Wilbur Cemetery Obits     

                                                                                                         Submitted By Marge Womach


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Neal, Robert; ( b. 1852, d. 1936)  81/6   81/6  

“Robert Neal, 84, first fruit inspector and original orchardist of Lincoln County, died at Wilbur this week. He settled in Wilbur in 1882. In 1886 he took land on the Columbia River , where he soon had 240 acres under gravity irrigation from a large spring. In 1893 he produced 30,000 quarts of strawberries from three acres. He was fruit inspector from 1895 to 1901. Funeral services were held Wednesday.” (Odessa Record: 11-05-1936)


Neihart (Marmy), Grace;  ( b. 1884, d.  Apr 10, 1975)  194/12

“Grace Neihart.—Passed away April 10, 1975, in Spokane. Her home, N10612 Waikiki Road. Mother of Charles R. Neihart, Spokane; Paul D. Neihart, Coulee City, WA; 6 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; sister of Mrs. Elsie Boynton, Los Angeles, CA, David Mundinger, Omak; several nieces and nephews. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church and alumni of the Linfield College, McMinnville, OR. She was a resident of the area for 70 years. Private funeral services will be Saturday, April 12 at 2 pm. in the Gothic Chapel of Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home, with Dr A. Vincent Carr officiating. Graveside service Saturday, April 12 at 4 p.m. at the Wilbur, WA, Cemetery.” (Spokesman Review: 4-12-1975, scrapbook item)


Newman, Lindon; ( d. Apr 27, 1921)  170/2  

“The funeral service of Lindon Newman, a world war veteran, was held at Wilbur Sunday with the George Thompson post in charge. Mr. Newman is survived by his widow and a small son.” (Odessa Record: 4-29-1927)


Novotney, Hazel F.; ( b. Nov 6, 1914, d. Oct 4 1996)  65/10  

“Hazel F. Novotney, 81, passed away Oct 4, 1996, at Deaconess Medical Center in Spokane. Her home was in Wilbur. Hazel was born Nov 6, 1914, in Krupp, (now Marlin), Washington, to Edward and Mary Ellen (Hanley) Hose. She began school in Krupp and later attended school for a short time in Spokane before her family moved to Wilbur when she was 12.  She graduated from Wilbur High School in 1934. After school, she took two years of nurses’ training at St Luke’s Hospital in Spokane. She married Melvin J Novotney on June 11, 1936, in Wenatchee. They moved to Keller Ferry where Mel was the pilot on the ferry for many years. Later, Hazel worked at Novotney’s IGA for about 15 years before retiring in 1979.  She was a member of the Wilbur Lutheran Church and the Auxiliary to VFW Post #6268. She enjoyed bridge, bowling, knitting and cooking for family and friends.  She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Melvin Novotney, Sr., at the home in Wilbur; three sons and their wives, Melvin Berdell Novotney and his wife Colleen of Wilbur; Edward James Novotney and Bunny of Keller; and Gaylord Ross Novotney and Sharon of Arlington, WA; 12 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; and a brother Berdell Hose and his wife Dora of Beaverton, Oregon. Funeral services were held Monday, Oct 7, at 11 a.m. at the Wilbur Lutheran Church with Pastor Mike Nelson and Intern Pastor Corey Fuhrman officiating. Interment followed at the Wilbur Cemetery, with Strate Funeral Home in charge.” (scrapbook obit: undated; d. 10-04-1996)*


Nutt, Donivan E.;  ( b. Jan 21, 1911, d. Nov 29, 1974) 103/1   

“Donivan E. Nutt.—Lifetime resident of Coulee City, WA, died in Spokane, Nov 29, 1974. A Navy veteran of WW II; a member of the VFW. Survived by his wife, Margaret O. Nutt, at the home; one son, Denny M. Nutt, Coulee City; 4 sisters, Mrs. Mary Lavin, Coulee City; Mrs. Viola Pierpoint, Moses Lake, WA; Mrs. Thelma Webley, Marcus, WA; Mrs. Bonnie Wall, Seattle; one granddaughter; numerous nieces and nephews. Services will be held Monday, Dec 2, at 11 a.m. in the Wilbur, WA, Cemetery. Coulee City Veterans of Foreign Wars officiating. The Robertson Funeral Home, Wilbur, WA in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 12-01-1974)


