MARCH 18, 2010

Obituaries for March 18, 2010

Isobel E. (Garner) Coon, 84, Pierce

   Isobel E. (Garner) Coon died Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston of congestive heart failure. She was 84.

   Isobel was born in Melrose on Oct. 19, 1925 to David Vinal Garner and Alice Barbara (Thain) Garner. She shared her birthday with her twin sister, Barbara. Isobel and Barbara spent many years tracing their Garner-Thain roots. They compiled and published a 350 page book of family history. The Garner family farm bears the distinction of Century Farm.

   Isobel attended the Garner School a half-mile from her home. Their school bus was a horse named Old Bird. Isobel graduated from Peck High School, where she enjoyed playing basketball and cheerleading. She enjoyed the monthly Peck breakfasts with friends and classmates.

   She attended the University of Idaho in Moscow and received a provisional teaching certificate. She spoke fondly of her two years of teaching at Deary High School and of the friends she made there. Her younger brother Neil joined her in Deary to finish school when Peck High School closed.

   Isobel married her childhood neighbor and schoolmate, Raymond F. Coon, on Oct. 9, 1949. They celebrated 60 years of marriage in 2009.

   Isobel and Ray lived on the Coon farm near Melrose and in Peck after their marriage, where they began to develop their logging operation. In 1966 they moved to Pierce and continued operating R.F. Coon Logging, Inc.

   Isobel was an outstanding homemaker and community leader. She had a quick wit and a wonderful sense of humor. With her Peck neighbor Margaret Smith she used her talents to co-write and produce the first Peck Centennial Pageant.

   She was a board member of the Peck Community Church, and on the first Pierce Community Center board. After it burned she was instrumental in securing a grant to build a new one. She organized and led volunteers to paint and do finish work inside the center, saving enough money to provide a roof over the pool.

   She was selected as the Outstanding 4-H Leader of Clearwater County and was a delegate to the Citizenship Training Forum in 1967 in California. In her free time she would enlist the help of her dear friend June Fry to help pick up litter along the roadway into Pierce - just because it needed done. She was pleased when Mr. Cardiff invited them to coffee in appreciation.

   Isobel was an avid gardener but realized the deer were there to stay, so she planted extra for them. She loved animals, from her little Pomeranians to the wild birds, and the deer that found special treats she would leave out for them.

   Isobel had a deep Christian faith. She lived her life in a way that honored Him. Her Christian role found her giving to many people and causes in a quiet way.

   She worked with Nancy Maki to help provide scholarships from the business community for THS students for many years. She continued the tradition of Erna Semmler’s “Walking Money” fund and annually donated her “found” money and aluminum can collections to the Pierce Lutheran Church Food Bank.

   She spent many hours cutting out miniature diapers and sewing booties for the Minutes of Gold layettes provided to stillborn infants across the U.S. Many have eaten at her table or have been given fruits of her labor. It might have been garden produce, huckleberries, cookies, jars of pickles and more recently her Amish Friendship Bread. She showed kindness to all.

   She was an avid reader of a wide genre of books and for a long time enjoyed learning the art of photography. She advanced her knowledge by taking courses at LCSC.

   Isobel is survived by her husband Ray, her sister Barbara Benscoter (Don), daughters Janice Rae Hartig (Ron), Erlene Jo Coon, Marina Dawn Quigley (Mike), son Ira David Coon (Carla), grandsons Jeremy Hartig, Gib Quigley, Garner Quigley, Denver Quigley, Matt Coon, Derrick Quigley and grand-daughter Vianna Isobel (Hartig) Marshall (Bejay). She was blessed with great-grandchildren River, Hailey and Harmony Hartig and Caleb Marshall.

   Isobel was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers Allen Garner and Neil Garner.

   Always humble and unpretentious, her wishes were for a small family burial at the Melrose cemetery. Malcom’s Brower-Wann Funeral Home in Lewiston handled the arrangements.

