Page County, Iowa Obituaries
from: Jerry Hamm -

Arthur G. “Art” Terry


Arthur G. “Art” Terry, 86, of Nampa, died Wednesday, april 16, 1997, at a Boise care center.


Memorial graveside services will be conducted at 10 am Monday, April 21, at Kohlerlawn Cemetery.  Services are under direction of the Alsip Funeral Chapel, Nampa.


Art was born May 25, 1910, at St. Joseph, Missouri, to Louis and Zorah Skinner Terry.  He moved with his family at the age of nine months to Nampa where he was raised and educated.  He graduated from Nampa High school in 1928 He attended the College of Idaho for one year.  He began to work for Troy Laundry, where he worked until 1942 when he joined the US Navy.


He married Alma Smith on October 25, 1942 in San Diego, California.  During the war, Art was a radioman stationed in Hawaii.  He was honorably discharged in 1945 returned to Nampa, where he owned and operated Nampa Drivein Cleaners until 1977 when he retired.


He was a member of the Nampa First Christian Church, the Nampa Elks Lodge, and worked as a volunteer for the Snake River Stampede.


He is survived by his wife, Alma of Nampa; two daughters and sons-in-law Jean and Kent Harper of Phoenix, Arizona and Judy and Jim Pilcher of Moscow; six grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and three brothers.


Gloria Bell


Gloria Bell, 78, died Monday, January 15, 2001, at her Boise Home.  She was surrounded by several members of her loving family.


Funeral services will be held at Summers Funeral Home, 1205 W Bannock, on Saturday, January 20, 2001 at 10:30 am.  Viewing will be held from 4 pm to 8 pm on Friday, January 19.  Interment will be at the Dry Creek Cemetery after the service. 


Gloria was born to Arthur and Pearl Keller on July 29, 1922, in Alliance, Nebraska.  Gloria’s early years proved the strength and resolve of her life as times were difficult in her beloved Sandhills of Nebraska.  At the tender age of six, after the death of her mother, she went to live with her grandmother Keller.  Gloria found loving support there with her father, three older brother, three sister cousins and two brother cousins also living in her grandmothers house.


Gloria was a graduate of the Alliance High School Class of 1940, and through the years helped to organize many of her class reunions.  She loved school and was a member of the Alliance Girls Chorus. 


In 1941, Gloria married Donald W. Lackey in Casper Wyoming and moved to Boise, where Don lived near his parents, Mabel and Wensel Lackey.  Gloria was grateful for the assistance of her in-laws and guidance they provided as she and Don raised their children.


Gloria worked for the Boise YMCA as a cashier/bookkeeper and then later started her lifetime career with the Internal Revenue Service in the Boise office.  She was an active member of the United First Methodist Church and enjoyed being part of the church Homebuilders Club.


In 1955, Gloria and Don, along with youngest son, Phillip, moved to Ogden, Utah, where Gloria continued working for the IRS at the Central Service Center.  Gloria and Don divorced in 1973, after 31 years of marriage.  Gloria and her son, Phillip, then moved to the Seattle Washington area and Gloria continued her work with the IRS, eventually being relocated to Cheyenne, Wyoming, where they remained until her retirement in 1979.  She then moved back to Boise to take up residence.


Gloria married Theodore (Ted) Bell on May 11, 1983 in Honolulu, Hawaii.  They belonged to several social groups in Boise and enjoyed traveling together.  They also worked together as a team in researching and computerizing their extended family’s genealogy.  It was due to her long hours of heard work on the latter that a long lost cousin was found and reunited with her siblings and cousins.  Also, due to these efforts, she leaves behind an extensive family tree for remaining members of her family to enjoy and continue.


Gloria is survived by her loving husband, Ted, brother Wayne Keller, and her children, Steven and Sally (Guessing) Lackey of Calgary, Canada, Donna (Lackey) and John Miller of Bakersfield, California, Linda (Lackey Pilcher) and David Keller of Fairburn, Georgia, William (Bill) Lackey of Toa Baja, Puerto Rico and Phillip (Phil) Lackey of Boise, as well as stepchildren, Barbara Bell of Plummer, Idaho, David Bell of Rexburg, Idaho, and Lori Bell of Eagle, Idaho; 13 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren; seven nephews and numerous great-nieces and nephews.