Nygard, Andrew        ( Nov 27,1858-1914 Jun 18)                 38/3

“Andrew Nygard, who was suddenly stricken, last Thursday, by a stroke of apoplexy, died in the afternoon, shortly after the Register had gone to press. Funeral services were held at the Baptist church on Sunday at 2 p.m., conducted by Rev Jensen of the Danish Lutheran church. The home was filled with old friends and neighbors, both Danish and native American citizens. ‘Andy’ was a native of Denmark, born 57 years ago. He came to America 31 years ago, and had been a resident of Wilbur 25 years. His vocation was that of blacksmith, at which he worked until the last few years. He acquired a big shop and enjoyed a liberal patronage. Money came his way very freely, and at the time he retired from active labor he had accumulated a satisfactory little fortune.  Andrew Nygard was exceptionally generous, and no one of his countrymen applied to him for help without receiving liberal assistance, when in need. While not a churchgoer, nor a man of exemplary temperate habits, deceased will be sorrowfully remembered by a host of friends who appreciated his goodness of heart. His only near relative in the vicinity is a younger brother, Ole, who makes his headquarters at Wilbur.” (Wilbur Register: June 26, 1914)


Nygard, Chris P.      ( Nov 29,1854-1903 Apr 04)  b/Denmark       38/3

“Chris P Nygard Grows Weary of His Life and Ends It. Without any warning to his friends and without giving them cause to suspicion that he had even harbored a thought of self-destruction, Chris P Nygard sent a bullet into his brain, at noon, last Saturday, which snuffed out his life in the twinkling of an eye. It was known that he suffered moderate financial losses, but no one had thought of his becoming despondent, not even his brother, Andrew, with whom he roomed in quarters over the latter’s shop. He did not arise until a little time after Andrew was out, and the latter learned later that when he did come down he carried in his pocket a revolver, which he bought 20 years ago, and which lay in the room. He seemed cheerful as usual, in conversation with his friends, and the only thing the latter could remember, which indicated that he meditated the act, occurred only a few minutes before. He stepped up to the bar of the Hermitage saloon, and took a drink with two or three friends, remarking, as he did so, ‘I’ve a man to fix, and I want to fix him plenty’.  When the shot was fired no one paid any attention to it, but in a few minutes afterward he was discovered still in death. Friends immediately carried the body across the street to ME and R T Hay’s undertaking parlors, where it was prepared for burial. Funeral services were conducted at WOW hall at 1 o’clock p.m., Monday, by Wilbur lodge, Knights of Pythias, attended by Big Bend lodge, IOOF, and Wilbur Camp, WOW, in regalia. An appropriate service was rendered in the presence of a large concourse of friends, after which the orders took up the line of march, followed by a long funeral cortege, the brethren of the IOOF leading the procession. The pallbearers were selected from the Danish Brotherhood, of which he was also a member. At the cemetery another short service was held about the grave, after which the lodge members re-formed their columns and marched back to town. While living in Sprague in 1889, deceased was thrown from a wagon, against a telegraph pole; in a runaway, crushing in his skull slightly, resulting in a total loss of memory for several months, and his brother Andrew believes he has never been completely himself at  times and attributes his despondency to a disturbance of the brain by the depressed bones of the skull.  Chresten P Nygaard was born at Rengkjabing, Denmark, on November 19, 1854; died March 4, 1903, at the age of 48 years, 4 months and 15 days. He came to America in the spring of 188_, and to Washington in the fall of 1883, locating at Sprague in May, 1884, he was married to Miss Agata Lyse, daughter of Mr N Lyse, now of Wilbur. To them a son was born, but the wife soon after passed away. The child was placed in the care of a couple who were then living in Sprague, and who were allowed to adopt him. They evidently became much attached to the boy, and, apparently fearing to lose him, they left Sprague, leaving no  clue to their destination, and it is said that his inability to find his boy preyed upon his mind. At the time of the big fire at Sprague he was well on the road to prosperity, but the depreciation of all property in consequence of that calamity, left him practically stranded. From that city he went  into the Coeur d’Alene mines, where he followed his trade of carpenter and contractor, building many of the mills among the mines of that district. About three years ago he came to Wilbur, continuing to engage in his chosen work until the hour of his death. Deceased leaves two brothers, Andrew and Ole, in Wilbur, and two brothers, four sisters and the mother in the old country. Chris Nygaard had his faults, as well as every other human being, but they did not consist in a desire to wrong his neighbor. He was the soul of honor and honesty, and his inability to discharge his obligations punctually, preyed on his mind more than all else. He leaves behind no man who can say that Chris Nygaard ever did him an intentional wrong. Though of a very quiet nature, his social tendencies were manifested in  his membership in many lodges. At various times he had joined the Masons, Odd Fellows, Maccabees, Woodmen of the World, Knights of Pythias and the order of his nationality, the Danish Brotherhood.” (Wilbur Register: 5-10-1903)