   Isobel’s suggestion for memorials was to Faith Lutheran Church 611 South Main Street Pierce, ID 83546.

Marjorie L. (Smith) Delaney, 74, Orofino

   Marjorie Louise (Smith) Delaney, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister went to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, March 9, 2010 after a courageous five and a half year battle with cancer. She was 74.

   Marjorie was born on June 17, 1935 in St. Maries to Elmer J. and Marjorie Caswell Smith. She grew up with five siblings in St. Maries and attended elementary and high school there. She was high school salutatorian and the apple of her father’s eye.

   The family moved to Bremerton, WA during World War II while her father worked at a munitions plant. Marjorie was awarded a scholarship and attended Sacred Heart School of Nursing affiliated with Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA and graduated with a registered nursing degree in May 1956. She met the love of her life, Gary, in Spokane in 1956 when he pulled up in a 1949 Super Convertible Sherwood Green Buick while she was a student at Sacred Heart School of Nursing and Gary had just been discharged from the U.S. Army.

   That year Gary attended Montana State University (now known as the University of Montana) in Missoula, MT and Marjorie remained in Spokane until her graduation from Sacred Heart. They were married May 11, 1957 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in St. Maries. Following their marriage, their “honeymoon” was spent manning White Mountain Lookout in the Lolo National Forest in Montana.

   Marjorie worked at St. Patrick’s Hospital in Missoula and several nursing homes in the Auburn, Washington area before retiring in 1974 to remain home with their six children. She and the children followed Gary’s career to Washington, Alabama, Louisiana, Texas and finally Orofino, where they have lived since 1984. Marjorie instilled in her children good character including a work ethic and sense of responsibility.

   Gary and Marjorie Delaney celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary on July 10, 2007 at a party hosted by their six children at the home of their son in Yakima, WA. Since retirement Gary and Marjorie have spent much of their time traveling in their motorhome, touring the U.S., covering 47 states and Canada and Mexico. They cruised the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, Mexican Riviera, Alaska and the Canadian Maritime Provinces and driven to Alaska on two occasions.

   The rest of the time they spent visiting with their six wonderful children and spouses, 11 awesome grandchildren and four beautiful great grandchildren, with another on the way. Attending Montana “Griz” football games, especially Homecoming, had become a tradition since returning to the Northwest. They divided their time between Orofino in the summer months and “snowbirding” in the south during the winter.

   Marjorie was active in the Girl Scouts and Campfire Girls and was a leader of both organizations while her children were involved in these programs. She also offered her services as a camp nurse at numerous Girl Scout camps in the Auburn area. She was a member of American Legion Auxiliary for over 24 years and served as president of the Orofino Unit from 1985 until very recently

    She was an active member of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church and Legion of Mary while living in Orofino. She also volunteered with the Hospice program in Orofino for several years. Her hobbies included traveling, making crafts including ceramics, crochet, and cross-stitch, playing bingo, watching sporting events, and spending time with her family.

   She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004 and fought valiantly and courageously to the end. She loved her family immensely and spent as much time with her children and grandchildren as possible.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Marjorie Smith; two siblings and spouses, Beulah and Ken Peters and Marilyn and Tom Henry, and daughter-in-law Jeni Delaney.

   She is survived by her husband, Gary Delaney of Orofino; her six children and spouses, Theresa and David Burke of Dallesport, WA and Longmont, CO, Cynthia and Jesse Palomares of Chriesman, TX, Gary Delaney of Yakima, WA, Geralynn Delaney and Taimur Mustafa of Houston TX, John Delaney of Bryan, TX, and Julie and Jeff Tuning of Las Vegas, NV; three siblings, Noreen Haler and Jack of Grand Prairie, TX, Sister Joan Smith of Cottonwood and Jim Smith of Yuma, AZ. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren and four great grandchildren, with another on the way.

   A Memorial Mass celebrating her life will be held at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orofino on Tuesday, April 6 11 a.m. A rosary is scheduled for 10:15 a.m. and internment will take place immediately following the memorial mass. A luncheon will take place in the Little Flower Room at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church following the internment.

