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BAILEY Jr., O. Leighton "Buzz" - Spokane  
BAILEY, O. Leighton, Jr. "Buzz" (Age 85) Went home to the Lord on Saturday, March 7th, 2015. He died at home surrounded by his wife and children. He was born in Spokane, WA, the son of Dr. Orlen Leighton Bailey, veterinary medicine, and Irene (Canfield) Bailey. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents, Superior Court Judge Henry (Alice) Canfield, and pastor and missionary to India George (Mary) Bailey. Buzz and his family lived in Spokane and North Carolina during World War ll. (His father a Lt. Colonel, U.S. Army) Buzz attended military school in North Carolina, and graduated from Lewis and Clark High School in Spokane. He attended Grays Harbor Jr. College on a football scholarship, before joining the U.S. Navy. He served during the Korean War as a Corpsman. Upon being discharged, he attended Gonzaga University. Buzz married Bobbie Frazier of Walla Walla, a graduate of Sacred Heart School of Nursing. Buzz and Bobbie have been best friends for 61 years. Buzz, known as Lee in the car business, raised his children while working at Utter Motor Co. and Becker Buick. As his older children entered high school, Buzz entered nurse's training, pursuing a life long goal, a career in the medical field. Buzz graduated with the final graduating class of the Sacred Heart School of Nursing in 1973. He was accepted into the Sacred Heart School of Anesthesia. He and Bobbie worked at SHMC together for many years. Buzz was the Director of Anesthesia before retiring in 1996. Buzz and Bobbie spent their retirement years traveling, attending and cheering on the Spokane Jets, Spokane Flyers, Spokane Chiefs, Gonzaga Bulldogs, and Seahawks. They enjoyed summers boating on Lake Pend Oreille. Buzz was a family man. Although Buzz was an only child, he and Bobbie had six children: Scott (Judy) Bailey, Kim Bailey, Chris (Cheri') Bailey, Shannon (Robert) Rowley, Jodi Bailey, and Jay (Jeni) Bailey. He is also survived by 19 grand and great- grandchildren. He had a great love for his family and friends. Buzz is known as a man of integrity in business dealings and his personal life. As stated by one of Buzz's children, "My Dad will have no problems going through the pearly gates of Heaven because I never saw him wrong anybody, ever. A lesson that will stay with me the rest of my life." Memorial contributions may be given to Catholic Charities, Sacred Heart School of Nursing Alumni, or Spokane Humane Society. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, March 26, 2015 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 302 S. Adams, Spokane Valley, Washington. Private inurnment will take place at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to:
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Mar. 22, 2015
BECKER, Marvin Edward "Beck" - Lawrenceburg  
BECKER, Marvin Edward "Beck" (Age 94) Of Leoma, TN passed away Sunday, March 22, 2015 at Southern TN Regional Health System in Lawrenceburg, TN. He was a native of Spokane, WA, retired plumber, a member of American Legion Post 146, T.V.J. and Lighthouse Baptist Church. Mr. Becker served his country honorably as a Paratrooper in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was preceded in death by his parents, Herman Theodore and Ottilie Elizabeth Paul Becker; one son, Randy Becker; and daughter-in-law, Sharon Belew Becker. He is survived by wife of almost 70 years, Dot Johns Becker, Leoma, TN; one son, Ronald J. Becker (Linda), Gardendale, AL; four grandchildren, Ben Becker, Nathan Becker, Beth McMeekin (Stan), Brooke Becker; five great-grandchildren, Cameron McMeekin, Aiden McMeekin, Quin McMeekin, Lillian McMeekin, Ruby Becker; one sister, Eunice Falwey, Kettle Falls, WA; several nieces and nephews also survive. Arrangements are being handled by NEAL FUNERAL HOME, 231 N. MILITARY AVENUE, LAWRENCEBURG, TENNESSEE. The family will receive friends from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at Neal Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted at Neal Funeral Home at 2:00 PM, Thursday, March 26, 2015, with Wayne Martin officiating. Interment will follow at Lawrence County Memorial Gardens in Lawrenceburg, TN with full military honors. Condolences may be sent by way of our website at www.nealfuneralhome.net .
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Mar. 24, 2015
BOURNE, Donnette - Post Falls  
BOURNE, Donnette (Age 68) Of Post Falls, ID passed away on March 18, 2015, at Hospice House of North Idaho after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Donnette was born to Don and Harriet Keison on November 12, 1946 in Ritzville, WA. After graduation from Ritzville High School in 1965, she attended one year of college at Whitworth College. In 1967, she married Howard Bourne and she began her first career as a mother to three sons. As the children were finishing high school, she went to North Idaho College studying Office Occupations. She then worked in the accounting department for Contractors Northwest, William Winkler, and Knife River retiring in 2011. She enjoyed camping, fishing, riding her recumbent bicycle, and her dog Daisy. She is survived by her husband Howard at the home, sons and daughters-in-law Brent and Judy Bourne of Broomfield, CO, Bryan and Jenny Bourne of Big Lake, AK, and Brandon and Audry Bourne of Hayden, ID, six granddaughters, two great-granddaughters, one great-grandson, sisters Nona (Dennis) Thompson of Ritzville, WA, and Margo (Greg) Shelman of Spokane, WA. The family would like to give a special Thank You to the staff and management of Hospice of North Idaho for their care and compassion. Donations may be made to Hospice of North Idaho, 9493 N. Government Way, Hayden, ID 83835. At her request, there will be no services. YATES FUNERAL HOME has been entrusted with the care of final arrangements. Please visit Donnette's online memorial and sign her guestbook at www.yatesfuneralhomes.com
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Mar. 22, 2015
BOYD, Nellie A.  
