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Dorothy (Dean) Daniels


Memorial service for Dorothy Elizabeth (Dean) Daniels, 91, will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Reardan (Wash.) United Methodist Church. Ball and Dodd Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Daniels, who died Thursday, was born in Topeka, Kan.

Her family moved to Nyssa, Ore., when she was young and she grew up on an orchard. The family moved to Payette, Idaho, where she graduated from high school. It was during this time that she met her husband, Joseph Daniels.

After high school she graduated from College of Idaho (Albertson College) summa cum laude.

She and her husband lived in Twin Falls, Idaho, and Ogden, Utah, before returning to Payette. In the early 1940s they moved to Spokane.

Mrs. Daniels was a homemaker. She was active in her garden and was a founder of the Walnut Street Garden Club. She was a member of the PTA and the Filter Center. From 1960 to 1975 she taught English and French at Reardan High School.

After retiring she traveled to Europe five times.

Her husband died in 1998.

Survivors include a son, Dean Daniels of Reardan; and four grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Reardan Public Library.

Richard Johnson


Memorial service for Richard Dell Johnson, 65, will be today at 10 a.m. at Riplinger Funeral Home.

Mr. Johnson, who died Thursday, was born and raised in Spokane.

He worked for the Postal Service for more than 30 years, retiring after 14 years as postmaster of Colbert.

His hobbies included restoring cars, building HO Scale and N Scale train sets, raising a variety of farm animals and making his own peanut brittle.

Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Shirley; three children, Kathy Wellman of Chewelah, Wash., Scott Williams of Salt Lake City and Jamie Stewart of Spokane; his mother, Ruth Jerome of Spokane; two sisters, Carol Rose of Banning, Calif., and Kayleen Flory of Post Falls; and eight grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Providence Cancer Center.

Donnelda Swartley


Visitation for Donnelda G. Swartley, 85, will be today and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Riplinger Funeral Home. Memorial service will be Friday at 2:30 p.m. at Hamblen Park Presbyterian Church.

Mrs. Swartley, who died Dec. 31, was born in Raymond, Wash. She was a longtime resident of Spokane.

She graduated from Lewis and Clark High School and attended St. Luke’s School of Nursing.

In 1941 she married Melvin Swartley.

Mrs. Swartley worked as a sales assistant at The Crescent department store and as a medical assistant.

She was a 50-year member of Daughters of the Nile and was active on the philanthropic committee. She also was a member of the Ladies Oriental Shrine and was in the Kashmars.

Her husband died in 1986.

Survivors include a daughter, Susan Strub of Monroe, Wash.; three brothers, Les and Ronald Taylor, and Phil Sandberg; a sister, Joanne Fellows; two grandchildren and one great-grandson.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children.

Warren Olson

Arlington, Wash.

Funeral for Warren Richard Olson, 60, was Tuesday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Arlington.

Mr. Olson, who was born in Tacoma, died Jan. 1. He was a former longtime area resident.

He graduated from Olympia High School in 1962, and received an associate’s degree in applied arts from Centralia College in 1964. He began working for Sears Roebuck and Co. in 1964 in Spokane, retiring in 1993.

He did some home construction before purchasing a Sears Dealer Store in Arlington in 1996.

Mr. Olson enjoyed boating, fishing and hunting.

Survivors include his wife, Tammy; four children, Tanner and Taylor, both at home, Warren of Spokane and Byron of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.; two stepdaughters, Kimberley Linebarger of San Diego and Holly Thompson of Deer Park; a sister, Lorae Fenton of Ocean Shores, Wash.; a brother, Ernest Olson of Mountain View, Calif.; two stepbrothers, John Preston and Michael Olson, both of Olympia; and 12 grandchildren.

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