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Carolyn Kay Ravenscroft Smith

Carolyn Smith CurrentCarolyn Kay Ravenscroft Smith passed away Thursday, December 7, 2017, surrounded by her children at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane.

Carolyn was born July 22, 1944 to Vernon and Harriett (Burkhard) Ravenscroft in Moscow, Idaho and grew up on the family farm in Tuttle, Idaho.   She graduated from Hagerman High School and the University of Idaho with a degree in Mathematics.

Carolyn Smith Younger During her freshman year at the UI, Carolyn met William A. “Bill” Smith and the two were married December 26, 1964, next to her family Christmas tree. They went on to live in Libby, Montana, Waimea (Kamuela), Hawaii, and Moscow, Idaho.  Although the couple later divorced, they made many wonderful memories while raising their four children.

Carolyn was a dedicated to serving her community, and over the years she volunteered with many organizations including Meals on Wheels, Campfire, 4-H, Moscow Sister Cities Association, Moscow Arts Commission, Emmanuel Lutheran Church, and the Steel House Board of Directors.  In her personal time, she enjoyed reading, sewing, needlework, gardening, and travel.  Whether in the U.S. or abroad, Carolyn took every opportunity to explore the world with her family.

Carolyn’s vocation was teaching.  She completed a Master’s Degree in Teaching in Mathematics at the University of Idaho in 1985, and she went on to a 28-year career as an Instructor in Mathematics at first the University of Idaho and then Washington State University.

She is survived by her four children: Jennifer (Raymond) Wallace of Moscow, Idaho, Stephanie (Eric) Childress of Dalton Gardens, Idaho, Brant Smith (Jennifer Cornell) of Raymond, New Hampshire, and Joanna (Andrew) Todd of Elmhurst, Illinois; as well as her nine beloved grandchildren: Adam, Claire and Owen Wallace; Samuel (Crystal), Ian (fiancée Renee), Abigail and Emelia Childress; and William and Alexander Todd.  Carolyn is also survived by four siblings and ten nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant sister.

A public service honoring her life will be held Saturday, December 16, 2017, at 1:00 pm at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Moscow, Idaho.  A graveside ceremony for family will be held at a later date.

Gifts made in her memory are encouraged to:  Emmanuel Lutheran Church, The 1912 Center Windows Project, KSPS TV, Red Cross Disaster Relief, or any charity of your choice.

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

Sister Dolores Helbling

Sister Dolores Helbling Cropped PicSister Dolores Helbling, osu, (baptismal name—-Margaret Dolores Helbling) a member of the Ursuline Sisters of the Roman Union Community for 73 years peacefully answered the call of God to “come home” on December 7, 2017. A service of prayer and remembering stories of Sr. Dolores’ life will be on Friday, December 15 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 618 East First Street in Moscow. The funeral Mass will immediately follow. Rev. Joseph McDonald and Rev. Joseph Schmidt are concelebrants.  After Mass there will be a potluck luncheon and all are invited. Interment will be at 2:30 p.m. that afternoon at Moscow Cemetery.

She was born in Golden Valley, North Dakota on April 21, 1924. When she was in high school, her family moved to Moscow because there was a Catholic school available for the children. She attended Ursuline Academy (now, St. Mary’s Parish School). She came to know and felt drawn to serve as an Ursuline Sister. After high school, in 1941, she entered the Ursulines and made her vows (promises to God) as an Ursuline Sister on May 31, 1944. She served God’s people in many ministries:

  • Taught in high and elementary schools in Great Falls, Montana and at St. Malachy’s in Los Angeles, CA
  • In Santa Rosa, CA, she worked with young women to assist them in discerning their vocation in life
  • She gave service in the Ursuline Order as the Provincial of the Western Province (that covers the states of Montana, Idaho, California and Alaska).
  • Served in ministry in Alaska
  • Worked in parish ministries in both Billings, MT and Moscow, ID where she ministered to shut-ins and elderly. In both places she was instrumental in having the parishes obtain a bus to take the elderly and disabled to church.
  • She founded H.E.A.R.T. (Help Elderly Alcoholics Recover Today) in Billings, MT
  • Even in the last few years, though she herself was physically incapacitated and needed care at Good Samaritan Village Care Center, Sr. Dolores still reached out to provide care and solace to her fellow patients.

