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  • Patricia Ruth (nee Clute) Conrath

    Updated Dec 28, 2023

    It is with great sadness to announce that our sweet mother and grandmother, Patricia Ruth Conrath, 97, passed away peacefully Saturday afternoon, Dec. 16, 2023. Patricia Ruth was born in St. Maries, Idaho, on Sept. 11, 1926, to William E. and Laurina (Larson) Clute. She was one of seven children and the family lived in Emida, Idaho, for 10 years before moving to Cheney, Wash. in 1936, where she resided until her death. Patricia Ruth went through school in Cheney, then married... Full story

  • Kathryn Lenora Shields

    Updated Dec 28, 2023

    Kathryn "Kathy" Lenora Shields was born in Lamont, Wash. to Katherine (Irene Kelly) and Cleo R. Thompson. She passed away peacefully in her sleep, surrounded by family Dec. 13, 2023, after complications from a fall at age 90. Kathy moved numerous times in her childhood, until her family settled in Four Lakes, Wash. She graduated from Cheney High School and attended Eastern Washington College (now known as Eastern Washington University). In 1955, she married William "Bill"... Full story

  • Lorraine McMillan

    Updated Dec 21, 2023

    Lorraine McMillan, born Feb. 3, 1928, in Spokane, Wash., passed away peacefully in her home the morning of Dec. 5, 2023. Lorraine grew up on the dairy farm her parents owned near Four Lakes, Wash. She was married to high school chum and neighbor Ted McMillan in 1945. They continued farming with E.F. McMillan and sons, eventually on their own with wheat, dairy, and beef cattle. It was a busy life, raising 4 children, Steve, Carol, Dave, and Judy. Lorraine was an excellent... Full story

  • Shirley Gay (Myrick )Miller

    Updated Dec 14, 2023

    Shirley Gay (Myrick) Miller was born to Don and Billie Myrick in Stanford, Mont., on Aug. 2, 1939. She passed away suddenly Dec. 4, 2023, with complications from recent heart issues. Shirley was the third of five children born to the Myrick family. She was predeceased by her brother, William (he died before she was born); her mom and dad; and sisters, Margaret Schlimmer and Carol Greenwalt. She is survived by her sister, Midge Warrington of Great Falls; daughters, Tamara... Full story

  • Claude Nichols

    Updated Nov 16, 2023

    Claude Nichols, a well-known professor of History at Eastern Washington University passed away Nov. 5, 2023 in Spokane, Wash. at the age of 93. Claude Woodson Nichols, Jr. ("Nick") was born Oct. 6, 1930 in Reno, Nev., the son of Augusta Curler and Claude Woodson Nichols, Sr. and the grandson of early Nev. pioneers. Claude was an active youth, learning to hunt waterfowl and fly-fish with his "Pop" in the lakes, rivers and streams of the area. He even learned to tie his own... Full story

  • Kenneth O. (Kenny) Laughlin

    Updated Nov 16, 2023

    Kenneth O. (Kenny) Laughlin passed away at home, after a long illness, on Oct. 28, 2023. He was 75. Kenny was born the 5th of 6 children on Feb. 29, 1948 in Massillon, OH. His parents were Sylvester and Helen O'Donnell Laughlin. He attended St. Barbara's Elementary School and Tuslaw High School in Ohio. Starting in 1968 Ken spent the next 26 years living in Ariz. Construction jobs included highways in northern Ariz., Central Arizona Project canals, and swimming pools in the... Full story

  • James Phelps

    Updated Oct 19, 2023

    James (Jim) Phelps passed away peacefully at Cheney Care Center on Oct. 15, 2023 at the age of 79. He grew up in Jennings, Louisiana. He was predeceased by Herman and Amy Laidlaw Phelps. Survived by wife of 43 years Karen and by his sister Mrytle Garrett, and her family, Dale Garrett and Sheri McLain and other nieces and nephews in Louisiana, and niece Verona Doyle and her family CJ and Jason Doyle and other nieces and nephews in Alaska and Oregon. No services to be held at...

