Obituaries for 5-1-13


Vauniece LidellVauniece June Lidell

June 13, 1927 –– October 26, 2012

Vauniece June Lidell passed away Oct. 26, 2012, at Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla, Wash., at age 85.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, May 4, 2013, at 4 p.m., at the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Merrill, Ore. A memorial will also be held at the Merrill Civic Center at 1 p.m. on the same day.

Vauniece was born June 13, 1927, in Plains, Kan., to Vernevis and Earl Owens Spry. Vauniece had a younger brother Leo, who preceded her in passing. The family endured dust bowl conditions which caused Vauniece to contract dust pneumonia. This resulted in a loss of most of her hair. When it grew back it was no longer curly but straight. At about the age of 7, the family moved to Witchita, Kan., in search of better living conditions.

Her senior year, the family moved to Tulelake, Calif. She graduated from Tulelake High School, where she was on the swim team, tapdanced and played golf. After graduating from high school in 1945, she attended the business college in Klamath Falls for one year.

In Tulelake she met John A. Lidell. Their marriage was on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 1946, at the Tulelake Presbyterian Church. In 1950, they bought a farm in Culver, where they lived for 27 years. They had planned to retire, but in 1978, John purchased land in the Lower Bridge area west of Terrebonne. Vauniece designed a beautiful custom home which they had built on the property. In 2001, after John retired for the second time, they moved back to Redmond.

They lived in Central Oregon for 50 years. John had a double bypass in 2006 and suffered a stroke while still in the hospital. In 2007, due to John’s medical problems, their daughter, Karen Ann Cowen moved them to Walla Walla, Wash., so they could be closer Later, Vauniece bought a new home in College Place, Wash., in 2008.

In 2010, her daughter and son-in-law Cheryl and Ron McKinney bought a house two blocks from her house also to be near her. In 2012, Vauniece bought a beautiful winter home in Palm Desert, Calif. She was excitedly preparing for a six-month stay at the Palm Desert home with her daughter and son-in-law when she suffered a heart attack and passed away.

Vauniece is survived by three children, Karen Ann Lidell Mahaffey Cowen and husband John, Denise Lidell, and Cheryl Lidell McKinney and husband Ron; three grandchildren, Scott Mahaffey and wife Kathryn, Shawna McKinney Jewell, and Casey McKinney and wife Maira; four great-grandchildren,

Natalia Wight and husband Adam, Kelly Westrom, Meagan Mahaffey, and Ali McKinney; and two-great-great grandchildren, Cooper and Jaxson Wight.

Vauniece loved gardening and was a member of the Culver Garden Club. Her home and gardens were always beautiful and a picture of them could easily have appeared in “Better Homes and Gardens.” She played golf with her husband, John. She also did oil painting and made ceramic dishes and tablesetting accessories. Her home was decorated with her beautiful art and craft projects.

For two and a half years, she selflessly took care of her husband John, while he was bedridden from the stroke before he passed away on May 2, 2009. She devoted her life to her children and her husband and was a wonderful mother and wife. She only wanted the best for her family and always put her family first. She will be very greatly missed by her family.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt Funeral Home in Walla Walla, Wash.

Devon MoschettiDevon Alan Moschetti

March 12, 1994 – April 28, 2013

Madras resident Devon Alan Moschetti passed away at the age of 19.

Devon was born March 12, 1994, in Redmond to parents Brad Moschetti and Lisa Pierson. He attended schools in Madras and graduated from Madras High School in 2012. He was currently a student at Central Oregon Community College, studying mechanical engineering.

His interests included cars, hunting, playing video games, and Bob Marley music.

Survivors include his parents, Brad Moschetti of Madras, and Lisa Pierson of LaPine; siblings, Dylon Pierson and Alissa Pierson, both of LaPine, Amy Moschetti of Madras, and Eloy Pacheco of Madras; close cousins, Tyler Jones, Darrin Jones and Sloan Bush; and grandparents, Flora Moschetti of Madras. He was preceded in death by his brother, Neil Moschetti, and his grandfather Will Moschetti.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, May 3, at Sahalee Park in Madras, followed by a meal at the park. Arrangements are under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.

Millie WilsonMillie May Wilson

July 18, 1932 - April 14, 2013

Millie May (Riddle) Wilson, 80, passed away April 14, 2013, in Madras, surrounded by family.

Millie was born July 18, 1932, in Beatty, Ore., into the loving family of Owen Riddle and Millicent (Brown) Riddle. She and her brother Owen Charles grew up in Sprague River, Ore., attending schools there and in Bonanza, Ore.

She married Ronald Wilson on April 21, 1949, in Reno, Nev., and they made their home in Sprague River. They had three children, Aaron Ray (Sut), Lorene May (Sissy), and Ronna Kay. Mom began her lengthy regional and national advocacy in Native people's lives as an active PTA member that helped to start a cafeteria so the schoolchildren could have a hot lunch, and community activities including talent shows, dinners, dances, and boxing smokers.

Millie began her extensive employment history working outside the family ranch as a clerk at Gienger Grocery in Sprague River in 1955. She and Ronnie, with business partners Jimmy and Florence Wright, opened a Western clothing and tack supply store in Chiloquin in 1961. In 1968, Millie worked for the state of Oregon as an Indian outreach liaison between Klamath tribal members and city, county and state police.

In late 1969, Leonard and Marie Norris, Donald (Duck) and Evan Schonchin, Ronnie and Millie started the “Organization of the Forgotten American” program in Klamath Falls that is still helping people today. The purpose was to better the social and economic life of Natives, other minorities and disadvantaged people.

Ronnie and Millie divorced in 1972. In 1973, Millie became involved with Operation Image that had her traveling across the U.S. to meet with different tribes in the effort to promote self-governing and education for all Native people. Mom left Klamath County for Jefferson County in 1978 to be near her remaining family. She continued her extensive employment history by working at Kah-Nee-Ta, Warm Springs Police Department as a paper server, Mountain View Hospital as an assistant cook, and retiring from the Warm Springs Elementary School as an assistant teacher to Mrs. Arlene Graham.

Mom enjoyed her retirement but would occasionally pull a stint at Deschutes Crossing or dabble in selling Avon. One of her favorite pasttimes was a wager at the Indian Head Casino. Millie had a vast and varied group of ladies she could visit, laugh and share a story with.

Millie is survived by her daughters and son-in-law, Sissy Smith, and Ronna and Ryan Smith Sr.; grandchildren, Alvis III and Vivian Smith, Ramona Smith, Aaron Wilson Jr., Su-Yenn and Rick Smith-Walker, Katrina Smith, Ryan Smith Jr. and Ron Smith; great-grandchildren, K-lei Strong, Martin Smith, Alvis Smith IV, Mallory Smith, Sydney Smith, Brad Strong, Mateo Smith, Chloe Smith, Karisa Strong, Thomas Smith-Walker, Mason Strong, Skytus Smith; and great-great-grandson Keaton Martin.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Owen C. Riddle, her son Aaron R. Wilson, and her son-in-law Alvis W. Smith Jr.

Millie was laid to rest on April 20, 2013, in the Brown Cemetery in Beatty, Ore.