Rovella June Vawter

June 10, 1926April 30, 2021

Rovella June Vawter went to be with the Lord and was reunited with the love of her life Vernon Kenneth Vawter on April 30, 2021 at the age of 94, surrounded by family who will honor her legacy by living their lives to the fullest. Born June 10, 1926 in Freeman, WA, to Clarence and Elva Sahli, Rovella was the baby of a family with six siblings: Farlin, Arlene, Ila, Merle, Farel, and Elwin. After graduating from Rockford High School, Rovella worked at the Pacific NW Bell Telephone Co. where she met her husband, Kenny. Together, they enjoyed raising four children; square dancing; camping with the Olsons; playing cards at the cabin on Lake Coeur d’Alene; gardening; having dinner with grade school friends and fun with “The Great Bunch.” Rovella had a great appreciation for beauty and loved sunsets, rainbows in Kauai, and her flower garden. Rovella radiated kindness and found peace attending Moran United Methodist Church. Survived by her children: Doug Vawter, (Cheri), Tim Vawter (Barbara), Mindy Hatcher (the late Steve) and Wendy May (Kimbo), six grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren, along with numerous nieces and nephews. Rovella touched many with her positive outlook on life. We shall forever remember her love. In lieu of flowers donations can be sent in her memory to Shriners Hospitals for Children – Spokane at 911 W. 5th Ave., Spokane, WA 99204 or Crosswalk at 525 W. 2nd Ave., Spokane, WA 99201.


  • Graveside Service

    Monday, May 17, 2021


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Claudia Farnsworth-Smith

May 9, 2021

My sympathy to you all on the passing of your beloved mother, Rovella. My mom, Mary, so loved getting to visit with her and Farel. I have found notes in Mom's calendars over the years about the fun they had getting together to celebrate birthdays and her notes about how much they laughed at those gatherings. (Wish I could have been a fly on the wall.)
Your mother welcomed me into her beautiful garden and I have a rose in my garden specifically because I saw it first in her garden on the south hill. I am smiling just thinking about that visit.
Mom often shared memories from childhood about the visits with the Sahli family on the farm, how all were welcome there, how the cousins would watch for their car on a certain curve and then Aunt Elva would put the potatoes on to cook. (My memories may be skewed, but I am sticking with them.)
On this, your first Mother's Day without her, may memories comfort and the day land gently.
Thinking of you all.
Claudia (your second cousin -- if I read the chart correctly)

Tim Hall

May 9, 2021

God Bless the Vawter family, and Rest In Peace Rovella, you sweet child of God.

I went to church with the Vawter family in the late 1980s and early 90s. My memories are full of fondness for Ken, Rovella, and Wendy. Thanks to the Vawter family for being kind to me during that precious time in my life.

Tim Hall
Colonel, US Air Force (ret)