Many words could be used to describe who she was. There was never a challenge or task that she said was impossible to do. She always found a way to achieve the goal!  However, in her very being she was first and foremost a gardener. The following quote by Simone Martel from Expectant Gardener expresses well who and how Sr. Dolores Helbling lived her life.

“Why do we make gardens? The act seems so extravagant, so illogical. Don’t we have enough hard work in our lives already? Are we looking for more? Why on earth do we bother?  It takes a kind of courage. You have to learn to cherish. You have to dare, to take the risk, to bother, to care. To make a garden, you have to be able to love and to see yourself as capable of nurturing. It takes patience, too. If the garden is to thrive you must commit yourself to it for years, for the creation of a garden takes place over time. Like a child, a garden has needs that have to be met, whether we feel like it or not, day after day.  You have to have confidence. You have to take charge and be responsible. You have to act upon the garden. And you have to let it act upon you. Because it will act upon you. And will knit you together with the rest of the world. It will not let you stand apart. The challenge is hard, but it is irresistible. To get dirty, to get involved. To act and be acted upon. That is life. If we stop accepting that challenge, we stop living.”

Visitors may come to Short’s Funeral Chapel, 1225 East 6th Street on Wednesday afternoon or Thursday.

Memorials may be made to: Ursuline Sisters Retirement Fund or to St. Mary’s School Foundation, PO Box 8485, Moscow, ID 83843.

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Thomas P. “Tom” O’Brien

Tom O'Brien PhotoThomas Patrick O’Brien, of Harvard Idaho, died Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at his home. He was 75.

Tom was born on April 19, 1942, in Hoboken, New Jersey to Thomas J, and Marion Soldati O’Brien.  He was raised in the Hoboken area and attended local schools, graduating from Demarest High School in 1960.  After graduating, he joined the United States Marine Corp where he served honorably for four years.

After been released from active duty, Tom joined the New Jersey State Police and retired as a Captain after 28 years.  Shortly after joining the New Jersey State Police he met Joanne Biel and took her hand in marriage on November 6, 1965.

After his retirement from the New Jersey State Police, Tom worked for the Drug Enforcement Administration.  Tom’s work with the DEA took him and Joanne to the Pacific Northwest.  They loved the country and moved to Harvard where they built their home when he fully retired in 2005.

He loved ranching, tending to his Appaloosa’s, his dogs, Triathalons, skiing and their yearly trips to Hawaii and back east to visit family and friends.  Tom was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, the Former Trooper Organization and Knights of Columbus.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his Wife Joanne of 52 years, Daughters Shelly Michalak and son-in-law Joe Michalak, Tara O’Brien, Son Tom O’Brien and fiancé Kyla Drumm, grandchildren Sara, Hannah, Dustin, Patrick and Gracie, His Brothers Dennis and Ritchie O’Brien and Sister Colleen DeCandia.

Viewing will be Monday, December 11, 2017, from 2 – 5 pm at the Shorts Funeral Chapel of Moscow

Funeral Services will be held at the Princeton Church of Nazarene with Pastor Kathy Kramer presiding at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, December 12, 2017.

In Lieu of flowers the family suggests that donations in Tom’s memory be made to Palouse Care 1515 W A St, Moscow, ID 83843 or

First Responders Outreach / Gary Sinise Foundation

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

Kert C. Colvin

Kert Colvin PhotoKert C. Colvin of Moscow was pronounced deceased at his Moscow home on Friday, December 1, 2017. He was 44.

Kert was born August 23, 1973 in Oxnard, California to Brice and Jan Garrison Colvin, both former Moscow residents. He graduated from Rio Mesa High School in Oxnard in 1991. Kert attended Ventura Junior College for two years following graduation, and then transferred to the University of Idaho in 1994. He graduated from UI with a degree in Computer Science in 2000.

