Search Obituaries



Eileen Davidson

Eileen Davidson Pic

Eileen slipped away and passed on December 23rd at Good Samaritan Village at the age of 98.

Eileen was born December 11th, 1919 on her grandparent’s wheat farm in Idaho County near Winona, to Everett Adair and Clara Roakey (Roche), she was to be their only child.  They moved to Kamiah when she was 5 years old.  Eileen fondly remembered living there in her early childhood and “just loved the Nez Perce Indian children” which she would swim, ride horses and pick melons with in summers.  Only a few spoke very little English, although she remembered in particular, Elvira Blackeagle, who Eileen vividly cherished as a girlfriend.

The family moved to Spokane during the Great Depression where Eileen attended Lewis and Clark High School.  For entertainment the family would park the car in downtown Spokane while eating penny candy and people watch.  Eileen attended the University of Idaho and became a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, graduating in 1941 with a B.A degree in Business Education.  She worked summers in her college years for the Washington Trust Bank and as a bookkeeper at Geiger Field.  After college her degree took her to Cascade Idaho High School to teach business courses.

She and Gene (Eugene Davidson) met on the University of Idaho campus, her sophomore year when they were on a blind date for a SAE fraternity dance at Halloween.  Gene and Eileen married in Walla Walla upon his return from the South Pacific WWII Theater March 26th, 1944.  Their first home was a small house in Walla Walla where Gene worked for Green Giant Produce.  Returning to Spokane in 1949, they co-owned the William Tell Motel and a Shell gas station on East Sprague in Spokane along with her parents until 1953. Their only child, Douglas, was born in December 1949 while in Spokane. They built several homes together in Spokane, along the way working as a team to then decorate, sell and build again, sort-of early house flippers.

Eileen enjoyed being a mother and housewife. When first married, she could not cook, but she studied hard, read many cookbooks and became an accomplished gourmet cook, she volunteered and gave 100% with her club work.  She was tall and thin which caused her to sew most of her clothes, she was an excellent seamstress; sewing only Vogue patterns with stunning detail.  By far her greatest joy was decorating; she was truly in her element with the task of creating a house into a wonderful home environment.

A promotion for Gene took them to Lewiston, Idaho from 1960 to 1980.  Throughout the 1960’s the family liked to camp up on the Clearwater and Selway rivers where she would paint landscapes.

In Lewiston, Eileen served as a Red Cross Grey Lady with the Opportunity School for the Handicapped and also on the board of the YWCA.  She was president of the following organizations:  Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, Tsceminicum Federated Club, Mary Ball Mothers Club, and P.E.O.Chapters both AR and BL.

Upon Gene’s retirement, they returned to Spokane to build one more time a beautiful home on the South Hill which they enjoyed for an additional 32 years.  In September 2012, they moved into a twin home at the Fairview Village Estates in Moscow, Idaho to be near their son and daughter-in-law.

In Spokane she was president of P.E.O.Chapter EQ for 1988, ’89, ’90.  Eileen was a P.E.O. member for over 50 years. She also was President of The High View Garden Club in Spokane.  Eileen was a member of the Presbyterian Church.

They thoroughly got a kick out of traveling, owning several trailers and a VW camper seeing the US and Canada for many years!  Touring Nova Scotia and the northeastern US and from South Florida up to Vancouver, Canada and Hawaii, visiting almost all 50 states.

Eileen and Gene traveled extensively on several trips throughout Europe and Asia.  Their international travels started in the early 1970’s and continued for nearly 30 years.  Their favorite trip was the first one to Japan.  It had new sights, sounds and of course culture, as well as the artistic nature.  She truly enjoyed traveling with her love, Gene.  They visited all continents except Antarctica.  Eileen liked the interaction with people the most in all of their excursions.

Her parents and husband preceded her in death. Gene and Eileen were married for 68 years when Gene passed in November 2012.  She is survived by her son Douglas and daughter-in-law Joyce of Moscow, Idaho.

Memorials may be sent to the Union Gospel Mission of Spokane.  At the request of Eileen, she has been cremated and there will not be a memorial service.

Edith M. Griffin

Edith Griffin PhotoEdith May Griffin of Elk River died Monday, January 1, 2018 at Gritman Medical Center. She was 81.

Edith was born November 22, 1936 at Helmer, Idaho to Harvey and Vivian Knowles Clugey. She started school in Helmer, and then Deary. She and Mitchell S. Griffin were married July 3, 1953 in Lewiston. They made their home in Helmer, later Bovill and Emida before settling in Elk River in 1971. Edith was a longtime member of the Syringa Club in Elk River and served as secretary for several years. She volunteered at the Deary Food Bank and was an EMT at Elk River for a time.

