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CARLEN, Dale J. - Spokane  
CARLEN, Dale J. (Age 85) Beloved father of Roger and Delbert Carlen, brother of Daryl Carlen of Clarkia, Idaho, and Dana Carlen of Spokane, WA., passed away peacefully at Deaconess Hospital in Spokane. Dale will be missed greatly by his loved ones and friends. A memorial has been planned at the VFW valley location on November 25, 2014 at 1pm. Memorials, if wanted, can be given to the VFW in his name. Dale is survived by two sons Delbert Carlen of Seattle, and Roger Carlen of Spokane; also two brothers Daryl "Bud" Carlen of Clarkia, Idaho; his sisters-in-law Jennie of Clarkia, ID and Jean of Spokane, WA; and four grandchildren. Dale was a kind man and did not hesitate to help others. The world has lost a great man and will never be the same for many of us. He will be interred at the Veterans Cemetery in Spokane as was his wish. Dale was a Veteran who served in the then Army/Air Corps from 1947-1949. Dale loved golf and growing tomatoes, that he shared with many; and was an avid sports fan, always watching boxing or football. He also loved his country music. The address for the memorial is 212 S. David at the VFW on Tuesday, 1pm, November 25. Dale was truly loved by his family and many friends. No date as of this notice of interment at the Veterans Cemetery, will be published when known.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Nov. 23, 2014
CHARVAT, Audrey Elaine (Lund)  
CHARVAT, Audrey Elaine (Lund) Audrey Elaine (Lund) Charvat entered into rest 11/15/2014 with her family holding her in their arms. She was preceded in death by her dear husband, Elmer R. "Al" Charvat and her loving daughter Barbara L. (Charvat) Rogers, as well as her parents, Margaret and Oscar Lund, and her siblings June Bugge, Keith Lund, Clem Lund and Betty Ross. She is survived by sister Joyce Lund of California and sister-in-law Wilma Lund of Spokane, as well as Nina Huntley. She is also survived by son-in-law Fred Rogers, cousin Chet Lund and wife Noreen, cousin Laverne Strid, in-laws Carl and Mary Charvat, and nieces and nephews: Keith, John, Neil and Bruce Bugge of Minnesota, Cyndi Ross, Steven Charvat, Kathy and Brian Campbell, Allene (Wykoff) Reis, Kendall Wykoff, Christine Wykoff, and many extended family members. Audrey was born 5/17/1926 in Wild Rose, ND, and moved with her family to Spokane as a teenager. She worked in downtown Spokane in her younger years, and was a devoted wife and mother. She and Al spent much of their time visiting family and friends, with a special love of seeing that shut-ins got lots of attention. Audrey enjoyed keeping an immaculate household and helping husband Al with the immaculate yard, especially enjoying the over 100 rose bushes they tended. She was an avid Zags fan, catching every possible game, and when they weren't playing, she had the Seahawks or Mariners tuned in! She loved all types of music, and really enjoyed listening to country lately. She had a beautiful smile and everyone who knew her said she was very sweet. She was a gem to be around, and very bright, keeping her brain active with evening game shows and current events. She is missed already and will linger in our hearts as the gentle soul we knew and loved. Visitation will be held Friday 11/21/14 from 2-6pm at Hennessey Funeral Home, 2203 N. Division. Funeral Services will be there also, Tuesday, 11/25/14 at 1:30pm, followed by Interment at 2:30 at Fairmount Memorial Park. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Nov. 19, 2014
CHRIST, Dorothy - Ephrata  
CHRIST, Dorothy (Age 90) Dorothy Irene (Buskirk) Christ of Ephrata, went to meet her maker November 12, 2014. Please sign the online guestbook at www.kayserschapel.com Arrangements in care of Kayser's Chapel and Crematory. Dorothy was born in Fairberry, Nebraska on May 15, 1924. As a young woman she came to Grant County where she met the love of her life. She was married June 16, 1942 to Gus George Christ of Wilson Creek. Dorothy is survived by her two daughters; Judy M. Delzer and husband Robert and Carol A. Hampton; four grandchildren, Connie Clausen and husband Erik, Jeffrey Loree, Tracy Fisher and Christopher Sloan and wife Brenna; 13 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and extended family and friends. In the last months of her life she enjoyed a special friend and neighbor, Nancy LeMay. Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, Gus Christ; sister, Edith Wilkie; and granddaughter Tracy's fiancé Ricki Kapalo. Dorothy was the heart of her family and known and loved in the community. She traveled the world with family and friends. She enjoyed family gatherings, occasional trips to the casino and luncheons at the senior center with friends. In her final years Dorothy enjoyed the companionship and care of her two daughters, Judy and Carol. "No more pain Mamma!"
