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 “Dutch” Verhaag.
After a three-month courtship, Elaine married Dutch on March 14, 1943 in Spokane. While in Spokane, they began a family before moving to Colville in 1946. Elaine loved her role in the home, caring for the needs of her growing family. In 1955, Elaine and Dutch moved to Rickey Point on the Columbia River. Elaine rarely cooked for her family of six; she normally made meals for 10-plus people because there was always welcomed guests at the Verhaag table. She also assisted in the operation of their family’s Phillips 66 Station. Once the children had grown and left home, Elaine and Dutch moved into Kettle Falls, where they have resided since that time.
Elaine was a wonderful provider for her family. “Always in two’s” she lovingly gave her children room to explore and experience life, but always with a buddy for safety’s sake. She was an accomplished seamstress and started her own brand called the “Kettle Kap Co.” She hand sewed her children’s clothing, the Kettle Falls Bulldog mascot, small and life-sized stuffed animals and thousands of “yodelers” caps. Her children fondly remembered her constant presence in the kitchen, cooking, canning and baking. Elaine also served her community as an EMT, Paramedic, Lady Lion, Boy Scout Leader and neighborhood mom to many. She was also known for her Antique Style Shows, displaying clothing over 200 years old, antique hats and nostalgic dress for family “antiqued” photographs. She was always a very busy soul.
Elaine was preceded in death by her sister, Harriett Evelyn Loe, and by a daughter-in-law, Earlene Verhaag.
She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Laurence “Dutch” Verhaag, at the home; daughter, Joyce Verhaag, Spokane; sons, Larry Verhaag and wife, MaryAnne, Spokane; Jerry Verhaag, Cusick; Walter Verhaag and wife, Barbara, Benton City; 10 grandchildren, 14 great- grandchildren, three nephews and one niece.
A funeral service was June 21 at the Danekas Funeral Chapel in Colville.
A graveside service will follow at the Riverside Cemetery in Spokane.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Alzheimer’s Association. Please visit the on-line memorial and sign the guestbook at HYPERLINK "http://www.danekasfuneralchapel.com/"www.danekasfuneralchapel.com.
Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory was entrusted with the arrangements.