Kert was active during this time helping with the family business in Moscow managing and maintaining apartment rentals. After graduation, he moved back to Southern California to provide total care of his parents with their terminal illnesses. Following the death of both parents, Kert moved back to Moscow to be near his brother Dean and his family.

In his spare time he read a great deal, particularly books about coding on computers. He played a multitude of musical instruments, including drums, bass guitar, clarinet, and piano. He played these in many genres of bands over his lifetime. Kert also enjoyed fishing, travel and visiting with family and friends, especially his many nieces and nephews. He would always provide a helping hand when any of his friends or family were in need.

Kert is survived by his brother, Dean Colvin and family of Moscow, ID and his sister, Keri San Miguel and family of Ithaca, NY. He also leaves an aunt, Marlene Garrison in Lewiston, cousins and nieces and nephew.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM Thursday, December 7, 2017 at Short’s Funeral Chapel in Moscow. A luncheon and reception will be in the fellowship hall of the Moscow Church of the Nazarene afterward. A graveside service will be at 2:00 PM at the Greenwood Cemetery in Palouse.

The family suggests memorials be made to the Moscow Volunteer Fire Department or to a charity of choice.

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

Donna Jean Hamilton

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Our mom was the world’s best sister, wife, mother & Grandma; she passed Thursday Nov 30th 2017 surrounded by her family. She was 77.

Our mom was born April 14th 1940, in Eureka, California to Paul and Zola Deeds.

Our mom married our dad, the love of her life David (Gene) Hamilton on Nov 10th 1956.

Together they had a son and six girls. Settling their family in Idaho in 1971, mom didn’t have to work much outside the home. She was very blessed to stay at home and take care of her family.Donna Hamilton Pic 1

She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandkids: going way out of her way to make sure her family was taken care of.

Our mom loved Jesus and made sure all the grandkids (and anyone else that would be around) went to Sunday school.  She had a huge heart and helped raise many other people as we grow up. She never said “No”. Our house was always full; she will be missed by many.

Our mom was preceded in death by her Parents Paul and Ann Deeds and Bud & Zola Noe; her husband Gene; her only son Earl Wayne, three of her daughters, Linda (Peachy) Ann Tipler, Paula Jean Arnett and Wanda Mae Brown, two brothers Merrit Deeds and Paul (Mack) Deeds; and two son-in-law’s, Peter Leras and Bruce Tipler.

She is survived by us last remaining daughters, Teresa Leras of Juliaetta, Pam (Brad) Dammerman of Bovill and Brenda (Mark) Allen of Genesee; two son-in-law’s Larry Arnett & Dan Brown Sr., her sister Anita Tock, and brothers Duane and Raymond Martin; plus many more family and friends.

Our mom was very blessed to have 24 grandchildren, 73 great grandchildren and 18 great-great grandchildren.

We as Donna’s family would like to give a special “thank you” to Dr. Spain & his staff, as well as the whole staff at Gritman hospital. They truly gave it their all to make her last days with us comfortable.

Visitation will be held from 3pm to 6pm on Wednesday Dec 6th and from noon to 6pm on Thursday Dec 7th at Short’s Funeral Chapel.  A funeral service will be held at 11am on Friday Dec 8th at the Deary Community Bible Church, with interment following at the Bovill Cemetery.

A potluck dinner will follow back at the church.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that memorials in Donna’s name be made to the Deary Ambulance Fund.

If you would like to make a monetary gift for our mom’s funeral expenses please mail them directly to Shorts Funeral Chapel for Donna Hamilton; 1225 E 6th St, Moscow, Idaho 83843.

Eugene “Norm” McGough

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Eugene Norman (Norm) McGough, 91 years old, died at Aspen Park Healthcare, Moscow Idaho, on 24 Nov 2017, from complications of a long illness.  Born 23 July 1926, to Ray and Rose McGough of Sprague, WA, Norm lived most of his life in Moscow attending parochial and public schools.

