February 10th, 2015
Gene Evelyn Walch died peacefully at her home at the Forest Hill Manor, Pacific Grove, CA, on Feb. 2, 2015 at the age of 95. Born Gene Evelyn Graham in Colville, she was the daughter of her beloved parents, Clara and Grover Graham, and sister to one brother, Grover Graham Jr.
Lloyd Ferdinand Humphrey Sr. passed away on Feb. 4, 2015 in Kettle Falls. He was born the son of Lysle Ferdinand and Violet Ruth (Kyllo) Humphrey on Jan. 8, 1935 in Colville.
Lloyd grew up and attended school in Kettle Falls. In 1950, Lloyd enlisted in the United States Army and proudly served his country in the Korean War. Following his honorable disÂcharge in 1955, Lloyd returned to Spokane and continued to serve his country by enlisting in the National Guard, serving for 20 years.
Laurie Colette Sessman passed away on January 30, 2015 in Colville, WA. She was born the daughter of Floyd M. Matthews and Betty J. Sadler on November 4, 1949 in Los Angeles, CA. Laurie was raised and attended school in southern California, graduating from Glendora High School in 1967. Following high school, Laurie attended and graduated from the University Of Southern California School Of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and served her community as a chemical dependency counselor in the Los Angeles area.
Marjorie Isabel âMargeâ Young (Snow) passed away Jan. 18th, 2015 at the age of 92. Marge was born April 6, 1922 in Raidersburg, MT, to Raymond and Lila Snow. Marge was the oldest of four sisters, Muriel (Sis), Betty and Donna.
From a young age, Marge took dance lessons and learned to toe tap. She and her sister, Sis, were asked to dance at many social events and churches. Marge collected angels from all across the world. Perhaps her love for them started when she played the part of one at a church Christmas pageant in Butte, MT., where she was flown across the stage on wires.
Francis âFrankâ Paul Adams, 97, was born March 7, 1917 in Quail Farm, Illinois to Oley and Rosa Adams. He passed away Jan. 25, 2015 at Wildbriar Ranch in Gifford.
He married Gladys Faye (age 92) on Oct. 28, 1983 in Wenatchee. Frank and Faye lived in the Hunters/Gifford area for over 30 years. He was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association.
Elaine Ann Mason, a longtime resident of Northport, passed away in Providence Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane on Jan. 21, 2015, at the age of 68. She was born on August 1, 1946 to Wesley and Norma (Ferris) Anderson in Renton.
Cecil âManceâ Manfred Leewright, passed away on Jan. 16, 2015 in Colville. He was born in Holdenville, Oklahoma, on Sept. 12, 1930.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Naomi; parents, Porter and Mamie Leewright; sibilings, Paul Leewright, Ed Leewright, Purvis Leewright, and Carol Hickman, and great-grand-daughter Samantha Denison.
Sergeant Brad Manke of the Stevens County Sheriffâs Office has been voted in as the new Colville Fire Department/Stevens County Fire District 3 Chief, effective Jan. 19. His position was confirmed by Colville City Council Jan. 27.
He succeeds former chief Joe Hirsch, who did not seek re-election.
Originally from Ritzville, Manke enjoys hunting, fishing, camping, boating, and visiting with family and friends in his free time. He is married and has a son, 22, and daughter, 15.
Kayleb Erdman (pictured) is collecting donations for the Colville Valley Animal Sanctuary as his fourth grade community service project. The community service project is part of the Colville School Districtâs Character Counts Program. Donations can be taken to the Statesman-Examiner, where a drop box (pictured) is located. Kayleb says pet-related supplies are great. Check the Colville Valley Animal Sanctuary website for a list of appropriate supplies for donation: colvillevalleyanimalsactuary.com. Or call Cathy at 675-6093.
Wrestling District at Deer Park
Arguably (or not) the toughest Class 1A-wrestling league in the state will host its district tournament this week.
Colville High, who lost to Deer Park and Northeast A League dual champion and top-ranked Freeman, hopes to parlay a healthier line-up into District 7 1A Tournament success Friday and Saturday at Deer Park High School.
The Indians, coming off easy dual meet wins over Chewelah and Lakeside last week, would like to advance at least 15 wrestlers to the regional meet Feb. 13-14 at Cascade High School (Leavenworth).