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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.

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.

Juanita’s love of traveling took her to Israel, England, Ireland, Germany, Spain, Yugoslavia, Hungary, Greece and the Far East. One of her fondest memories was walking the Great Wall of China with her younger sister, Eunice. She was a very talented oil painter and specialized in the Norwegian craft of Rosemaling. She was also an accomplished seamstress, gardener, and cook. Every fall she would visit her sister, Ramona, in Thompson Falls, MT and they would make homemade mincemeat from the venison and elk that Ramona’s family would hunt. She played the harmonica in high school and loved to dance.

Juanita was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers: Irwin Luke, Berlin Luke and Walter Junior Luke; and one sister, Ramona June Turk; two half brothers, Donald Luke and Larry Luke, and a half sister, Phyllis Neumiller. She was preceded in death by her son, Wesley Irwin Lamphier and her husband, George Kenneth Lamphier, of Spokane, WA. She is survived by her sister, Eunice M. Luke Petersen (Pete) of Seattle, WA, a half brother, Jerry Luke (Sally) of Helena, MT, a daughter, Georglyn (Dordie) Lamphier of Grants Pass, OR, her daughter-in-law, Margaret (Peggy) Lamphier of Spokane, WA, two granddaughters: Laurie Olson and Lisa (Greg) Benneweis of Spokane, WA., one grandson, J. Scott Lamphier (Lesa) of Owatonna, MN., and six great-grandchildren: Blaine and Matthew Lamphier, Ryan and Ross Olson, and Rachel and Carter Benneweis, and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held in the summer of 2013 in Thompson Falls, MT to honor Juanita at the Wild Rose Cemetery where she desired her ashes be scattered over her mother’s grave.

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