APRIL 29, 2010

Obituaries for April 29, 2010

Bessie Snyder, 91, Lewiston

   Bessie Ann Derrick Snyder, 91, passed away Wednesday, April 14, 2010, at Life Care Center in Lewiston. She was born Sept. 18, 1918, at Ontario, OR, to Lester and Bertha Lynd Derrick, the fourth of eight children.

   Bessie attended schools in Weippe and Grangeville. She was a few weeks short of graduating from Grangeville High School when her mother became ill. Bessie was uprooted to take care of her younger siblings at her grandparents’ home near Ontario, until her mother regained her health.
She eventually made her way back to Weippe, where she became reacquainted with a former schoolmate, Ellis Snyder. After she returned to Ontario they continued to correspond.

   On Christmas Day he went to Ironside, OR, to bring her back to Weippe. Bessie and Ellis were married Dec. 26, 1936. He was laid to rest on their 59th anniversary.

   The couple had one daughter, Carol Ann Quigley. They lived in Weippe and Headquarters most of their married life until he became ill and they moved to Lewiston. In addition to being a wonderful mother and homemaker she also worked outside the home.

   Bessie and Ellis owned and operated grocery stores in Headquarters and Weippe and also a restaurant in Weippe. They had the mail contract to Headquarters and they were involved in farming, ranching and logging.

   Bessie enjoyed having guests. She was an excellent cook and offered every comfort she could to make people feel welcome. She and Ellis were excellent dancers and traveled to many small community dances where they met many good friends.

   She loved her large extended family and doted on her grand-children. Bessie always seemed much younger than her true age as she "tritted" around the house in her tiny little heels. She was always willing to go somewhere at a moment's notice and was fun to have along.

   Bessie enjoyed playing pinochle and bridge, and made up her mind at one point to learn to ride a horse well enough to keep up with Ellis. She lovingly cared for Ellis throughout their life and kept almost constant vigil during a three-month hospitalization as he recovered from heart surgery. She lived at Royal Plaza for several years before moving to Life Care Center.

   Bessie is survived by grandson, Michael and Dawn Quigley; great-grandsons, Gib, Garner, Denver and Derrick Quigley; granddaughter-in-law, Joan Quigley; great-granddaughters, Alyssa and Jenna Quigley and sisters, Elaine Burrow and Patty Hyde.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, Lester and Bertha; husband, Ellis; daughter, Carol Quigley; grandson, Gregory Quigley; sisters, Helen Carpenter, Lucille McGinnis, Mina Lewis and Betty Brown; and brother, Melvin (Bud) Derrick.

   Graveside services were held at the Weippe Cemetery.

Edgar F. Wilkenson, 81, Orofino

   Edgar Frederick Wilkenson was born in Philadelphia Oct. 8, 1928. He died Tuesday, April 20, 2010.

   He is survived by his three sons, Brian Curtis Wilkenson, Bruce Wayne Wilkenson, and Bradley Kevin Wilkenson, all of California; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

   Ed worked for the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company and raised his family in El Centro, CA.

   After retiring from the phone company in 1983, he built his home on a hilltop in Orofino overlooking Dworshak Reservoir.

   He was an active member of the Nazarene Church of Orofino and also an active member of the local fair board. He was instrumental in the formation of the Twin Ridge Fire District and remained an active volunteer.

   His greatest loves were family, friends, fishing and camping.

   Memorial services were held Tuesday at Orofino Church of the Nazarene.

   n lieu of flowers, the family would prefer donations be made to ICARE, c/o: Dee Crane, 2134 Canyon Creek Road, Orofino, ID 83544.
Kyle W. Wirgau, 24, Orofino

   Kyle William Wirgau of Orofino entered this world fighting to live on Dec. 10, 1985, and on Monday, April 19, 2010 joined his twin, Adam Michael, in heaven. He was 24.

   Kyle was a life-long resident of Orofino. He was a happy young man who taught others how to live in “Kyle’s World.” His smile was contagious and made you wonder what it was that he found so amusing.

   He loved listening to Christmas music and Reba McIntyre, traveling, and people reading him stories. We were blessed to have him in our lives.

   Kyle leaves behind to cherish his memory his mother, Karen; grandmother, Joyce Wirgau; aunts and uncles Penny and Dan Hogan, Neil and Melody Wirgau, Mary Lou and Joe Tunnicliffe, Mark Wirgau, LuAnn and Joe Sills, Sharon and David Fritz, and Amy Goodson; 17 cousins, and his devoted personal care provider Lila Winslow and faithful companion Cubby.

   Meeting him in heaven are his grandfather Arnold Wirgau, adventurer/traveling companion June Seasor, and twin brother Adam Michael.

   A memorial open house was held April 24 at 215 Tamarac in Orofino. Prayer service and interment will take place at Leer Lutheran Church in Leer, MI on Saturday, May 1 at 11 a.m.

   Memorial donations may be made to Clearwater Humane Society, P.O. Box 2063, Orofino, ID 83544.

   Pine Hills Funeral Chapel & Crematory is in care of arrangements.

   I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7.
Marie I. Seville Byrum, 92, Orofino

   Marie I. Seville Byrum, 92, of Orofino, died Tuesday, April 20, 2010, at Brookside Landing in Orofino.

   Arrangements are pending with Mountain View Funeral Home of Lewiston.
John Edward Mathews, 88, Orofino

   John Edward Mathews, 88, of Orofino died April 26, 2010 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.

   A memorial service will be held at a later date.

   Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.