JULY 8, 2010

Obituaries for July 8, 2010

Ralph C. Johnson, 69, Orofino

   Ralph Cecil Johnson, 69 of Orofino died Tuesday, June 29, 2010 from a fishing accident at Rapid River near Riggins.

   Ralph was born Nov. 21, 1940 in Lewiston to Frank R. Johnson and Pauline Finley Hill. Ralph attended schools in the Kamiah area, and ITT and Lewis-Clark State College.

   Ralph and Gloria J. Johnson were married Dec. 7, 1961. They lived in the Boise area where he drove bus for eight years for Garden City Public Works, worked for Boise Parks and Recreation, and worked at Eagle Hills Golf Course before moving back home, and was working as a surveillance officer at the Nez Perce Tribe Itse’Ye’Ye Casino in Kamiah.

   Ralph was a direct descendent of WEET’XU’WIIS. He received a Public Service Announcement Award from the Idaho Department of Transportation; he had a part in a commercial in the Boise area; and he volunteered for various Pow Wow committees in the Boise, Nampa, and Orofino areas. Ralph loved to hunt, fish, gather roots and berries, and spend time in the mountains.

   Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, Frank R. Johnson and Pauline Finley Hill; his brother, Frankie Johnson; and his son, Ralph C. Johnson, Jr.

   Ralph is survived by his wife, Gloria J. Johnson of Orofino; his sons, Robert L. Johnson of Kooskia, Roland C. Johnson of Boise, and Richard E. Johnson and wife Mary of Lenore; his sister, Alice (Jenie) Warden of Kamiah; nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren

   A memorial service was held July 1 at Wa-A’yas Community Center at Kamiah. Funeral services were July 2, also at the Wa-A’yas Community Center in Kamiah. Interment was at Kamiah Tribal Cemetery, with Horace Axtel officiating. A covered dish dinner was held after the services at the Wa-A’yas Community Center.

   Memorial donations may go to Gloria Johnson.

Thelma Toliver, 85, Orofino

  Thelma Toliver of Orofino and formerly of Kamiah, loving wife, mother and grandmother, died peacefully at Clearwater Health and Rehabilitation Center on Friday, July 2, 2010. She was 85.

  Thelma was born May 18, 1925. With her at the time of her passing was her husband of 66 years, Floyd Toliver and her daughter, Carol Brammer.

  She is also survived by her son, Gary Toliver and seven grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. She and her husband had lived in Kamiah for the past 20 years.

  We will always remember her wonderful smile and she will be deeply missed by many.

  Services are to be announced at a later date. Arrangements are with Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia.

Irma L. White, 100

    Irma L. White, 100, Alpine, Texas, formerly of Lenore, died Monday, July 5, 2010 at her Alpine residence.        

    Arrangements are pending at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home of Lewiston.

Rosemary M. Teed, 90, Lewiston

   Rosemary Teed passed away Tuesday, June 29, 2010, of natural causes at Orchards Rehabilitation and Care Center in Lewiston. She was 90.

   She was born Feb. 25, 1920, in Moscow, to Rose and Lemuel Hunt. She lived most of her life in Weippe, attending school in Weippe and Moscow.

   Rosemary married Ralph S. Teed Jr. on June 10, 1937, in Lewiston. He died July 15, 1965.

   In 1976, Rosemary moved to Lewiston and worked for Blue Ribbon for eight years. Prior to that, she spent many years taking care of her family as a homemaker. She was a member of Orchards Community Church in Lewiston and was involved with the Ladies Aid Society.

   Survivors include three sons, Milo S. Teed of Lewiston, Monty L. Teed of Lewiston and Tracy Teed of Weippe; three daughters, Laurinda A. Wise of Volcano, CA, Wendy Teed of Lewiston and Tammy K. Wells of Clarkston, WA; a sister, Joan Kling of Soap Lake, WA.; 13 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and 20 great-great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son, Preston Teed; a daughter, Lorraine Hutchins; a brother, Lyle Hunt; and a grandson, Larry Teed.

   A memorial service was held Saturday, July 3 at Orchards Community Church, with interment at Weippe Cemetery. The Rev. Mark Brewster will officiate. Mountain View Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Hazel Mildred (Millie) Bennett, 81

   Hazel Mildred (Millie) Bennett died Sunday, July 4, 2010 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston due to complications of pneumonia. She was 81.

   Millie would have liked the thought that she went out with a BANG!

   She was born March 6, 1929 to Druard and Lena Allen in Allenton, IA. She spent her childhood in Weippe, where she met Bob Bennett and later married him March 8, 1952 in Richland, WA.

   Millie tried her hand at many occupations, including cooking in logging camps, telephone operator and dental tech, but most remember her working beside Bob, cutting and wrapping meat together. Millie was also a caregiver to all.

   She was a member of Rebecca Lodge, the Moose Lodge and an Eagle lifetime member. She loved entertaining, cooking, bowling and dancing until the wee hours.

   Millie never lost her sense of dry humor, declaring that her diminished stature left her gazing at belt buckles most of her life.

   She was preceded in death by Bob Bennett, her husband of 57 years; her father and mother; and a number of nephews and nieces including Leona Allen, Leota Allen, Aletha Hayes, William Allen, Arnold Leroy Allen and Vernon Allen.

   Survivors include a sister, Sallie Eikum; a very special sister-in-law. Jeannie Bennett; a dear foster daughter and friend, Debbie Isbelle; a special niece, Mareda Carney; nephews Bill and Roger Hayes; plus several great nieces and nephews. The couple was not blessed with children of their own.

   A funeral service will be held at Mountain View Funeral Home in Lewiston on Saturday, July 10 at 11 a.m.

   The family suggests memorials be made to the animal shelter or the Cancer Society.