BOYD, Nellie A. Nellie entered into eternal peace on Thursday, March 12, 2015 at Valley Hospital and Medical Center. She was born October 6, 1919 in Sheyenne, North Dakota to Axel and Emma (Sontag) Hagge. Nellie received her education in Sheyenne and New Rockford, ND public schools. She married Gordon Boyd on December 3, 1938. They lived in New Rockford and Devils Lake, ND prior to moving to Fargo, ND in 1963. In 1982 they moved to Spokane, WA to assist their son, Edward (Eddie), in his recovery from an industrial accident. Her husband passed away in May 1990. She was a member of the Advent Lutheran Church, formerly Church of the Good Shepherd, in Spokane Valley. Nellie is survived by her daughter Janice (Fred) Nelson, Stillwater, MN; her daughter-in-law Hilda Boyd, Spokane Valley, WA; a grandson, Michael (Gail) Nelson, Woodbury, MN; and granddaughters Cathleen (Jeff) Walter, Otis Orchards, WA, Colette (Jay) Jalbert, Greenacres, WA and Camille (Jay) Alderson, Chattaroy, WA. She also leaves eight great-grandchildren and two step-great-granddaughters. She was preceded in death by her husband, her son, her parents, her brother Chester Hagge and sister Julia Gromatka. A memorial service will be held at Advent Lutheran Church in Spokane Valley at a later date. Thornhill Valley Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements with private interment at Pines Cemetery.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Mar. 22, 2015
BRIGGS, Helen G. - Spokane  
BRIGGS, Helen G. (Age 97) Passed away Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. Helen was born in Colfax, WA on September 30, 1917. She was one of four children who were raised in Readan, WA. Her parents were Olaf and Lena Olson. Olaf worked for the railroad. After graduating from Reardan High School in 1935 Helen came to Spokane and went to the School of Nursing at St. Luke's Hospital and graduated as an RN in 1939. While in school she met the love of her life Henry Briggs on a blind date and were married for 54 years prior to his death in 1996. They enjoyed each other no matter what they did. Whether it was traveling, being with friends, or relaxing and fishing at their lake home at Coeur d'Alene Lake. Helen kept busy playing bridge, working with her garden club, and cooking wonderful meals. Everyone couldn't wait to get a jar of her canned peaches. Helen and Henry were very active in their church at St. Mark's Lutheran and were charter members. She liked singing in the choir. Helen is survived by her children Peter Briggs and Pamela Cloninger, both of Spokane; five grandchildren Ryan, Tarrah, Brooke, Blake and Brittney; seven great-grandchildren Coulter, Jack, Audrey, Bridger, Henry, Sally, and Ava. Helen loved visiting with her family and telling stores of when she was growing up. Helen will be greatly missed. A private entombment was held at Fairmount Memorial Park. A Memorial Service will be held at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 24th Ave. and Grand Blvd. on Monday, March 23rd at 10:00 am. Memorial contributions may be given to the charity of your choice.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Mar. 22, 2015
BUTLER, Thelma E. - Spokane  
BUTLER, Thelma E. (Age 96) Thelma entered the Kingdom of God the day following her 96th birthday. Her journey to Heaven began in Leed, SD, born to Charles and Carrie Guffey. They, along with her brother Floyd Guffey, migrated through the western states ending in Ilwaco, WA where she met her husband, Charles. Together they built a loving relationship that lasted 66 years until his death in 2006. Thelma was a loving and caring mother to Duane and his wife Debbie, devoted grandmother to Michael (Glenda) and Melissa (Ari Spiro), and proud great-grandmother of five. She cared deeply for her family and friends as well. She will always be remembered as a strong-willed individual who built her life on the word of God and His promises. Memories of her will forever remain in our hearts. God bless you, Thelma. She will be honored in a memorial service on Friday, March 27th at 3:00pm in the Good Samaritan Chapel in Spokane Valley, WA. Thelma will be laid to rest in a graveside ceremony at Greenwood Memorial Cemetery on Saturday, March 28th at 9:00am. Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be sent to Good Samaritan of the Spokane Valley.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Mar. 25, 2015
CAMPBELL, Lornajane (Gholson) - Spokane  
CAMPBELL, Lornajane (Gholson) (Age 92) Passed away March 18, 2015 in Spokane, WA. She was born March 3, 1923 in Cheney, WA and was a lifetime area resident. She graduated from Lewis and Clark High School in Spokane. In 1944 she married the love of her life, W. Roy Campbell and they spent many wonderful years together. Lornajane was a longtime member of the Spokane Garden Club and enjoyed crafts and baking. She also attended Fourth Memorial Church for many years. Lornajane was preceded in death by her husband in 1988, and her daughter, Norma Jean Ziegler in 2005. She is survived by her two grandchildren, Michael T. Ziegler and wife Dawna, and Vicki Lynn Ziegler all of Spokane; two great-grandchildren, Cody Joe Ziegler and Darlene Jean Ziegler; as well as several cousins, nieces and nephews. Private burial will be at Spokane Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, or Cancer Care Northwest Foundation.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Mar. 22, 2015
CASNER, Donald Charles  
CASNER, Donald Charles Called "Duck" by many of his friends. He left us to join his parents and son on February 28, 2015 after 20 years in the Air Force. He was the original manager and co-founder of "Our Club." He is survived by one daughter, three granddaughters, three grandsons, nine great-grandchildren, a brother and sister and numerous nieces and nephews. A Celebration of his Life will be Saturday, March 28th, 2:00 pm at Our Club, 1102 W. Second, Spokane, WA.
