MISSOULA - On Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2003, Vivian Turner made her final transition to glory and is now singing with the angels in a very holy place.
Vivian and her twin brother Donald were born to Joseph and Anna Errington on Feb. 14, 1911, in Spokane County, Wash. Following the death of her brother in infancy, and her mother when Vivian was 6, she and her younger sister, Fay, grew up in various foster homes all over northern California.
As a teenager, Vivian moved to Tacoma, Wash., to live with relatives and graduated from Lincoln High School. She then went on to attend practical nursing training at St. Joseph's Hospital, also in Tacoma.
On Aug. 14, 1936, Vivian married Ben Turner, becoming part of an early pioneer family in the Tacoma area. In 1946 their daughter Marla was born.
Vivian spent much of her adult life as an efficient and loving homemaker, attending to the needs of both her immediate and extended families. She became the family historian, caretaker and central clearinghouse for family news and activities. There was always room at her dinner table for anyone dropping by or needing a meal.
Vivian was known for her wonderful homemade jams, jellies and baked goods. She loved to cook "company" meals and always had a variety of home-canned fruits and vegetables available to suit any appetite.
In her spare time, Vivian would be either tending to her beautiful flower gardens or helping out with various church activities. She was devoted to her God and church, loving the time she spent singing and worshipping.
Vivian was preceded in death by her beloved husband Ben in 1993, her sister, mother, father and twin brother.
She is survived by daughter Marla McCombie in Missoula; granddaughter Kendra McCombie Powers and husband Ken of Tacoma; grandson Devin McCombie and wife Lisa of Medford, Mass.; and a number of nieces, nephews and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7, at Fir Lane Memorial Park and Funeral Home in Spanaway, Wash.
We miss you, Mom … you will be in our hearts and memories forever. The strength, love and good humor you shared will help us to carry on.
Kasee Ilene Starkel
RONAN - Kasee Ilene Starkel, daughter of Chet and Tamara Starkel, died Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2003, in a tragic drowning just three months shy of her fifth birthday.
A full obituary will follow.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, at the First Baptist Church in Ronan.
Gemania Marion 'Gema' Buhr
PHILIPSBURG - Gemania Marion "Gema" Buhr, beloved daughter of Jessie Buhr, passed away Wednesday morning, Dec. 31, 2003, in Philipsburg of natural causes.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 5, from St. Paul's Presbyterian Church with Pastor Rusty Craig officiating. Interment will follow at the Philipsburg Cemetery.
Wake and visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Philipsburg chapel of KT Riddle Funeral Homes. Additional visitation will be 10 a.m. to noon Monday at the funeral home.
Gemania Marion was born on Sept. 6, 2003, in Anaconda. Gema was a beautiful baby girl who always had a smile on her face and was beginning to talk and laugh.
Gemania was a big part of Jessie's life and Jessie loved her very much.
Gemania is survived by her mother Jessie of Philipsburg; an uncle, David Williams of Philipsburg; grandparents Henry and Terry Buhr of Philipsburg; paternal grandparents, Heinz Buhr of Aurora, Colo., and Marion Buhr of Waldo, Wis.; maternal grandparents, Gayle Fraser of Philipsburg and Kent Edwards of Burlington, Ky.; and maternal great-grandparents, retired Col. Leon Kimsey and wife Marian of Platte City, Mo.
Memorial donations are requested to the Opera House of Philipsburg in memory of Gemania.
Services are under the care of the KT Riddle Funeral Homes, Philipsburg.
Beatrice Mary 'Bea' Conley
MISSOULA - Beatrice Mary "Bea" Conley, precious angel, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother, left this world Friday, Jan. 2, 2004, to be with her loving God. She was surrounded by her loving family whom she loved unconditionally.
Bea married A.L. Webber and from this union she had two daughters.
She was a waitress in the Missoula area for 36 years and from this came many long-lasting friendships, but her most cherished treasures were God and her church.
Bea was known and loved for her gentle, trusting and caring ways, and whenever help was needed she was always there. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. One of her many dearest memories was of her "Surprise" 80th birthday party.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Sam Conley, her parents, two brothers and two sisters.
She is survived by her sister, Bernadine Clark of Vancouver, Wash.; two daughters, Donna Conway and husband Dan, and Audrey Parenteau and husband Mitch; eight grandchildren, Donna (Steve) Limes, Tammy (Gorden) Paulson, Teresa (Duane) Knoll, Johnna (Mark) Eisenmann, Mark (Esther) Conway, Michele Mitchell, M. Joseph (Gina) Parenteau and Danelle Conway; 19 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; numerous nieces and nephews; and many friends too numerous to mention.
A vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 4, at Pope John XXIII Parish. A celebration Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Monday followed by a reception at the church.
The family suggests that donations be made in Bea's name to Pope John XXIII Parish.
Arrangements are under the care of Garden City Funeral Home.
James H. Pelkey
CORVALLIS - James H. Pelkey, 87, of Corvallis, died of kidney failure on Dec. 16, 2003, in Hamilton.
He was born April 18, 1916, in Paynesville, Minn., to Hermy and Jennie Pelkey. He entered the U.S. Army in 1945.
He married Freda Schmidtke in 1939; she died in August 1974. On Nov. 5, 1977, he married Elsie Chansler. She died Dec. 8, 1985.
Survivors include a daughter, Pamela Thomas of Corvallis; four grandsons; and two sisters.
Graveside services were held Dec. 19 at the Corvallis Cemetery.
Arrangements were by Whitesitt Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Stevensville.