“Nygard, Christ P (#201); d. Apr 4, 1903, age 48 yrs; Wilbur.” (Lincoln Co Auditor ledger)


Nyfard, Ole     ( 1861-1941)                        38/4

“Ole Nygaard Passes.  Ole Nygaard died Tuesday evening in a Spokane hospital where he was taken several days ago after having suffered a severe heart attack at his home in Wilbur. His body was brought to Wilbur yesterday and it is at the Phillips Funeral Home pending funeral arrangements. Mr Nygaard, a pioneer contractor and builder in this vicinity, has no close relatives in this country but he does have many friends who mourn his passing. He had been a resident of Wilbur for 53 years.” (Wilbur Register: 5-08-1941)



Odenrider, Erna A.; ( b. 1893, d. 1971)  s/w Frank  75/2

“Erna A. P. Odenrider.—Her home, Almira, WA. A member of the World War I Veterans auxiliary. Survived by her husband, Frank Odenrider, at the home; one daughter, Mrs. Ernest B. (Ina) Diem, Seattle; 3 brothers, Arthur Rettkowski, Reardan, WA; Herbert and Harry Rettkowski, both of Wilbur, WA; one grandson, Bryan Diem, Seattle; numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Friday, Aug 27, at 11 a.m. from the Wilbur Lutheran Church, Pastor William Bash officiating. Interment Wilbur Cemetery, The Robertson Funeral Home, Wilbur, WA, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 7-27-1971)


Oleson, Christine M.; ( b. 1882, d. 1967)  207/12  

“Christine M. Oleson.—Her home, W1528 Courtland, Spokane, formerly of Coulee City, WA. Member of Coulee City Lutheran Church, St Andrew’s Grange.  Survived by 2 daughters, Mrs. Edith Gilbert, Spokane; Mrs. Margaret Nutt, Coulee City, WA; 4 brothers, Chris Jorgensen, Coulee City; Jorger Jorgensen, Scriver Jorgensen, Wilhelm Jorgensen; 2 sisters, Marianna Rasmussen, Ellen Neilsen, all in Denmark; 3 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren. Funeral service Tuesday, May 9 at 10 a.m. from the Coulee City Lutheran Church, Pastor John Falk officiating. Interment at Wilbur, WA, Cemetery, Robertson Funeral Home, Wilbur, WA, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 5-09-1977; scrapbook item) 


Oswalt, Janet A.; ( b. 1887, d. 1925) 129/4    

“Order admitting the will of Janet A. Oswalt, Wilbur, to probate and naming her husband, Eugene Oswalt executor, has been signed.” (Odessa Record: 7-23-1926)


