CLEARWATER TRIBUNE HOME

MAY 20, 2010

Obituaries for May 20, 2010

Lula F. Myrtue, 100, of Orofino

   Our Auntie Lu passed away on May 8, 2010 just three days prior to her 101st birthday. She was born in Joplin, MO, to Rueben and Blanche Whitney Hardy, May 11, 1909.

   There were three older siblings and two younger than her in the family; two brothers and three sisters. Luís family moved to Cedar County, NB, when she was four years old. She attended school there, liking school very much.

   The family moved from Nebraska to Iowa. In Iowa she met the love of her life, Cecil Myrtue. She helped raise a stepson during their marriage. They were married over 50 years.

   In the mid 1940ís she and Cecil moved to California where she worked for Douglas Aircraft Company where she managed a department that did lens grinding on instruments for the companyís government contracts.

   In the 1950ís, Lu and Cecil moved to a town called El Segundo, CA, due to the creation of I-5 Freeway that took many homes throughout California.

   In the 1970ís Lu and Cecil moved to Medford, OR, where they celebrated their 50th anniversary.

   Lu had been a member of the Order of the Amaranth, and belonged to the Rogue River Valley Regional Medical Center Hospital Auxiliary and attended the United Methodist Church while living in Medford. Lu and her friends traveled to the islands, Tahiti, New Zealand and Australia as well as various parts of America.

   Lu was an avid bowler and other hobbies included sewing and gardening.

   Lu came to Brookside Landing in 2006 to be with her family; Bob and Alice Hardy and family, Barbara Rasmussen and Donna Dodson. She has 16 nieces and nephews throughout the United States, most of which attended her 100th birthday party last year at Brookside Landing.

   She was preceded in death by all her brothers and sisters; Clarence, George, Irene, Beulah and Caroline, two nieces: Jane Ludwig and Michaelyn Hardy.

   Cremation has taken place. There will be a memorial service Friday, May 28, at 2 p.m. in the family room up0stairs at Brookside Landing, and on June 3, will be a graveside service, laying her to rest beside her husband, Cecil, in Medford, OR.

   Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is taking care of the arrangements.

Patrick D. McMillan, 55, Ahsahka

   Patrick D. McMillan passed away Sunday, May 16, 2010.  He is survived by his father and step-mother, Burt and Patricia McMillan of Bend, OR, and his two brothers, Gregory McMillan of Bend and Jeff McMillan of Redmond, OR.

   Pat loved camping, traveling, fishing, hunting, and riding his four-wheeler. He loved sharing his time visiting with friends.  He enjoyed spending time in Ahsahka, Elk River and up at Freeman Creek.   

   A memorial service/celebration of life for Pat will be conducted at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 26, at the VFW in Orofino.

Ellen Katherine Hobson, 96, Orofino

   Ellen Katherine Hobson, Orofino, went to join her Heavenly Father on May 13, 2010. She passed away at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino. She was 96.

   She was born in Portland, OR to Swedish immigrants, Andrew John and Annie Eugenia (Nordvall) Johnson on April 28, 1914. She graduated from Oregon City High School in 1933. 

   Helen started her working career in Portland where she cared for orphaned children ages birth to five years. Later she worked at an elite girlís school before she married George Raymond Hobson on July 19, 1941.

   She lived a busy life as a pastorís wife and enjoyed cooking, sewing and quilting.

   She is survived by her husband George of 68 years. Also surviving her are four children, Katherine Hobson, Phoenix, AZ, Betty (Jim) McGill, Nampa, Allen (Mary Lou) Hobson, Ephrata, WA and Eva (Dale) Durkee, Weippe; six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

   Preceding her in death are her parents, sister Inez Nord, and brother, John Harry Johnson.

   Visitation will take place Thursday, May 20 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel.

   A funeral service will be at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel on Friday, May 21 at 9 a.m. with burial to follow at 11 a.m. at the Weippe Cemetery.

   Pine Hills Funeral Chapel is in care of arrangements.

Clifford Hulin, 76, Orofino

   Clifford Doyle Hulin, Orofino, died Monday, May 17, 2010 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino. He was 76. Cremation has taken place with Pine Hills Funeral Chapel of Orofino and no services are planned at this time.

Ethel Westfall, 95, Orofino

   Ethel Westfall, Orofino, died Friday, May 14, 2010 at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino. She was 95. Cremation has taken place and services are pending. 

 Naoma C. Smith, 86, Lewiston

    Naoma C. Smith was born April 7, 1924 at Timber Ridge, VA, to Mary Ellen Slater and William Downey Cash. She died at her home on Thursday morning, May 13. Naoma was 86.

    She attended Timber Ridge and later Fairfield Grade School. After the seventh grade, she went to work for Mr. Lots and two families on the property where she did laundry, cleaned and fed the animals. She later cared for two women. Working for DuPont, in Waynesboro, she was one of the first assigned to work with nylon to make parachutes for the war.

    Naoma met Stewart Smith at Crumís Drug store while he was on assignment at Virginia Military Institute in Lexington. They were married May 6, 1943 in Stanton, Va.

    After marrying Stewart, Naoma lived in Montana for several months until Stewart was shipped out to California, then Guadalcanal, and the Philippines. Naoma stayed in Virginia with family until Stewartís discharge in 1946. They moved to Weippe.

    Employment with Potlatch brought them to Townsite 4, later moving to Headquarters when housing became available. She was a homemaker, cleaned for the Headquarters School and worked at Clearwater Potlatch Timber Protective Association in the cookhouse for the crew building the Jaype Mill, and assisted Ben Marsh at the cookhouse in Headquarters. She was involved with the Womenís group and attended church at the Community Hall.

    Naoma was known for teaching most of the children in Headquarters to swim. In 1966, she was one of the first women hired at Jaype Mill, and was known as one of the "grandmas of Jaype." She worked there until 1989, and served as a union representative, worked as a grader and loved to help cook the holiday meals.

    Stewart died February 17, 1986. After retirement, Naoma retired to her Lewiston home with her daughter Barbara. She attended Faith Tabernacle church, and looked forward to the annual Headquarters summer Picnic and the monthly Headquarters luncheons. She lived for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

    Survivors include daughters Bessie Stenzel and husband Ron of Prineville, OR, and Barbara Smith of Lewiston; sons Frank Smith of Pierce, Doug Smith and wife Tammy of Lewiston, and Fred Smith of Olympia; sisters Margariette Campbell of Stephens City, VA, Mary Ellen Camden and Edith C. Smith of Lexington, VA in addition to six grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren and one on the way in two weeks; and numerous nieces and nephews.

    She was preceded in death by her mother and father; husband Stewart; son Robert Charles; brothers Gleason, Kenneth, Raymond, Bobby Lee, John Henry, Arthur and twins Donald and Ronald; and sisters Agnes, Louise, Bessie and Francis.

    Viewing was held on Sunday at Malcomís Brower-Wann Funeral Home in Lewiston. A family burial was held at Lewis-Clark Memorial Garden on Monday, followed by the memorial service at Faith Tabernacle Church, 2502 16th Ave., in Lewiston.

    Memorial gifts may be given to Victory Television, P. O. Box 1227, Lewiston, Idaho, 83501.