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Nov. 19, 2014
CHRISTENSEN, Ruth Frances  
CHRISTENSEN, Ruth Frances (Age 91) Ruth passed away November 7, 2014 in Texas. Ruth was born in Minot, North Dakota to Palmer and Frances Rogness of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Ruth married the love of her life, Emanual (Molly) Christensen on December 24, 1941. They lived in Worley, Idaho until 1962 when they moved to Coeur d'Alene and began developing their property at Windy Bay on Lake Coeur d'Alene. Ruth shared her wonderful, loving hospitality with family and friends. Coffee was always on and included something wonderful that she had baked or cooked. Ruth was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years; her daughter Connie Darcy in September, 2011; her brother Duane Rogness; and her sister Shirley Wheeler. She is survived by her daughter Vickie (Ted) Currie of Dallas, Texas; son-in-law Don Darcy of Spokane Valley, Washington; six grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Vallejo Rogness of Coeur d'Alene; and numerous nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held in late summer 2015 in Spokane. Notification to be announced at a later date.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Nov. 23, 2014
COLE, George A.  
COLE, George A. George A. Cole, 71, died of complications from acute myeloid leukemia on November 14, 2014, in Bozeman with his family by his side. In recent years George and Susan, his wife of 49 years, lived in Bozeman, Montana and wintered in Sun City, Arizona. George Cole was born in Spokane, Washington, July 12, 1943, the son of Ruth (Connick) and Russell W. Cole. He grew up in Laurel, Montana and graduated from Laurel High School in 1961. He earned his bachelor's degree in political science and history from the University of Montana in 1965. Additional graduate courses in journalism and international business were completed at the U of Montana and the University of San Diego. Susan Bickell and George were married July 3, 1965 in Missoula, Susie's hometown. Three months following their college graduation, they volunteered as teachers with the U.S. Peace Corps in Malaysia. During his professional career, George worked as a television/ radio reporter and anchor, community college instructor, speech writer for Governor Thomas Judge (Montana), and economic develop- ment advisor in California and for the U.S. Agency for International Development in Washington, DC and San Diego with assignments in Mexico, Central and Latin America, and south Asia. His career included communication positions at San Diego State University, the Washington State Community College System, Spokane Falls Community College and Eastern Washington University. In Montana and Washington State, during his broadcast career, Cole hosted and produced over 300 biographical interviews. George's company, Media West, Inc., focused on marketing and fundraising for non-profits. Clients included Washington State Dept. of Health, Spokane's Transit Authority and Riverfront Park, the City of Imperial Beach, the International Executive Service Corps, the SDSU Foundation, and Yellowstone Public Radio. In 2000, George was named development director for Montana PBS, a statewide public television network. Five years later he was a development officer for Central Washington University in Ellensburg and Seattle. Since his retirement in 2006, George's avocations included abstract art, sculpture work, writing and the interview program "Real Time" on Yellowstone Public Radio. In Arizona, he volunteered with the Phoenix Art Museum and the Arizona Talking Book Library. Cole was an active contributor to communities throughout the Northwest. In the early 1970s, George, with the help of Susie and others, created KPBX-FM, Spokane's first public radio station. Initially staffed by some 75 volunteers, the ten-watt station was in the basement of their Spokane home. For decades Spokane Public Radio has been a major public radio voice in eastern Washington and northern Idaho. Cole served nine years as a commissioner with the Spokane Housing Authority including three years as chair. He was a volunteer board member with the Washington State ACLU, Planned Parenthood of Spokane, and KSPS-Spokane Public Television. His books include What to Do and Where to Go with Your Kids in Montana, A Survival Guide for the Liberated Man, and Little Dogs Talk (an e book). His articles have been published in regional magazines including Montana Quarterly and Montana Magazine. George Cole won awards from the Chicago International Film Festival, the Greater Montana Foundation, the Washington State Governor's Award, a U.S. Presidential Commendation (for Susan and George's volunteer work on KPBX). He received the 2010 Cornerstone Award from the Bozeman Public Library Foundation. In addition to Susie, George is survived by his daughter, Francine (Phil) Tageant of Ferndale, Washington; and son, Spencer (Daisy Terrazas) Cole of Minneapolis. Other surviving family members are George's sister, Penny Achten of Spokane; four grandchildren, Melinda, Gillian, Halle' and Caelan Tageant of Ferndale; and several nieces and nephews. An open celebration of George Cole's life will be held at a later date. Memorial gifts may be sent to Yellowstone Public Radio, 1500 University Dr., Billings, MT 59101; Spokane Public Radio, 2319 North Monroe St., Spokane, WA 99205; Friends of Montana PBS, P.O. Box 10715, Bozeman, MT 59719; or the Bozeman Public Library Foundation, 626 E. Main St., Bozeman, MT 59715. Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. www.dokkennelson.com
