Clara Miller, 88, of Challis, passed away April 30, 2002 at her son's home in Challis, Idaho. She had been in declining health for the past few years.
She was born on November 21, 1913 in Edmonton Alberta, Canada which is near Lake Thelma, the second child of Robert and Katherine Retzler Ziglinski.
Her dad liked to travel and they journeyed to the United States when she was a small child. She recalled through many stories her early childhood as quite an adventuresome time as they traveled across the United States several times. They were in Oregon a few years, then New Jersey and back to Oregon, then back to New Jersey in their old Model T Ford. The family finally settled down on a small farm near Newberg, Oregon.
At the age of six, she started school at Mt. Angel's in Oregon. That is where she made her First Communion. She was very devout in her Catholic faith, and very honored to have made her First Communion at Mt. Angel's. She finished grammar school and at the age of 13 she started working, doing housework and cooking for different families to help meet the income of the family needs.
She met her husband of 30 years and they were married at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Newberg, Oregon on December 30, 1935. The young couple journeyed to California and settled down on a ranch in the Sutter Valley at Yuba City, California. To this union four children were born.
Hard, hard labor was very familiar to her. While raising a young family, she continued to work the ranch and also took on different seasonal jobs, thinning peaches in the peach orchards in the spring, working in the tomato fields in the summers and knocking almonds in the fall. In 1964 the ranch was sold and she moved into the town of Yuba City. In the late '60s she began working in the canneries in the area. She worked for Del Montes and then for Harters, where she continued to work until she retired in 1978.
She applied for United States citizenship and one of the happiest days of her life was when it was granted to her on December 16, 1968.
Two of her children moved from California after they were grown and she always made plans to visit each one once a year. She never missed a year of driving to Idaho to visit her son and his young growing family. She would take the bus though when going to Pennsylvania to visit her daughter and as Clara grew older she started flying back to Pennsylvania as the bus trip was too long for her.
During her retirement years, she started a "friendship garden" in her back yard. She cut out some trees, planted others and had masses of flowers to share with the entire neighborhood. Her whole back yard was planted with plants given to her at different times by all of her friends and she, in return, gave to other friends which truly made it a friendship garden.
Her health started to decline in 1996. She came to Challis February 12, 1997 to make her home with her son John and wife Charlotte. Her health improved and she spent her days in the flower beds. She shared flowers with everyone she met. She not only filled the Miller home with love, but also with flowers. Charlotte has counted over 100 large plants at different times growing in their home. In the summers, she kept the yard brilliant with all kinds of flowers and she loved sharing those flowers with all and especially she loved bringing bouquets to St. Louise Church for all to enjoy on Sundays.
She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers and one sister.
She made many friends in Challis and remained there until her passing on April 30, 2002. Those left to mourn her loss are one sister, Mary Ziglinski Berger of Wilsonville, OR; four children, Noreen (David) Miller Freeland of Marysville, CA, Joan Miller Moran of Sacramento, CA, John Joseph (Charlotte) Miller of Challis, Margaret Miller Shaw of Doylestown, PA; 12 grandchildren, Dennis (Brenda) Hively of Loma Rica, CA, Bruce Hively of Marysville, CA, Kathy Moran of Sacramento, CA, Michael (Wendy) Moran of Martinez, CA, Colleen (Bob) Moran Peters of Chico, CA, Mary Katherine (Jon) Miller Butler of Deary, Robert Charles (Renee) Miller of Boise, Helen Aileen Miller of Lacey, WA, James Bryant (Debra) Miller of Mesa, AZ, Carri Shaw (Russ) Daubert of Whitehall, PA, Ian (Jennifer) Shaw of Dublin, PA, Zachary (Bobbi) Shaw of PA. She also leaves 10 great-grand-children and two great-great-grandchildren she adored.
This last year she spent many days playing and enjoying her great-grandchildren and they were the joy of her later life. She leaves many nieces and nephews and lots of wonderful friends.
She was a member of St. Louise Catholic Church in Challis and also a member of the Challis Senior Citizens.
Funeral services were held Friday, May 3 at 1:30 p.m. with Fr. Arnold Miller of Jerome celebrating the funeral mass.
