Almira Cemetery  

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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.


Manchester, Hilma: ( b. 1874, d. Aug 07, 1970)  5/6   Hilma Otie Manchester.—Passed away at the Cheney Care Center, Aug 7. Resident of Almira, WA. Survived by one son, A. R. Manchester of Spokane; 2 daughters, Mrs. Russell (Fern) Draper of Phoenix, AZ; Mrs. C. E. (Myrtle) Bower of Cheney, WA; 8 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren. She was a member of the Highland Grange of Almira; WCTU. Services will be Wednesday, Aug 12, at 1 p.m. at the Almira Community Church, with the Rev Dyrud officiating. Burial will be at the Almira Cemetery. Robertson Funeral Home, Wilbur, WA, in charge of arrangements.” (Spokesman Review: 8-12-1970)  


Maxwell, Lucy: ( b. 1882, d. 1935) 198/3   “Miss Lucy A. Maxwell, 553, Almira, died Tuesday night. She came to Almira in 1901 and for many years taught school at Hartline and Walla Walla. She is survived by four sisters and two brothers. Funeral services were held Wednesday.”  ( Odessa Record: 4-19-1935)


McDonald, George: ( b. Mar 19, 1890, d. Jul 26, 1945) 167/1  George R. McDonald, 55, prominent Almira business man, was buried there Thursday. For many years he operated the Old Union Supply store before taking over the Almira Hotel, which he managed during the early days of the Coulee Dam construction when the Bureau of Reclamation had its headquarters there. He had been closely identified with the promotion of the Coulee Dam before it became a reality and helped finance much of the preliminary work. Mr. McDonald died at Spokane last Monday following a protracted illness. He is survived by his widow at their Spokane home, and two children, Mrs. June Adams and Ellsworth McDonald, both of Berkeley, CA.” (Odessa Record: 8-02-1945)


Mills, George: ( b. Nov 19, 1932, d. Jun 26, 2009) 128/4   George Bennett Mills, Age 77.—Passed away June 26, 2009 in Spokane, WA. Born in Almira, WA on Nov 19, 1932, the son of Frederick B and Juanita (Louis) Mills. Family moved to Spokane and he attended Lewis and Clark High School. At 17 joined the US Navy, later the Navy Reserve. Discharged in 1964.  Worked for a time as a police officer in Quincy, WA, several years for Apollo Boat Manufacturing Co and as a chef  at several of the finer restaurants in downtown Spokane. Retired in 1988. Funeral  services will be held on Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 11 a.m. in the Alwin Chapel of Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home, 1306 N. Monroe. Graveside services will follow at the Almira Cemetery, Almira, WA.” (Spokesman-Review: 7-01-2009)


Mills, Nettie: ( d. Jan  21, 1972  ) 11/3  Nettie E. Mills.—Her home, Nespelem, WA. Member of the Methodist Church, Nespelem Grange. Survived by one son, John Mills, Jr., Nespelem, WA; one daughter, Mrs. Darlene Duff, Cornwall, PA; four brothers, Harry Cox, Venezuela; Lewis Cox, Phoenix, AZ; Grant (Red) and Ira Cox, both of Nespelem; one sister, Mrs. Flora Gilbert, Pittsburg, CA; five grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Friday, Jan 21, at 10:30 a.m. from the Nespelem Methodist Church, the Rev Joseph L Woodford officiating. Interment services Almira, WA, Cemetery, 2 p.m. Jan 21, The Robertson Funeral Home, Wilbur, WA, in charge of arrangements.” (Spokesman Review: 1-18-1972)


