DeMaris Childers

DeMaris Childers Current PhotoDeMaris K. Childers, a longtime Moscow resident, died Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at Syringa General Hospital in Grangeville. She was 74.

DeMaris was born February 26, 1941 at Potlatch to Alvin L. and Dorothy Parnell Carscallen. She grew up and attended school there and was a member of the Potlatch Riding Club, graduating from Potlatch High School. She was a rodeo princess in the 1958 Lewiston Roundup.

Childers Younger PhotoShe and Charles D. “Don” Childers were married in Coeur d’Alene on May 28, 1960. They made their home in Moscow where DeMaris worked as an operator for General Telephone and Electronics (GTE). She later worked as a bookkeeper for the Johnson News Agency and for a time as a bartender at Schierman’s Slurp & Burp in Moscow. DeMaris then went to work at Tidyman’s Grocery Store, first as a checker and later as bookkeeper, retiring from there in 1999. She moved to Kooskia where she’s lived since.

DeMaris enjoyed the outdoors, camping, horse pack trips, four-wheeling, sewing and travel. She will be remembered as a people person and one who shared her opinion.

Don preceded her in death in September of 1993. Surviving are her children, Kevin (Cindy) Childers in Kooskia, Craig Childers in Coeur d’Alene, Carmen (Mel) Miller of Moscow and Carla (Nick) Williams of Seattle. She also leaves eight grandchildren, April, Kayla, Lacey, Clayton, Michelle, Justin, Payton and Cruz as well as 6 great grandchildren and a step-brother, Darrell (Joy) Kibbee in Idaho Falls, ID

In addition to her husband, Don, she was also preceded in death by a brother, Dallas Carscallen.

The family suggests memorials be made to the Animal Ark in Grangeville or to a charity of choice.

The funeral service will be held Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 11:00 AM at Short’s Funeral Chapel with Pastor Kathy L. Kramer officiating. Burial will be at the Moscow Cemetery and a reception will follow at Schierman’s Event Center, 3225 Robinson Park Road, Moscow.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow and online condolences may be sent to

21 Responses to DeMaris Childers

  1. Jack and Cora Patterson says:

    Our prayers are with each and everyone of you. We too will miss DeMaris, but may we all find comfort knowing she is no longer suffering and is now with Don.

  2. Heidi Johnson says:

    Aunt DeMaris was a one of a kind. I always admired her strength. I am glad her suffering has come to an end and she can rejoin the rest of her family. I am sending my love and prayers to all of those who are left behind. May God look over you and comfort you during these sad times. Love, Heidi

  3. karen woltering (woodworth) says:

    Carmen, I am so sorry for your loss. I know how hard it is to lose your mother, as mine passed in 2004. my prayers are with you and your siblings, children, and grandchildren. sincerely Karen (lena whitmore grade school).

  4. Carey & Dorothy Carscallen says:

    We are very sorry to hear of the death of our cousin DeMaris. We pray for God’s presence and comfort for all of the family.

  5. Lois Carscallen says:

    My sympathy and love to all the family. God gives us such a wonderful promise in his Word; Take heart!

    “For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring from the grave those who sleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.”
    1 Thessalonians 4:13-17.
    I am looking forward to that day
    Great Aunt Lois

  6. Keith & Darla Katzenberger says:

    So Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers of our family are with yours.
    Keith and Darla Katzenberger
    Marie Katzenberger Green
    Monte Katzenberger

  7. Terry Childers Mosman and Rich Mosman says:

    Demaris was my aunt and married to Don Childers, my father Eldon Childers, brother. WE were a close family, and I will forever miss them all until reunited in Heaven. Much love to my cousins Kevin, Carmen, Carla and Butch and familys.

  8. Terry Childers Mosman says:

    DEMARIS is my aunt that married Don Childers, brother to my dad Eldon Childers. They all will be dearly missed until we’re reunited in Heaven! My love and prayers are with you Kevin,Carmen, Carla, Butch and family’s.

  9. Lisa Russell says:

    Don and Demaris were long time family friends of my mother, Bertha Covington. We always loved her “spunk”, her laugh and visits with her. It’s so difficult to lose your mother – my prayers for strength are with my childhood friends Kevin, Carmen, Carla, Butch.

    • Carmen Miller says:

      Thank you Lisa as you know how hard it is to loose your mother Leslie and you just went throughthe same thing a few months ago,in time we all heal but its still a tough time we all have to go through.

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