Two vocal songs, "In the Garden" and "I Hope There Will Be Pine Trees In Heaven," were sung by Nikki Doll accompanied by Patti Roybal and Arlene Nelson. A special song, "Jesus O Jesus," was sung by Barbara Walters. Readers were Aileen Chivers and Gerald Walters. The life sketch was given by Rosie Piotrowski and the prelude and postlude music by Charlotte Miller.
Pallbearers were Jon Butler, Dennis J. Hively, James B. Miller, Robert C. Miller, Michael Moran and Denis Piotrowski. Honorary pallbearers were Michael Cutler, Chuck Lowman, Albert Miller, Donald Miller, Frank O'Keefe, Malcolm A. Spooner and Gerald Walters. Flower girls were Mary K. Butler, Debra Miller, Helen A. Miller, Renee L. Miller, Kathy Moran, Wendy Moran, Colleen Peters and Brenda Hively. Honorary flower girls were Aileen Chivers, Cheryl Cutler, Netta Jones, Phyllis Lowman, Judie Miller, Barbara Walters and Marge Westergard.
Rosary was held at noon at the church and a viewing followed until time of services.
Burial took place in the Challis Cemetery
under the direction of the Jones & Casey Funeral Home of Salmon.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Louise Catholic Church, P.O. Box 572, Challis, Idaho; Challis Senior Citizens, Challis; or Hospice of Wood River Valley, P.O. Box 4320, Ketchum, ID 83340.
Rodney Duane Webb, 54, a resident of the Challis area, died May 1, 2002 in the Bannock Regional Medical Center following a massive heart attach.
Mr. Webb was born Nov. 29, 1947 at Blackfoot, Idaho, the son of Amos Duane Webb and Marjorie Faye Curtis Webb. He grew up in the Thomas/Pingree area of Bingham County, attending Rockford Elementary, Snake River Jr. High and High School and Aberdeen High School. While in high school, he joined and served in the Idaho National Guard.
He married Sandra Pfaff and they were later divorced. On May 30, 1997 he married Debra Powell in Riverton, Idaho. They lived at Aberdeen and Challis. While in Challis, he worked for the Challis Redi-Mix cement company as a driver. He was also active in the community serving as a EMS first responder and driver for the Challis Ambulance, a member and equipment officer of the Custer County Search & Rescue, a long standing American Legion in both Blackfoot and then Challis, and was a lifetime member of the Bingham County Mounted Sheriff's Posse. He loved the mountains, traveling, camping with his family and cars.
He is survived by his wife Debbie of Challis; children Kim (Amy) Beebe, Challis, David (Jennifer) Webb, Pocatello, Kelly Lynn Webb and Marjorie Daeline Webb, both of Fort Hall; step-children Joyce Nadyne Staley and Robert (Donna) Bates, both of Idaho Falls, Devin Patrick (Shelly) Bates, stationed with the Navy in Oak Harbor, WA, Bradley Wayne (Jodi) Bates, St. Anthony, Katherine Veneda Workman and Elizabeth Delynn Workman, both of Challis; his mother Marjorie of Sterling, ID; two sisters Coral LaDean (Richard) Montague, Salt Lake City, UT and Nancy Ann (Lynn) Smith, Portland, OR. There are also six grandchildren.
Funeral services were conducted Monday, May 6, 2002 in the Lakeview LDS Chapel in Springfield, ID. A celebration of his life will be held May 12, 2002 at the Challis Hot Springs from 12:00 noon until 6:00 p.m. At Rodney's request, he was cremated. Bidwell Funeral Home in St. Anthony are handling the arrangements.
Betty Jean Donahue Whitworth, 79, passed away April 9, 2002 at the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, due to complications following surgery.
She was born July 5, 1922 at Mackay, the oldest daughter of Dennie V. and Ella Hunter Donahue. Her family moved to Pahsimeroi Valley for a short time when Betty was four years old. They then returned to Mackay, where Betty grew up. She graduated from Mackay High School in 1939.
On May 5, 1939, she married a cowboy from Lava, George Whitworth. They were married in Salmon and lived their first years near Mackay. On their 12th wedding anniversary they moved to their Pahsimeroi Ranch. In 1992, they sold their ranch and moved to Challis.
Betty was a member of the St. Louise Catholic Church and a lifetime member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Mackay. The most notable of Betty's many achievements was her efforts in restoring the May Grange Hall. She was a 4-H leader for many years and loved being involved with children. She was also a charter member of the Salmon River Cowbelles for whom she served at nearly all local levels and was historian and auditor for the State Cowbelles Association.
