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Obituary: Coy, Iola Bird

Wed., March 7, 2012

Age 96

Iola Bird
December 9, 1915 to
March 3, 2012

Granny, as known by most, was born to the late Tobias and Maude Caswell on December 9, 1915 in Oldtown, Idaho.

On April 4, 1931 she married the late Elmer Curtis Coy, they traveled with their painting business until they finally settled back in Oldtown, Idaho.

Granny was an inspiring lady to all and her beautiful smile could always lighten up a room!

Her grandchildren will remember her gigantic garden and fresh flowers and vegetables she would grow effortlessly.

Wonderful holiday memories will always be cherished and remembered at Granny’s house.

Iola is preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Coy; daughter Bernadine Stratton; son Alvin Coy and his wife Gloria Coy; son in law Don Martin; sisters Muriel Elkins and Leone Dumaw and her husband Herb Dumaw; brother James Caswell and his wife Katie Caswell.

She is survived by two of her four children: Jerry (Marion) Coy of Priest River and Janet (Mark) Mikelson of Spokane, Washington.

She also is survived by 14 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and 14 great-great-grandchildren.
Memorial Services will be held on Friday, March 9, 2012 at the Sherman Knapp Funeral Home in Priest River at 11:00am with a lunch to follow at the VFW Hall in Priest River.
SHERMAN-KNAPP FUNERAL HOME in NEWPORT is in charge of arrangements.

Family and friends are invited to sign the online guest book at


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