Miscellaneous Nez Perce County, Idaho
Obituaries - 1998


Leila A. Johson, 84, Colfax area farmer
TEKOA -- Leila A. Johnson, a longtime Colfax resident, died of congestive heart failure Saturday at the Tekoa Care Center. She was 84. 
She was born March 4, 1913, at Central Ferry to William and Ada Morris Hastings. She attended a country school in Central Ferry. She was a boarder in Pomeroy while she attended Pomeroy High School, graduating in 1931. 
She married Ellery Johnson Nov. 27, 1932, at Pomeroy. They moved to a farm between Colfax and Pullman, where they spent their married life. 
Her husband died in 1980, she remained at the farm until 1989. 
She was a member of the Colfax Methodist Church, the Rebekah Lodge and a life member of the Ewartsville Grange. 
She enjoyed reading, learning, flowers, her rose garden and her family. 
Her survivors include two sons, Donald Lee Johnson of Bainbridge Island, Wash., and James George Johnson of Norco, Calif.; two daughters, Linda Leila Johnson of Maple Valley, Wash., and Virginia Ada Freeman of Kennewick; 14 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. 
Besides her husband she was preceded in death by a son, Robert Ellery Johnson, two brothers and a sister. 
Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Colfax First United Methodist Church with the Rev Don Shipley officiating. Burial will follow at the Colfax Cemetery. 
Bruning Funeral Home of Colfax is in charge of arrangements. 

Estella M. Bain, 76, longtime of Harvard
PRINCETON -- A funeral for Estella Mary Bain, a longtime Harvard resident, will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Princeton Nazarene Church in Princeton, followed by burial at Mendenhall Cemetery outside of Onaway. 
The Rev. Don Weber of the Rathdrum Methodist Church will officiate. 
Bain died of cancer Monday at Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur d'Alene at the age of 76. 
She was born Oct. 14, 1921, to Edward Thomas and Gladys Hemmelman Gilmore in Hampton, Idaho. She grew up and attended school in the Princeton-Harvard area and graduated from Potlatch High School. 
She worked as a housekeeper and cook at area farms. 
She married Charles Harris Bain Nov. 18, 1942, in Princeton. They lived in the Harvard area and she became a full-time homemaker. 
She was a member of the Harvard Ladies Aid and a volunteer with the American Cancer Society. 
Her hobbies were quilting, cooking and the outdoors. 
Survivors include her son, Doug Bain of Rathdrum; two sisters, Medine Leef of Harvard and Margaret Burris of Bucoda, Wash.; one grandson; one stepgranddaughter; and a great-grandson. 
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1988 and three brothers, Mert Gilmore, Harvey Gilmore and Tom Gilmore. 
Visitation will be at Short's Funeral Chapel in Moscow from 2 to 9 p.m. today. 

Gwendolyn Cochrane, 86, retired medical secretary
Gwendolyn W. Cochrane, a former medical secretary and area homemaker, died of causes related to age Monday at Sycamore Glen in Clarkston. She was 86. 
She was born May 9, 1911, to Franklin and Nadine Dwyer Weber at Miller, S.D. She played basketball for and graduated from Miller High School and attended Yankton College at Yankton, S.D. 
After college she moved to Minneapolis, Minn., and worked as a medical secretary. 
She married Allen M. Cochrane Aug. 25, 1940. The couple moved to Chicago, where she worked as a medical secretary and he finished medical school. She lived in Denver, Colo., while he served with the U.S. Army during World War II. After his discharge they moved to Aspen, Colo., and then to Iowa. 
The family moved to Moscow in 1964 and she worked as a secretary for the University of Idaho Law School. She was also a housemother for the Delta Chi fraternity and a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority. 
The family moved to Lewiston in 1972 when her husband took over Eugene Baldeck's medical practice and she volunteered at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center's gift shop. 
The couple belonged to the Clarkston Country Club and she enjoyed reading, playing bridge, golf and gardening. She was a member of the Church of the Nativity (Episcopal) in Lewiston and in earlier years taught Sunday School and was active with Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. 
Her survivors include two sons, Dennis R. Cochrane of Moscow and Allen M Cochrane Jr. of Lewiston; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1991, a brother, Edward Weber, and a sister, Jeanette Howell. 
Cremation has taken place and there will be no service. 
The family suggests memorials be sent to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center Home Health Hospice, P.O. Box 816, Lewiston 83501.