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Published in Spokesman-Review from Mar. 26 to Mar. 27, 2015
CHRISTENSEN, Wesley James "Chris" - Spokane Valley  
CHRISTENSEN, Wesley James "Chris" (Age 71) Chris was born in Spokane, WA on May 11, 1943, to Marshall and Betty Christensen, and passed away March 16, 2015, in Spokane Valley, WA. Chris attended Cooper Elemen- tary and Rogers High School prior to entering military service at Fort Lewis, WA. He served his country as a medic in Munich, Germany, and then completed two tours of duty in Vietnam. He earned the Vietnam Campaign and Service Medals, Combat Medical Badge and National Defense Service Medal, as well as the Sharpshooter Rifle M-14 status; and was honorably discharged from the Army in 1967. Following his Military Service, Chris moved to Seattle and eventually to Pelican, Alaska, where he worked as a commercial fisherman. After a few years he purchased his own boat, "The Pardner", and fished for salmon commercially for several years. Chris later returned to the Ballard area of Seattle, where he worked as a driver for a maritime supply company. Upon returning to the lower 48 states, he brought a Harley Davidson, which became his ride of choice for many years, despite the rainy environment he lived in. Chris truly "Lived to Ride", and enjoyed many adventures on his motorcycle; he was a member of the Vietnam Veterans Motorcycle Club, Seattle, WA, and Veterans of Foreign Wars, Spokane, WA, and a PO/MIA Memorial Supporter. He later returned to the Spokane area, where he continued working as a driver until his retirement. It was here that he met the love of his life, his beautiful wife, Linda. They spent their retirement embarking on many adventures in their RV, with their favorite dog, Gracie; exploring the U.S. together until they returned to help care for Linda's mother. They also enjoyed camping together with the family at Ruby Creek. His life was a series of great adventures and he enjoyed them all. Chris is survived by his wife, Linda; daughters, Heidi Rendahl, and Diana Christensen; mother, Betty J. (Christensen / Howerton) Cobb; brother, Bobby Christensen; sisters, Penny Whipple and Cheryl Zicha; grandchildren, Mia and Devin Rendahl; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by in father, Marshall Christensen; step-father, Cecil Howerton, step-mother, Mona Christensen; brother, Larry Christensen; sister, Joni Christensen; nephew, Patrick Christensen; and mother-in-law, June Copeland. Chris will be honored for his Service at Washington State Veterans Cemetery, 21702 W. Espanola, Medical Lake, WA, on Friday March 27, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. A "Celebration of Life Wake" is to follow; location and time to be announced. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Wounded Warriors Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org .
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Mar. 26, 2015
CLARK, Mary Jane "Tessie" - Spokane  
CLARK, Mary Jane "Tessie" (Age 90) Went home to be with her Lord Jesus on March 6, 2015 in Spokane, WA. She was born August 15, 1924 to Raymond and Jenny Tessitore in East Mauch Chunk, PA, (now known as Jim Thorpe, PA). In 1942, Mary graduated from East Mauch Chunk High School, and at the age of 19 moved to Pottstown, PA. She was employed at Western Union and later at the Pottstown Mercury. In 1961 Mary moved to Bremerton, WA where she worked for the Bremerton Sun until retiring in 1989. Following her retirement she enjoyed volunteering at the Naval Hospital in Bremerton. Mary enjoyed playing her Hammond organ, and loved dancing. She also enjoyed traveling, taking walks, being with and helping people, as Mary knew no strangers. In 2008 she moved to Harbor Crest Retirement Community in Spokane to be close to her son and daughter-in-law. In Spokane she attended Park Heights Baptist Church, where she loved worshipping her Lord Jesus. Mary was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Byron E. Clark. She is survived by her son, Ray Mengel and wife Pam in Spokane; her sister, Pauline Bokeko and husband Vince in Jim Thorpe, PA; a niece, Janet, two nephews, Vincent and James, two great-nephews, Matthew and Mark and a great-niece, Tara. At Mary's request no public service will be held. The family wishes to thank the staff at both Harbor Crest Retirement Community and Hospice of Spokane for their wonderful care. Memorial contributions may be made to the local Alzheimer's chapter.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Mar. 22, 2015
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