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Fyre, Janet K. - Spokane  
May 22, 1945 - April 18, 2016 Janet was one of five children born to Oliver and Doris Aune. In 1962 Janet married Gary Fyre of Mayville, ND. They settled in Spokane and raised 3 children: Kathy (Hudson), Curtis, and Michael. Jan was a proud homemaker and lovingly known as "Martha Stewart" to her family and friends. Her many talents of crafting, sewing, cooking, and gardening turned her house into a home that was admired by many. After raising three children, she moved to Seven Bays to enjoy her beautiful lake home and her role as grandma to Kaitlyn, Kyle (Kathy), Melody, Lucas (Curtis), Tanner, Carter (Michael). A private memorial is planned for later this summer at her home on Lake Roosevelt.
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Published in Spokesman-Review from Apr. 27 to May 3, 2016
Hays, Betty - Spokane  
November 12, 1927 - April 4, 2016 Betty Hays of Elk, WA went to be with the Lord on April 4, 2016. Betty was born on November 12, 1927 in Elk, WA to Frank and Betty Podlas. She married Harry C. Hays on November 20, 1944. They had two boys, Roy E. Hays and Terry L. Hays. Betty enjoyed many activities, such as her flowers and vegetable gardens, dancing, reading and bowling. She was also a member of the Red Hats and a founding member of the Elk Homemakers Club. The family wants to acknowledge a special thanks to Phyllis and Gary Sage for always being there for Betty. Some of the extras they provided were taking her to appointments, emergency and hospital calls, shopping, and anything that Betty needed. Also, thanks to Alan Hastings for the wonderful memories you made with Betty, including all the meaningful phone calls when you couldn't be together. Betty was preceded in death by her parents; husband Harry; brother Frank Jr. and his wife Joyce; and her son Terry. She is survived by her son Roy (Margie); daughter-in-law Madonna Cherry; four grandchildren Mike Hays, Shannon Jiskra (Kelly), Joylene Neumiller (Russ), and Dustin Hays (Pamela); four great-grandchildren Austin Jiskra, Trevor Jiskra, Makenna Neumiller and Katelyn Neumiller; a nephew Rick Podlas (Melody); great-niece Angelina Burgard (Mark); and great-great nieces Isabelle Burgard and Esther Burgard. Betty's memorial service will be Friday, May 6, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at the Country Church of the Open Bible, 40015 N. Collins Road, Elk, WA. A reception will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory can be made to Hospice of Spokane.
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Published in Spokesman-Review from Apr. 24 to Apr. 30, 2016
Melvin, William B. - Spokane  
January 4, 1933 - April 21, 2016 William B. Melvin of Spokane, born in 1933 went to be with the Lord on April 21st, 2016 after a long battle with Myelodysplastic Syndrome. He is survived by, Frankie, his wife of 55 years, daughters Tracy Leach (Rob), Terri Spiess (John), 5 grandchildren Renae, Bethany, Alex, Abigail and Megan, sister Judy Hebner (Ray), brothers Michael Melvin (Anne), Peter Melvin (Lynn), and many nieces and nephews. Bill was a lifetime devoted member of the Catholic Church, schooled at Seattle Prep, served in the Army ACS (Alaska Communication System) during the Korean Conflict, belonged to Knights of Columbus, dispatched for Greyhound for many years, owned Hall's Stamp Shop, exercised with friends in water aerobics, socialized with his buddies whose wives were in Frankie's red hat society, was a fan of the Zags, Seahawks and Mariners, thoroughly enjoyed ocean vacations at Lincoln City and traveled the world via 13 cruises with Frankie in retirement. Special appreciation goes to the VA for their excellent medical services. Rosary on 5/6/16 at 7pm, Memorial Mass on 5/7/16 at 11am both at Our Lady of Fatima, 1517 E. 33rd Ave,. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Catholic Relief Services 228 W. Lexington St., Baltimore, MD 21201.
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Published in Spokesman-Review from Apr. 24 to Apr. 30, 2016
Mitchell, Hildegard - Spokane  
August 16, 1932 - April 18, 2016 Hildegard (Haag) Mitchell passed on April 18, 2016 after a short battle with cancer. Hilde was born on August 16, 1932 in Linz, Austria. She came to the United States at the age of 18, became a US citizen in 1960, and has called Liberty Lake, WA home for the past 45 years. She could be tough as nails, surviving childhood in war-torn Austria, single motherhood, and a brain tumor. She loved her years working at the Couer d'Alene Resort, caring for friends' pets, and fastidiously working in her yard. She lived her life with great vigor and tenacity, and her energy was matched by few. She was a dear and loyal friend to many, and a strong and caring mom. She is survived by her children, Erna, Glenn, Ashley (Marti Hickey), and Amber (Rob Gamber), and by her two granddaughters, Zoe Mitchell and Molly Gamber. She touched the lives of nearly everyone at Liberty Lake, and they will not be the same without her. Her immaculate lawn, Austrian accent and enormous personality will be missed by many. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to WA Talking Book & Braille Library, or Hospice House of Spokane in her name.
