Almira Cemetery  

                                                                                              Submitted by Marge Womach

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Located one-half mile west of Almira on Highway 2, Almira Cemetery is  in the SW corner of section 32 township 26N, range 31E, and  approximately 4.25 acres in size. Founded in 1886 when the child of Charles Davis died , Davis himself  was buried there in 1899. His widow sold the two acres to the town and another two acres were purchased.   __________________________________________________________________________________________________________

This is only a partial listing.....and is a work in progress.

Haden, Tillie: ( d. 1973)  Tillie M. (Doane) Haden.—Her home, Wilbur, WA. A member of the Rebekah Lodge, Wilbur. Tuscan Chapter Order of Eastern Star; VFW Auxiliary, Friday Club. She is survived by 2 sons, Russell B. Doane, Wilbur, WA; Bruce J. Doane, Pasco, WA; 2 daughters, Mrs. Joyce Davis, Yakima, WA; Mr.s Carol Eckhart, Bonners Ferry, Idaho; one brother, John Evers, Spokane; one sister, Mrs. Elsie Carstensen, Almira; 11 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Friday, April 6 at 11 a.m. from the Almira Community Church. The Rev Charles Pobanz officiating. Interment Almira, WA, Cemetery. Robertson Funeral Home, Wilbur, WA, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 4-06-1973)

Hatch, Miss (Lizzie)May: (b. Aug 14, 1866, d. Nov 07, 1903) "Miss May Hatch died at the home of her brother, T. Hatch, at Almira on last Saturday evening after a number of months illness. For a long time her case ahs been regarded as hopeless, though two or three weeks before death she rallied some what. She was a faithful Christian and passed away with full assurance of her acceptance with her Redeemer. She was in the prime of life, being 37 years 1 month 22 days old. Hers was a quiet unassuming life of service, nine of her best years being spent in caring for an invalid aunt."—Big Bend Outlook. (Citizen, Nov 20, 1903)  

Huddleson, Wm Donald: ( b. Mar 25, 1907, d. Aug 08, 1908)  "William Donald, the little son of Mr. & Mrs. W. M. Huddleson, died at Almira, August 2." (Citizen, Aug 14, 1908))(headstone reads Aug 08, Huddleston)

Hughes, Abner; d. 11-23-1918, Block 187-S.):  “Abner Hughes. Died: 23 Nov 1918, age 27, Almira, Lincoln Co, WA. Father: Thomas Hughes. Mother: Anna Williams. Batch ID #275745.”  (WA State Death Records) 

Hughes, Mrs. Anna: ( b. 1862, d. Mar 17, 1927)   Almira. Funeral services were held for Mrs. Ann Hughes, 75, from the Congregational church Thursday of last week, the Rev John L. Perringer officiating. Mrs. Hughes came west in 1889 and married Thomas Hughes, March 12 of that year, and has made her home on the ranch five miles north of Almira since that time. Mrs. Hughes is survived by her husband, a sister in Wisconsin, two daughters, Reba Hughes of Almira and Mrs. Elizabeth Diebrel of Walla Walla, seven grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. (Dav. Times-Trib.) “Petition for probate of the will of Anna Hughes, Almira, and the naming of J. C. Johnson of Almira as executor has been signed. The estate is estimated as worth $18,000.” (Odessa Record: 5-06-1927) Hughes, Anna; d. 3-17-1927, age 65, Block 187-S.);  “Anna Hughes. Died: 14 March 1927, age 74, Almira, Lincoln Co, WA. Father: Williams. Spouse: Thore (sic) Hughes. Batch ID #276404.” (WA State Death Records)


Hughes, Ella,:(  b. Jan 12, 1855, d. Apr 30, 1930)  “D. R. Hughes and H. S. Hughes have petitioned the court for the appointment as administrators of the estate of Ella Hughes, deceased. Saturday May 31st has been set for the day of hearing on the petition.” (Citizen, May 23, 1930) Hughes, Ella May; d. 4-30-1930, Block 69-S.);  “Ella M Hughes. Died: 30 Apr 1930, age 76, Almira, Lincoln Co, WA. Father: Jacob Aplinger. Batch ID #276518.”  (WA State Death Records)


