Shirley J. Shown, of Stites, Idaho went to heaven on December 12, 2018. She had her family by her side. Shirley was born in January 1933 in Gooding, Idaho to the late Star and Sybil Umphenour. The second youngest of eight, she spent her childhood on the family farm, milking cows and working in the fields. She met the love of her life, John Shown, and was married on December 23, 1950. Their first home was in Picabo, Idaho. They then moved to Gooding, Idaho, where she had four children. In 1959 they moved to the Clearwater Valley area, where they had their fifth child. John and Shirley spent the next 25 years in the Clearwater Valley before moving to Lewiston in 1983. Then in 2005, a couple of years after John passed, Shirley moved back to Stites to be closer to her kids and grandkids. Shirley had strength and conviction in her savior, Jesus Christ. She taught Sunday school and was a bible quiz team leader. She shared the love of God with all of those around her. She had a way of making you feel special by sincerely asking how you were doing. She was actively involved in a women’s quilting group, which was a time to gather for fellowship with the other ladies. She was known for being a hard worker and willing to step up and pitch in. She always said, “Many hands make light work.” If you needed help, you knew you could call Shirley and she would do everything she could to help. She enjoyed canning, gardening, hunting and fishing. She always had the best camper to hang out in. She was a loving mom and a proud grandma. As she got older and had more great-grandkids, she took to being called Granny. She was active in both the lives of her children and grandchildren. She was the PTA president for a time and attended every game and concert she could. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Merlyn, Harvey and Russell; husband John; son-in-law Larry; and granddaughter Tammy. She is survived by her children, Brent (Sharon) Shown, Forrest (Jan) Shown, Crystal Paul, Jewel (Greg) Anderson, Ruby (Ken) Loe; three sisters, one brother; 15 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren. Services will be held at 10am on December 29th at The Life Center, 4432 Highway 12.
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Charles E (Chuck or Everett) Finney, 94, died December 8, 2018, at St Mary’s Hospital, Cottonwood. He was born January 3, 1924, at Kamiah, Idaho, the youngest child of Frank and Mabel (George) Finney. Charles served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, as a submariner aboard the USS Seacat, one of the subs that accompanied the USS Missouri into Tokyo Bay when Japan surrendered. Charles married Nadine at St James Chapel in New London, Connecticut in 1944; they were married 74 years. Following the war, Charles and Nadine moved to Fenn, Idaho, where they were employed by a farmer/rancher there. In 1948, they moved to Woodland, Idaho, onto the old Wilson George place. There they remained, raised four children, farmed and ranched. Charles is preceded in death by his parents, his six brothers and sisters, one daughter, and one grandson. He is survived by his wife Nadine at the family home, sons Lee (Marcia) Finney and Chris (Diane) Finney, and daughters Julie Geiger and Lynn Finney, nine grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. Trenary Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. The funeral service will be Friday, December 21, 2018, 2 p.m. at the Woodland Friends Church, Pastor Kevin Davis officiating. A private family interment will follow.
Shirley Shown, 85, of Stites, died December 12, 2018 in Kooskia, Idaho.
Evah I. Finney Jay, 80, passed away at home surrounded by her family on December 5, 2018. She was born at Woodland, ID to George and Mildred Finney. Evah attended school at Kamiah, graduating as Valedictorian in the class of 1956. She enjoyed school, led the marching band as a majorette and was an excellent baton twirler. Evah married Donald (Red) Jay in Kamiah November 24, 1956. They made their home and raised four children in Kamiah. Evah was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. Her caring, cooking and patience were outstanding. Evah was the secretary at Kamiah Elementary school from 1972 to 1996, where she helped raise multiple generations of Kamiah kids. In their retirement, she and Red enjoyed traveling with their 5th Wheel and spending time with friends and family. A few of her great joys were family, cooking, camping, swimming, hummingbirds, rabbits, needlepoint, bridge with friends and Gonzaga basketball. She is survived by her husband, sister Minnie Jan Eaton (Vern) and brother Austin Finney (Elaine); children Steve Jay (Chris), Laurie Claar (Jim), Diane Jay and Jerry Jay; grand children, Amity Wilson and Adam Jay; and 7 great grand children. Evah was preceded in death by her parents and siblings Fred, Vera, Betty, Marie and Harold. The family would like to thank the amazing Syringa Hospital Hospice staff for the wonderful care and comfort they provided. A memorial service will be held at the Trenary Funeral Home Chapel in Kooskia Friday, December 14, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. The service will be followed by refreshments at the Clearwater 12 Motel Conference Room on Highway 12 in Kamiah. If you would like to make a donation in Evah’s honor, the family suggests either Syringa Hospital Hospice or Kamiah Meals on Wheels.
Helen Josephine Woods, 93, of Grangeville, passed away December 6, 2018 at her daughter and son in laws home. Helen was born April 6, 1925 to Patrick and Louise (Compton) Savage in Big Timber, Montana, Sweet Grass County. At the age of three her family moved to Rapid City, South Dakota and they lived there until she was 15 years old when they moved to Idaho. Helen moved many times over her life and resided in Washington and Montana. She moved to Idaho permanently in 1999 and has always said that Idaho was her home. Helen grew up during the great depression. In later years she often talked about how rough it was and how so many Americans lost their homes and money. In 1941 she married Dan Leach, they had four children, Nathinal (Tanny), Waneta (Nite), Jerry, and Daniel (Danny). In 1949 she married Jerry Hellyer and they had two children, Keith and Patsy. In 1968 she married Orval Woods. They divorced after 38 years, but remained good friends until Orval’s death in 2015. Helen was a loving mom. When we were sick she was always there for us. She kept a nice home and cooked wonderful meals. After we grew up and left home she raised and cared for a number of lap puppies to help fill the void. Mom made beautiful ceramics, which she gave to family and friends. She raised beautiful flower beds, lots of flowers. And she had bird feeders, which was a testament to her love of nature. Above all she was proud of her children. We all followed our dreams and were successful in life. Mom had a strong spirit and a great sense of humor. We will miss you mom. Helen was preceded in death by her parents (Patrick and Louise Savage), her son Danny Leach, two sisters (Waneta Luttel & Julia Jones), a daughter-in-law (Cathy Leach), grandson (Speedy Leach) and a son-in-law (Milt Perry). Helen is survived by her five children, Tanny Leach of Silver Springs, Nv., Waneta Perry of Lewiston, Id., Jerry (Dorothy) Leach of Clarkston, Wa., Keith (Donna) Hellyer of Darby, Mt., and Patsy (Miles) York of Stites, Id.; her daughter-in-law Sharon Leach of Lewiston, Id.; 16 grandchildren, and many great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces and, nephews. There will be a Grave Side Service for Helen 11:00 A.M., Saturday, December 15, 2018 at the Kamiah City Cemetery. Following the service family and friends will gather at the home of Patsy and Miles for a meal and to share memories. Arrangements have been made through Trenary Funeral Home.
Evah Jay, 80, of Kamiah, died December 5, 2018, in Kamiah, Idaho. Arrangements are pending though Trenary Funeral Home in Kooskia, Idaho.