Joyce Eileen (Lytle) Frazier, 88, of Kamiah, passed away Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, at Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation facility from complications of a stroke. Joyce was born April 20, 1931, at Battleridge (family ranch) above Stites to Ernest Jefferson and Grace Mintalu (Gunter) Lytle. She was the sixth child of nine and attended Battleridge schoolhouse and graduated from Stites High School. She attended the University of Idaho in Moscow, where she was president of Hays Hall. She graduated from Lewis-Clark Normal School in Lewiston with a degree in elementary education. Joyce worked at Hatwaii Gardens/Gibbs Produce, putting herself through college, and was also employed as assistant house mother/remedial teacher at the North Idaho Children’s Home in 1952. She taught one year as a third grade elementary teacher in Yakima, Wash., from 1954-55; second grade 1955-57 in Pierce; and first and second grade from 1966-67. She worked as a cook’s helper (the position was referred to as “flunky”) for the U.S. Forest Service of Clearwater National Forest at the Musselshell Work Center from 1953-54. Joyce married Darrol Glenn Frazier, of Pierce, on July 30, 1955, and they celebrated 60 years together. They had three children, Denise Manfull, Kelly Frazier and Carla Coon. Joyce taught school at Pierce for several more years, and also worked with the summer seasonal office as a radio dispatcher/secretary and janitorial work at Pierce U.S. Forest Service Work Center. She then transferred to working as a U.S. Forest Service timber scaler, traveling to the local mills for a total of 21 years before retirement. She and Darrol shared 17 years as 4-H leaders, hunting, fishing, canning, picking huckleberries and snowmobiling at their French Mountain and Oregrande Creek cabins. They built a beautiful home near Kamiah, where they gardened, harvested fruit trees, a variety of grapes and entertained family and friends. She and Darrol supported the grandchildren’s school and sporting events. She was a master gardener and enjoyed years judging at the Nez Perce, Lewis, Idaho, Latah and Clearwater county fairs annually. Darrol passed away Dec. 8, 2015, from cancer. They were members of the Kamiah Lutheran Church. Joyce was preceded in death by her parents; siblings Lloyd and Floyd Lytle, Clinton Lytle, Ernest Lee and Grace Marie Lytle and Elvin Lytle. Surviving siblings are Doris Jones, of Stites, and Arden Lytle (Carol), who lives near Harpster. Joyce is also survived by her three children, Denise (Chris) Manfull, of Orofino, Kelly (Gina) Frazier, of Battleridge, and Carla (Dave) Coon, of Kamiah; grandchildren Nate and Nick Manfull, Matt Coon, Stephan (Alexis) Frazier, Heather (Justin) Stanyeart and Danielle Frazier; great-grandchildren Cassidy and Mya Manfull, Addie Manfull, Devon and Haily Stanyeart and Ethan and Olivia Frazier. In following Joyce’s wishes, cremation has taken place with no services planned. Joyce’s ashes will join Darrol’s at Clearwater Cemetery. The family would like to thank Dr. Andrew Jones and Dr. Ronald L. Sigler and especially her friends and staff at Grangeville Advanced Health and Rehabilitation for their care and compassion. Joyce’s presence with us will be greatly missed, but her positive spirit, vibrant smile and words of encouragement will be remembered forever by family and friends. Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia is assisting the family.
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Lucille Mary Evans passed peacefully away on the 24th of January with her son by her side, she was 93. Lucille had a very kind heart and a smile for everyone. There are many stories about Lucille’s kindness to others. She was born on June 11, 1926 in Washington DC. She spent most of her life in San Diego, California, except for a couple of years living in a Quonset hut on Guam with her husband and two young children in 1947-48. After retirement, she and Ted spent five years travelling the US, Canada and the Northwest Territories in their Airstream before settling in Kamiah. She moved to Martinsburg, West Virginia for a few years to be near her daughter before returning to Idaho. She was preceded in death by her husband Ted, her granddaughter Adrienne, and her three brothers Bud, George and Rick. She is survived by her daughter Nora (Bob), Son Jon (Vicki), Granddaughters Sharlene (Jesse), Nicole, Shelley, and Jennifer(Seth) and Grandsons Evan (Heidi) and Eric; Sister Jeannette; brothers Don, Bill, Paul, and Larry; great-grandchildren Jonathan, Jace, Jae, Gabby, Aaron, Nora, Ethan, Morgan and Riley; and great-great-grandchildren Adrienne, Trinity, Hailee, and Emma; and many nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Lucille’s life will be held at the Evans residence in Clearwater at 1:00, February 22, 2020. Ted’s auburn haired, blue-eyed (Honey) will be interned with him at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
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.
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.