Partenheimer, Mary A.; ( b. Sep 22, 1889, d. Mar 11, 1975) 105/9  

“Mary A. Partenheimer.—Her home, Wilbur, WA. Survived by one daughter, Mrs. James (Jean) Rettkowski, Wilbur, WA; two grandsons, Barry C. Rettkowski, Portland, OR and Davis J. Rettkowski, Spokane, WA. She was a member of Community Presbyterian Church, Wilbur, WA; Chicago Chapter, National Society DAR, NSUS Daughters of 1812, NS of New England Woman, NS Daughters of American Colonists, NS Daughters of Founders and Patreitos, Society of Mayflower Descendants. Gov. Wm Bradford Compact, NS Woman Descendents of Ancient and Honorable Artillery Co. Funeral services will be held Friday, March 14, at 2 p.m. at the Community Presbyterian Church, Wilbur, WA with the Rev Malcolm McCallum officiating. Interment Wilbur, WA, Cemetery. The Robertson Funeral Home, Wilbur, WA, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 3-15-1975)“Funeral services for Mrs. Mary A. Partenheimer will be held Friday, March 14, at 2 p.m. at the Community Presbyterian Church with burial in the Wilbur Cemetery.  Mrs. Partenheimer died Tuesday evening at Southcrest Convalescent Center in Spokane.  Memorial donations may be made to the Hesseltine Public library, Wilbur. The Robertson Funeral Home of Wilbur is in charge of arrangements.” (Wilbur Register; 3-13-1975)


Partridge, Fred; ( b. Oct 10, 1895, d. Aug 21, 1902) 79/5  

"Fred Partridge, the 9 year old son of Mr. & Mrs. W. J. Partridge, of Wilbur, was drowned last Thursday afternoon in “H” lake, six miles south of town, says the Sentinel... As quickly as possible several hacks started for the lake with rescuers, and about 8 PM Frank Kiner found the body of the boy in water about 4 ½ feet deep, and it was brought to the undertaking parlors of the Hay store about 9 PM. Fred Partridge and three other boys, George Wilson, Frank Rash and Rex Sanders, went out to the lake some time during the day to hunt and swim. None of them are more than 12 years old. They report that Charles Zimmerman, a tombstone man, of Spokane, and a gambler who had recently arrived at Wilbur, came to them and offered them a nickel to go into the lake and get a duck they had killed. The boys say the water was very deep, and they were almost exhausted when they landed with the duck. when they returned to the place where Fred was, his clothes were on the bank, but he could not be found. No effort was made by the men to rescue the body. The boys were so badly scared that it was some time before they would tell the story after they reached home. (LCT, Aug 26, 1902)  


Payne, G. F.; (Giles) ( b. Nov  5, 1875, d. Feb 4, 1927)  115/1  

“The funeral of C. F. Payne, age 51, who for years farmed between Odessa and Wilbur, was held at the Wilbur Community church last Thursday, the Rev Scott Wallace officiating. Mr. Payne was killed while skidding logs at Ferry, WA, Feb 4th. While he was attempting to separate two logs that had lodged on an incline, he was caught under one of them and crushed, his death being instant.  He came to Washington in 1903 and farmed in this county until 1924 when he moved to the Hartline district in Grant County.  He is survived by eight children, four sons and four daughters.” (Odessa Record: 2-18-1927)


Payne, Mrs. G. F.;  (Meldora) ( b. Dec 19, 1879, d. Feb 1920)  115/1 

"Mrs. G. F. Payne, wife of a prominent wheat grower residing between Odessa and Wilbur, died of pneumonia following influenza Sunday afternoon after an illness of 15 days. Mrs. Payne leaves besides her husband, eight children between the ages of three and twenty years, to mourn her loss. Funeral services have not yet been held, the body being held for the arrival of relatives from distant parts." (Odessa Record: 2-20-1920)


