The memories of nearly 400 area residents who have passed on continue to make a positive impact in the community as folks gathered to honor their lives at the Tree of Memories ceremony.

The annual memorial accomplishes two goals; first it allows folks to gather and remember their loves ones; second it provides financial support for local organizations that support the community, organizer Jeanne Johnson said.

Community members purchase ribbons in honor of a loved one who has passed. Their names are then placed on the ribbons, and the ribbons are used to decorate Christmas trees and garland in the foyer of the Benewah County Courthouse. A committee, made up of Priscilla Derry, Debbie Blake, Peg Carver, Kay Cowin, Bernadine Baltz, Jeanne Johnson and Ginny Gaines, have organized the memorial for several years.

In the past the funds raised have benefited a local chapter of hospice. The committee has chosen other local organizations to contribute the funds to over the last five years. This year’s funds will be distributed amongst the St. Maries and UpRiver food banks and CASA.

“Support for this event in 2021 has been an overwhelming success,” Ms. Johnson said. “We have gone from 300 ribbons last year to almost 400 this year.”

This year’s ceremony included a message given by Dale Bolen, Christmas hymns accompanied by guitar played by Emmah Spooner and Tom Carver, and the reading of the list of the names. The courthouse staff were credited with setting up the trees and collecting names.

The total dollar amount raised has not yet been tallied, however, the project has raised more this year than ever before, Ms. Johnson said. The committee will announce the totals once the numbers become available.

Ted Wahl, Sr. • Helen Wahl • Ted Wahl, Jr. • Fred Wahl • Edward Blake • Jim Shields • Allen Fredrickson • Warren Fredrickson • Eunice Brezchia • C.O. Johnson • Lona Johnson • Mainard C. Holtz • Dorothe Holtz • Harry Kennon • Virgie Kennon • Frank Bogardus • Sarah Mason • Fern Biersdorff • George Biersdorff • Dorothy Kendall • Edna Cameron • Jake Shanks • Mamie Resor • Stanley Resor • Vera Pugh • Willis Pugh • John Welz • Ida Welz • Brownie Applegate • Wash Applegate • Robert Welz • Carol Welz Drew • Margaret Rose Welz • David Hult • Sarah Palmer Hult • Eulas Jones • Zada Jones • Gerald Francis McCaffery • Catherine Anne McCaffery • Charlotte Anxo Plott • Minnie Anxo • Albert Anxo • Don Davenport • Ed Edstrom • Bob Baltz • Bill Baltz • Virginia Baltz • Linda Baltz Jones • Dal St. George • Esther St. George • Inga St. George • Jimmy St. George • Max Schimpf • Geraldine St. George Schimpf • Herbert St. George • Edith St. George • Jerry Anderson • Sim Shattuck • Georgia Shattuck • George Shattuck • Ken Biery • Bill “Sugar” Baltz • Iris Smith • Woody Smith • Walt Scheinost • Bert K. Duke • Eleanor “Norie” Mayer • Vicky Worthington • Shirley Sines • Mike Telford • Brian Sines • Doris Telford • Sam Issler, Sr. • Sam Issler, Jr. • Truman Sines, Sr. • Moretta Taylor-Sines • Cory Stapleton • Randy Willard • Herman Miller • Donna Miller • Phyllis Smith • Thomas Hodgson • Nancy Anne Hodgson • Miles Hodgson • Kenneth Hodgson • Gary Sumner • Dan Holstein • Margaret Holstein • L.C. Sumner

• Mildred Sumner • Grandpa & Grandma Danielson • Grandpa & Grandma Holstein • June F. Holstein • Gordon Erickson • Nancy Erickson • Joe O’Donnell • Betty O’Donnell • Robert Barden • Margaret Barden • Jack Farrell • Olive Farrell • Larry Johnson • Mary Ann Johnson • Amy Johnson • Sam Stouffer • May Stouffer • Linda Law • Judy Shaw • Pam Kuther • Nancy Maher • Jean Young • George Young • Dennis Kimzey • Earl Law • Dessie Bolinger • Kenneth H. Slick • Otto P. Papenfuhs • Mabel B. Papenfuhs • Merilyn R. Hoeg • Ralph O. Papenfuhs • Robbie Parkhurst • Ken Cowin • Cal Heinen • Wendell Ott • Raleigh Hughes • Earl Humphrey • Bessie Humphrey • Wayne Humphrey • Perry Humphrey • John Bailey • Lawrence Derry • Sharon Derry • Mark Derry • Myrtle Derry • Lee Carpenter, Sr. • Eva Carpenter • Lee Carpenter, Jr. • Myrtle Carpenter • Elmer Maier • Ryan Maier • Bill & Barbara Sperber • Grover Blevins • Janie Blevins • Gary Blevins • Troy Schueller • Papa Walt Patterson • Don Martin • Buck Mourning • Darlene Martin