Some of Betty's hobbies were reading, sewing, gardening, cooking and writing poems. She had a great love for her children and their families and enjoyed traveling to their many activities.
Betty is survived by three daughters, Kathleen (McGee) Latimer, Jeanne (Roy) Ellis of Ellis, Joanne Pederson of Challis; nine grandchildren, Dennis (Laurie) Latimer, Bruce Latimer, Jack (Allicyn) Latimer, Kathy (John) Piva, David Ellis, George (Kristy) Ellis, Graydon (Tina) Pederson, Shanna Pederson and Judd Pederson. She is also survived by 15 great-grandchildren: ZhohnAnn, BreeAnn and Kaden Piva, Stephanie and Drew Latimer, Kaleb Latimer, Chaeney, Kadie and Paige Latimer, Logan and Madison Ellis, Bryant Sullivan, Angus, Marigwen and JoAnna Campbell. Also two brothers, Buddy (Donna) Donahue, Terrence (Carol) Donahue of Mackay, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George Whitworth, an infant son, Timothy and son George Dennis, parents Dennie and Ella Hunter Donahue, sister Kathleen, nephews Gerald Whitworth, Bobby Donahue and Bill Barrett, brother-in-law Jack Whitworth, sister-in-law Jerry Whitworth, son-in-law Chuck Pederson.
Funeral services were held Saturday at the Mackay High School Auditorium with Father Alan Cox officiating with burial at Mt. McCaleb Cemetery
in Mackay under the direction Simpson-Marvel Memorial Chapel. The family suggests those desiring may make memorial donations to the American Legion Auxiliary, Challis Wrestling Team Fund, Challis High School Wrestling Scholarship or the M.S. Society.
Margaret "Toots" Hutchens
Margaret Marie "Toots" Hutchens passed away on April 15, 2002 at her home with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren at her side.
She was born April 30, 1932 at the family home on the East Fork of the Salmon River, the daughter of Jake and Della (Giampedraglia) Leuzinger. At the age of five, the family moved to a ranch on the Salmon River where she was raised and attended school in Clayton and Challis. After graduating in 1950 she attended secretarial school in Pocatello.
In December 1951 she married Mark McCurry in Blackfoot. To this union she had three children. She was later divorced and in November 1959 she married Gene Hutchens in Pocatello, making their home in the Challis area. To this union, she gained four step-children.
She spent many, many years employed as a bus driver and cook. In the early 1970s they moved to Alask§a where she worked for an electrical contractor. In 1976 they returned to Custer County where they built a home on the Salmon River. Her beloved husband of 29 years passed away in February 1988. She continued to live in their home until the time of her death.
Margaret was a member of the Eastern Star Florence Chapter 79. She enjoyed picnics, fishing and playing cards with family and friends.
She is survived by her children Ron (Sherry) McCurry, Cindy (Dennis) James, Vickie Fleming (Steve Cutler), four grandchildren, Jake, Jill, Curt, Margaret and three great-grandchildren, Chaz, Skyler and Brandyn. Also surviving are two brothers, Clarence (Marilyn) Leuzinger and Doyle (Judi) Leuzinger and four step-children, Jerri, Tom, Pam and Jean, with several step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren and numerous other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Gene and her parents.
Funeral services were held Thursday, April 18.
Adella Rachel Ramsay
Adella Rachel Ramsay, 94, died March 31, 2002 at the Discovery Care Centre in Salmon, Idaho.
She was born March 18, 1908 in Kanesville, Utah to Charles L. and Elizabeth Ann Starkey White. She received her education in Ogden, Utah and worked in and around Salt Lake City, as a young lady, living in the Beehive House.
April 4, 1930, Adella was married to Edgar A. Ramsay of Evanston, Wyoming. She and Edgar were blessed with two children, Loretta Marjorie and Keith Alan.
Adella was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was an asset to her family and the community of Challis.
