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Published December 16, 2012, 12:00 AM

Juanita L. Lamphier

Juanita Frances Luke Lamphier passed away peacefully on December 1, 2012 in her apartment at Redwood Terrace Assisted Living in Grants Pass, OR. She was 94. She was surrounded by her daughter and several friends. Juanita was known for her wonderful smile and love of music and flowers, and her home state of Montana. She was born in Thompson Falls, MT on April 27, 1918 to Laura Prentice Luke and Walter Elias Luke. She was eight when her mother died, making her the oldest daughter of her five siblings. When her father remarried, she was instrumental in helping to raise the additional four siblings. Her family was one of the early pioneers in Montana.

Juanita worked as a bookkeeper out of high school for a number of years, and eventually married George Kenneth Lamphier, of Tyler, WA, a lifetime railroad man with the Burlington Northern Sante Fe railroad. As a result of being a railroad wife, Juanita and her family moved to several cities throughout her life, most notably Fargo, ND for 16 years, and St. Paul, MN for 14 years. She loved to say she had a railroad pass and she could travel anywhere she wanted to go. Eventually Juanita and George retired to Spokane, WA and became grandparents to all their neighbors on Lonewolf Ct.

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