazard was born April 19, 1949, in Pomeroy, to Russell and Elaine (Trescott) Hazard.
She graduated from Pomeroy High School in 1967, then spent some time in Spokane attending beauty school before returning to Pomeroy, where she spent the rest of her life and worked as a waitress, bartender and at the dam tagging fish.
She met and married her first love, Bill Gerber, on March 14, 1970, but they divorced in 1985. In 1987, she chose to spend the rest of her life with her second love, Wayne Feider.
Cancer took her life on Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, at Memory Manor Nursing Home.
She is survived by her partner, Wayne, at their home; children Sondra Gerber, Brian (Michelle) Gerber of Spokane, and Ernie (Rachel) Gerber of Kalispell, Mont.; four grandchildren; siblings Vicki (Mike) Batterton of Kennewick, Wayne (Susan) Hazard of Eugene, Ore., Barbie (Andy) Street, and Carla (Bob) Street of Spirit Lake, Idaho, and Chuck (Taunja) Anderson of Leawood, Kan.; and eight nieces and nephews.
There was a celebration of life for Twila's friends and family at Maple Hall (Spinner's Hall) on August 13.
LaMont "Monty" Koller from Pomeroy
LaMont "Monty" Koller, 55, son of Larry and Nelda Koller of Pomeroy, passed away Thursday, May 25, in Amarillo, Texas.
Born Oct. 13, 1961, in Pullman, he lived in Pullman and Lewiston for a short time before moving to a farm north of Pomeroy. He attended Pomeroy schools, graduating in 1980. Monty was active in football, basketball, baseball, 4-H and Future Farmers of America. He was a member of the second-place state basketball team in 1980 and showed the grand champion FFA market steer at the Spokane Junior Livestock show in 1980.
Monty attended Washington State University, was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity, graduating in 1984 with a degree in animal science. He went on to Mississippi State University, enhancing his degree to become a federal meat grader. Monty worked in Michigan for awhile, then went to Amarillo as a meat grader. There he became friends with a member of the Engler Family (Cactus Feeders). He was employed by Cactus Feeders in 1986, working his way up to vice president of cattle procurement, where he remained until 2011, when he then started his own business as a cattle broker which he operated until his death.
Monty met and married Shanna Doan, who also was working for Cactus Feeders, in 1988.
Monty enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, hunting, playing cards, and sports - especially following WSU football, basketball and baseball - as well as the Boston Red Sox and Dallas Cowboys.
Monty is survived by wife Shanna; sons Darren (Madison) of Midland, Texas, and Dalton Koller; daughter Darbi of Amarillo; parents Larry and Nelda Koller of Pomeroy; brothers Jim (Terri) of Pomeroy, Brent of Amarillo and Brian (Jana) of Pomeroy; nephews Nick Koller (Ashley and their two sons, Kanin and Carson of Pomeroy), Craig Koller of Pomeroy and Jared Koller of Amarillo; and nieces Karla Luft (Phillip) and daughter Evelyn of Endicott, Alyssa Lehmitz (Mike) and son Kaysen of Pullman, and HayLee Koller and Torrie Koller of Pomeroy.
He was preceded in death by grandparents Clarence and Lottie Watson and Doris and Edwin Koller.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. July 8 at the Pomeroy Christian Church, with a dinner to follow. A family gathering will be held at a later date to spread his ashes.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a memorial to the Pomeroy Christian Church or a charity of your choice.
Henry "Hank" Hiller from Pomeroy
Henry "Hank" Hiller passed away Saturday, June 3, 2017, from lung cancer. He was born Nov. 23, 1939, in Pomeroy, to Edward J. and Blanche C. Hiller. He graduated from Gonzaga Prep High School in Spokane in 1957, and he served with the U.S. Army in Germany from January '62 to January '65.
Henry and Lynda Myers were married Oct. 30, 1965, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Clarkston, and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a cruise to Hawaii and back in October 2015. After a long and varied work career, Henry finally retired for good in April of 2012. They then moved to Walla Walla in July of that year.
Hank is survived by his wife, Lynda, at Walla Walla. There were no children. He also is survived by brother Jim (Lee) Hiller of Spokane; sister Barbara Carlton of Dayton, Wash.; sister-in-law Kathy Shepard of Clarkston; former brother-in-law Lee Berndt of Weippe; and nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife's parents and brother-in-law Bill Carlton.
Services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 10, at Merchant Funeral Home in Clarkston, with the Rev. Pat Wolf officiating, followed by lunch at the Moose Lodge in Clarkston. Burial will take place in the family plot at the Catholic cemetery in Pomeroy on Thursday, June 22, at 11 a.m. There will be refreshments at the Catholic School afterwards.
