Gladys Marie (Humphrey) Greene, 92, formerly of Elk River
Our beloved mother, Gladys Marie (Humphrey) Greene, died Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at Guardian Angel Homes. Generously sharing her kind and loving heart with us for 92 years, she made this world a better place.
Gladys was born Sept. 13, 1921, in Lewiston, to Perry and Rona (Barker) Humphrey. She graduated from Lewiston High School in 1939 and earned her teaching certificate at Lewiston State Normal School (LCSC). She taught school in Idaho Falls, Elk River and in Lewiston at both Webster and Tammany.
In 1945, she was swept off her feet by a handsome young lieutenant who had just returned from piloting 52 missions in Europe. Gladys married William A. (Bill) Greene, and over the course of the next few years they lived in Florida, New Mexico and California while he completed his service. Once they returned to Lewiston, Gladys used her artistic and creative talents as she set about making a home for Bill and the six children who followed. A devoted and fun-loving mother, she taught all of her children to have empathy for others and to always look on the bright side. For Gladys, the glass was not just half full, it was overflowing. She frequently counted her blessings and appreciated the full and rewarding life she and Bill created together.
An outstanding cook, Gladys baked and decorated wedding cakes for family members, made delectable hors d'oeuvres, and pounded many a deer steak into a tender delight. She even made her own tortillas long before the days of fast food and corn chips. Gladys was the consummate hostess at their home in Tammany, where she oversaw 4-H, bridge, pinochle and birthday parties, as well as many a family reunion.
Bill and Gladys moved to Spokane, WA, in 1976. During those years, they traveled to Spain, Fiji, Brazil, Alaska, Mexico, Canada and various parts of the United States. Together they enjoyed golfing, gardening, sharing family time at their lake cabin and playing cards with their many friends. They returned to their hometown in 2001.
Gladys is survived by three sons and three daughters, Bill (Crystal) Greene of Twin Falls, Jim (Ana) Greene of Sudan, Africa, and Washington, D.C., Don (Lisa) Greene of Seattle, WA, Jan (Gene) Golla of Lewiston, Barb (Eric Abbott) Chamberlain of Seattle, and Julie (Ian Walt) Greene of Friday Harbor, WA. In addition, she leaves 10 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband and her brothers, L. Grant Humphrey and Wayne E. Humphrey.
Burial is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday at Mountain View Funeral Home, with memorial services immediately following at 11 a.m.
We extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone at Guardian Angel Homes. Your loving care these past 10 years is appreciated more than we can say.
The family suggests memorials in her name to Northwest Children's Home or any organization that is dedicated to children. You honor Gladys through kindness to others, by counting your blessings and by enjoying each day.
Monty Ross Smith, 40, Orofino
Monty Ross Smith passed away on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, as a result of injuries sustained from a motorcycle accident. He was 40.
Monty was born June 7, 1973, in Lewistown, MT. Within nine weeks of his birth, he became the son of proud parents, Vickie and Robert Smith, joining his brother, Donald Smith.
Monty's bubbling personality was a breath of fresh air with lots of sunshine. He loved people and enjoyed making them laugh. This was demonstrated by a life rich in friends.
He attended Hyshom Public School and Forsyth High School. He was an avid golfer and excelled in drama, speech, and choir. He started working at a young age taking on many jobs including maintenance on school buses, waiter at M&M; Pizza in Forsyth, MT, convenience clerk at V-1, bartender, and ground keeper at the Forsyth Country Club. Despite his busy schedule, he always made time for his friends, bowling and golfing.
After graduation he went to May Technical College in Billings, MT, where he earned a diploma in radio and television broadcasting. His voice was heard on KKBR radio station in Billings, MT, KIKC radio station in Forsyth, MT, and later at a KTRZ radio station in Riverton, WY.
Fate called him to Orofino, where he made his home until his death. He worked at M&M; Pizza, Barney's Sooper Market, and N&N; Machine, where he was employed at the time of his death. Everywhere he worked he made more friends.
Monty was active in Alcoholics Anonymous and was dedicated to the program. He spent much of his past time helping many people while healing himself. He regularly reached out to prisoners and was proud to sponsor new members. He loved riding his Yamaha motorcycle with members of the fellowship who gave him the nickname "Dirt Bag."