As a young boy he did many odd jobs, to include raising a pig to sell on some unused ground near the golf course where his step-father worked as grounds keeper.  He was drafted in 1943 during WWII, serving in the engineering corps on numerous islands in the Pacific, to include the Philippines and Japan.  A favorite story was of gathering up a bag full of Japanese invasion currency in the Philippines, and trading it in Japan for a bolt of silk to take home to his mother at the end of the war.Norm McGough Younger

On discharge in 1947 he returned to Moscow and completed his senior year of high school.  Soon thereafter he started a long career as a truck driver, ending with a Teamster’s retirement in 1987.   His trucking career included driving for the local Rainier distributor for seven years, buying a truck with a friend and hauling locally and finally, driving for 30 years with Garrett Freight Lines.

In 1972 he married Patricia Abbott (deceased, 22 July 2012), gaining a family, and a partner for the many camping, hunting and fishing trips taken as members of the Moose Camper Club that he loved.  In addition to the Moose Lodge, Norm was also a member of the Moscow Elks club.

Norm was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, three brothers and a sister. He is survived by step-son Dwayne Abbott and wife Monica, Viola, step-son David Abbott and wife Mary, Viola, step-daughter Mary Jo and husband Bill Ettenhofer, Troy, and step-son Dean Abbott and wife Holly, Moscow.  In addition, he is survived by numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews, and numerous step-grand children and step-great grandchildren.

A grave side service is scheduled for family and friends at 11am, 30 November, Moscow Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to a charity of your choice, in lieu of flowers.

Max Bingman

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Max Eugene Bingman passed peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, November 26, 2017, at the age of 90. Born on February 4, 1927, in Pomeroy, Washington, to George and May Bingman, Max was raised on a farm outside Moscow and attended school in a one-room country schoolhouse. In 1945, he graduated from Moscow High School, was drafted into the Army, and reported for duty at Fort Lewis, Washington. He served two years during WWII, attaining the rank of Sergeant. While stationed at Ft. Hahn and later the Presidio in San Francisco, he was an orderly to the Surgeon General Unit, also known as the Hospital Train. He traveled across the country transporting and caring for sick and wounded service men and women from ships to area hospitals. Max was proud of the two years he served his country, and in 2011 he was honored to participate on a Veterans Inland Northwest Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. for a day of recognition and reflection.Max Bingman Younger0001

While stationed at the Presidio, Max met the love of his life, Eleanor Strauss who was from the Territory of Hawaii (now the 50th State), at a company party. They were married on October 10, 1947, after he was honorably discharged from the Army, and Max drove his young bride to Moscow, Idaho, where they raised their family and spent the next 70 years together.

For the first two years of their marriage, Max farmed and worked at the University of Idaho Golf Course. He went on to work for Phillips Petroleum Company, C.M. Wilderman, and Moscow Radio Service, which he owned and operated until he retired. He later worked part time at Howard Hughes T.V. and Appliances until he fully retired.

Max was active in the U. S. Junior Chamber of Commerce where he held numerous local, state and national offices, including State President, National Chaplin, and National Director. He was always active in the community, serving as a Commander in the Moscow American Legion Post, the board of directors of the Lions Club, and the United Fund. He was a member of the Elks and the American Legion. At the age of 34, he was the youngest person, at the time, to be elected to the City Council where he served four years.

Max loved to travel. He enjoyed extended vacations with his family and numerous trips to Hawaii. He also liked to garden and always took great pride in his yard. He loved westerns and spending time with his family. He was a kind and gentle man, and his family was the cornerstone of his life.

Max is survived by Eleanor, his loving wife of 70 years; daughters Cathy Crowser of Los Angeles, California, and Connie Ricketts of Moscow; sons Randy Bingman (Carla) of Sherwood, Oregon, and Bob Bingman of Moscow; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. In addition, he is survived by his sister Erma Waddell of Port Hueneme, California; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Eldon Bingman.

