1922 - 2017
Thornhill Valley Chapel
1400 South Pines Road
Spokane Valley, WA

Ida A. (Rowe)

In the comfort of family and the loving arms of God, Ida A. (Rowe) Dolphin, 94, completed the circle of life, going home, on January 3, 2017, at the Guardian Angel Homes in Liberty Lake, where she had resided since April 2016. Her peaceful death was due to natural causes related to a long life, lived well and well lived.
Born November 10, 1922, in the City of Cadiz, Negros Occidental, Philippine Islands, she came to the United States as a child. Returning to the Philippines with her mother in 1935, she was preparing to come to the U.S. to finish her education when WW II broke out. She was imprisoned at Santo Tomas Internment Camp in Manila as a civilian prisoner of war until she conspired with family, and friends in Manila, to affect a very stringent conditional release - which she ignored, instead making her way to the family hacienda on Negros.
There, using false papers, she evaded the enemy and worked in Bacolod until it became too dangerous. She then joined the civilian resistance government in the mountains until the end of the war when she came to the U.S.
After business college, she married and had six children. She later divorced, completed her college education, earning her bachelors (1965) and masters (1968) at Whitworth, and taught for nearly 20 years at Spokane's Shadle Park High School, where she sponsored the Hiking Club.
She authored "Life on Hold" about her wartime experiences (which were also recorded by the Air Force's Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) school); and, after "learning to backpack for fun", co-authored the first edition of "100 Hikes in the Inland Northwest" for the Spokane Mountaineers.
Serving as president of the Spokane Mountaineers, she rejuvenated the Mountain Climbing School. Additionally, she co-instructed an edible wild plant seminar for the Spokane Parks and Recreation Department.
An accomplished artist in watercolors, oil, and acrylics, she was a member of the Spokane Watercolor Society. As a Master Gardener, she lectured on topics such as container gardening, planning beds for color and interest, primroses and penstemons. A charter member of the Friends of Manito, she led tours, and organized their first plant sale in 1990. She was a life member (and past president) of both the Eastern Washington Chapter of the Native Plant Society, and the Spokane Mushroom Society; and was featured in a U.S. Forest Service interpretive exhibit as the "Incidental Mushroomer".
She fell in love with fellow Mountaineer Tony Dolphin whom she married in 1985. Together with Tony, she travelled, tended her garden, experienced the outdoors, remained active in conservation issues, and read voraciously.
Predeceased by her true-love and husband Tony in 2009, she is survived by her children: Florence (John) Townsend, and Jerel (Karen) Rowe, both of Newman Lake; Janell (Tommy) Morse, Spotsylvania, Virginia; Jody Rowe, Coeur d'Alene; Corinne (George) Juniel, and Melanie Rowe, both of Las Vegas, Nevada. She is also survived by her sisters-in-law: Gwen Dolphin Rawlings, Kennewick; Lola Dolphin, City of Spokane Valley; and Mary Floy Dolphin, Liberty Lake.
Her extended family includes 21 grand-children, 23 great-grand- children, numerous nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews, all of whom she cared for deeply.
A private family burial will be held at Spokane Memorial Gardens. Ida's life will be celebrated on a future date at Community United Methodist Church, Coeur d'Alene, where she was a member.
The family respectfully requests that those wishing to honor Ida do so through donations in her memory to the Spokane Mountaineers Conservation Fund, the Lands Council, the Nature Conservancy, and especially Hospice of Spokane to whom the family is extremely grateful.

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Published by Spokesman-Review on Jan. 8, 2017.
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Ida was my favorite all time Mountaineer! We enjoyed many nights around campfires with Ida and Tony. Butter on morel mushrooms, butter on fiddle head ferns, butter on just about anything when Ida was cooking. Ida was an inspiration to generations of backpackers and always had special tips for her students when she taught in the Backpacking School for the Mountaineers. Definitely one of the Greatest Generations! Ida and Tony both touched so many lives. Goodbye dear friend.
Jon Lepper
February 3, 2017
Ida was a member of River Ridge Association of Fine Arts from about 2000 to 2005. She was a wonderful artist and active member. Her book "Life on Hold" was so impressive. I lost touch with her after she left the art group and I was in the south for winters. It is good to see that she continued to be the active and lovely person I knew. She left so many great memories. My sympathy to her close friends and family who will surely miss this wonderful woman. I am still a member of River Ridge Association of Fine Arts and will let those who may remember Ida know that she has gone home to God.
Marge Mero
January 23, 2017
Ida was the best teacher ever! She shared her story in my Humanities class at Shadle and I was in awe. Such a tiny, petite woman who stood up in such a horrendous time of war and talked about being held captive. She really was an incredible woman with a huge heart for others and always smiling. As a young student, I admired and respected her so much. Her story had a great impact on those of us who got to hear it. Rest in Peace beautiful lady.
SPHS Class of "76."
Janet Rizzuto-Dibler
January 18, 2017
She was a wonderful teacher. I've often thought about her over the years. I'm sorry to hear if her passing.
Anita King
January 11, 2017
Farewell Mrs. Rowe.
Jeff Baldwin
January 10, 2017
I never had Mrs. Rowe (as I knew her) as a teacher at Shadle Park High School, but I vividly remember her speaking to our history class about her personal experiences during the Second World War. It is one of my most important memories of high school, and she was one of the inspirations for my being a history teacher. Thank you, Ida!!!
Dan Barrett
January 10, 2017
When I met Ida so many years ago, she struck me as being "a real human being": friendly, quick witted, curious and interested and a great story-teller. I would love to have spent more time with Ida over the years but I cherish the few moments we shared. Definitely, one of the "Greatest Generation". Peace to all of the family. Best wishes, Lynn Pilgrim-Little, Santa Fe, NM
January 9, 2017
Mrs. Rowe was one of the most influential people in my life. She will always be in my heart. My sincerest condolences to her family during this difficult time.
Cooky Strader
January 9, 2017
Prayers to the family
January 9, 2017
Mrs. Rowe was my homeroom teacher for all three years at Shadle. One very fine and wonderful lady. She fully understood my circumstances of delivering papers every morning and working full-time after school until 9:00 PM everyday and on the weekends. She would let me sleep during homeroom with no issues. She never marked me late when I arrived after the starting time because of issues with the paper routes. I loved her for her caring and compassion. Nice to see that she lived such a long life.
Jay Klohe
January 9, 2017
SO very saddened to hear you have left us 'Mrs. Rowe'. We've all had a teacher or two that has left such an impact on us that they are thought of frequently throughout our lives. YOU are one of mine! Thank you for sharing your knowledge, experiences and love with us at Shadle Park, especially when it was very difficult for you to go back in time. Thank you also for the wonderful visit we had when my kids got to meet you. What an inspiration! Go rest now with the angels, for now you have earned your wings. You will be greatly missed.....
Melinda Norman
January 8, 2017
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