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Obituary: Cannon, Ettalee (Shockley)

Age 90

CANNON, EttaLee (Age 90) Passed away on August 25, 2013, in Post Falls, ID. EttaLee was born to Nathaniel and Lorena Shockley in Burma, ID on March 7, 1923. She ultimately moved to California where she attended Business College, worked as a business assistant, and piloted coastline submarine watches for the California Civil Air Patrol early in World War II. During the war, EttaLee met the love of her life, Frank Cannon, in Santa Monica, CA. After finishing his service in the Navy, Frank and EttaLee were reunited and married April 20, 1946. They moved to the Pacific Northwest where Frank continuously worked for the Great Northern and Camas Prairie Railroads until retirement in 1981. EttaLee was a stay at home Mom and was instrumental in raising the couple’s six boys and two girls, first in Rosalia, WA, and finally in Orofino, Idaho. EttaLee, a committed steward of God’s gifts, worked to help her children reach their potential. She lovingly exhorted, edified, and cherished each one. EttaLee and Frank’s household was the first American home wherein all six sons achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. Further, EttaLee was wonderfully supportive and instrumental in ensuring her eight children obtained college educations and could pursue professions in fields of medicine, law, architecture, aviation, education, business, and technology in both public and non-profit sectors. Upon moving to Orofino, ID in 1970 and until moving to Lewiston, ID in 2004, EttaLee was an active member of First Baptist Church Orofino. Onward from retirement in 1981, EttaLee and Frank relished their love of God and family. They often traveled around the country visiting children. EttaLee’s legacy continues in New York, Texas, Florida, West Virginia, Washington, and Idaho. As a side note, and as interesting testimony to her impact, she was once runner up to Idaho’s Mother of the Year, placing second to Governor Butch Otter’s mother. She also was featured as one of YWCA’s Inspiring Women in an area 2009 publication. In 2011, EttaLee moved to Life Care of Post Falls, ID where she lived and visited family for her last two years. EttaLee was preceded in death by her parents, Nathaniel and Lorena Shockley, and six siblings. She is survived by: sisters Mary Akins, 95, and Bertha Mullin, 92, both of southern Idaho; children, Gail and Bill Hohenstreet, Post Falls, ID, Dr. Bruce and June Cannon, Beckley, WV, Ned and Kate Cannon, Lewiston, ID, Janice and Paul Kroeger, of Wendell, ID, Loren and Annie Cannon, New York, NY, Ross and Charolette Cannon, of Dallas, TX, Neil and Juli Ann Cannon, Bonney Lake, WA, Todd and Holly Cannon, Palm Beach Gardens, FL; 30 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at Post Falls Baptist Church, 1608 N. Spokane St., Post Falls, ID, on Tuesday, September 3rd, at 10:30 AM, and again at 3:30 PM in Lewiston, ID, at graveside in NW corner of Normal Hill Cemetery. Visit EttaLee’s online memorial at