Peffley, D. Frank.    (1854-1936 ) Father,  84/1

“Heart Attack Writes ’30; For Pioneer Editor.  The Spokesman-Review gives the following account of the death of D. Frank Peffley: ‘D. Frank Peffley, 81, pioneer Inland Empire educator and newspaper man, died at his home in Valleyford, Saturday of a heat attack. He had suffered from a heart ailment for some years and early last summer was seriously ill at St Luke’s hospital, but he had been in fairly good health in recent months. Death came as he stood before a bookcase reaching for a volume. He collapsed to the floor and died instantly. His daughter, Mrs. C. C. Hills of Veradale, was standing near him. Mr. Peffley was born in Indiana and engaged in teaching and newspaper work in the middle west until 1889, when he came to Wilbur, where he taught for one year. In 1900 he was principal of the Creston schools, and in 1901 he established the Creston News, which he published for 20 years. IN 1920 he retired and made his home at Valleyford. He was long a contributor to Masonic journals and keenly interested in Masonic history and research. He was a charter member of the Masonic blue lodge at Creston and a member of Oriental consistory of Scottish Rite in Spokane.  Besides Mrs.  Hills, he is survived by another daughter, Miss Sadie Peffley, a Spokesman-Review compositor, and a brother, J. D. Peffley of St Charles, Iowa; three grandsons and a great granddaughter.’  Rois Croix funeral services were held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Hazen & Jaeger funeral home. He was buried beside his wife at Wilbur. Mrs. Peffley died in 1923.  Not only was Mr. Peffley a teacher and newspaper man, but he was a poet. The Citizen editor has in his library a small volume of poems written by him. He not only wrote the poems, but he set the type, printed the pages, and gathered and bound them into a very neat little volume. These poems we have read with deep interest. They savor strongly of the west and would do credit to men of the renowned caliber of the great American poets. We prize this little volume very highly, as it contains the choicest thoughts of our old friend, dressed up in Sunday garb. Were it not for the extreme modesty of our deceased brother, his poems might have become widely published, read and appreciated as being in a high class by themselves.” (excluded two poems by Peffley with his obit; Citizen: 2-21-1936)


Peffley, Sarah; ( b. 1885, d. 1973) 84/10          

“Sarah Frances ‘Sadie’ Peffley.—Her home, Evergreen St, Spokane Valley. Survived by 2 nieces, Mrs. Robert (damaged) Mills, Spokane; and Mrs. Lester (Beatrice) Hills, Spokane; one grandniece, Mrs. Rodney Runkel, Creston, WA; 3 grandnephews, Arthur Hills, Vancouver, WA; Gary Hills, Walla Walla, WA; and Kenneth Hills, Spokane. A lifetime resident of the Inland Empire. A member of the United Church of Christ, Veradale, and the OES Victory Chapter No. 161, and a retired linotype operator for the Spokesman Review. Funeral services will be held at the Chapel of the Valley, Thornhill Valley Funeral Home, at 11:30 a.m. Saturday Feb 17, 1973, with the Rev Earnest D. Lidell of the Untied Church of Christ, Veradale, officiating. Graveside services at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb 17, 1973 at the Wilbur Cemetery, Wilbur, WA.” (Spokesman Review: 2-16-1973; scrapbook item with damages)


Pierce, Alva S.; ( b.  1911, d.  1968) "Happy" 197/10

“Alva S. (Happy) Pierce.—He was a resident of Wilbur, WA. Survived by 2 sons, Samuel J Pierce, Great Falls, MT; Randall H. Pierce, Garden Grove, CA; 3 daughters, Mrs. Nancy Smith, Spokane; Mrs. Cathy Bush and Miss Kimberley Pierce, both of Garden Grove, CA; 2 sisters, Mrs. Mary MacClellan, Seattle, WA; Mrs. Rachel Mills, Grand Coulee, WA; 4 grandchildren. Numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 18 at 2 p.m. from the Community Presbyterian Church, Wilbur, WA, Rev Kenneth Scott officiating. Interment Wilbur, WA, Cemetery. The Robertson Funeral Home, Wilbur, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 7-18-1968)