The funeral service will be at Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow, at 1:00 p.m., December 1, 2017. A graveside service will follow at the Moscow Cemetery. The family suggest memorial be made to the American Cancer Society or Inland NW Honor Flight at www.

Marilyn Jenkins

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Marilyn K. Jenkins, 80, a lifelong resident of Genesee, passed away peacefully at Gritman Medical Center in Moscow surrounded by her loving family on Saturday evening,
Nov. 18, 2017, due to complications from battling cancer and other health issues for several years.

She was the eldest of three daughters born Dec. 4, 1936, in Puyallup, WA to Henry and Marie Biehn (German; pronounced bean); who were rhubarb, raspberry, strawberry,
blackberry and blueberry farmers. Marilyn and her sisters grew up picking rhubarb and berries for their parents, either after school or during the summers. She also spent
her childhood listening to baseball on the radio and became a dedicated fan, especially of the Seattle Mariners since 1977 and on. Shortly after high school Marilyn began
working as a bank teller. She dreamed of marrying a baseball player and not a farmer. However, in 1955 she met Ken Jenkins in Puyallup while he was stationed at Fort Lewis
in the U.S. Army, a farmer who didn’t care for baseball (as much as Marilyn did). On Nov. 16, 1956, they were married in Puyallup where they lived until 1958 when they
moved to Genesee, ID to take over the family farming.

After moving to Genesee, Marilyn became a farmer’s wife and continued working as a bank teller in Genesee. She eventually quit to raise three children and found her niche
as a homemaker. She grew a large garden for produce throughout the calendar year that provided several projects, including canning and making jam and jelly. Marilyn
also enjoyed growing flowers and fell in love with hummingbirds that became one of her favorite pastimes. She was an excellent cook and baker, and also enjoyed sewing
from making outfits to a pair of jeans, etc. In the mid-80’s, Marilyn decided to work again while maintaining her garden at the same time as a bank teller at Bank of America
in Pullman, WA until she retired.

Marilyn’s faith was a cornerstone in her life, and loved her family and many friends. She enjoyed going to Genesee High School sporting events, and U of I football and
basketball games. Ken and Marilyn were boosters of both schools. The Jenkins family activities revolved around sports or going to local sports games. Marilyn faithfully
watched the Mariners on TV while listening to them on the radio at the same time. She also went to Mariners games in Seattle, WA and made annual trips to Mariners
Spring training in Peoria, AZ.

Marilyn’s other interest was travel that began in high school when her family traveled to Europe and visited her Dad Henry’s relatives in Germany. Henry immigrated from
Germany to Seattle, WA when he was 19 years old. Marilyn then planned road trips for her own family by sight-seeing the western United States in a camper. Ken and Marilyn
took their kids on special trips, including Disneyland every four years. After retiring from 40 years of farming, Ken and Marilyn enjoyed traveling in their Bounder motor home
and seeing the United States. The highlight of their travels was a 58-day caravan with 20 other RVs to Alaska in 2004.

Marilyn was a member of the Happy Valley Club, USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council, and the Bounder Timber Roo RV Club. She was a lifelong member of St. John’s Lutheran
Church in Genesee. Ken and Marilyn were also ambassadors to Camp Lutherhaven in Coeur d’Alene, ID.

Her survivors include her son Todd Jenkins, daughter Deanna Jenkins, son Mark (Shaney) Jenkins, sister Shirley (Jack) Arnold, sister-in-law Maxine Jenkins,
step-granddaughters Ashlie and Myranda Moore, step-grandson Christopher Moore, stepgreat-granddaughter Clover Moore, nieces and several nephews,
along with other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Ken Jenkins, parents Henry and Marie Biehn, and sister Dena McCallum.

