June 22nd, 2011
Harley A. Passmore of Kettle Falls went home to be with his Lord on June 14, 2011. He was born in Tacoma on Jan. 29, 1939 to Margret (Richmire) and Harley Passmore. He married Susan Obermeier on July 11, 1975 and resided in Puyallup.
Ella Rhodes (Cole) Wilkie, a resident of Colville, passed away June 15, 2011 at Buena Vista Nursing Home in Colville at the age of 93. Ella was born on Oct. 14, 1917 in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, the daughter of Lee Frank and Minnie (Hampton) Rhodes.
Elaine H. Verhaag, a 56-year resident of Kettle Falls, passed away on June 13, 2011 in her home at the age of 87. Elaine was born on June 24, 1923 in Spokane, the daughter of Harry William and Inez Maud (Crossett) Tucker.
She was raised and attended school in Spokane, where she graduated from West Valley High School in 1941. Following high school, she worked for Armour Foods, where she met Lawrence â€śDutchâ€ť Verhaag.
Thomas â€śBudâ€ť G. Clough, Jr., a resident of Colville, passed away on June 1, 2011 in Colville at the age of 73. Bud was born on April 19, 1938 in Aberdeen, the son of Thomas George and Edith (Johnson) Clough.
Bud moved often with his family as they followed work opportunities. He attended grade school in Oregon and high school in Republic, where he met his high school sweetheart, Carol Marie Hatcher.
While attending school, Bud also worked at the San Poil Lumber Yard, loading boxcars after school.
Persha â€śCookieâ€ť Faye Hill, a lifetime resident of Northeast Washington, passed away on June 11, 2011 in Colville. Cookie was born on Jan. 21, 1953 in Colville, the daughter of Robert and Geneva (Montgomery) Coleman.
Jack L. Anderson, a lifelong resident of the Colville area, passed away on June 8, 2011 in Spokane at the age of 82. Jack was born on July 15, 1928 near Barstow, the son of Paul Michael and Evelyn Lloydeen (Terry) Anderson.
Eleanor V. (Cox) Bestrom, a life-long resident of the area, passed away on June 6, 2011, in Colville at the age of 83. She was born on Jan. 1, 1928, in the Bruce Creek area of Evans, the daughter of Chester and Anna (Peterson) Cox.
Donald Thomas Lamica, a resident of Chewelah, passed away on May 31, 2011 in Chewelah at the age of 49. He was born on Nov. 5, 1961 in San Jose, CA, the son of Theodore Charles and Nancy Kaceda (Garner) Lamica.
Don loved to spend his time on the local lakes and streams fishing. He was an excellent craftsman when working with wood, and was a fantastic cabinet maker. Don loved spending time with his family, especially when it came to barbecues.
Don was preceded in death by his mother, Nancy, in 1997 and his father, Ted, in 2010.
Local historians and community residents alike celebrated the bicentennial of iconic fur trader David Thompson and his journey down the Columbia River last Saturday at the old Saint Paulâ€™s Mission/Kettle Falls Historic Center. More than 100 canoeists, mostly Canadian, paddled 50-foot voyageur canoes along the route surveyed by Thompson, who made the trip from Canada to Astoria, Oregon by canoe in 12 days in the early 1800s. Over his career he mapped over 3.9 million square kilometers of North America and has been described by historians as the "greatest land geographer who ever lived."
Local school districts are making adjustments to staff contracts and salaries now that the Washington State legislature finally passed the state budget for the next two years. The eleventh-hour move on the last day of the legislatureâ€™s special session on May 25 set out $4 million in cuts, including reductions to public education funding that local districts are now trying to sort out.