Pierson, Hattie G.;  ( b. 1887, d. 1985) 26/10   

“Hattie G. Pierson.—Her home, Wilbur, WA. A member of the Community Presbyterian Church of Wilbur, WA. Survived by one son, Lawrence Hill. Two grandsons, Jim and Bruce Hill, also one granddaughter, Joan Hill, all of Wilbur. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 30, 1975, at 10 a.m. from the Community Presbyterian Church, Wilbur, WA. Pastor A. F. Gerstmann officiating. Interment Wilbur Cemetery. The Robertson Funeral Home, Wilbur, WA, in charge of arrangements.” (Spokesman Review: 8-04-1975)


Portch, Raymond; ( b. Oct 15, 1885, d. Jun 05, 1964)   

 “Raymond C. Portch, Wilbur, head of a pioneer family with Odessa ties, died at Davenport June 5, at the age of 78 years 7 months and 20 days. Born in Brainard, MN, Oct 15, 1885, he came to the Wilbur area at the age of seven. Rosary was held from Sacred Heart church. Burial was in the Sherman Cemetery. Mr. Portch is survived by his wife, Luella May Portch, at the home; seven sons, Charles William, John G., Raymond A., Vern Daniel, and Glen Dale, all of Wilbur; Robert K., Sausalita, CA; and James H. of Alderwood Manor, WA; two daughters, Mrs. Nora R. Miller of Wilbur and Mrs. Elaine Zeiler of Odessa, and 23 grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 6-18-1964)

Prather, Julia M.; ( b. Jul 4, 1842, d. Mar 21, 1909) 115/4   

"Mrs. Julia M. Prather, aged 71 years, died at her home south of Wilbur March 21, 1909. She has been a resident of this state for eleven years and is survived by a husband, four daughters and three sons." (Citizen, Apr 2, 1909)  


Price, Clara; ( b. Jun 3 1861, d. Jul 11, 1945)  161/5 

“An order has been signed naming Zetta Price and Dwight L. Price as administrators of the $54,000 estate of their mother, Mrs. Clara Price of Wilbur. The estate will go to two sons and a daughter of Mrs. Price.” (Citizen: 8-10-1945)


Price, Sam L.;  ( b. Sep 16, 1859, d. Dec 26, 1928) 161/5 

“J. McPherson, G. Thompson and E. H. Oswalt have been appointed appraisers of the estate of Sam L. Price, deceased.” (Citizen: 5-31-1929; burial at Wilbur Cemetery)


Pryor, Anna A. ; ( b. 1892, d. 1970)  s/w Oscar  25/9

“Anna A. Pryor.—Her home, Coulee Dam, WA. Survived by one daughter, Mrs. Helen M. Hubbard, Coulee Dam; 5 brothers, Alton Johnston, in Idaho; Tom Johnston, Greenacres, WA; Lee, Ival and Otis Johnston, all of Wilbur; one granddaughter, one great grandson and one great granddaughter; numerous nieces and nephews. A member of Tuscan Chapter OES, Wilbur,WA. Graveside funeral services Thursday, Nov 19, at 11 a.m. from the Wilbur, WA, Cemetery. The Robertson Funeral Home, Wilbur, WA, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 11-18-1970)



Quirk, Cornelius J.;  ( b. Feb 23,1893,  d. 1974 Feb 04)  s/o M/M David   121/9

“Cornelius J. (Niel) Quirk.—His home, Wilbur, WA. A member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Wilbur; Wheatridge Grange; Lincoln County Cattlemen’s Association, Washington Wheat Growers Assoc.  Survived by his wife, Sylvia Quirk, at the home. Two sons, Anthony Quirk, Mansfield, WA; Thomas Quirk, Elmira, WA; two daughters, Mrs. Marie Jones, Moscow, Idaho; Mrs. Roberta Clark, Salt Lake City, Utah; two brothers, Patrick Quirk, Wilbur; Leo Quirk, Spokane; three sisters, Mrs. Margaret Ross, Chewelah, WA; Mrs. Bertha Ryker and Mrs. Noren Phillips, both Spokane; 11 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Rosary will be Wednesday, Feb 6, 7:30 p.m.  Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Wilbur, WA . Funeral Mass Thursday, Feb 7, 11 a.m. Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Wilbur, WA; Father William Byron officiating. Interment Wilbur,WA, Cemetery. The Robertson Funeral Home, Wilbur, WA, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 2-06-1974)