Mitchell, Tillie: ( d. Jun 08, 1924)   “The last will and testament of Tillie Mitchell, deceased, has been offered for probate, Julius C Johnson of Almira petitioning for letters testamentary thereon. Commission for the testimony of subscribing witnesses, Ray Johnson and N. K. Nansen of Almira has been issued by the clerk. Estate includes personal property and property in the town of Almira.” (Odessa Record: 6-20-1924)*
 Mitchell, W. F.: ( b. 1866, d. 1916) 100/1 “The funeral of W. F. Mitchell of Almira, was held last Friday from the Methodist church. Interment was made in the Almira Cemetery. Mr. Mitchell came to Almira about 16 years ago. He was in the employ of M E Hay for some time in the implement department of Mr. Hay’s Almira store. Later he embarked in business for himself, and for several years conducted a successful hardware and implement store. His widow and son survive.” (Odessa Record: 10-06-1916)

Morrison, Doris: ( b. 1890, d. 1966) 5/9  Doris E. Morrison.—A resident of Almira, WA. A member of the Presbyterian Church, American Legion Auxiliary, Washington Historical Society. Survived by one brother, Claude G Shively, Almira, WA. 2 nieces, Mrs. Ella Bergh of Blackfoot, Idaho; Mrs. Glyn Hughes of Almira; one nephew LeRoy Shively of Thailand. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Oct 8 at 1:30 p.m. from the Robertson Funeral Home, Wilbur, WA. The Rev Kenneth Scott officiating. Interment Almira, WA, Cemetery.” (Spokesman Review: 10-08-1966)


Peha, Anna: ( b. Jun 08, 1889, d. Aug 03, 1974) 11/13  “Anna C. Peha died August 3 in the Davenport Nursing Home where she had lived since mid-July. Final services were held Tuesday from the Robertson Funeral Home in Wilbur with pastor A. F. Gerstmann officiating. Burial was in the Almira Cemetery. Mrs. Peha was born June 8, 1889, in Prague, Czechoslovakia, and came to the United States in 1910. She was married to John Peha in Spokane in December of 1914, and the couple made their home on the homestead where they farmed. Mrs. Peha had been in failing health the past year and a half and had entered the Davenport Hospital on July 5. She moved to the nursing home a week later. She is survived by three daughters: Anna Ladwig, Wilbur, Helen Mayberry, Almira, and Catherine Zefran, Aurora, Illinois; by one son, Lud Peha of Almira; six grandchildren and and 15 great grandchildren; plus other relatives and many friends.  Her husband died in 1949." (Wilbur Register: 8-08-1974)*


Peterson, Betty J.: ( b. Apr 13, 1924, d. Mar 08, 1996)  2/4   “A memorial service for Betty J. Peterson, 71, will be at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Almira on Saturday. Mrs Peterson died the evening of March 8, 1996.  She was born in Tacoma on April 13, 1924.  She moved to her husband’s home on a farm eight miles north of Almira shortly after they were married on Oct 14, 1945.  Mrs. Peterson worked for the Navy on Pier 91 during WW II. In later years, she worked for the Dept of Agriculture as a part-time crop enumerator. She and her best friend had a wheat weaving business, Two’s Company, and she had her own cake decorating business. Mrs. Peterson was a member and past president of the Almira Legion Auxiliary Potter-Doyle Post #98. She served on the Inland Empire Girl Scout Council and was president of the Almira Planning Commission. She was a member of the Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Highland Grange and the Almira Toast Mistresses. She was a founding member of her duplicate bridge club and belonged to a couples and a women’s club. Mrs. Peterson was a Sunday school teacher and Girl Scout leader for more than 25 years. She enjoyed working with young people and encouraged them to explore the wide range of opportunities available to them.  Mrs. Peterson is survived by her husband of 50 years, Lawrence E Peterson; two daughters, Carol of Spokane and Almira, and Christine of Phoenix, AZ; one sister, Arlene Painchaud of Brea, CA; one aunt, Helen Maddex; many nieces and nephews; two cousins, Shirley Evers of Green Valley, AZ, and James Taylor of Tacoma; and good friends.  She was preceded in death by her brother, Robert L Morrison, in May 1962.  Mrs. Peterson's love of animals was legendary.  Strate Funeral Home of Wilbur is in charge of arrangements.” (Davenport Times:  3-14-1996)