Edith was an accomplished seamstress, making clothing for her children, enjoyed knitting, quilting, crocheting and upholstered furniture. She was an ardent gardener, canning much of the produce, and was known for her huckleberry picking abilities.

Surviving are her children, Clarence and Gale Griffin of Lewiston, Teresa “Terry” and Bill Whybark of Moscow, Denise and Heath Schroedl of Elk River and Roger and Mary Griffin of Lewiston. She also leaves 7 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren and a brother, Jack Clugey of Lewiston.

She was preceded in death by a son, Mitchell S. “Mike” Griffin, Jr. in 2001, her husband, Mitchell in 2004, a granddaughter, Chanda Morris in 1991, a grandson, Aaron Pointon in 2017, two brothers, Ralph and Glen Clugey and a sister, Pearl Williams.

The funeral service will be held at 10:30 AM Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at Short’s Funeral Chapel in Moscow with Pastor Kevin McGill officiating. Burial will follow at Pinecrest Cemetery in Deary with a luncheon and time of fellowship at the Deary Community Center afterward.

The family suggests memorials be made to the Chanda Morris Scholarship Fund at Gritman Medical Center, the Deary Food Bank or to the Syringa Club in Elk River.

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

Jack Chamberlain

Jack Chamberlain Current0001Jack E. Chamberlain of Moscow died Saturday, December 30, 2017 at Gritman Medical Center. He was 87.

Jack was born January 21, 1930 in Rochester, Minnesota to Clair and Cora Brown Chamberlain. In 1945 the family moved to Moscow, Jack graduated from Moscow High School in 1949.Jack Chamberlain Younger0001 He worked for the Chevy Garage before joining the Air Force in 1952, serving as a gunner and flight engineer during the Korean Conflict. While home on leave, he married Ivadell Green in Moscow on August 23, 1952.

The couple moved to Texas, while he finished his service duties. Following his discharge in 1956, they returned to Moscow. Jack worked as a logger and drove truck. He worked for a time as a mechanic for Simplot, later for Bill Brant, and at WSU before going to work at C&B Music and Vending. In 1974 he became a partner with Don Miller in a body shop.

Jack became a Moscow Volunteer Fireman, under Chief Ralph McAllister in 1969. He attended the National Fire Academy in Washington, DC in 1979, and in 1980 accepted a position as Chief of the Worley Fire District. After retiring from there, they moved back to Moscow care for Ivadell’s mother and Jack helped his son, Tim open Moscow RV Center.

He was a member of the Moscow Elks Lodge, Eagles and Moose Lodges, and had served as a trustee for the Eagles. He enjoyed camping, hunting and outdoor activities and will be especially remembered for his ability to always be fix and build anything. Jack was privileged to be a member of the Northwest Honor Flight to Washington, DC recently.

Jack was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Ivadell in September of 2016, a grandson, Craige Heilman and three brothers, George, Richard and Clair Chamberlain.

Surviving are his children, Larry (Debbie Noren) Chamberlain of Troy, Tim (Laurie) Chamberlain of Deary. Julie (Steve) Odenborg of Genesee and Sally (Jim) Lyon of Pasco, WA and nephew Kelley Chamberlain of White Bird, ID. Jack also leaves six grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren and his faithful companion “Lucky Dog”.

A Celebration of Life and potluck will begin at 1:00 PM, Saturday, January 13th at the Moscow Eagles Lodge on Main Street. A private burial will be at the Moscow Cemetery this spring.

The family suggests memorials be made to the Moscow Volunteer Fire Department or to the Moscow Eagles Lodge.

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

Amy Nelle Bird

Amy Bird PhotoAmy Bird, 90, of Moscow

Amy Nelle Bird, 90, died of age-related causes Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, at her home in Moscow.  She and her husband of 66 years, Bob Bird, had moved to Moscow in August.

Amy was born July 21, 1927, at Thorp, Wash., west of Ellensburg.  She was the fifth of 11 children of Herbert and Ileen (Hyder) Legg, who had moved to Washington from Hawkins County, Tenn., the previous year.

She grew up on her family’s farm in Kittitas, Wash., graduating from Kittitas High School in 1945. She and her siblings delivered the Ellensburg Daily Record and helped their parents on the farm. Amy attended Central Washington College of Education (now Central Washington University), graduating in 1949 with a degree in elementary education. She taught kindergarten in Bellevue, Yakima and Ellensburg.