On June 6, 2005, he married Holly Stanton. Two years later, he became a father to Ian Daily Smith, who he loved dearly. The couple divorced in 2010. For four years after, he pursued a relationship with Jesse Noah and her four children, Caleb, Hannah, Gavin, and Bailey. In the last thirty days of his life his love interest was Cynda.
He was preceded in death by his dad, Robert Smith; his grandfather, Wilbur Smith; and his beloved granny, Dixie Kenney. He is survived by his son, Ian Smith; mother and stepfather, Vickie and Dennis Krause; Papa, Dennis Kenney; grandpa and grandma, George and Ina Haines; and brother, Donald Smith. He was loved and will be missed by several other family members and friends.
A celebration of Monty's life will be held on his birthday, Saturday, June 7, at the Day Use Area of Dent Acres. Details will be announced closer to the event. Monty was proud to be sober, so that is how we will be celebrating his life. Please, no alcohol.
In memory of Monty, a trust will be established at Lewis Clark Credit Union, P.O. Box 1173, Orofino, ID 83544, for his son, Ian Smith.
Memorial contributions can be made to Shriner's Children Hospital, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL, 33607-1460.
Alice Hendren, 90, formerly of Weippe
It is said that our parents' last great lesson to us is to show us how to die. Our beloved mother, Alice Hendren, completed that lesson for us as she left this world with grace, peace and dignity on Saturday, May 3, 2014, at her daughter's home in Lewiston.
Alice Lucile Keough was born March 15, 1924, to Thomas H. and Martha Owings Keough at the family home near Kooskia, one of 13 children. She attended schools in the Clear Creek/Kooskia area.
On March 8, 1946, she married her one great love, Ira R. (Bob) Hendren, who was serving in the U.S. Army. The couple had a daughter, Jeanne, later that year. In 1947, she and her infant daughter went via ship to join her husband in post-war Japan. After returning to Kooskia, they had three more children, Robert, James and Bonnie. During their 59-year marriage, they lived in the Kooskia area, with exception of a few years in Weippe, and Winnemucca, NV. For years prior to her husband's death, she assisted him in their recycling business.
Alice spent her life caring selflessly for her husband and children. She derived great joy from cooking for friends and family. She enjoyed gardening, growing flowers, canning, fishing and going to the casino. She treasured her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and a variety of nieces and nephews. She was recently able to enjoy a 90th birthday picnic attended by many of them.
Alice was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; brothers, Roy, Gene, Albert, Elmer, Joe, Frank, Walt, Fred, and Ray Keough; sisters Mae Manau, Ruth Lange and Mamie Kaufman. She is survived by her daughters, Bonnie Gill (spouse Sam) and Jeanne Laws; sons Bob Hendren (spouse Mary) and Jim Hendren; nine grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
At her request, there will be no funeral. Her ashes will be mixed with those of her husband and dispersed per her wishes by family this summer. Memorial suggestions include St. Joseph Regional Medical Center Hospice, Helping Hands (Kamiah), or an organization of choice.
Rest in peace, Mom. We will all miss you.
Albert Condrey, 85, born in Pierce
Albert Condrey passed away Thursday, May 1, 2014, surrounded by loved ones at Tri-State Memorial Hospital.
Albert was born Jan. 14, 1929, in Pierce, to Albert Kelly and Marguerite Condrey. He attended schools in Lewiston and was a veteran of the Korean War. He was on leave in Japan when he met the girl of his dreams. He returned to Japan and married Keiko in Kobe, Japan, in January 1954.
He worked for more than 40 years as a lumber grader at Potlatch. He attended church at Clarkston Assembly of God. He enjoyed reading his Bible and loved to pray for people.
Albert was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Keiko, of 58 years; sisters Ruby Price and Shirley Cook; and brother Kenny Reeves.
He is survived by his sister, Jean Leonard; children Mark Condrey, Donna Hoppe Browne and Angela Denny; numerous nieces and nephews; and seven grandchildren.
Funeral arrengements are being handled by Mountain View Funeral Home.
The family would like to thank Wedgewood Terrace and the Idaho State Veterans Home for their care and service.
Rulon Moon, 83
Rulon Moon, 83, husband of Charlotte Moon, of Clarkston, WA, passed away Thursday, May 1, 2014.