Pina G. Stanford, 84, longtime of Greer
OROFINO -- A graveside service for Pina Geneva Stanford, 84, is scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday at Riverside Cemetery with Rev. Phil Bonner of Orofino Tabernacle Church officiating. 
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino. 
Stanford died of respiratory arrest Monday at her granddaughter's home in San Luis Obispo, Calif.. 
She was born Nov. 26, 1913, to Thomas and Rose Bolon at Deer Park, Wash. She was raised in Greer. 
She married Tex Stanford March 18, 1935, in Spokane. He died Aug. 12, 1965. 
She was a homemaker for most of her life and enjoyed fishing, camping, spending time outdoors and traveling. She also spent time reading and crocheting. 
She had lived in Greer the last 20 years. 
She belonged to the Bluebell Rebekahs' Lodge No. 72 of Orofino, the VFW Auxiliary 3296 and the Homehoppers Homemakers Club. 
She is survived by two sons, Oscar Carl Stanford of Murray, Utah, and Paul L. Stanford of Washougal, Wash.; three daughters, Nova Lee Thorton of Greer, Stella R. Whipple of Quincy, Calif., and Melinda Souders of Pierce; a sister, Catherine Gilmore; 21 grandchildren; and 34 great-grandchildren. 
A son, Tex B. Stanford, three brothers and two sisters died previously. 
The family suggests memorials may be sent to the Cal-Poly Fund in memory of Pina G. Stanford, California Poly-Technical State University, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Heron Hall, San Luis Obispo, CA 93407. 

Terry D. Slagowski, 35, formerly of Lewiston
VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Terry Dee Slagowski, 35, a former truck driver in the Lewiston area, died at his home here Feb. 3 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. 
He was born March 25, 1962, to Arthur Dee and Lane Slagowski at Murray, Utah. 
He attended schools in Draper, Utah, and was a 1981 graduate of Draper High School. He attended Lewis-Clark State College in 1992. 
He was married to Kelley Watkins. The marriage ended in divorce. 
He was married to Laurel Music. That marriage also ended in divorce. 
He then married Debbie Baker Feb. 14, 1996. 
Survivors in addition to his wife include two sons, Justin Slagowski of Utah and Seth Kornoely of Lewiston; his father and stepmother, Arthur and Launa Slagowski of Draper; one brother, Todd Slagowski of Draper; a sister, Diane Slagowski of Draper; and five stepbrothers. 
Services were held in Vancouver Saturday. 

Joseph B. Mitchell, 62, Lewiston truck driver
Joseph Brack Mitchell, 62, a self-employed owner-operator truck driver, died of cancer Sunday at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. 
He was born June 16, 1935, to Max Warren and Elizabeth Jones Mitchell at Quesnel, British Columbia, Canada. 
He married Nolia Ankrun at Salmon. That marriage ended in divorce. 
He married Darby Mitchell June 4, 1968, at Las Vegas. 
He hauled grain in his own truck between Montana and Idaho for many years. In his earlier years he was a miner and construction worker. 
He is survived by his wife at the family home in Lewiston; five sons, Gary Mitchell of Arlee, Mont., John Mitchell of Henderson, Nev., Dennis Mitchell of Frenchtown, Mont., Daryl Mitchell of Vulcan, Alberta, Canada, and Bill Mitchell of Juliaetta; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. 
His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home in Lewiston with the Rev. Steve Taulbee of Lewiston officiating. 

Margaret Huffman, 76, native of Southwick
GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- Margaret Huffman, 76, a Southwick native, died of cancer and congestive heart failure Sunday at her home here. 
She was born at Southwick on her grandfather's homestead Feb. 23, 1921, to Harold and Blanch Hoffman Whitinger. 
She attended area schools and then worked various jobs in Lewiston. 
She married William Huffman Oct. 24, 1938, at Lewiston. 
They moved to Grants Pass in 1939. Her husband died March 12, 1990. 
She was a retired secretary, having worked for several businesses in Grants Pass. 
She was a member of the Faith Baptist Church at Grants Pass. 
She is survived by two sons, James and Paul of Grants Pass; four grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and a brother, James Whitinger of Southwick. 
A brother, Ray Whitinger, preceded her in death. 
Services are pending with the Hull and Hull Funeral Home at Grants Pass. 