  • Gertrude Moe

    Updated Oct 5, 2023

    Gertrude (Glines) Moe, a long-time resident of the Amber community, passed away on Sept. 27, two months after celebrating her 101st birthday. She was born in Kansas on July 21, 1922, and her family moved to Washington State when she was a young girl. She married Leslie Moe in 1940, and they moved to Amber when he was employed by the railroad. They had two children, Ruth and Ron, who attended Amber School, where Gertrude prepared hot lunch for the students for a number of... Full story

  • Kimberlee Kay Williams

    Updated Sep 28, 2023

    After a valiant two-year battle with ovarian cancer, Kimberlee Kay Williams passed peacefully on July 24, 2023, in Cheney, Wash. with family by her side. Kimberlee was born in Reno, Nev. on Nov. 9, 1963, to Thomas and Charlese (Rupley) Davidson. She spent her childhood in Winnemucca, Nev. and graduated from Albert Lowry High School in 1982. Blessed with height and athleticism, she was a member of the Lady Buckaroos' volleyball and basketball teams. She also played softball... Full story

  • Lawrence Alan Jones

    Updated Sep 21, 2023

    Lawrence Alan Jones went to Heaven on Sept. 3, 2023. He passed away from liver disease surrounded by his loved ones. Larry was born in June 1960 at Carswell FIFB, Texas to Colonel Charles "Dave" and Margaret Jones. He arrived with his family at FAFB in September 1972 and lived the rest of his life one mile west of FAFB. Larry graduated in 1978 from Medical Lake High School. As a student at MLHS, he played drums, was a guard on the football team, a member of the golf team, and... Full story

  • Juanita (Wannie) Hagel

    Updated Sep 14, 2023

    Juanita (Wannie) Hagel: A Life Well-Lived and Cherished Juanita Elizabeth Hagel, affectionately known as "Wannie," gracefully departed from this world on Aug. 22, 2023, surrounded by cherished loved ones. She was born on June 23, 1941, to Isabel and Leo Rohner, taking her place as the eldest among 12 siblings. Wannie's life was one rich with family, love, and a deep connection to the world around her. Wannie's journey through life was defined by her role as a loving mother... Full story

  • David Berne Barnard

    Updated Sep 7, 2023

    David Berne Barnard passed away on Aug. 28, 2023, shortly after reaching his goal of celebrating his 100th birthday. He was the 2nd of 3 children born to Burton and Dorris Barnard. He graduated from Reardan High School in 1942 and entered military service in 1943. He served in Italy, France, and Germany, including the Anzio Landing, the Southern France Landing and up to Berlin with the Army Combat Engineer Corps. He was honorably discharged in November of 1945 and married his...

  • CLARK MESSEX

    Updated Aug 31, 2023

    Clark Leland Messex, 85, peacefully passed away Aug. 21, 2023, in Spokane, Wash. Clark was born in Missoula, Mont, Aug. 31, 1937, to Leland C. and Gladys (Reinhardt) Messex. Clark joined his beloved big brother, Curtis, who introduced him to the thrills of flying and joys of fishing. Clark served in the United States Air Force for 20 years as an Electronic Warfare Officer flying on B-52Ds, and retired as a Major in 1981. Clark married Judith (Frankland), the love of his life,... Full story

  • Gerry Lynn Holdway

    Updated Aug 17, 2023

    Gerry Lynn Holdway beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, and grandmother went to be with the Lord on Aug. 3rd, 2023 after battling cancer. She was born to Thomas Simonton and Mary Jean Bell in Pendleton, Ore. on Feb. 27, 1947. She married Doyle Max Holdway of Springfield, Missouri on Feb. 19, 1965. They moved their family to Spokane, Wash. in 1978 and lived on the South Hill until their retirement. In 2005, they moved to Medical Lake, Wash., where they built a new home....

  • Joan (Eaman) Daugherty

    Updated Jul 27, 2023

    Joan (Eaman) Daugherty Feb. 10, 1922 - June 29, 2023 Joan (pronounced Joann) passed away June 29, 2023. She was born Feb. 10, 1922 in Garden City, Kan. She was a depression era child whose father lost his ranch causing the family to move to town. This experience instilled a lifelong, strong work ethic and a belief in the importance of moderation. Joan was to have the remarkable blessing of her grandparents living close by. The middle of three children, Joan had an older... Full story

  • Gary Leroy Descombaz

    Updated Jul 6, 2023

    Gary Leroy Descombaz Sept. 23, 1939 – June 18, 2023 Gary Leroy Descombaz was born in Pierre, S.D. September 23, 1939 and went home to be with the Lord on June 18, 2023. He was a beloved husband, brother, dad, and papa and will be missed dearly. His family takes comfort in knowing that he is now free of pain and in the arms of his Savior. He was married to his darling wife, Pauline for 52 years and together they raised a blended family. They joined daughter Roxanne Wright, s... Full story

  • Rick Prentice

    Updated Jul 6, 2023

    Rick Prentice Jan.17, 1955 – June 24, 2021 Rick Prentice, aka the master fisherman of Fish Lake just outside of Cheney, Wash., passed away on June 24th, 2021, at the age of 66 from pancreatic cancer. Rick was quite the character - he was creative, kind, generous, and funny around family and his fishing buddies. He had a great sense of humor and was always cracking jokes. He was also a maintenance worker at Spokane Airport, where he made sure the planes could take off and l... Full story