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Nov. 18, 2014
COUMBS, Phyllis Mae - Liberty Lake  
COUMBS, Phyllis Mae Phyllis Mae Coumbs went home to be with the Lord on October 30, 2014 at Guardian Angel Homes in Liberty Lake, WA. Phyllis was born on May 12, 1928 in Oakesdale, WA, to Mary Violet and Ralph Walter Clarke. She was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel F. Coumbs; sons, Dale Clarke Brown, Wade Q. Scott Brown; and grandson, Joseph Brown. She is survived by her son, K. Doug Brown (Shirley); one daughter, Janet Kristine Hendrickson; stepson, Samuel Coumbs Jr. (Pat); one sister, Virginia Henderson; 15 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 1:00pm at Guardian Angel Homes, 23102 E. Mission Ave., Liberty Lake, WA 99019. In lieu of flowers, Memorial donations may be made to the Union Gospel Mission, P.O. Box 4066, Spokane, WA 99220
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Nov. 19, 2014
CRAIN, Donald M. - Spokane  
CRAIN, Donald M. (Age 90) Passed away November 15, 2014. Born October 29, 1924 in Frenchtown, MT, to Vernon and Corrine (Bisson) Crain; Don attended schools in Missoula, MT. As the youngest of four brothers already in the service, he left Missoula County High School early to enlist at age 17 in the US Marine Corps. He served in the forward lines of the invasions of Tarawa, Saipan, and Tinian. Returning to Montana after the war, he met and married Thrine Reed on January 27, 1947. Don frequently talked about the call to "go west, young man", which he and his family did when they moved to Spokane in 1955. Life moved at a rapid pace, memories were made, a successful business was created and the family swelled to four children. After retirement, Don enjoyed many years active in the Marine Corps League and Second Division Marine Corps Association at local, state, and national levels. He spent thirty years as a Toys for Tots volunteer. A highlight was his graduation from Deer Park High School in 2002. Don is survived by his wife of 67 years; children: Teresa Troy (Vernon), Dennis (Ann), Donna King (Neal) and Tom; twelve grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Visitation will be at Heritage Funeral Home, Thursday November 20th 10am-5pm, and a Committal Service, Friday November 21st at 2:15pm at the Washington State Veteran's Cemetery, Medical Lake, WA. Memorial Service, Saturday, November 22nd at 1pm at Faith Lutheran Church, 214 S. Weber Road, Deer Park, WA. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to Toys for Tots or to a charity of your choice.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Nov. 20, 2014
CRELIA, Brad - Spokane  
CRELIA, Brad (Age 29) Brad Crelia, activist and writer, died last week after a long battle with hereditary porphyria. He was 29 years old. He is preceded in death by his mother Connye Jo Miller, and he will be buried next to her in the family cemetery in Bryson, Texas. He is survived by his father Matt Spaur, and by his brothers Walt and Christian Draper. He was beloved by his family and a large circle of friends. Please join us in a celebration of Brad's life, which will be held on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 7pm at Irv's Red Side, 415 W. Sprague Ave., Spokane. Good night, sleep tight, Sweetheart. See you in the morning.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Nov. 25, 2014
CROOKS, Helen Louise  
CROOKS, Helen Louise Helen Louise Crooks passed away on Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 in Caldwell, TX. She was born on March 23rd, 1936 in Blackwell Oklahoma to Russel Glade Myers and Clarissa Myers. She met and married the love of her life Lester Gerald Crooks. They made Spokane, Washington their home for many years. They had many friends and family in and around Spokane. She loved to cook and camp outdoors. Granny cooked and entertained for everyone. She had many "famous" dishes and her campfire foods are still some of her family's favorites. We will never forget her biscuits and gravy! They made the move to Texas to be near their Grandchildren in 1990. Helen and Les were married for over 50 years when Les passed away. She was known as "Granny Crooks" to her beloved grandchildren Justin and Ashley Crooks. She was a compassionate and patient person who loved her only son and grandchildren more than anything. She was a gardener, excellent cook and a wonderful seamstress. She sewed many dolls and crocheted beautiful blankets as gifts. She is survived by her son Dave Crooks and his wife Kathy of Anchorage, Alaska. Her grand- daughter Ashley Crooks of Beaumont, Texas and grandson Justin Crooks and his wife Kathryn of Austin. Also, granddaughter, Lorelei Mallet and her son Jeremy Burt. Granny Crooks was loved by all. She loved life and her family greatly. She will be missed by all. Services were held at Strickland Funeral Home in Caldwell, Texas and graveside services at Chriesman Cemetery, Hwy 36, Chriesman, Texas. She was laid to rest with her beloved husband Les on Monday the 24th of November, 2014. We love and will miss you Granny, Justin and Kathryn, Ashley, Lorelei and Jeremey
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Nov. 25, 2014
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