Phil R. Matchey, 88, retired from railroad
Phil R. Matchey, a retired railroad worker, died of causes related to age Monday at Sun River Care and Rehabilitation in Lewiston. He was 88. 
He was born Feb. 5, 1910, to Thomas P. and Mary E. Wiench Matchey at the family home in Hale Township, Trempleau County, Wis. He attended schools there, leaving Wisconsin in his late teens. 
He married Birgit E. Rutgerson Oct. 7, 1937, at Jamestown, N.D. They made their home there. He worked as a carman, welder and on the wrecking crew for the Northern Pacific Railroad. 
During World War II he worked at the U.S. Munitions Depot in Denver. 
In 1960 they moved to Topeka, Kan., where he worked for the Santa Fe Railroad until his retirement in 1975. At that time they moved to a small farm near Juliaetta. They raised pheasants and grouse for the Idaho Fish and Game Department. 
His wife died Feb. 2, 1981. 
He moved to Lewiston in 1993. 
He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Lapwai and since moving to Lewiston has been a member of St. James Catholic Church. He was also a life member of the National Rifle Association, the Knights of Columbus, the Eagles and the Brotherhood of Railway Carmen of America. 
His hobbies included fishing, hunting, camping and traveling. 
His survivors include a son, Edwin T. Matchey of Lewiston; two daughters, Romelle R. Manske of Lewiston and Phyllis M. Zentner of Topeka; two sisters, Monica Liley of Boise and Verna Steen of Hettinger, N.D.; a brother, Laddie Matchey of Independence, Wis., 12 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren. 
He was preceded in death by a son, Robert E. Matchey; two brothers, Andrew Matchey and Dominic Matchey; three sisters, Katheryn Matchey, Carolyn Matchey and Clara Quackenbush; and two grandsons. 
There will be a recitation of the rosary Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home in Lewiston. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday at 10 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church. The Rev. William Crowley of St. James will be the celebrant. 
Burial will be at St. Margaret's Cemetery in Buchanan, N.D., Monday at 10 a.m. The rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Daly Peterson-Lisco Funeral Chapel in Jamestown.

Carol (Maggi) Wyatt Sullivan, 60, salon owner
Carol Marguerite (Maggi) Wyatt Sullivan, a former beauty salon owner and operator, died of complications of cancer Sunday at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. She was 60. 
She was born March 8, 1938, to Edgar and Julia Ette Bacon Wyatt at Pomeroy. 
She was raised in Clarkston and graduated in 1956 from Clarkston High School. She was the Banana Belt Queen and May Queen in 1956. 
She graduated from Cleo's Beauty School at Lewiston. She managed the Pink Poodle salon and then opened her own salon, The Glamor Trap, in 1974. 
She was an Avon consultant and coordinator for 15 years and received numerous awards. 
After she was diagnosed with cancer in 1980 she closed her salon and focused her energies on Avon and helping others. She also participated in the American Cancer Society's Walk For Life. 
She was a member of the First Church of God and the Moose and Eagles lodges, all in Clarkston. She loved her family and spent a lot of time with her nephews Toby and Bryce Wyatt, who were like her own children. She also enjoyed traveling, gardening and fishing. 
Her survivors include a brother, James Wyatt of Clarkston. 
Her memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the First Church of God at Clarkston. The Rev. Dale Johnson of Clarkston will officiate. 
Memorials may be gifts to the church or the Eagles Lodge building fund at Clarkston. 
Malcom's Brower-Wann Memorial Chapel in Lewiston is handling arrangements. 

Ruth Webb Hill, 80, retired teacher
Ruth Lenore Webb Hill, a former teacher and Clarkston resident, died Monday of causes related to age at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. She was 80. 
She was born Oct. 7, 1917, to William Thomas and Marian Elelyn Acly Webb at Chenango Forks, N.Y. 
She graduated from high school in Afton, N.Y. She received a bachelor's degree from California State University at San Jose and a master's degree from the University of Santa Clara at Santa Clara, Calif. 
She married Guy Hill May 10, 1935, at Bainbridge, N.Y. They lived at Schenectady, N.Y., from 1937 to 1948. They then moved to Richland, Wash., and lived there until 1955. They lived at San Jose from 1955 to 1977. 
She was a teacher in San Jose. 
She had lived in Clarkston since 1978. 
She was an active member of the Church of the Nativity (Episcopal) in Lewiston, and Chapter DM, PEO and Organization X in Clarkston. She played bridge and enjoyed reading, needlework and had a lifelong interest in natural history. 
Her survivors include two sons, W. David Hill of San Jose and Robert E. Hill of Clarkston; a sister, Roberta Nickerson of Afton; and two grandsons. 
She was preceded in death by her husband in July 1996; and a daughter, Virginia Hill Desmond. 
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Church of the Nativity (Episcopal) in Lewiston. The Rev. John K. Dempsey of the church will officiate. Inurnment will be at the church. 
The family suggest memorials to the Church of the Nativity (Episcopal), 731 Eighth Ave., Lewiston 83501 or Organization X, in care of Doris Goodnow, 923 16th St., Clarkston. 
Merchant Funeral Home in Clarkston is in charge of arrangements.