  • Yolanda "Carol" Sanders

    Updated Jul 6, 2023

    Yolanda “Carol” Sanders May 8, 1953 – March 21, 2023 Yolanda “Carol” Sanders, of Cheney, Wash., passed away surrounded by friends and family on March 21, 2023, in Minneapolis, Minn., from complications with cancer. Carol was born on May 8, 1953, in Burlington, Wash., to Joyce and Lawrence Adamek. She was a graduate of Burlington-Edison High School in 1971, and was the third of four siblings, including two older sisters and a younger brother. Carol was born and raised in wester... Full story

  • Cinnamon Alnutt

    Updated Jun 29, 2023

    Cinnamon Alnutt, passed away June 21, 2023 in her home in Cheney, Wash. Cinnamon was born Sept., 4, 1969. Anyone who knew Cinnamon knew that she had a deep love for her daughters, Crystal and Chelsea, and her Grandson Grayson. She enjoyed spending her days with her daughter Crystal, her best friend Mike Jenkins, and her many other friends in the neighborhood. Cinnamon is survived by her mother, Samantha Kostelecky, her daughter Crystal Day, her daughter Chelsea Wright, her... Full story

  • Hetty Almira Mclean

    Updated Jun 29, 2023

    Hetty Almira McLean entered this world on Dec., 28, 1927. She moved on to her eternal home June 15, 2023 at the age of 95. Born in Kennewick Wash, Hetty and her family relocated to the farm outside of Four Lakes, Wash., at the age of 8 where she was taught by her mother Almira to value hard work and to love animals, particularly horses. Life on the farm was difficult and satisfying for Hetty and her 7 siblings. In 1946 she met her forever love Jack Hartford. The couple... Full story

  • David Phillip Court

    Updated Jun 15, 2023

    David Phillip Court Oct. 9,1962-June 2, 2023 David Phillip Court, beloved son, brother and father passed from this life on Fri., June 2, 2023. David was born in Seattle, Wash. at Swedish Hospital on Oct. 9, 1962. He was the second oldest son of Alfred James Court (deceased) and Helen Juanita (Hartwick) Court. David was an avid sports addict and was the kicker on his high school football team. He was also the assistant manager of the basketball team. David graduated from...

  • Jessica Ruth McLerran

    Updated Jun 8, 2023

    Dec. 24, 1982 – May 25, 2023 Jessica Ruth McLerran suffered a major brain bleed and passed away peacefully on May 25, 2023, with her family by her side. Jessica was born on Dec. 24, 1982 to parents Ron and Debbie Kerkes. She grew up in Cheney, Wash. with her three sisters Jana, Amy, and Mandy, who were her best friends. She attended schools there and graduated high school with honors in 2001 alongside her sweetheart Ethan McLerran. The two were married a year later in the S... Full story

  • John France

    Updated May 25, 2023

    John France Dec. 22, 1960 – May 10, 2023 John France of Spokane passed away suddenly Wed., May 10th at 62 years old. He'd met Jesus twice in his life and we know he was lifted up with welcome arms. He left a vast legacy of love and responsibility with many people including his two sons to whom he was best friends with. He was known to take almost anyone fishing who wanted to go and bring fish or venison to those who couldn't make it out. His last few years were spent i... Full story

  • Chester "Chet" Allen Cooper

    Updated May 25, 2023

    Chester “Chet” Allen Cooper Sept. 17, 1936 – May 13, 2023 Chester “Chet” Allen Cooper born Sept. 17, 1936, passed on May 13, 2023 peacefully in his sleep. He was born in Williston, ND to Kenneth Cooper and Clara (Hanson) on a farm. His family moved to Medical Lake when he was twelve where he attended school and left for the US Air Force at age seventeen. He served employment at ESH, Medical Lake Elementary, Lakeland Village of Medical Lake, Holy Family Hospital of Spokane, Burlington Northern Railroad, for local farmers (... Full story

  • Carol Titus

    Updated May 25, 2023

    Carol Titus 1955 – 2023 The world is a little darker place due to the passing of our sister and cousin, Carol Titus, earlier this year. A memorial service will be held on Sat., May 27 at 10:00 am at the Pines Cemetery in the Spokane Valley. Carol, a member of Phi Theta Kaapp, attended Spokane Community College and Eastern Washington University. She worked for Keytronic as a Test Engineer travelling to places such as China, Greece and Mexico. For the last 10+ years she worked at the Northern Quest Casino. Carol and her s... Full story

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