(Information courtesy of Merchant Memorial Group, Clarkston, and Holy Rosary Catholic Church.)
Clarice Dye Brown
Clarice Dye Brown, 87, died on Thursday May 18, 2017, at Central Washington Hospital, Wenatchee, due to complications of congestive heart failure. She passed peacefully surrounded by her loved ones.
Clarice was born in Walla Walla, on May 26, 1929, to Clarence Earl Dirks and Doris Louise Reavis Dirks. As a young woman, she excelled on the school rifle team, participated in the Art Club, ROTC Sponsor and won numerous awards in 4-H. It was on her journey to the national 4-H competition in Chicago where she met her first love Robert Dye. With Bob, she raised four beautiful, active children and helped to run the family business. Clarice was a wonderful hostess, regularly cooking in the hot summer heat to serve a crew of over 30 people in harvest, and she was active in her community. She participated in many women’s clubs, was a Sunday School teacher and a founding member Chapter FN PEO, which she participated in for over 50 years.
After the death of her husband, Clarice married Wayne Brown, with whom she shared 35 years of love and companionship. Clarice was most happy spending time with her family at their lake cabin on Priest Lake, Idaho. Her idea of a perfect evening was to enjoy sunsets over the lake and watch the hummingbirds. A talented artist, she expressed her creativity through many different facets. She sewed, painted, stitched intricate crewel embroidery, was an expert seamstress, and arranged flowers, as well as gardened.
Clarice is remembered as a kind and giving woman by all those who met her. She never lost her sense of humor, nor her independent nature. You could always count on her to smile through any challenge. Clarice inspired those around her to hold onto those you love and to always tell them how much they mean to you. The greatest joy of her life was family and the unique gifts of each person.
Clarice is survived by her four children, Colleen Angel, Roger Dye (Mary), Carolyn Beckwith (Mike), and Rodney Dye (Desiree); her husband, Wayne Brown; step-daughters, Becky Lowry (Mike), Linda McKiernan (Eric); her older sister, Virginia Boettcher; and her grandchildren, Kevin Angel, Anna Dye, John Dye, Emilie Dye, Megan Dye, and Krista Dye. Preceded in death by Robert J. Dye; and son in-law, Millard Angel.
Arrangements are under the direction of Merchant Funeral Home in Clarkston, Washington. Memorials made to Pomeroy Methodist Church and the Pomeroy Senior Center, or a charity of your own choice.
A celebration of Clarice’s life was held at 2 p.m. on Saturday May 27, 2017, at the United Methodist Church of Pomeroy, Washington.
(Information courtesy of Merchant Memorial Group, Clarkston.)
Don Leon Wheeler
Don Leon Wheeler passed away at Kadlec Hospital in Richland, WA on March 13, 2017. He is now joined with his wife Marion who passed away December 1, 2008. He was born March 17, in Reno, NV to Valda (Jackie) Wheeler and Dennis Wheeler. He was in the military until he met his wife Marion Louse Schell Wheeler and married her Feb. 14, 1959. He loved Karaoke and dancing but his true love was always his wife Marion and now has joined her in a peaceful place.
Don is survived by his children Jeffery Wheeler, wife Rebecca, and their children Stephanie, Jackie, Casandra, Chandler, Taylor, Emily, and grandchildren; Michelle Wheeler and her child Levi Simonson; Patti Taylor and her children Christopher, Scotty, Loraina, and grandchildren; Sister Della Sams, husband Pete, their children Vickie and Randy, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
A service was held on March 28, 2017, at Richardson-Brown Funeral Home in Pomeroy.
Paula Marie Wood
On Wednesday, March 8, 2017, Paula Marie Wood, 55, passed away at her home in Pomeroy. Paula was born Aug. 15, 1961, in Lewiston, the daughter of Dorian A. Larsen and Sherry A. Quinn. She enjoyed her grandchildren, animals and the outdoors. One of Paula's favorite pastimes was to gather her family for the weekend and head to the mountains for camping. In 1980, Paula married William A. Wood. They moved away for a short time until settling into the town of Pomeroy.
Paula is survived by her two daughters, Miranda A. Meier and Kristene M. Wood; four grandchildren; eight brothers and sisters; and a number of other relatives and close friends. A celebration of life was held on April 1, 2017, at 634 High St. on Dutch Flat Road, with services in the Pomeroy Catholic School.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
She resided in Lewiston, but her true love was her place in the Flathead Valley, Montana, where she made a beautiful home for all her kids, grandkids and great-grandkids to visit.
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 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.)