Steve Shelton, 40, resident of Orofino
OROFINO -- Steve Shelton, an Orofino video store clerk, died of pneumonia Sunday at Clearwater Valley Hospital here. He was 40. 
He was born Feb. 24, 1958, to James and Marge Myers Shelton at Huntington Park, Calif. He moved with his family to Boise when he was a teen-ager. 
He earned his General Education Development certificate and attended one year of college. 
Later he moved to the Pierce area. He worked for Potlatch Corp. from 1978 to 1991. 
He married Laurie Ely June 6, 1981, in Pierce. In 1983 they moved to Orofino. After leaving Potlatch he went into construction work. Most recently he worked at Video Flicks in Orofino. 
He enjoyed driving heavy equipment, watching and recording videos and taking care of his fish, plants, flowers and his two dogs. 
His survivors include his wife at the family home in Orofino; two daughters, Shelby Shelton and Jennifer Dunaway, both of Orofino; his mother, Marge Myers of Pierce; two sisters, Linda Hicks of Yorba Linda, Calif., and Gale Candler of Fontana, Calif.; a brother, Danny Shelton of Washington; two stepsisters, Nancy Troy of Boise and Judy Klinchuch of Nampa; and two stepbrothers, Roger Myers of Eagle, Idaho, and Don Myers of Nampa. 
His memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino. The Rev. Phil Bonner of Orofino will officiate. 

Jack M. Smith, 68, of Grangeville and Riggins
GRANGEVILLE -- Jack M. Smith, a longtime resident of Grangeville and Riggins, died of cancer Friday at the Idaho County Nursing Home here. He was 68. 
He was born Jan. 6, 1930, to Eva Frances and Clarance Lee Smith at Olathe, Kan. 
He married Lola Maybell Eaken Feb. 15, 1950, at Paola, Kan. She died July 27, 1976. 
He made a living at various jobs such as trapping and working at an ice house. He was a registered nurse at the Kansas State Institution and later worked for Union Pacific and Sante Fe Railroad. 
He worked on farms in Kansas, Montana and Nebraska during harvest seasons. He was also a foreman of the Inglewood Park Cemetery and later was promoted to superintendent manager of the Skyline Memorial Park Cemetery in California, and was a U.S. deputy marshal. After moving to Idaho, he became a logger. 
He enjoyed making knives, doing woodwork and building boats. He also liked fishing, hunting and spending time with family and friends. 
He is survived by four daughters, Eva Werline and Suzanna Lowry, both of White Bird, Karlene Burman of Burns, Ore., and Bonnie Paul of Grangeville; two sons, Zack Smith of Grangeville and Jamie Smith of Odessa, Texas; and 11 grandchildren. 
No service is planned, at his request. 

Ernest Andrews, 85, farmed on American Ridge
A memorial service for Ernest Andrews of Moscow will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Malcom's Brower-Wann Memorial Chapel in Lewiston. The Rev. Dean Stewart of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Moscow will officiate. 
Andrews, a retired Kendrick farmer, died Friday of causes related to age at the Latah Health Services Nursing Home at Moscow. He was 85. 
He was born May 9, 1913, to William E. and Daisy A. Winegar Andrews at Hermes, Colo. He grew up in the Burlington, Colo. area and attended school there. 
In 1936 he moved to Lewiston and worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps for one year. He married Rena F. Hill July 1, 1937. 
He continued to work in the Lewiston area as a carpenter until 1953, when he moved his family to Kendrick to farm and ranch on American Ridge. He retired in 1983 and moved to Moscow. 
His wife died April 14, 1994. 
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and spending time with family and friends. He was a member of the Elks, Eagles and Moose lodges, Palouse Clearwater Search and Rescue, Moscow Eagles Camper Club and Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Moscow. 
He is survived by two daughters, Norma Crocker of Spalding and Evelyn Russell of Kent, Wash.; a son, Wesley L. Andrews of Moscow; a sister, Valda Andrews of Lewiston; a brother, Bud Andrews of Eugene, Ore.; eight grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren. 
A son, Monte C. Andrews, and five brothers died previously. 
Memorials may be sent to Palouse Clearwater Search and Rescue in care of Latah County Sheriff's Department at Moscow or the Elks Rehabilitation Hospital, P.O. Box 1100, Boise, 83701.

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