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Published in Spokesman-Review from Apr. 27 to May 3, 2016
MOLINA, Sophie Padilla - Spokane  
MOLINA, Sophie Padilla (Age 91) Died peacefully at 6:32 pm, April 23, 2016. She was born in Bisbee Arizona on January 5, 1925. Having been raised predominantly by her grandmother at 18 she became a military wife to Jess Molina. She and Jess were married for 53 years and had four children before his passing in 1994. Seeking ways to supplement the family income, she worked in the military base mailroom, took in ironing, babysitting and other odd jobs. She also worked in a local fish cannery packing tuna and skipjack. Eventually, her love for children blossomed into a 33 year career as a preschool teacher with the Federation of Head Start. Best known as Miss Sophie, she continued to maintain close contact with many of her students and parents. At the age of 53, she completed an A.A. degree in early childhood development at the local community college. In 2000 she left Wilmington and moved to Spokane to be near her daughter and grandchildren. For Sophie, food equaled love and she always had a pot of beans on the stove along with homemade flour tortillas. Known for not sitting still a minute, Sophie served her family tirelessly and sacrificially. Suffering many physical ailments, Sophie eventually moved in with her daughter where she remained for the last three years of her life. She developed many special relationships with caregivers over the past three years as she wiggled her way into their hearts. Her coffee had to be "hot like lava" and her favorite shows were Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune. A special thank you to those who spent time caring for her. Thank you also to Hospice House of Spokane who made Sophie's final days peaceful and comfortable. Sophie has four children, Albert (deceased), Steven, James (deceased) and Becky. She has two daughters-in-law Candace and Vickie and two former-but-still-family daughters-in-law Karla and Diane. She has eight grandchildren, Joseph (deceased) Danielle (Octavio), Jason (Amanda) Kristy (Eric), Riley, Olivia, Vanessa, Amelia. There are seven great-grandchilren, Jessie, Sosha, Mahela, Samantha, Aaron, Kaia, Melia, and one great-great-grandchild, Asher. Her memorial service will be at Lincoln Heights Congregational Church, 3527 E. 29th Ave. at 3 pm, Friday April 29, 2016. Donations in memory of Sophie may be sent to Union Gospel Mission, P.O. Box 4066, Spokane, WA 99202.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Apr. 29, 2016
NEWBURN, Eunice Anne  
NEWBURN, Eunice Anne Eunice Anne Smith Newburn, 79, of Charlotte, NC passed away April 24, 2016. Eunice was born November 5, 1936 in Coulee City, WA to the late Eugene and Edith Smart Smith. She was raised in Spokane, WA and served in the U.S. Navy for three years. While serving at Parris Island, SC, she met her husband, the late, William Toulman Newburn, Sr. Eunice was a member of Order of the Eastern Star and Red Hat Society. She was known for her quick wit and beautiful smile. Eunice is survived by her loving family; daughters, Kathy Walker (George), Julie Bellisle (Huey), Amie Griffith (Jim); sons, William "Buddy" Toulman Newburn, Jr, (Suzette), David Newburn (Trish McClellion), Norman Newburn; grandchildren, great-grandchildren and sister, Vivian Johnson. A memorial service will be held at Salisbury National Cemetery, NC on July 11, 2016 (tentative). Special thanks to the staff of Olds Knox Commons, Huntersville, for her care the past three years. Memorial contributions may be made to www.uwonslow.org/imagination-library. Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home is assisting the family. Friends may offer condolences to the family at www.raymerfh.com.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Apr. 29, 2016
Shea, Maurice F. - Spokane  
April 22, 1925 - April 20, 2016 Maurice F. Shea of Newport, WA peacefully passed away two days before his 91st birthday on April 20, 2016, at the Spokane Veteran's Home. He is preceded in death by his wife Lempi; his daughter Renee, and his brother Don. He is survived by his sons Dennis of Whidbey Island, Mike of Newport, WA, Gary of Spokane and his daughter Mary of Benton City, WA as well as ten grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Maurice served with the Army Air Corps during World War II. He raised his young family in Hillyard, being active in St. Patrick's Parish and school and then worked seasonally for many years as a construction superintendent, building schools in remote villages in northern Alaska. He loved life in Alaska and the people there. He was a generous father, at one time gifting acreage or providing homes to many of his children. During the past 30 years, Maurie lived near Diamond Lake in Newport, WA where he attended St. Catherine's Catholic Church in Priest River, ID and was a faithful patron of Audrey's Restaurant in Newport. He was a caregiver of hungry wild critters and had a special fondness for his dogs, especially his golden retriever, Naomi "Nummy." A service will be conducted at the Veteran's Cemetery in Medical Lake, date TBD. His favorite charities were St. Jude's and Priest River Animal Rescue.
