On November 15, 2009 Mildred Betty Strohl, 94, joined the heavenly angels, Jesus, husband Russell, family, and friends for a joyous reunion. A private internment was held at the Grandview Cemetery with Pastor Dornfeld officiating. Services will be announced at a later date in Bonners Ferry, ID.
Mildred was born the youngest of four children August 9, 1915 in Taylor, N to Grace Belle and Roscoe Francis Patterson. She was raised and attended schools in Taylor. After high school graduation she attended normal school (teacher's college) and taught school in rural Nebraska. Mildred taught grades one through eight in a one room school house. She was expected to carry in the water, build the fires, and clean the school. Mildred stayed in the homes of her students for room and board.
On January 31, 1942 she married her high school sweetheart and life-long love, Russell Strohl from Taylor, in San Francisco, California. They lived in San Francisco where Russell was employed in the ship yards during WWII. They moved to Bonners Ferry, ID in February, 1946. They cleared the land and started a dairy farm in the Deer Park community on land Russell had bought with his father.
Mildred was a very active member in the HEO club, and Deer Park community events. She loved quilting, gardening, playing cards and dinners with friends, and family get-togethers. After the death of Russell in 1988 she moved into town where she continued gardening, quilting with the Lutheran Church, and volunteering at the senior center.
Mildred is survived by her daughters, Rebecca Hess (Bill) of Sparks, NV, and Jennie Starr of Bonners Ferry, ID, Grandchildren Jason Starr (Apryl) of Rathdrum, ID, Dalaina El-Halhuli (Bob), of Lynnwood, WA, and Russell Hess of Sparks, NV, six great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother and sisters, and son-in law Ronn Starr. She will be missed by family and friends.
The Extended Care Facility staff where she had resided for the last five years will miss the "look." In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a favorite charity.
Family and friends are invited to sign Mildred's book at www.bonnersferryfuneralhome.com
Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Bonners Ferry. Funeral Home.