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Obituary for Elizabeth Ethel Coyle

Elizabeth “Bessie” Ethel Coyle, 94, of Clarkston passed away Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2023, of age related illness.

Elizabeth was born July 8, 1929, in Kooskia to Garrett Fuller Brooks and Philestia May (Zumwalt) Dahl. She grew up on the Kidder Ridge area. After her father passed away in 1943, her mother moved them to Clarkston, where she attended high school.

Some years later at a dance at the old Lewis Clark Hotel she met her future husband, fresh out of the U.S. Navy, Clarence James Coyle. They were married March 31, 1947. Both a product of the Great Depression they lived a modest life. Living a short while in Pomeroy, Kooskia and eventually settling in Lewiston. They farmed the ground east of Lewiston at the end of Mill Road, property now occupied by the Burt Teats family, longtime acquaintances of the Coyles. Raising wheat and some cattle, they also had a large garden, which mom canned produce from. She also baked bread and of course cooked a lot of meals for her husband and the five children that eventually were born to this marriage.

Clarence had taken an outside job with Potlatch Forest, and worked the farm after work and weekends. Mom took care of us kids and farm chores, they worked hard together to make a living. Sometime in 1963, they moved the family to Clarkston.

Even after moving off the ranch she continued canning food out of the garden, baked bread, washing clothes for seven people and the meals. Up before any the of the kids, or Clarence, to make his breakfast and lunch for work. Once he was off to work then breakfast for the kids.

Clarence retired from the mill in 1980. Which started a new chapter in their journey together. There were bus trips to Reno for some gambling. Drives in the nearby mountains enjoying the days and many sights of the surrounding area, with a cooler of beer, bags of peanuts and makings for baloney sandwiches. Occasionally accompanying Clarence on one of his woodcutting projects, like taking down a cherry tree orchard for their granddaughter. Bessie would sit in the car reading while Clarence ran the chainsaw, ready with lunch or a cold beer when he was ready.

Since the death of Clarence, her husband of 61 years, in 2008 she had been under the watchful eye of her son, Dan Coyle. This allowed her to stay in the home she and Clarence built, until her passing. She enjoyed making quilts, reading, and her TV westerns.

She is preceded in death by her parents, brothers and sisters, Bill, Tom, Geneva and Laverna. She is survived by her sister Francis Smith, of Graham, Wash., and children Dorothy Lohman, of Juliaetta, Dick and Debbie Coyle, of Clarkston, Dan Coyle, of Clarkston, Connie and Ed Ridenour, of Arizona, David and Samantha, of Clarkston; 13 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren.

We would like to express our deepest gratitude to all of medical personnel of the TriState Health Emergency Room and ICU for their actions and care of Elizabeth in those last few days, and to all the caregivers who had assisted in her care all those years prior.

There will be a celebration of life planned for next spring.

Elizabeth will be interred at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens rejoining Clarence, waiting for her with a cooler of beer and a bag of peanuts for their Sunday drive.