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Lillian Grace Koehler passed away on July 19, 2011.
She was born on Feb. 2, 1925, in Kettle Falls, Wash., the youngest of six children to Jonathan and Lovena Reed. She grew up in Ione, Wash., and graduated as Class Valedictorian in 1943.
On Jan. 20, 1943, she married Robert Koehler. They were married 58 1/2 years. During World War II, while her husband served in the Army, she was employed at Galena Air Depot, now Fairchild Air Force Base, plotting and tracking troop movements.
After the war, she worked alongside her husband on the family farm, cutting logs and sawing lumber, raising cattle, alfalfa, vegetables, and four children.
Lillian was actively involved in community service with the PTA, as a 4-H leader and on the Stevens County Election Board. She was a member of the Williams Valley Homemakers Club, and the Clayton/Deer Park Historical Society during its formation to save the Clayton School.
Her hobbies included baking, gardening, sewing, quilting, arts and crafts, hunting and fishing, and watching the Mariners. She was an avid reader and loved anything involving Alaska.
She lived on the Williams Valley farm for 67 years.
Lillian is survived by three children; sons Rockie (Linda) Koehler of Ray, N.D., Ken (Lois) Koehler of Deer Park, and daughter Cathy (Jerry) Hester of Spokane. She has nine grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings: brothers Lorne, Clarence and Kenny Reed and sisters Beatrice Alldredge and Doris Tower; her husband Robert Koehler and her daughter Suzanne Riehle.
The family would like to thank Prairie View Adult Family Home and Hospice of Spokane for their compassion and excellent care of our mother. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Hospice of Spokane, P.O. Box 2215, Spokane, WA 99210 or Cancer Care Northwest, 605 E Holland Ave, Spokane, WA 99218.
In celebration of Lillian's life, a memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 27, 2011, at 1 p.m. at Woodland Cemetery, Deer Park, followed by a pot luck picnic at Mix Park in Deer Park.
Lauer Funeral Home, Deer Park, was in charge of arrangements.