Hughes, Griffith; d. 7-15-1945, age 86, Block 181-S);  “Griffith Hughes. Died: 15 July 1945, age 86, Wilbur, Lincoln Co, WA. Father: John (Hughes); Mother: Janet Jones. Spouse: Mary Jane. Batch ID #277544.” (WA State Death Records)


Hughes, Griffith G; d. 7-04-1934, age 66, Block 28-S);  “Griffith Hughes. Died: 4 July 1934, age 66, Spokane, Spokane Co, WA. Father: Griffith Hughes. Mother: Mary. Spouse: Jane. Batch ID #276631.” (WA State Death Records)


Hughes, Griffith Llewellyn; d. 7-17-1940, age 40, Block 28-S);  “Griffith Llewelyn Hughes. Died: 17 July 1940, age 39, Spokane, Spokane Co, WA. Father: Griffith Hughes. Mother: Jane Edwards. Spouse: Dorothy.  Batch ID #277028.”  (WA State Death Records) 


Hughes, Griffith T; Purch. By Emrys, d. 1956, age 78, Block 7 locale L.);  “Griffith Thomas Hughes. Died: 13 Feb 1956, age 76, Almira, Lincoln Co, WA. Father: Unknown. Mother: Unknown. Batch ID #278323.” (WA State Death Records)


Hughes, Ella May; d. 2-13-1915, age 7, Block 181-S.);  “Ella May Hughes. Died: 10 Feb 1915, age 6, Almira, Lincoln Co, WA. Father: Griff T Hughes. Mother: Grace Thomas. Batch ID #275689.” (WA State Death Records)

Hughes, Johnnie R: ( b. Dec 21, 1893, d. Nov 17, 1973) Johnnie Rickard Hughes, a resident of the Big Bend his entire life, passed away Saturday, Nov 17, in the Lincoln Hospital at Davenport . Funeral services, arranged by the Robertson Funeral Home of Wilbur, were held Tuesday afternoon, Nov 20, from the Almira Community Church , the Rev Charles Pobanz officiating.  Mrs. Betty Wetzel sang two solos, accompanied by Mrs. Carolyn Hyde at the organ. Pall bearers were Danny Williams, Ivor Parry, Howard Campbell, Leo Neilsen, Paul McKay and Jack Short. Honorary pall bearers were Alex McKay, Ed Ladwig, Bill Thomas, Henry Starkel, Harry Carstensen, Oscar Doane, Bernard White, Ed Edwards, Bill Evans, Art Kallman, Agatha Keener and Carl Heathman. Interment was in the Almira Cemetery. Mr Hughes was born at Almira on Dec 21, 1893 and attended 12 years of school in Almira and the Northwestern Business College in Spokane. He married Mariana Evans in 1921. Mrs Hughes passed away in 1955.  He was a member of the Almira Community Church, a 50-year member of Highland Grange and had been secretary for 35 years, a member of the Knights of Pythias for 58 years, a member of Lincoln County Pomona Grange and a  past secretary. Surviving are a son, Allyn Hughes, Almira; two grandsons, John and Michael, and a granddaughter, Lisa, all of Almira; two brothers, Emrys T Hughes and Glyn Hughes, both of Almira.” (Wilbur Register:  11-22-1973)


Hughes, Mariana; purch by Mrs Griff Hughes, d. 11-20-1955, age 55, Block 7-L);  “Mariana Hughes. Died: 20 Nov 1955, age 55, Spokane, Spokane Co, WA. Father: Stephen Evans. Mother: Jennie Rees. Batch ID #278314.” (WA State Death Records)


Hughes, Mary Jane; Purch. By Emrys, d. 12-26-1953, age 77, Block 7 locale L.); “Mary Hughes. Died: 26 Dec 1953, age 77, Spokane, Spokane Co, WA. Father: Robert T Roberts. Mother: Anne Williams. Batch ID #278240.” (WA State Death Records)