Preceding her in death was her parents, Arthur and Pearl; two brothers Forrest and Lloyd Keller; granddaughter Summer Lackey; and great-nephew Jeff Keller.  Also preceding her were the cousins she grew up with Evelyn Saltzman and Emerson Haines of Nebraska, Roy Haines of Weiser, Idaho, and Helen Quelle of Casper, Wyoming. 


Gloria who was a loving wife, mother, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend will be sorely missed by all who loved her.


The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Boise Public Library Gift Fund, or the Idaho Genealogical Society, Boise. Idaho.


Fred Woodruff

Fred W. Woodruff Sr., 64, St. Joseph, died Friday, Aug. 10, 2001, at his residence.  Mr. Woodruff was a maintenance worker. He served in the Air Force. He was of the Christian faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Gerald and Katherine; and two sisters, Frieda Guess and Geraldine Scott.

 Survivors include a son, Frederick W. Jr., Cosby; a daughter, Kathy Stover, Helena; a step-daughter, Marilyn Aragon, Thornton, CO; a brother, Gerald Woodruff, Plattsburg; two sisters, Judy McNett and Janice Dinwiddle, both of St. Joseph, and seven grandchildren.

The body has been cremated. Inurnment will be at a later date at the Odd Fellows Public Cemetery, St. Joseph. Memorials  may be given to the donor's choice. Doris I. Crabtree

Doris I. Crabtree


Doris I. (Woodruff) Crabtree 94, of St. Joseph, Mo., passed away on Friday, Jan. 14, 2005, at a local health-care center.

Doris was born on Jan. 19, 1910, in Page County, Iowa, and has been a St. Joseph resident for most of her life. She attended St. Joseph Junior College. She was a homemaker and a Nurse's Aide at Missouri Methodist Hospital, retiring in 1975.

She married Louis Doll Crabtree. He preceded her in death on June 11, 1972. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Fred H and Flossie J. (Hamm) Woodruff; four brothers, Merrill, Gerald, Clark, and Ross Woodruff, and one sister, Eva Ward.

Survivors include: several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services and interment: 10:30 a.m. at Memorial Park Mausoleum. Visitation will begin after 1 p.m. Sunday at Heaton- Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.

Ralph M Beery


Services for Ralph M Beery, 71, of 2725 North Five Mile Road, who died Monday at a Boise Hospital after a long illness, will be conducted at 2 pm Thursday at Cloverdale Funeral Home by the Rev John J. Dawson Jr. of the First United Methodist Church of Boise.  Interment will be at Cloverdale.


Mr. Beery was born November 26, 1898 in Page County, Iowa.  He married Elizabeth Brackett Gillette on August 17, 1942, in Eugene, Oregon.  He came to Idaho with his parents, David M. and Ida M. Beery, in 1903, and attended Meridian Schools.  He had military training at the University of Idaho during WW I.  He worked for Morgan Staley Lumber Company of Portland until the time of his death.


Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth, of Boise; a son, John M. Beery, Boise; a daughter, Mrs. Margaret Wiscombe of Boise; two step-sons Doran L. Gillette of Pocatello and Robert E. Gillette of Foster City, California; three sisters Mrs. Beulah M. Moon of Spokane, Washington, Mrs. Ruth M. Gaylord of Boise, and Mrs. Nola M. Madden of Meridian, Idaho; nine grandchildren and a great grandchildren.


Pallbearers include Robert E. Smith, Patrick Davis, Ralph H. Stamper, Finas Harvey, Lawrence L. Peck and Carl Stoops.


Levi W Good


Levi W Good, one of Page County’s oldest residents, passed away at the Young Rest Home in Clarinda early Tuesday morning, November 18, 1952.  He was born March 5, 1859 in Fairfield County, Ohio, and when six years old came in a covered wagon with his parents, David and Lydia Beery Good, to Page county, where he has resided the rest of his life.


