January 10th, 2014
â€śTell my friends Iâ€™m not a wimp!â€ť whispered a dying Alan D. Wilma into the phone to one of his friends. Then Al turned in his hospital bed and managed a smile at his wife, Saundra, and their daughter, Genevieve.
Even as Al lay dying at Holy Family Hospital in Spokane, he did not lose his courage or his wry sense of humor. Alan was a most unusual man. He was intuitive, immensely intelligent and imaginative. All who truly knew him enjoyed his wit and ironic sense of humor.
One never knows the talent that could be sitting next to them at the coffee shop, or standing in line at the cash register. Brandi Pinkham is one of those unsung creative types. Owner and operator of Beaded Wing, handcrafted jewelry made only from stones, metals, glass and antiques, Pinkham works part-time as a veterinary assistant when sheâ€™s not tapping into artistic impulses and creating unique pieces. The Statesman-Examiner caught up with Pinkham to learn a little bit more about her unique individuality.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
Marguerite Coral Elgie passed away in Colville on Dec. 17, 2013. She was born on August 17, 1919 in Daisy, the daughter of Albert and Beryl (Horton) Frase.
Marguerite was delivered by her grandfather, Dr. Joseph Horton. When Marguerite was three-months-old, her family was living in a duplex, Albertâ€™s brother, Ernest and his family lived in the other unit.
Marilyn Sanders Gilchrist, 73, of Colville, passed away in her home on Dec. 29, 2013, surrounded by her husband, David Gilchrist, and their six children.
Â Marilyn was born in Queens, New York. Marilyn grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she and David met soon after she earned a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Utah. Married in the Salt Lake LDS Temple, Marilyn taught school while David finished college.
Mary Margaret Trudell, 59 years, 10 months, 24 days, passed away unexpectedly at her home in Inchelium on Nov. 25, 2013. Mary was born Jan. 1, 1954 (the first New Yearâ€™s Baby of 1954) in Colville to Johnny and Violet Trudell.
She attended primary schools where her mother taught at Curlew, Onion Creek, Bruce Creek and 12 Mile.
Mary was rodeo queen in 1971 at Incheliumâ€™s 11th annual Wild Horse Rodeo and she graduated from Inchelium High School in 1972. Later that year, Mary enlisted in the U.S. Army and spent over 21 years serving our country before retiring.
Paula Lorraine Scheinuk passed away at her home in Bremerton on Dec. 16, 2013. Polly was born in 1921 in Boise, Idaho. Her parents, Gustav and Stella Kroeger, were early settlers in south Boise. Polly attended college in San Diego, where she met her husband, Ralph Scheinuk, a Marine stationed there. After their marriage, they lived in Ralphâ€™s hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where they raised their three daughters, Judith Ann, Cheryl Mae (Oâ€™Donnell) and Bonnie Gail (Bushaw). Later, they lived for many years in Colville, where Ralph taught at the high school.
Dr. James M. ("Dr. Jim") Monasmith was released from his earthly bonds on Dec. 12, 2013 after a lengthy struggle with Alzheimer disease. Born June 11, 1939 to Lloyd and Dorothy Monasmith in Yakima, Dr. Jim spent his formative years in Kennewick. He was an accomplished three-sport athlete at Kennewick High, earning all-state recognition as a football quarterback. His prowess on the field caught the attention of a local farmer's daughter, Carol Simmelink, a cheerleader one year his junior. They married after Carol graduated from high school in 1958, beginning a union that endured 55 years.
James â€śJimâ€ť Clifford Brown, a longtime resident of Kettle Falls, passed away on Dec. 7, 2013, at the age of 65 in the log home he built and loved. Jim was born on July 15, 1948 in Spokane, the son of Clifford and Bonnie (McCoul) Brown.
Jim spent his early years growing up in Spokane and then moved to Kettle Falls in his sophomore year in high school. He loved sports and was very active in all. Football was his favorite.
Donald Eugene Andrews, a 26-year resident of Colville, passed away on Dec. 12, 2013 in Chewelah at the age of 78. Don was born on Sept. 20, 1935 in Bartlesville, OK, the son of Stanley Euberta and Isabelle (Tinker) Andrews.
He began grade school in Bartlesville and then moved with his family at the age of 9 to Bremerton. While in Bremerton, Don graduated from Bremerton High School in 1953. He entered the U.S. Army where he became an accomplished marksman and enjoyed competing in numerous shooting competitions.
Dora J. Cook, a longtime resident of Colville, passed peacefully into eternity on Nov. 29, 2013 in Spokane. Dora was born to Qurinus C. and Gertrude (Moss) Huyser on May 28, 1919 in Big Timber, MT.
She grew up on her parentâ€™s ranch with her brother, Quincy, and sisters, Olive and Ruth. Dora attended the Wormser School in Sweetgrass, CO, graduating from the eighth grade in 1932. She left Montana in May 1942, traveling to Vallejo, CA where she worked as a welder in the shipyards at Mare Island during World War II.