The funeral service is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Genesee. A reception starting at 12:00 pm will follow the church
service at the Genesee Senior Center. Short’s Funeral Chapel of Moscow has been entrusted with the cremation and arrangements. Viewing will be Wed, 11/29 and
Thurs, 11/30 from 12 pm to 6 pm and Fri, 12/01 from 8 am to 2 pm. Burial will be planned in the Spring 2018. Condolences can be left on-line at

Marilyn’s family and friends would like to extend our sincere gratitude to Gritman Memorial Hospital for their excellent care of Marilyn. It comforts us to know that she received
the very best. Also, very special thanks to Dr. Kraig White, Dr. Bryn Parker, Karen P. and Michelle F. We can’t express enough in words our appreciation to you for everything.

Marilyn’s positive outlook, woman warrior spirit, friendship and steady presence will be missed by many. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions can be made
to St. John’s Lutheran Church, the Genesee Ambulance Fund or Camp Lutherhaven, 2000 W. Lutherhaven Road, Coeur dAlene, ID 83814.

Marguerite Lorraine Ashland

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Marguerite Lorraine Ashland passed away peacefully at home with family by her side early Saturday November 18, 2017. Lorraine was the eldest child of William Charles Tifft and Marguerite Howe Hubbell. Her life began April 9, 1928 in Seymour, Connecticut, a sleepy little town on the banks of the Naugatuck River. She attended school and graduated with honors from Seymour High in 1945 and went on to earn a BFA in 1949 from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Lorraine met Walter I. Ashland Jr. whom she would marry in 1951. They had two daughters, Susanne and Sara. When the girls were still young their family moved to Amherst, Mass where Walt earned his Masters of Landscape Architecture from the University of Massachusetts while Laurie, as Walt called her, raised their daughters.

With a move across the country in 1970, Walt joined the teaching faculty at the University of Idaho. Encouraged by her husband, Lorraine earned a Master’s Degree in Art Education from the U of I. She enjoyed a 20 year career at the University of Idaho Forestry Publications Department. Blending her love for nature and exceptional attention to detail, she went on to produce many pen and ink drawings for multiple publications. You can find her drawings along the Chipman Trail between Moscow and Pullman at the natural information pullouts. Many have also enjoyed gifts of her cards and artwork.

After 37 years together, her husband passed in 1988 and she retired 10 years later. During her retirement she traveled, spent time in her garden and eventually gained a new companion. Little Mercy, a “spunky” min-pin, was a gift from her only granddaughter Jessica. She’s been a loyal friend to Lorraine for the last 13 years.

Lorraine is survived by daughters Susanne Ashland (Brian Johnson) and Sara Frazier (Bradly); granddaughter Jessica Burns (Casimiro); great granddaughter Madison; great grandson Alex; younger brother William G. Tifft of Tucson, AZ; nieces, nephews and her devoted dog Mercy.

A very special thank you to the many friends, caregivers, doctors and to her church family for their loving support. Service to be held at 1:00pm Saturday November 25, 2017 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 111 South Jefferson St. Moscow, ID.

A celebration of Lorraine’s life will take place in April 2018 near her 90th birthday.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Humane Society of the Palouse or the Moscow Volunteer Fire Department.

Carma Foiles

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Carma Jean Foiles, 95, was born in Loveland, CO to Earl and Mabel Worden on Oct. 13, 1922.  She passed away Nov. 14, 2017.    Carma met her future husband, Marvin Foiles, at Loveland High School.  They attended different colleges, but did not lose touch.   While growing up in Loveland, Co.  Carma spent summers working with her sisters as a maid for the family’s cabins at the top of Big Thompson Canyon leading into Estes Park.  Her father had built the first cabins for rent in that area.  Later the family had their own cabin in Estes Park which was enjoyed by her brother and sisters families for over fifty years.

Carma went to Colorado Teachers College and Marvin attended Colorado State University on a track scholarship.  WWII separated them again when Marvin and his brothers volunteered for the Air Force following Pearl Harbor.  Two years later the high school sweethearts were married during a 10-day R & R from the war.  They went to the Army – Navy football game during their honeymoon, before Marvin returned to the war.   Carma came home and worked as a bookkeeper hoping for Marvin (aka Murf) to return from the war.   They didn’t see each other for the next 18 months.