He was united in marriage to Harriet Ellen McKinnon on February 3, 1881.  To this marriage five children were born: Edith, Bert, Effie, Arthur, and Netha.  His wife died on June 2, 1899.


On April 17, 1901, he was united in marriage to Mary Elzina Lister, who passed away April 4, 1943.  Seven children were born to this union: Uril, Lucile, Verla, Warren, Mildred, Eldon and Max.


Two sons, Arthur and Warren preceded their father in death.


Levi was a successful farmer in Page County for nearly sixty years.  He started his career near the parental home in the Davis district, northeast of Shambaugh.  Later he farmed near Clarinda, and for 39 years the family home was near College Springs.  He retired about fifteen years ago, and since his wife’s death has lived in Clarinda with his children.


Early in life, he was converted united with the church of God at Shambaugh.  When the family moved to College Springs, he put his membership in the United Presbyterian church and was a faithful member as long as his health prevailed.


Survive are six daughters; Mrs. Clarence Guenther of Clinton, Iowa; Mrs. Dale Combs of New Market, Iowa; Mrs. Milton Swanson of Parkville, Missouri; Mrs. Al Heil, Mrs. Edith Hamm and Mrs. Glenn Davison of Clarinda; also four sons, Bert of Norfolk, Nebraska, Eldon of Charleston, SC; Max of Fremont, Nebraska and Ural of Braddyville.


He also has 18 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and two great great-grandchildren.


Short services were held at the home of his daughter on east State street and funeral at the walker Funeral Home at 2 o’clock Friday, November 21 with Rev Ray Davis of College Springs in charge.  Mrs. Doris Forbes and Miss Althea Hutchings furnished the music.  Casket bearers were Wade Scholey, Clarence Bales, Harold Horning, Paul Harland, Harold Brooks and George Woolson.  Burial was in Davis cemetery.


Thos from out-of-town who attend were walter Lister, Knoxville, Iowa, Donald Lister, Cincinnati, Iowa, Mrs. Ira Lister, Braddyville, Mrs. Clifford Wortham and Mrs.  Leon Damewood of Maryville, Mrs. Ocie Wilson and Mrs. Robert Holmon of Meadville, Missouri, Mr. and Mrs. John Ware and David Ware of Hamburg, Mr. and Mrs. Eldon good of Charleston, SC, Mr. and Mrs. Max Good and Sandra of Fremont, Nebraska, Mr. and Mrs. Milton Swanson of Parkville, Missouri, Mr and Mrs. Robert Searl and family of Grand Island, Nebraska.


Dillard L Larabee


Dillard L Larabee, 77, St. Joseph, Missouri, died unexpectedly Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2005, at his home. Born on March 10, 1928, in Elmo, Mo., he lived in St. Joseph for most of his life.


In his early years, Mr. Larabee was a farmer and caretaker of his mother. Mr. Larabee was employed with Wire Rope Corporation of America for 24 years and also worked for Woodley Janitor Service for the last year. He attended Maxwell Heights Presbyterian Church and was a member of the Steel Workers Union No. 5783. Mr. Larabee was a very caring, giving and compassionate person, always putting everyone first.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Bertha Ellen (Macrander) Larabee; a son, Adrian Larabee; four brothers, Eldon, Harold, Orval and Vern Larabee; and two sisters, Violet Larabee and Edna Tadlock.


Survivors: a daughter, Erin Cindrich, and her husband, Jay, St. Joseph; a sister, Essie Brands, and her husband, Clarence, Kansas City, Mo.; a sister-in-law, Eula Larabee; three grandchildren, Lonnie Larabee, Avore Lee and Sidney Kiger; and several nieces and nephews.


Service: 11 a.m. Saturday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory, St. Joseph. Interment: Memorial Park Cemetery, St. Joseph. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory, where friends may call after 3:30 p.m. Friday. The family suggests memorial gifts to Maxwell Heights Presbyterian Church.