Betty Greenwell

betty-greenwell-photoBetty Louise Greenwell of Genesee passed away Saturday, November 12, 2016, at Royal Plaza in Lewiston. She was 91.

Betty was born to on March 20, 1925 to Henry and Hattie Scharnhorst Koster. She attended and graduated from Genesee Elementary/High School. She grew up and worked on the family farm in Genesee and was married to Phillip D. Greenwell in Genesee on June 3, 1944. They continued to work on the family farm for a few years until Phil opened and operated a repair shop at Sweetwater.

In the early 1950s, Phil and Betty began farming the Koster and Scharnhorst farms southwest of Genesee. They ran the operation until they retired in the late 1980s. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church for most of her life and enjoyed cooking for various potlucks and functions.  Betty enjoyed spending time baking, and many people were able to enjoy some of the wonderful treats that came out of her kitchen over the years from home-made pies and cookies, to the bags of caramel corn she would hand out at Halloween.  She also loved to crochet and did so to the last of her days. She was known for making beautiful afghans for people, and also made over 400 stocking caps for the children of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lewis Clark Valley.

Surviving her is her brother Ralph Koster of Moscow; daughter, Mary Ann Greenwell Croteau and husband Raymond Croteau of Tacoma; her grandchildren, Joshua Tyler and wife Ann Marie of Lewiston, Aaron Tyler and wife Francie of Troy and Michaela Tyler Barnes of Clarkston, great-grandchildren Cael, Olivia, Joviana, Rowan, Mason, Aiden, Rylie, Eli, and Spencer.  She was preceded in death by her husband Phil Greenwell in March of 2014 and daughter, Kathy Greenwell Burdick, in December of 2011.

The funeral service will at 10 a.m. Saturday, November 19th at Short’s Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in Genesee. An open house reception will be at the family farm house in Genesee following the graveside service.

The family suggests memorials be made to the Genesee Fire and Ambulance fund.

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

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