Hughes, Thomas: ( b. 1846, d. , Jun 16, 1927) Thomas Hughes, age 81, pioneer farmer of the Almira district, died Thursday night at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Diebrel, in Spokane. The funeral was held at Almira Saturday. He had lived at Almira 44 years. (Dav. Times-Tribune, Jun 23, 1927) Hughes, Thomas; (d. 6-16-1927, age 81, Block 187-S.)  “Thomas Hughes. Died: 16 June 1927, age 79, Spokane, Spokane Co, WA. Father: Richard Hughes. Mother: Elizabeth . Batch ID #276419.” (WA State Death Records)


Hughes, Thomas William; d. 2-16-1930, age 24, Block 28-S);  “Thomas William Hughes. Died: 16 Feb 1930, age 23, Pasco, Franklin Co, WA. Father: Griffith G Hughes. Mother: Jane Edwards. Batch ID #523663.” (WA State Death Records)


Humphrey, John S.: ( b. Nov 06, 1845, d. Aug 27, 1925)  “Final report of Moses E. Humphreys, executor of the estate of John S. Humphreys, and petition for distribution of the estate have been filed.” (Odessa Record: 4-16-1926)


Humphrey, Lavina: ( b. Feb 03, 1851, d. Jan 05, 1937) Mrs. Lavina Humphrey, 86, an Almira pioneer, died at her home there on Saturday. She came to Washington in 1888. She is survived by a son, two daughters, seven grandchildren. Funeral services were on Tuesday afternoon.” (Odessa Record: 1-07-1937)

Hutchison, John: (  d. Jan 20, 1953)  John Hutchison, 53, Almira, was found dead Thursday in the wreckage of his sedan, which was discovered in a creek bed southwest of there.  State Patrolman William Cochran said Hutchison’s auto apparently had gone out of control on loose gravel on the Almira-Marlin road, about 9 miles from Almira, and plunged off a 20-foot embankment, coming to rest upright in the small creek. He was dead when found about 3 p.m.  Friends of Hutchison told Cochran and Lincoln County sheriff’s deputies that Hutchison left Almira about 1:30 p.m. to visit a friend. It was believed the accident happened about 2 o’clock, Cochran reported. Patrolmen said Hutchison apparently was killed instantly.”  (Odessa Record:  1-22-1953)*  

Jeffers, Charles: ( b. 1903, d. Feb 21, 1993)  “Funeral services for Charles C. Jeffers, of Almira, were held February 26. Mr. Jeffers, who was 90 years old, was the husband of Hazel Luiten, formerly of Odessa. He died at Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Davenport on Feb 21, 1993. He is survived by his wife, a resident at the Davenport Convalescent Home; one sister, Lula Daniels, and numerous nieces and nephews. The Rev David Oliver officiated at the funeral at the Almira Community Church. Interment was at Almira Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 3-04-1993)

Jeffers, Hezel: ( b. Sep 18, 1906, d. Jun 19, 1997)  “Funeral services for Hazel (Luiten) Jeffers, an Odessa native and former resident, were held on June 24, at the Almira Community Church in Almira. Mrs Jeffers, a resident of Almira, died on June 19, 1997, in Davenport. She was 90 years old. She was born in Odessa on Sept 18, 1906, the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Ochs) Luiten. She attended schools in Odessa, graduating from Odessa High School with the Class of 1924. In 1931, she married Charles Jeffers, of Almira. She owned and operated a beauty salon for many years in both Odessa and Almira before retiring. After retiring, she and Charles continued to live in Almira until their health forced them to move to the nursing home in Davenport. Charles lived there until his death n 1993, and Hazel continued to live there until her death. She is survived by three sisters, Elsie Luher, of Pullman, Evelyn Smith of Spokane, and Erma O’Leary, of Vancouver, BC, and numerous nieces and nephews.  Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by one sister, Alice Wraspir, in 1994.   The Rev David Oliver officiated at the funeral. Interment was at Almira Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 6-26-1997)