After the war, Marv graduated in Forestry from CSU and they moved to Missoula, MT with the U.S. Forest Service.   His career then took them to North Idaho to the Deception Creek Experiment Station where Marv did forestry research.  They lived half of every year at this remote research center up the North Fork of the Coeur d’ Alene River.    Far out of town, the home at the research center had a wood stove in the kitchen, oil lantern lights and bears that liked to attack the garbage cans at night.  One could barely get any radio reception, let alone television or other entertainment.

Even though Murf tried to convince Carma that they should raise Irish Setters rather than have a large family, by 1953 they had three children, Randy, Janice and Leslie.  Three seemed like just the right number….  they raised six.   The second group of three included Stan, Anne and Steve.   By this time, the family was in Boise, ID but they still spent summers at Forest Service Research Centers.  Those six kids had each other and the forest for their playground.   It must have been a good formula, because they are a loving, close group to this day.

Carma was a wonderful mother.  She created the classic happy home of the 60’s and 70’s.  She was active in the local PTA and her church, but being Mom was always Carma’s first priority.   All of her kids still feel that they had the best mother that anyone could have.  She became a special, loving grandmother to 11 grandchildren and a great grandmother to 10 great grandchildren who all adored her.

The family moved to Moscow, ID in 1967.  Randy started at the University of Idaho that fall and it began a long tradition of family members graduating from the UI.  All six children attended the university and four met their spouses there.   While living in Moscow, Idaho, Carma was a founding member of the Latah Federal Credit Union, and later became an employee for them.

Motherhood can also bring heartache.  In 1969 tragedy struck, when her oldest daughter, Janice, was killed at age 19 the day after Christmas.   Marvin died of cancer at the age of 61 shortly after retiring from the Forest Service.  Cancer also took her youngest child, Steve, at age 49.   The positive way in which Carma survived these events is a testament to the strong character that kept her smiling and a joy to be with all the way to 95 years of age.

After Murph’s death, Carma did one of the best things she ever did as a Mom for her family.  She took a solo drive up to Lake Coeur d’Alene to look for “just a little cabin.”  The cabin she bought is still in the family.  Two more lake homes are now in the family, and the group has loved the Conkling Park area ever since Carma took that drive to the lake to “just look around.”

Carma played tennis, was a master at bridge, enjoyed watching sports, and loved a good party with her “happy hour” around 5:00.   The family loved to be at Grandma’s lake house every summer and she was delighted with the whole crowd there.  Having the family together with kids sleeping all over the floors is how she liked it – all together, just like the days growing up at Deception Creek Experiment Station.   Carma made many friends in the Conkling Park area of Lake Coeur d’Alene.  She enjoyed 30+ years at the lake with friends from Moscow and the lake neighborhood.

In the last several years Carma lived at Orchard Crest Retirement Center in the Spokane Valley followed by Brighton Court Assisted Living Center, also in the Spokane Valley.

In addition to Marvin, Janice and Steve, Carma was pre-deceased by her parents, Earl and Mabel Worden, brother Mansel Worden, and sisters Virginia Curtis and Naomi Yeager, all from the Loveland, CO. area.

Carma is survived by four married children:  Randy Foiles (Mary Ann), Les Foiles (Vickie), Stan Foiles (Kristi) and Anne Frederiksen (Phil), plus Steve’s widow, Dawn (Brad Roach).  She has 11 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

A small graveside service will be held in Moscow, Idaho, Saturday morning, Nov. 18.  The family is planning a celebration of her life in December.

The family wishes to thank the caring staff at Brighton Court dementia care and the wonderful nurses of Kindred Hospice for their loving care of Carma during these last few months.

The family suggests that any memorial donations be made to the Vandal Scholarship Fund, or to the Janice Foiles Memorial Scholarship Fund at the University of Idaho.  This fund continues to grant scholarships to freshman women at the U of I, 48 years after Janice’s death.