Rees, Russell B: ( b. 1903, d. 1924) 72/1  Russell B. Rees, of Almira, died at the home of his son, T. J. Rees, May 13.” (Citizen: 5-28-1909)


Salter, Mrs. M. C.,: ( b. 1875, d. Jun 18, 1910 ) 116/4 Mrs. M. C. Salter of Almira died Saturday evening, June 18, a few hours after giving birth to a daughter. She was the daughter of Mr. I. J. Coley of Hartline. (Citizen, Jul 01, 1910)(edit: Florence E. w/o Milton)  


Schumacher, J. V.,?: ( Jan/Feb 1908)   J. V. Schumacher of Almira, who was severely injured Christmas Day in a runaway, died last week, Wednesday, in a Spokane hospital. He was buried Thursday following from the Congregational church, Almira. (Citizen(questionable)  


Shaffer, Alma L.: ( b. Sep 18, 1863, d. Feb 25, 1931) 191/5  Alma L. Shaffer. Died: 25 Feb 1931, Almira, WA. Birth: 18 Sept 1863, Michigan. Spouse: Widow, Minor Shaffer (1857-1924). Father: Hirum Hull. Mother: Mary E. Stella. Burial: Almira Cemetery, Almira, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card)


Shively , Claude Gilbert;  ( b.  1883,  d.  Nov 16, 1970; age 87; S-59, Lot 2)  59/2  Claude G. Shively.—A resident of Almira, WA. A 50-year member of the Almira Lodge No. 127 F & AM, Highland Grange. Survived by his wife, Marie Shively, at the home; one son, LeRoy (Bill) Shively, Columbo, Ceylon; 2 daughters, Mrs. Glyn (Hazel) Hughes, Almira, WA; Mrs. Ella Bergh, Blackfoot, Idaho; 3 grandsons, Leo Neilson, Almira; Cecel Neilson, Nordland, WA; Ronald Shively, Germany; 2 granddaughters, Mrs. Roger (Connie) Shoemaker, Michigan; Miss Judy Bergh, Vancouver, WA; one great grandson; 6 great granddaughters. Funeral services will be held Monday, Nov 16 at 1 p.m. from the Almira Community Church, the Rev R. W. Rieger officiating. Interment Almira, WA, Cemetery with the Masonic Rites at the graveside. Robertson Funeral Home, Wilbur, WA, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 11-15-1970)


Shively , Marie T;  ( b. Dec 03, 1883, d. Aug 05, 1975; S-59, Lot 3) Marie T. Shively.—Her home Almira, WA. Member of the OES, Rebecca Lodge, WBA, Almira Civic Club. Survived by one son, LeRoy (Bill) Shively, Vicksburg, Miss.; two daughters, Mrs. Glyn (Hazel) Hughes, Almira; Mrs. Ella Bergh, Blackfoot, Idaho; 5 grandchildren, Cecil Nielson, Nordland, WA; Leo Nielson, Almira, WA; Connie Shoemaker, Murfreesbro, TN; Judy Bergh, Vancouver, WA; Ronald Shively, Olympia, WA great grandchildren, 3 great great grandchildren. Funeral services Tuesday, Aug 5, 10:30 a.m. Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Almira, WA. Rev Jerald M Stinson officiating. Interment Almira, WA, Cemetery. Robertson Funeral Home, Wilbur,WA, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 8-04-1975)


Stafford,  J. J.: ( b. 1849, d. Feb 07, 1901)  93/1 Jasper Joseph-J. J. Stafford, an old and estimable resident of Almira died after a long illness, last Sunday, and was interred in the Almira Cemetery Tuesday. The deceased was a member of the IOOF lodge and a deacon in the Baptist church. He leaves a wife, three sons and one daughter, and hosts of friends, to mourn his loss. Davenport Times (Citizen).  


Almira Cemetery Obituaries, Almira, Lincoln County, WA, 

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