In December of 1950, Amy met Robert “Bob” Bird, who had moved to Ellensburg from North Carolina. They were married Dec. 22, 1951, at Grace Episcopal Church in Ellensburg. The following year, the couple moved to Kellogg, Idaho, where Bob was employed by the Bunker Hill Company.

The Birds had three sons, Kenton, John and James, all born in Kellogg. Amy was a homemaker active in the PTA, Cub Scouts, church activities and PEO, a women’s philanthropic association. She was elected to the Kellogg School Board in 1973 and re-elected in 1976. The Kellogg Elks Lodge honored her with its first “Citizen of the Year” of the award in recognition of her service on the School Board.

Bob and Amy moved in 1977 to Clarksville, Tenn., where Bob worked for Jersey Miniere Zinc Company until his retirement in 1992. Amy belonged to Trinity Episcopal Church, volunteered for Meals on Wheels and was instrumental in starting a PEO chapter.

In 1993, the couple moved to Prescott, Ariz., where Amy was a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. She was active in PEO, particularly its support for Cottey College in Nevada, Mo. She enjoyed reading, gardening and visits with neighbors and friends.

Amy enjoyed traveling in the United States and abroad. In 1977, she and Bob spent a month in England and Scotland, visiting her family’s ancestral home in Yorkshire and retracing the steps of author Edwin Teale, who wrote “Springtime in Britain.”  They returned to Britain in 1980 for their son Kenton’s graduation from the University of Wales.  Bob and Amy participated in Elderhostels in Charlottesville, Va., and the Hopi and Navajo reservations of Arizona. They took a cruise through the Panama Canal in 2008 and toured New Zealand in 2010.

Survivors include her husband, Bob, at their home in Moscow; two sons, Kenton, and his wife, Gerri Sayler, of Moscow; and James, and his wife, Nanette, of Firestone, Colo.; two granddaughters, Jaci Bird, her fiancée, Apollo Kinsey, and their son, Killian Bird, all of Marana, Ariz., and Julia Bird of Firestone.

Amy’s second son, John, died in 1988.  John’s widow, Robbin McInnis, resides in Forest Grove, Ore., and her children, Shaun McInnis and Amy Santmyer, live in Beaverton, Ore. Other surviving family members include two brothers, App Legg, of Yuma, Ariz., and Dan Legg of Sarasota, Fla.; two sisters, Joan Klemmer of Spokane and Mary Hayes of Yakima, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 111 S. Jefferson in Moscow, with the Rev. Robin Biffle officiating.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the public libraries in Kellogg, Clarksville or Prescott; to PEO, earmarked for Cottey College, or to the University of Idaho Arboretum Associates.

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

Virginia Leppelman

Virginia Leppelman PhotoVirginia Leppelman of Moscow passed away on December 31, 2017, just two weeks from her 94th birthday.  She was born on January 14, 1924 to Peg and Jack Clancy in Bethel Connecticut. She had two sisters, Jackie and Lois.

She married Lewis Leppelman in 1944 and they had five children, Tammy Fager, Larry Leppelman, John Leppelman, Bobby Leppelman and Charles Leppelman.   She also leaves eight grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren.  She loved to travel around the world and also enjoyed playing pinochle and bridge.  She was full Irish and was always dressed in green from head to toe on St. Patrick’s Day.  She loved to sing, dance and enjoyed the glamorous life whenever possible.

She was preceded in death by a son, Charlie and sisters, Jackie McAuliff and Lois Clausen.

A graveside service will be held at 1:00 PM, Monday, January 8th at the Freeze Cemetery near Potlatch.

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

Robert A. “Al” Mundy

Al Mundy Photo0001Robert Allen “Al” Mundy of Moscow died Thursday morning, December 28th at Gritman Medical Center. He was 81.

Al was born July 11, 1936 in Rolla, North Dakota to R. Dewey and Effie Nyberg Mundy. He grew up and attended school in St. John, ND. In 1954 he moved to Chinook, Montana where he began an apprenticeship with Great Northern Railroad as a machinist. It was there he met Dayle LaRayne Hobbs and they were married in Chinook on May 20, 1956. They owned and operated a service station in Chinook, MT. The family moved to Whitefish, MT where Al worked in a machine shop. The family also lived in Aberdeen, WA where he worked for Lambs-Grays Harbor as a machinist, later to Wenatchee, WA for Alcoa Aluminum. The family moved to Moscow in 1968 when Al went to work for Washington State University in the mechanical engineering department.