Rulon was born Sept. 14, 1930, in Fairfield, Idaho. He graduated from Camas High School in 1948 and served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, serving aboard the USS Helena. After his service duty, he married Maureen (Emma) Moon, who passed away in 1995. They moved their family from Idaho to the Olympia area in Washington in 1960, where he led a successful career in the lumber and sawmill business. He later married Charlotte White and resettled in the Lewiston-Clarkston area.
A person of high integrity and character, Rulon's family was an important, meaningful part of his life. Throughout his life, he enjoyed woodworking, rock collecting, jewelry making and studying history.
He leaves behind four children, Steve Moon (Holly) of Beaverton, Ore., Sandy Lee of Boise, Tammy Moon of Renton, Wash., and Kathi Decker (Mike) of Tumwater, Wash.; his stepchildren, John White (Allison) of Mount Vernon, Wash., Shanon Jones (Ray) of Orofino, George White (Lisa) of Morrison, Colo., Joe White (Michelle) of Lewiston and Mary Uhling (Mike) of Lewiston; his grandchildren, Frank, Kelly and Stacy Moon, Christopher and Brian Decker, Kirsten and Josh White, Nathan and Rachel Jones, Caidan and Benson White, Eric Sprenger, Lane, Lake and Luke White, Jenny, Jackie and Jessica Uhling; and two great-grandchildren. He will be missed by all.
A service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday St. James Catholic Church, 1519 Ripon Ave., Lewiston.
Debra Widmier, 50
Debra Widmier entered into heaven from a sudden illness April 30, 2014, at the age of 50.
She was born Debra Lynn Paul July 20, 1963, to Ralph and Sandy Paul in Grangeville. She grew up in surrounding areas and graduated from Lewiston High School in 1981. She went on to become a teacher for two years in Boise. She later returned to Lewiston, where she went to school to become a cosmetologist.
Debbie married the love of her life, David Widmier, July 16, 1988. They were soon blessed with three beautiful children, Levi, Anthony and Sabrina. Debbie worked in Lewiston as a beautician and then moved to Winchester, opening her own shop, Doo's by Debbie, in 2004. She loved all her clients very much.
She enjoyed the eight years she spent on the Highland School Board. She loved to do freehand art and painting, too. She did many crafts and art paintings for all her family and friends. She spent every year contacting and planning so her family could enjoy annual reunions and barbecues. She believed with all her heart to endure life, you had to have your family. She also enjoyed watching her grandbaby, Izzy. She did not have many regrets in life and spent every day loving those who were close to her. She was the most positive, loving, giving person we have ever known. Family was the most important thing to her, always putting her whole family's needs above her own. Even though she endured years of excruciating pain, she never complained. If Debbie ever thought you needed something, if she had it, it was yours. She loved to laugh, wore the prettiest smile and never let anyone leave without a hug. If she could say one last thing, it would be "Love each other with all your hearts because in the end that's all that will matter." She will be forever missed, and we'll all love her very much.
She is survived by her loving husband, David Widmier; her three children, Levi and Megan Widmier and her precious grandbaby, Izzy, Anthony Widmier and Sabrina Widmier; stepson, Courtney and Kristin Widmier of Mandeville, LA; father and mother, Ralph and Sandy Paul of Reubens; grandmother, Bea Phelps of Reubens; brothers and sisters-in-law, Tony and Dori Paul of Peck and Allen and Tina Paul of Lenore; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family.
She was preceded in death by her grandfather and grandmother, Clifford and Mildred Paul; great-grandmother, Jessie Olney; and stepson, Cyrus Widmier.
A memorial account has been set up at Cottonwood Community Credit Union in Craigmont under the name Deb Widmier.
A celebration of life will be at 1:30 p.m. May 17 at the Winchester Community Center, followed by a covered-dish dinner.
Steven C. Nygaard, 61, Orofino
Steven C. Nygaard, 61, Orofino, passed away April 21, 2014 at his home in Orofino.
He was born April 26, 1952.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Edith Clark Christensen, 89, Orofino
Edith (Clark) Christensen passed away at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino on Saturday, May 3, 2014. She died due to complications of a short illness and age. Edith was born on Feb. 21, 1925 in Blackfoot to parents, George Hammond and Louise (Parker) Clark. She met her future husband, Rexford Dewey Christensen, the day she was born when he and his mother walked down the street to visit newborn Edith and her mother. Edith spent her entire childhood and youth in Blackfoot and married Rex on Nov. 3, 1944 in the Salt Lake City, Utah Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Edith was a life-long member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in many church capacities particularly in the Relief Society program. She served with Rexford in the New Jersey, Morristown Mission. Later the couple served as ordinance workers in the Idaho Falls Temple.