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Published in Spokesman-Review from Apr. 27 to May 3, 2016

Yesterday's Obituaries

ABBOTT, Dorothy May - Spokane  
ABBOTT, Dorothy May (Age 84) Dorthy May Abbott, passed away at home on April 16, 2016. She was the wife of Dean E. Abbott. They shared 67 years together. Born in San Luis O'Bispo, CA on July 9, 1931. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, her family, and the Casino. She will be remembered for her baking, canning, and jam; her beautiful garden, and all the love she gave to her family. She is survived by her husband; her brother Harold Jackson of Tyler, WA; her sister Delores Chambliss of Nashville, TN; her three children: Steven Abbott of Mead, WA., Keith Abbott of Spokane Valley, WA., and Cheryl Abbott of Spokane Valley, WA; her seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Graveside funeral will be held at 12:30 on Saturday April 30th, 2016 at Spokane-Cheney Memorial Gardens, 5909 S. Cheney Spokane Rd, Spokane, WA 99224. Memorial to be held after, at the Arbor Grove Mobile Park Clubhouse, 19029 E. Boone Spokane Valley 99016.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Apr. 28, 2016
BAUMP, Buddy Joe - Deer Park  
BAUMP, Buddy Joe 74 Years of Life A 4th generation resident of Deer Park and the Spokane, Washington area, passed away on Sunday, April 24, 2016. Buddy is survived by Nancy; and is the father of Jerry D. Baump of Spangle, WA, Sherry Baump and Donna Baump, both of North Carolina, and Tammy Baump of Alaska; Buddy is the stepfather of Joey Goodwin of Kansas, and Joleen Sadberry and Lena Darrow both of Spokane. He enjoyed five grandchildren. His brother is Emmett Baump of Mead; and sisters are Joyce Hayes of Deer Park, Binnie Pierce of Spokane and Elaine Pierce of Spokane Valley. Buddy's brother, Ronald Baump preceded him in death. He attended the Deer Park Grade School and High School with the Class of 1960. He served with the United States Marine Corps for five years. He was employed as a meat cutter at Bonanza Meats in Spokane for many years; and as a mechanic for the Nine Mile School District. Services honoring Buddy will be in Spokane at 3:00pm on Friday, April 29, 2016, in the Sunset Chapel at Fairmount Memorial Park. The family requests memorial contributions be made to the "Wounded Warrior Foundation." LAUER FUNERAL HOME in DEER PARK, WA
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Published in Spokesman-Review from Apr. 27 to Apr. 28, 2016
HEITMAN, Charles A. "Chip" - Spokane  
HEITMAN, Charles A. "Chip" Charles A. (Chip) Heitman was born July 3, 1929, in Chicago, IL. Parents were Dr. Marjorie M. Heitman and John Andrews of Chicago. Parents later divorced and Chip was re-named for his mother's family. At age one, Chip moved to Spokane where Marjorie established a medical practice and reared her two sons. Chip attended Lewis & Clark High School where he was an outstanding track and cross-country athlete. He graduated from Whitman College in 1951 and spent two years in the U.S. Army, mostly in France and post-war Germany. Chip worked for GMAC in Spokane, the Dept. of Commerce in Washington DC and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Jacksonville, FL. In later years he lived in Spokane where he enjoyed running in Bloomsday races. He also enjoyed spending time at his cabin at Glengary on Lake Pend Oreille, ID, with members of his extended family. He is survived by his older brother, Dr. Richard A. Heitman of Colorado Springs and Richard's four children: Jeffrey L. Heitman of Petaluma, CA, Dr. Gregory J. Heitman of Mesa, AZ, John R. Heitman of Spokane and Lisa Schmaling of Seattle. Other survivors include numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He passed away at Riverview Retirement Community on April 20, 2016. The family is planning an inurnment this summer at the family plot in Rathdrum, ID. His favorite salutation was "Cheers!"
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Published in Spokesman-Review from Apr. 27 to Apr. 28, 2016
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