Johnson, Emil: ( b. 1901, d. Aug 25, 1988)  “Emil L. Johnson.—Passed away Thursday, Aug 25, 1988 in Davenport, WA. His home, Almira, WA. Survived by his wife Vera Johnson of Almira, WA. Three daughters: Yvonne Venema of Richland, WA; Joy Brower of Olympia, WA; and Vivian McClung of Almira, WA. Two brothers: Arthur Johnson of Seattle, WA, and Chester Johnson of Spokane, WA. Two sisters: Clara Rosenberg and Esther Tolonen, both of Almira, WA. 7 grandchildren. He was a 60 year member of the Canniwai Grange and Our Saviors Lutheran Church. Funeral Services will be held Mon., Aug 29, 1988 at 11 a.m. in Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Almira, Wa. Pastor Stanley Williamson officiating. Burial Almira Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home, Wilbur, WA, in charge.” (scrapbook item)

Johnson, Julius: ( b. 1864, d. 1949) Julius C. Johnson, 86, prominent pioneer of the Big Bend, died at Almira Saturday morning after a prolonged illness. He was born in Germany, coming to this country in 1881. After spending a year in San Francisco, he arrived in the Big Bend country where he homesteaded as soon as he became 21.  In 1902 he organized the Almira State Bank, which he served as president until it was sold to the National Bank of Commerce in July, 1948. He had contributed materially to the development of this district and had served in the state legislature. The land where Coulee Dam now stands belonged largely to him. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Lyle Cubbage, Spokane; and two sons, Walter of Spokane and Ray of Almira; 7 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Methodist church in Almira at 2 p.m. Monday.” (Odessa Record: 8-04-1949)

Johnson, Myrtie: ( Dec 20, 1905, d. Mar 24, 1989)  “Funeral services were held at the Almira Community Church on Tuesday for Myrtie M. Johnson, who passed away March 24 at Spokane’s Deaconess Hospital following complications of surgery. Pastor David Oliver officiated at the morning services, which were followed by interment at the Almira Cemetery. The Strate Funeral Home of Wilbur was in charge. Myrtie was born Dec 20, 1905, to Leon and Bertha Stone on a farm near Krupp (Marlin), Washington. She graduated from Marlin High School, and on Feb 2, 1926, married Frank Johnson in Davenport. The couple farmed north of Govan for forty years before retiring to Almira. She was a member of the Almira Community Church, the Wilbur Senior Center, and a 60-year, 7th degree member of Grange. Myrtie is survived by her husband Frank Johnson; a son, Norman Johnson of Seattle; three daughters, Frances Douglas and Loraine Lute, both of Almira; and Betty Logan of Stevensville, Montana; 12 grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and two sisters, Ruby Weisser of Odessa and Minnie Starkel of Almira.” (scrapbook item: undated; photo)

Johnson, Muriel: (b. 1913, d. 1967)  Muriel J. Johnson.—A resident of Almira, WA; a member of the Almira Community Church. Survived by her husband, Howard M Johnson; 2 sons, Roger L, Steven R, Scott B Johnson, all at the home; 2 daughters, Mrs. Diane Novotney, Mrs. Sandra Quirk, both Wilbur, WA; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Doane, Glendive, CA; Gordon Doan, Alaska; one sister, Mrs. Phyllis Babin, Spokane, 6 grandchildren. Numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services Monday, July 17, at 11 a.m. from the Almira Community Church. The Rev R W Reiger officiating. Interment Almira, WA, Cemetery. The Robertson Funeral Home, Wilbur, WA, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 7-17-1967) *

