The world is without one more great woman. Ronna Ann Armstrong Spoon passed on January 22, 2020, just six days’ shy of her 75th birthday. Ronna was born in Big Bear Lake, California on January 28, 1944, to Ray and Madeline Armstrong. She was the only girl of three children. This made her strong. As an adult, Ronna was a loving and supportive mother. She bore four children; Don Raymond Curtis, Eric R Zaugg, Tawna Rae Spoon, and Ray John Spoon. She not only raised her children, she welcomed all that needed a loving home. She was “Mom” to all the neighborhood kids. They still like to joke about how she ran a tight home, but they speak with love and admiration. She was the kindest and strongest woman. Ronna loved to paint and party. She was happiest surrounded by family and friends with a beer in her hand. She loved being outside and enjoyed horseback riding, four-wheeling, snowmobiling, and living the country lifestyle. Ronna is preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Tim Armstrong; and her son, Don Curtis. Ronna has left behind her sons, Eric and Ray; daughter, Tawna; brother, Jack Armstrong; and many, many grandchildren. There will be a graveside service, Saturday, February 1, 2020, at 11:00 A.M., at Tahoe Cemetery. Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia is assisting the family.
Archives for January 2020
In Loving Memory
Joseph Paul Wolford August 24, 1939-January 21, 2020
Joe Wolford, 80 passed away on January 21, 2020 in Kooskia, ID. Joe was born in Prosser, WA on August 24, 1939. He is survived by his brother Walter (wife Bev) Wolford of Arbuckle, CA, his daughter Jenni (husband Todd) Brooks of Fort Collins, CO and his daughter, JoJo Wolford of Arvada, CO. Joe was also survived by his two little buddies…his grandsons, Beau and Brian Brooks. Joe was predeceased by his father, Joseph Henry Wolford and his mother, Helen Anna Wolford (Anderson) of Prosser, WA. For all that knew “Cadillac Joe”, you know that heaven just gained a character! Having been raised on the family farm, Joe developed a strong work ethic and he worked hard his entire life. After graduating high school, Joe traveled the country and many places around the world working as a millwright building power plants. He had a love for tools and tinkering on anything… Joe loved living in beautiful places which were not heavily populated and he enjoyed the natural beauty and wildlife of his own backyard. As Joe settles into his new eternal home he will be joking among his many friends and enjoying a scoop of ice cream any time of the day! Following Joe’s wishes, there will be no memorial service held at this time.
Lucille Mary Evans, 93, of Lewiston, died January 24, 2020, in Lewiston, Idaho She will be buried next to her husband at Arlington National Cemetery. Lucille was a sweet, caring and loving. She will be greatly missed by all her family and friends.
MORRIS ALLEN SKILES, 72 Morris A. Skiles passed away peacefully on December 30, 2019, surrounded by family. He was tough as nails and fought hard to remain with his family as long as possible. He was born January 6, 1947, in Moscow, Idaho to Donald and Rose (Boller) Skiles. He began first grade in Garfield, Washington where he attended for three weeks before the family moved to St. Regis, Montana. The family lost their St. Regis home to a fire and eventually relocated to Superior, Montana where Morris attended school through the 8th Grade. Morris enlisted in the United States Marines in 1964 and served proudly until January of 1968. While stationed in California prior to deployment he was introduced to Frances Rodriguez through their best friends, Bobby and Brenda. They were married June 1, 1968, in Lindsay, California. They lived in Superior, Montana before moving to Kamiah, Idaho. They moved to Lewiston, Idaho before returning to Kamiah in 1976. During their 51-year marriage they had five children: Gilbert, Kenny, Amanda, JoEllen and Juanita. After the service Morris worked many different jobs, mainly driving an 18-wheeler. Morris loved to drive truck. He hauled Christmas trees, beets, grain, chips, and lumber. He retired while working for KBC but continued to drive for them on an as-needed basis until he suffered a stroke in 2016. He was the family mechanic and story teller. He loved bartering and got his first car by trading his pet squirrel and a gun. Later in life he traded away a Ford Courier for a cord of wood. He had a one of a kind sense of humor. He was loyal, hard-working, honest, and stubborn. He enjoyed camping, hunting, gold panning, boating, and flying. He loved his family and cherished his wife. He was very proud of his children and had a unique relationship with each one. He enjoyed his grandchildren and had a special relationship with them. He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents; his father and mother; and his brother Charles LaVerne. He is survived by his wife, Frances; their children, Gilbert (Cynthia) Skiles, Kenny (Gena) Skiles, Amanda (Bryan) Schulz, JoEllen (Elliot) Barnes, and Juanita (Brian) Kirkland; 22 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; sisters Rose Roberts and Betty McKenzie; brother Gene Skiles; and numerous members of the extended family. He was laid to rest at the Kamiah Cemetery on January 3, 2020, next to his beloved mother. Morris will be dearly missed by family and friends but will live on in the stories that will be shared for years to come. He will be thought of anytime his children hear, “You make a better door than you do a window”, “Your dad wasn’t a glass maker”, or “Were you born in a barn”. A celebration of his life will be held in Kamiah, Idaho at a date and time to be set in the future. In lieu of flowers the family is accepting donations to assist with final expenses. Arrangements are under the direction of Trenary Funeral Home, Kooskia.