Babe Proesch

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Babe Cravens Proesch
March 24, 1938 - March 25, 2015
Old Knitters Never Die, They Just Come Unraveled. Babe Proesch, mother, grandmother, sister and longtime owner of Knit Wits passed away peacefully on March 25th the day after her 77th birthday with her family by her side.
Babe was born at home March 24, 1938 in Randolph, KS, to Ava Jane and Willard Cravens. Baby Sister to Elsie they lived in Kansas until moving to Idaho. Growing up at Walter's Ferry on the Snake River and the gateway to the Owyhees afforded her opportunities to explore the vast open spaces on her horse. Babe was a daddy's girl and she joined her dad on many hunting and fishing trips. It was during that time that mom became a big sister to Cathy and Cristy. Babe married Bob Proesch, Kent was born and they moved to Boise where they owned and operated Idaho Fruit and Vegetable Market on Fairview. (Flying Pie Pizzeria). Craig was born and when he started school Babe and her sister Elsie opened Knit Wits. Babe was a woman entrepreneur owning 3 stores in the valley when women-owned businesses were not common. Knit Wits was not just a business, it was home. Babe spent countless hours babysitting her granddaughter Elise and grandson Austin and numerous nieces and nephews at "The Shop". Babe also provided first job opportunities to many family members including her granddaughter Elise whom she had an everlasting bond with. Babe operated Knit Wits for 45 years until retiring to her home on the rim with a view of Bogus.
Babe lived life with grace, dignity and hard work. She could be described as beautiful and classy and identified by the KNIT on her license plates. She was a multitasker that could knit, win at poker and carry on a conversation. Her favorite vacations were spent knitting, deep sea fishing, crabbing and whale watching with her dad, granddaughter Elise and family. Her hobby was knitting, knitting and more knitting. One of my favorite observations was when someone would have a missed stitch way early in their project and looking for advice on how to fix it and the expression on their face when mom unraveled their project all of the way back to the missed stitch. Knit one, pearl two mom.
She is survived by her son Kent Proesch, granddaughter Elise Proesch, Grandson Austin Proesch, Great Granddaughter Addie and sisters, Elsie DeMille, Cathy (Randy) Anderson and Cris (Spence) Skyles and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her son Craig Proesch and parents Willard and Ava Jane Cravens (3-20-15).
In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to Pet Haven or the Idaho Youth Ranch.
Memorial Graveside services will be held at Dry Creek Cemetery in Boise, ID at 11:00 am, Friday, April, 3, 2015. This will be a double service for Babe and her mother Ava Jane Cravens. Services are under the care of Flahiff Funeral Chapel, Caldwell. Condolences may be given at

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Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Apr. 1, 2015