   If you wish to make a donation in Marjorie’s memory, her charity of choice is St. Gertrude’s Monastery in Cottonwood.

Milton J. Broncheau Jr., 59, Peck

   Milton J. (JR) Broncheau Jr. was born Nov. 10, 1950, at Orofino to Milton J. Broncheau and Elizabeth Moody Broncheau. He passed away peacefully Saturday, March 13, 2010 in Peck. He was 59.

   JR was a registered Nez Perce Tribal member who enjoyed the outdoors - going hunting, fishing and gathering roots and mountain tea. He enjoyed doing bead work.

   JR is survived by his two sons, Donald James Broncheau of Jerome and Milton Dale Broncheau of Twin Falls; three brothers, Don Broncheau of Butner, N.C., Walter Broncheau of Kamiah and William Broncheau of Kooskia; two sisters, Dorothy Hudson of Peck and Susan Coomer of Gatesville, TX; numerous nieces and nephews, and cousins from British Columbia, Canada.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers and seven sisters.

   Services are at 10 a.m. Thursday at North Fork Presbyterian Church in Ahsahka, followed by a covered-dish dinner at the Teweepuu Center, 3402 U.S. Highway 12.

Donna (Altmiller) Linton, 57, Caldwell

   Donna (Altmiller) Linton of Caldwell was called home Tuesday, March 9, 2010 after a six year battle with cancer. She was 57.

   Donna was born Aug. 29, 1952 at Lewiston, the daughter of Ernest and Margaret Liedkie Altmiller. Growing up, she had wonderful experiences in the logging camps where her father worked and also experiences due to her father’s roles in movies filmed throughout the Northwest, such as “The Big Sky” with Kirk Douglas and “Breakheart Pass” with Charles Bronson.

   She also got to pet Charlie, the cougar who was the main character in the Disney movie, “Charlie, The Lonesome Cougar.”

   Donna attended Orofino High School. She married Rick Thornton and three children were born to them: Brett, Patricia and Chad. They later divorced.

   She married Sam Linton on Dec. 10, 1991 in Idaho Falls. They moved to Boise in 1993, where they lived until moving to Nampa in 1997 and then Caldwell in 2003. One son, Jack, was born to them in 1994.

   Donna and Sam enjoyed traveling and seeing different parts of the country. Donna lived her life the way she wanted to, as her own person. She was the consummate caregiver and lived her life for her family. She volunteered in schools that her children attended and then was hired to help in the classrooms of children with special needs.

   She worked for Caldwell and Vallivue School Districts until her health prevented her from working and she retired.

   Donna loved to sew and had her own business, Just Simply Sewing. She made wedding dresses and bridesmaid dresses and Spanish dance dresses for special events. She especially enjoyed making clothing for her grandchildren.

   She was an extraordinary gardener and was thrilled when the flowers were coming up this spring. She kept the picking buckets on the porch for berry picking with the grandkids.

   Donna loved animals and was always willing to take in a stray cat, dog, bird or squirrel.

   Surviving Donna are her husband, Sam of Caldwell; her mother, Margaret Altmiller of Orofino; sisters, Janet Rose of Spokane, WA, Karen Burch of St. Maries, Beverly Adams of Orofino, and Debbie Ditunno of Kamiah; her children, Brett Thornton of Eugene, OR, Patricia Palmer of Nampa, Chad Thornton of Anatone, WA, Jack Linton of Caldwell, and Tonya Craig of Platina, CA; and her beloved grandchildren, Samantha, Christopher, Bennett, Zachary, Trinity, Tristen, Ellie, Justice, Jordan, Linda, Ethan and Jonathan.

   Donna was preceded in death by her father, Ernest Altmiller.

   She attended the Caldwell Free Methodist Church, where a celebration of her life was held March 17.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure to support the participation of her daughter, Patricia Palmer.

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