Ethel May Oatney
November 19, 1917 – May 12, 2018
OATNEY, Ethel Wilson 1917 - 2018 100 years
Ethel was born to Archie Wilson and Nora Kauffman in Ayre, Nebraska. Tragically, her mother died when she was 4 years old and her brother Robert Archie Wilson was two. At that time she moved to Black Lake, Idaho to live with her beloved Grandmother Laura Wilson Hostutler and her Aunt Florence Shelley Hostutler. When she was 8, the family moved to Harrison, ID, where she made many life-long friends, including the Browns, the Cowans and the Richardson sisters. She left school at 14 and traveled to southern Idaho, where she met and became close with her mother's family, the Kauffman's and Rowen's. Then, to Spokane, WA where she went to work at the Linen Supply Laundry, where she met her best friend, Irene Lannen. Ethel was very social, outgoing and loved to dance. She met her future husband, Howard Oatney at a dance, where he played in a band. They were married on Dec 19th, 1940. Howard and Ethel were very active. They enjoyed square dancing, camping, fishing and entertaining. They had a large circle of friends including: the Eddy's, Lewis', Korb's and Tabit's. She was extremely close to her Oatney in-laws, including Dick, Bernie, Ralph, Carmen, Margret and their dear children. Both Howard and Ethel worked for, and retired from, the Spokane school district. They were also active members of Trinity United Methodist Church. Memorials may be sent to Green Bluff United Methodist Church. Her Funeral Service will be 10:00 AM, June 1st, 2018, at Ball & Dodd Funeral Home with interment to follow at Greenwood Memorial Terrace.
- Ethel had a large circle of friends including: the Eddy's, Lewis', Korb's and Tabit's. She was extremely close to her Oatney in-laws, including Dick, Bernie, Ralph, Carmen, Margret and their dear children.
- Funeral Service Friday, June 1, 2018
- Graveside Committal Service Friday, June 1, 2018
Ethel May Oatney
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Jo Ann Hall
May 28, 2018
Such a privilege to know his sweet woman. She came into our Church family just a short time ago, but she made the whole
place shine. What a lovely addition and she will be missed by so many.
I shared many memories with her when I spent time with her at her apartment. She was always so happy to visit and share
I was so pleased to be her "pill giver" when Carol, her dearest friend was away. A couple of times I even washed away her
contact lens with her eye drops. We just laughed and went on with our memory adventures,
I feel so very blessed to have had her in my life. I know she is looking down on us with that sweet smile.
Good bye for now, dear Ethel "until we meet again". JO Ann
May 28, 2018
She was such a blessing to my son, Braden(11), and I. I can vividly recall her smile and kind voice! She joined our church and Braden said she was in her 60s(she was 97! We all know how beautiful she was!!) We spent her 100th birthday in the hospital and it was worth every second to hang with her!
She was an amazing woman!!
She will be missed dearly and we rest assured one day we will see her again!!