Louise VanderWilde

June 17, 1934October 15, 2018

(Irene) Louise VanderWilde grew up on a farm outside of Waverly, Washington. Life on the family farm taught Louise how to enjoy work, love dogs and drive fast. She was never one to waste time or words, and if she loved someone, she could overlook their faults, not even aware she was doing so.

As a young woman, Louise left the farm to become a nurse in Spokane - her first step towards earning her dream job as an airline stewardess. However, shortly after Louise started work at St. Lukes, Dr. Alexander VanderWilde asked the beautiful, young nurse to a Christmas dance. By the end of the following summer they were married. The couple stayed in Spokane growing to a family of seven.

Early on in their marriage, Louise and Alex purchased timber property in Fighting Creek, Idaho. There Louise truly came alive - the Idaho forest was home. Louise planted over 300,000 trees -consistently out-planting any children or grandchildren who joined her. Louise was driven to plant so many trees to provide for her grandkids' future. She found enjoyment in a task many others would find tiresome.

Louise will also be remembered for the work she did at Spokane Child Abuse Network, the House of Charity, and her Lutheran church. She was aware of and interested in politics and could tell you what was going on in Washington D.C. better than some of the media.

She leaves behind five children: Patricia, Brenda, Russell, Wanda, and Heidi, and a dozen grandchildren. She is sorely missed by all of them, but they remain, inspired by her memory - as do countless others whose lives she graced.

Louise's Memorial Service is November 4th at 1pm at Riverview Retirement Center. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the House of Charity.


  • Celebration of Life Sunday, November 4, 2018

Louise VanderWilde

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Jody Brand

October 24, 2018

Sorry to hear about your mother passing. Letting you know that all of you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Jody Brand (Schad)

Debbie Munhall

October 21, 2018

Doug and I are so sorry to hear about the passing of your Mom. Such a great lady. I always enjoyed talking with her. Your Dad and Mom were such good friends and neighbors to Owen and Kathleen. I was thinking of the farm and all those trees. The trips made there for shared firewood. We appreciated that so much.
Hugs and prayers for your family during this difficult time.

Carrie Horlacher

October 20, 2018

So sorry to hear about your mom, love and hugs. You are in my prayers