Survivors include her daughter Loretta (Dick) Bruno of Challis and son Keith (Violeta Marting Munz) of McMinnville, Oregon; granddaughter, Jan (Dave) Anderson of Richlands, North Carolina; grandsons, Bruce (Debra) Bruno, Dale (Susan) Bruno both of Challis; Odyssus Ramsay of McMinville, Oregon. Great-grand-children include Mike (Mindy) Bruno, Challis; Eric (Stephanie) Anderson of Moscow; Mark Bruno of Challis; Erin (Jason) Kokinda of Aden, North Carolina; Breck Ann and Bailey Bruno of Challis. Great-great grandchildren include Carston Anderson of Moscow, Vanessa and Kade Bruno, Challis and Jason Kokinda of Aden, North Carolina.
She is preceded in death by her husband Edgar A. Ramsay, her father Charles Lorenzo White, mother Elizabeth Ann Starkey White, brothers Joseph Charles, Rudger John, William Henry, Alice Elizabeth, Frances Lorenzo, Wallace Walter, Albert Moroni, Morris Starkey, Ruby Jane Starkey, Becky Bruno.
Graveside services were held at the Challis Cemetery
on April 4 with Mike Hanson conducting. Mike also gave the welcome, opening prayer and the life sketch. Clyde Rigby gave the closing prayer and dedicated the grave. Burial was in the Challis Cemetery
under the direction of Jones & Casey Funeral Home, Salmon.
Rex Calvin Andrews
Rex Calvin Andrews, 78, passed away at the Steele Memorial Hospital April 4, 2002.
He was born September 3, 1923 in Teton, the first child of Ernest and Fay Poulson Andrews.
Rex began school at Bernice and then the family moved to Howe, where he continued school until fourth grade. When that school closed he was sent to live with his grandmother Andrews in Newdale. She was a loving grandmother but very strict. Rex soon became very homesick, which made him lose interest in his school work and was eventually sent home where he had to repeat the fourth grade.
While the family lived at Kilgore it was Rex's job to get the milk cows to pasture on an island, which meant fording the river twice a day on his horse.
After these years, the family relocated to the Pahsimeroi Valley where they raised sheep and cattle. During this time Rex, his sister and two brothers rode horse back to school in Hooper, where sometimes the temperatures dropped to 50 degrees below zero. When it was too cold they were driven to school. Rex attended high school in Challis where he met his lifelong sweetheart, Mary Millick. After graduation in 1942 they were married on May 18 in Salmon at the courthouse. They spent their first night of marriage tending Rex's siblings while his parents spent the night in Salmon.
On October 3, 1943 they became the proud parents of a baby boy, Melvin William. Eight and a half years later they were blessed with a baby girl, Sandra Fay on May 27, 1952.
Rex and Mary lived and ranched at Pahsimeroi until the fall of 1943 when they moved to Tendoy and ranched with his parents. In 1949 they moved to the 17-mile ranch where they lived for 20 years. For the next 20 years they leased the McDevitt Creek Ranch at Tendoy. During this time Rex and Mary purchased the Ruley Ziegler Ranch at 17-mile, where they moved, and leased the ranch portion of the property to Melvin and Martha. Rex then went to work for the Forest Service until he retired. In 1993 Rex and Mary sold the ranch and bought a home in Salmon where they have resided since.
Rex is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mary, his son Melvin (Martha) Andrews and his daughter Sandra (Tom) Udy, two brothers Gail (Louise) and Boyd (Lorna), and two sisters Goldie (Rinaldo) Jenson and LaRae (Jerry) Dance. Also surviving are five grandchildren, Jennifer Andrews Rosin, Amy Andrews Sikes, Julie Andrews Summers, Gregory Rex Udy and Twyla Udy Williams and nine great-grandchildren along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Rex will be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandpa. He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered.
Funeral services were held Monday, April 8 at the Salmon Elks Lodge with Fr. Bob Perry officiating. Two songs were sung, "Silver Haired Daddy Of Mine" and "Goin' Home" by Lianne Ames accompanied by Janna Herbst. Jerry Dance gave the eulogy. A harmonica medley of songs was played by Jeff Summers. Pallbearers were Greg Udy, Curt Rosin, Gary Sikes, Jeff Summers, Glen Goulet and Larry Andrews. Honorary pallbearers were Chic Farro, Bob Cope, Bill Hildreth, Douglas Basford, Charles Wing and Luther Phillips.
Burial was in the Salmon Cemetery
under the direction of the Jones & Casey Funeral Home, Salmon.