Edith took great delight in baking bread and then sharing the beautiful loaves with neighbors, friends and those in need. She was known by friends and family as a great cook. No one left Edith's home hungry. She was known for her great acts of charity to others. Members of her family seldom, if ever, left her presence without hearing her say "We sure do love you." Edith also enjoyed reading the doctrinal and historical literature of her Church.
During her married life she and Rex moved frequently until they settled near Los Angeles, CA where Rex worked. The couple returned to their native home of Blackfoot in 1984; and subsequently moved to Orofino to be near family.
Edith was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; her daughter LaRae Call; her seven sisters, Hulda (Ezra Leland, "Lee") Nichols, Leah (Alvin Clarence) Nichols, Fern (Dean) McClellan, Daveen (Stanley Gould) Dye, Phyllis Empey (Chris Lorenzo) Poulson, Vera (Ellis Hughes) Oram, Ora (Dale Owen) Hardy; her two brothers, Howard George (Modine) Clark and Reed Parker Clark; grandson, Rick Douglas LeBaron, great-great grandson, Logan Isaac LeBaron and great-great granddaughter, Emary Acosta.
She is survived by son-in-law, Lynn Call of North Ogden, UT; daughter, Annette (Douglas Cleon) LeBaron of Orofino; son, Kevin Dewey (LeeAnn) Christensen of Twentynine Palms, CA; 16 grandchildren; 42 great grandchildren and ten great-great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 7, at 10 a.m. at the Orofino LDS Church building at 13610 Fremont Ave. A public viewing will take place at the church one hour prior to the services.
Lowell Nathan Hunter, 91, formerly of Orofino
Memorial service and Celebration of Life for Lowell Hunter, 91, will be held Wednesday, May 7, at 9 a.m. at the Idaho State Veterans' Home, 821 21st Ave. in Lewiston. A private family burial will follow at a later date at Weseman Cemetery near Orofino. The date had previously been listed in error.
Fred Arlan Day, 70, formerly of Weippe
On April 28, 2014, Fred Arlan Day passed away at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston from a sudden heart attack. He was surrounded by his loved ones. Fred was 70 years old.
Fred was born Dec. 24, 1943, to Winnie and Chester Day in Longview, WA. He was the fourth of five children. Fred was raised in California, the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley and Culdesac, where he graduated in 1961.
After high school, he worked out of Weippe as a logging truck driver for a short time before he enlisted in the U.S. Navy on Aug. 21, 1963, and served his country for six years. Fred received a Three Star Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and a National Defense Service Medal. He was stationed on board the USS Marion.
After his military service, Fred worked as a truck driver. In 1980, while hauling logs off of Mount St. Helens, he mentioned that it only took three logs to make one full load. Fred drove a logging truck in Alaska as well. Fred worked for DeAtley for many years. Illness forced him to retire in October of 2000. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, guns, playing cards, especially the Friday night pinochle games with Thelma and John Fales, and reading Western books. Landon Ahlers, his grandson, was the light of his life over the past three years. Fred was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the National Rifle Association.
Fred was married to Joan Swafford. The marriage ended in divorce in 1994.
On July 3, 2000, Verla Uptmor-Ahlers and Fred Day were married. They had 14 happy years together.
Survivors include his wife Verla Day; his mother, Winnie Day; brothers, Floyd Day of Clarkston and Wayne Day of Craigmont; sister. Lorraine Holder; brother-in-law, George Haskill; stepdaughter, Susan Swafford; stepsons, Jeff Ahlers and his wife Heather Ahlers, and Jeff Swafford. He is also survived by nine step grandchildren and five step great-grandchildren.
Fred was preceded in death by his father Chester; sister, Dorothy Haskill; his stepdaughter, Jane House; and stepson, Brian Swafford.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Merchant Funeral Home in Clarkston with viewing from 11 a.m. Friday until the time of service.
Burial will follow at the Keuterville Cemetery with Deacon Fred Schmidt officiating.