In 1975, he purchased and operated Mundy’s Machine and Welding Shop along with his son, Dave. He retired in 1998 and wintered in Arizona for several years. He was a life member of the Moscow Elks Lodge, and enjoyed hunting, fishing and traveling in their motorhome. He was also an active member St. John’s Lutheran Church in Genesee.

Surviving are his wife of over 61 years, Dayle, at their home, son Dave (wife, Irene and daughter, Emily) of Moscow, daughter, Peggy (husband Jeff Guske and daughters, Jessie Roberge and Heidi Score) of Twin Lakes, ID, and great grandchildren, Avery Roberge; Maddox, Zachary, and Brooklyn Score. He was preceded in death by a great grandson, Hayden Jeffrey Score and two brothers, LeRoy and Jim Mundy.

Viewing will be at Short’s Funeral Chapel on Tuesday, January 2nd from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM. A private graveside service will be at St. John Lutheran Cemetery in Genesee. A memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, January 3rd at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Genesee with Pastor Dana Helsing officiating.

A reception and luncheon will follow at the Genesee Senior Center.

The family suggests memorials be made to St. John Lutheran Church in Genesee.

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

Margaret Thornton

Margaret Thornton Photo0001Margaret V. Thornton of Moscow died Monday, December 18, 2017 at her home. She was 96, and will be remembered as a kind and loving soul.

Margaret was born August 2, 1921 at Wendell, Idaho to Martin and Lois Swanson Ward. She grew up on the family farm with her siblings until her sophomore year when the family moved to Moscow. She graduated from Moscow High School in 1939, the first graduating class in the “new high school”. She then attended the University of Idaho.

On September 9, 1942 she married Everett M. “Mort” Thornton in Moscow. Margaret worked at Washburn-Wilson Seed Company while Mort was serving in the Navy. Following his discharge Margaret was a homemaker, bowled on several leagues and was a member of Bridge Clubs over the years. Margaret worked at Garrett Freight Lines in Moscow for at time.  She went to work in the Registry Department at the Appaloosa Horse Club until 1987, retiring after 26 years with them.

Mort, her husband of nearly 50 years, preceded her in death in 1991. Margaret is survived by her son, Rod (Diana) Thornton of Pullman and daughter, Vicki (Mike) McGahan of Moscow. She also leaves five grandchildren, Michelle Randall, Brian Thornton, Lisa Hall, Amber Thornton, and Tanner Thornton and twelve great grandchildren, Tyler, Morgan, Dane, Jake, Taylor, Ellie, Abbie, Liberty, Cole, Breeynn, Dakota, River, and a brother, Tom Ward in Spokane as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, Margaret was also preceded in death by her brothers, Bruce Ward and Don Ward, and an infant son in 1943.

The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the staff of Good Samaritan Moscow Village for the exceptional care and compassion toward Margaret during her last days.

The family will hold a private celebration of life and the urn placement will be with Mort at the Moscow Cemetery.

Memorials to Good Samaritan or to Life Flight are suggested.

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

Kathleen M. Oller

Kathleen Oller PhotoKathleen Marie Oller of Moscow died Sunday, December 17, 2017 at her home. She was 72.

Kathy was born July 15, 1945 in Moscow to Clayton P. and Nellie R. Oliver Mulalley. She grew up and attended school at Troy. She and Wesley E. Oller were married March 14, 1964 in Moscow. They made their home in Moscow where she was a homemaker. She later went to work for the Idahonian Newspaper as an equipment operator. She was in that position for several years before going to work at Washington State University as an equipment operator in the mail services department, and retiring from there about 10 years ago.

She enjoyed the outdoors, camping and fishing, traveling, crocheting and making many afghans for folks.

Surviving are her husband of 53 years, Wes, at their Moscow home, a son, Wesley O. Oller of Moscow and a daughter, Valerie Cowger of Pierce, Idaho and grandchildren, Kelsey Bradshaw of Lewiston and Austin Bradshaw in Orofino. She also leaves brothers, Ron Mulalley of Kellogg, ID and Jerry Mulalley of Lewiston, ID. Her sisters, Elaine Campbell of Spokane, WA. Marry Elzea of Birch Bay, WA and Jeanette “Peachy” Roberts of Lubbock, TX, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother Mickey Mulalley and a sister, Betty Ann McCormick.

At her request, there will be no formal service. The family suggests memorials be sent to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow, and online condolences may be left at www.shortsfuneralchapel.com

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 www.shortsfuneralchapel.net.

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.

Online condolences may be sent to www.shortsfuneralchapel.net.