Edith Day, proud mother of Nancy Strom, Rosalie Francisco, Debbie Bair and Cristie Cochrell, passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019 surrounded by family. She had enjoyed a delightful summer and fall celebrating her 100th birthday with many visiting family and friends.
Edith Reetha Lynch was born on the Lynch family wheat farm in Kittitas, Washington on Sept. 3, 1919 to Charles and Alice Lynch. The family lived in Kittitas for several years but returned to their own homestead on Wells Bench in Orofino, Idaho when Edith was three.
Edith loved growing up with her siblings, Mildred, Marie, Grace, Bud and Joe. She attended grade school at Mountain View School on Wells Bench and graduated with the Class of 1937 from Orofino High School.
Edith married Howard Miles on Sept. 25, 1942. Howard was soon drafted and served in the Army in WWII. He was killed in action on the beach at Gela, Sicily on July 11, 1943. She worked at various jobs to support her two daughters during the post-war years. At the Orofino Creamery she wrapped butter and made the first chocolate-dipped ice cream bars ever sold in Orofino. She appreciated all the help and support from the Lynch, Scoles and Miles families.
Edith marred Everett Day, a Navy veteran, on Aug. 4, 1951 and they made their home in the Orofino area that they loved so much. They also enjoyed a number of years living and working in Lewiston, Pasco, O’Mill and Pierce, but they returned to their permanent home in Orofino in 1970.
Edith was an excellent seamstress and did custom design, altering, tailoring and sewing for many women in the valley over her lifetime. She sewed lovely outfits for her daughters and kept them “in style.” She loved all types of handwork including knitting, crocheting and scrapbooking. She was a lifelong learner and enjoyed taking sewing classes at Lewiston State College, then reaching out to teach classes to others. She co-owned The House of Draperies with her good friend, Betty Brown and they provided custom made drapes for many homes in the area. Her knitting group volunteered to knit scarves that were part of the Knit Your Bit Project for Veterans and they donated over 70 items. Edith made hundreds of handmade ribbon roses each year which were used at Old Fashion Sunday in the Park.
Edith and Everett were involved in many groups and activities that brought people together to have fun and support one another. They enjoyed Campfire Girls, Girl Scouts, Theta Rho, Rebekah’s, CB Buddies, Down & Dirty UNO Gang, Barn Owls Square Dancers, Orofino VFW and Auxiliary, Orofino United Methodist Church, Orofino Senior Center, Home Extension Club, and line dancing. They loved camping with family and friends and spent many years exploring the mountains and rivers in the area. They traveled in their Winnebago to visit California, Oregon, Montana and Washington. She loved to read, play games, do puzzles and learned to use the computer for email and banking. She was a wonderful homemaker and enjoyed sharing her homemade bread, jams, pies, cinnamon rolls, huckleberry pancakes and noodles.
Edith was much loved by her four daughters and son-in-laws, 13 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, seven great-great-grandchildren and many nephews and nieces.
She was blessed to have wonderful caregivers in her later years.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite local charity.
Please join us for a memorial celebration of life at the Orofino Methodist Church on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. with a potluck social dinner to follow for visiting and sharing memories.