Quirk, David; ( b. 1891, d. 1973) 121/

“David Quirk.—A resident of Almira, WA. A member of Sacred Heart Church, Wilbur, and the Wilbur Grange. Survived by 3 brothers, C. J. Quirk, Wilbur, Leo Quirk, Spokane; Patrick J. Quirk, Wilbur; 3 sisters, Mrs. Noreen Phillips, Spokane; Mrs. Margaret Ross, Chewelah, WA; Mrs. Bertha Ryker, Spokane. Numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral Mass will be held Thursday, Sept 27 at 10:30 a.m. from Sacred Heart Church, Wilbur, WA, Father William Byron officiating. Interment Wilbur, WA, Cemetery. The Robertson Funeral Home, Wilbur, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: undated, scrapbook item)


Quirk, Ethel Ruth; ( b. 1895, d. 1972) 121/4

“Ethel R. Quirk.—Her home Almira, WA. Survived by her husband, David Quirk, at the home; one son, C. Lewis Bezolb, Idaho Falls, Idaho; 5 grandchildren; one great grandchild. Funeral services will be Tuesday, May 30, 11 a.m. from Sacred Heart Church, Wilbur, WA. Father Bernard Oosterman officiating. Interment Wilbur, WA, Cemetery. The Robertson Funeral Home, Wilbur, WA, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 5-16-1972)


Quirk, Flora; ( b. 1913, d.  Jan 23, 1989)  191/4 191/4

“Flora Belle K. Quirk passed away Jan 23, 1989 at Sacred Heart Medical Center, Spokane. Private family services were held Jan 26 at Hennessey-Smith Funeral Home in Spokane, and public interment followed at the Wilbur Cemetery. Mrs. Quirk was the daughter of John and Cecilia Erickson; her father was an early Grant County civic leader and Odessa banker. After spending her childhood years in Marlin, she graduated from EWU, then taught at Coulee City and Wilbur. She was married to Patrick Quirk on June 28, 1938, and the couple celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary last summer. An early Girl Scout leader, she began the first troop in Wilbur in 1935. She was also an active 4-H leader for several years. Survived by her husband Patrick, at the family home, Mrs. Quirk is also survived by daughters Catherine Kennedy of Bellevue and Cecilia Quirk of Richland; by a son Richard Quirk of Wilbur; and by three grandchildren: John, Janet and Judy Quirk.” (Odessa Record: 2-02-1989) 


Quirk, Patrick;  ( b. Nov 02,  1909, d. Dec 17, 2003) 191/4   

" Patrick Quirk, longtime Wilbur resident, died in Spokane on Dec 17, 2003. He was born Nov 2, 1909 in Govan, the son of Daniel and Catherine Quirk, a pioneer family in the Govan area. He married Florabelle Erickson of Marlin on June 28, 1938 and they farmed in the Wilbur area. A funeral Mass was celebrated Dec 31, (2003) at Sacred Heart Catholic Church and interment at the Wilbur Cemetery. "(notes from Odessa Record: 1-01-2004)


Quirk, Sylvia Angeline; ( b. Aug 02, 1905, d. Apr 17, 1994) 121/8  

“Sylvia Angeline Quirk. Died: 4-17-1994. Birth: 8-02-1905, CO. Widowed. Father: Frank Porter. Mother: unknown. Burial: Wilbur Cemetery, Wilbur, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card)



Wilbur Cemetery Obits, Lincoln County, Washington

submitted by Marge Womach, 2009.

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