Keener, Agatha: ( b. Feb 05, 1889, d. Oct 20, 1974) Agatha Keener, 75, of Almira died at Sacred Heart Hospital on Oct 20. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Oct 23, at 11 a.m. at the Almira Community Church. The Rev Jerald M Stinson officiated. Two solos, ‘The Old Rugged Cross’ and ‘How Great Thou Art’ were sung by Mrs. Betty Wetzel, accompanied by Mrs. Carolyn Hyde at the organ. Interment was in the Almira Cemetery. The Robertson Funeral Home of Wilbur was in charge of arrangements.  Mr. Keener was born on Feb 5, 1899 in Lincoln County, North Carolina. His youth and schooling took place in North Carolina and at the age of seventeen he came to the Almira area. For the 57 years that he lived in this area, he was an active farmer. On Dec 16, 1923, he married Ada White and they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary just last year. He was a charter member of the Highland Grange and was active in the Almira Community Church, in the Washington Wheat Grower’s Association and in the Northwest Miner’s Association. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of the Central Washington Graingrowers Corporation. He was a worldwide traveler, and visited 125 countries. He was  a member of the Clipper Club and of the distinguished Century Club, an organization limited to people who have traveled to more than 100 countries. Mr. Keener is survived by his wife, Ada; two daughters, Mrs. Lora Belle Childers, of Almira and Mrs. Betsy Mae Masterson of Almira; six grandchildren: Tom and Cindy Masterson; Dale, Deanna, Danette, and Delora Childers; three brothers: Crawford, Ezell and Frank Keener, all in Virginia; five sisters: Mrs. Maude Shrum, Mrs. Nett Easter, Mrs. Wanda Bost, Mrs. Edith Reid, all in Virginia, and Mrs. Dorothy Hudgins of North Carolina. Pall bearers were Homer Evers, Dick Heathman, Allyn Hughes, Roy Rice, Don Sorensen and Henry Carstensen, Jr. Honorary pall bearers named were Emrys Hughes, Harry Carstensen, William Thomas, Carl Heathman, Henry Starkel, Alex McKay, Oscar Doane, Simon Reinbold, Paul Tubbs, William Friedrichs, Lou Pendell, Robert Campbell and Nick Nansen.” (Wilbur Register:  10-31-1974)


Kreger, Alfred V.; ( b. 1891, d. Mar 18, 1974)   Alfred V. Kreger.—His home, Route 1 Box 244 , Union, WA.  Formerly Almira, WA. Veteran of WW I. Member of the Almira Community Church. Survived by his wife Mygnon (Mynn) at the home; one son, Bruce Kreger, Union, WA; 2 grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 21 at 2 p.m. from the Almira Community Church , Rev Jerry Stinson officiating. Interment Almira Cemetery, WA . The Robertson Funeral Home, Wilbur, WA, in charge of the arrangements.” (Spokesman Review:3-20-1974)


Kruger, Don: ( d. 1939)  "At the age of nine years old, the red, shaggy dog, Don, belonging to Al Kruger, died Monday. According to reports it is believed the dog died as a result of poisoning." (Almira Herald of 1-26-1939)


Lindic, Reba Jane;  ( b. 1899, d.  Aug 06, 1973; age 74; S-187, Lot 6)  Reba Jane Lindic, Soap Lake, WA.—Passed away August 3, 1973 in Soap Lake. Survived by 2 daughters, Mrs. Ruth Osborne, Moses Lake, WA; Mrs. Frances Steele, Reardan; 2 brothers, Dave Jones, Soap Lake, WA; Frank Jones, Tonasket, WA; 3 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday August 7 at 1 p.m. at the Community Church of Almira, WA. Interment Almira Cemetery, Nicoles Funeral Home, Ephrata, WA, in charge of arrangements.” (Spokesman Review: 8-07-1973)


Lome, Carl: ( b. 1891, d. 1966)  Carl Lome.—A resident of Almira, WA. He was a member of Assembly of God. Veteran of WW I. Survived by one brother, John Lome, Spangle, WA; 2 sisters, Mrs. Catherine Bowers, Boring, OR; Mrs. Lydia Erickson, Clatskanie, OR. Funeral services Monday, May 23, at 2 p.m. from the Almira Community Church. The Rev R. T. Ridener officiating. Interment Almira Cemetery. The Robertson Funeral Home, Wilbur, WA, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 5-23-1966)


Lome, John: ( b. 1851, d. Aug 27, 1935) John Lome, 94, died Aug 27 at the home of his son, John Lome, south of Almira, where he homesteaded in 1881. He is survived by  two sons, John and Carl Lome, and two daughters, Mrs. Catherine Bowers, Boring, OR, and Mrs. Lydia Erickson, Quincy, OR; and six grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Congregational church Sunday at 1:30, the Rev A. R. M. Kettner officiating. The church was filled with his many friends, who paid their last respects.” (Odessa Record: 9-13-1935)



Almira Cemetery Obituaries, Almira, Lincoln County, WA, 

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