• Marguarete Mourning • Michelle Martin • Joe Lounsbury • Art Lounsbury • Lloyd Russell • Margie Russell • Richard Russell

• Ron Russell • Bob Taylor • Edith Taylor • Nancy Russell • Norman McCall • Dorothy McCall • Glen McCall • Robert McCall • Eloise McCall • Mack Taylor • Maude (Mickey) Walker • Gary D. Barichello • Doug Yearout • Bob Yearout • Bud Yearout • Berth Yearout • Ron Bergland • Bob Whelan • Pat Whelan • Charles Carver • Marie Carver • Gerri Pugh • Rusty H. Price • Harold Crawford • Lori Lehman • Lee Hendricks • Bud Gaines • Bonnie Gaines • Jeff Hinz • Nancy Bender • Doris Cummings • Bern Cummings • Ginny Marquart • Geo. “Corkey” Dawson • Ron “Daws” Dawson • James “Jim” Dawson • Lewis St. John • Lee St. John • James F. Durkin • Gene & Bernadine Grieser • Lawrence & Teresa Kraut • Don Kraut • Bartholomew Kitko • Marie Kitko • Bart Kitko • Bruce Coffelt • Kathy Barden • Evelyn Conley • Van Heim • Nancy Lockridge • Mike Lockridge • Mary Howard • Betty Lee • Jennie Carlen • Dave Hayley • Francie Walters • Don Walters • Todd Walters • Robbie • Michael E. Nelson • Arthur Harvey • Cora Titus Harvey • A.B. Allen • A. Earl Allen • Grace Allen • Alma M. Allen • David E. Allen, Sr. • Kay Allen • Nina Allen • Betty Warren Kunkle • Joan Gery • Mildred Warren • Lewis Lafferty • Albert Best • Ludie Best • Dave Best • Timothy R. Ross • William David Haley • Draik Jessen • Donny Jessen • Larry Moe • Clarence Haeg • John Jay Szezerby • Linda Priester • Wayne Priester • Norman Burch • Patrick Sullivan • John Moe • Jeanette Shelden • Wilbur Shelden • Jeff Nordin • Belle Nordin • Albin Nordin • Bob Nordin • Glenn Nordin • Lillie Eikes • Vern Jorgensen • Teddy Norton • Martha Norton • Kathy Norton • Sandy Norton • Wilma Norton • Rosco Norton • Larry Schaum • Kenneth Kelly • Cy Chase • Verdie Chase • Gene Haeg • Sylvia Chase Thornbrugh • Rusty Thornbrugh • Kevin W. Davis • Peggy A. Davis • Mackie Rogers • Janet Rogers • Herb Glidden • Betty Glidden • Janice Glidden • Robert Briscoe • Maxine Briscoe • Elda Engholm • Gene Engholm • Gale & Pat Henriksen • Ron & Arline Henriksen • Bronwyn Grissom • Ira H. Grogan • Betty C. Grogan • Capt. James B. Wheeler • Betty Jo Wheeler • 2ND Lt. James B. Wheeler, Jr. • Linda Hodge • Bill Hodge • Virginia Hodge • Leah Johnson • Vernon Ducommun • Patricia Ducommun • Shane St. John • Josephine & Jack Jellison • Anthony McKuin • Rick McKuin • Butch & Toad Isaacson • Steve & Myrtle Isaacson • Don & Franice Walters • Walt & Alma Ebert • Brenda Pooler • Greta Strain • Cecil Willams • Shorty & Ollie Sexton • Donnie Olson • John & Florence Trueman • Joe Lavinge • Arvid Johnson • Don & Shirley Irelan • Duke & Glenda Harris • Raymond Rouse • Diana Redding • Irene Burge • Lester Lamb • Billy Lamb • Ryan Mattson • Carl M. Buell • Martha Buell • Ray Getz • Audrey Getz • Wayne Stewart • Joan Stewart • Dave Balek • Helen Carpenter Jones • Frosty Jones • Carl Bentcik • Frances Bentcik • Herman Schneider • Dorothy Schneider • Vern Parshall • Steve Parshall • Sterling H. Fritchman • Dan Durbin • Helen Wunderlich • Christi Baker • Joseph Hauble • Amanda Cheff • Rose Simundson • Don Simundson • Nick Scaley, Jr. • Nick Scaley • Ida Scaley • Carol Hanson • Jan Eckard • Tamee Edwards • Eddie Edwards • Lyle C. Turner • Lorri Lamb • George Mauro • Mabel Mauro • Steve Mauro • Maresa Gravestock • Margaritte Gravestock • Guy Gravestock • Glenn Hinton • Fritz Dunow • Jan Dunow • Mige Johnson • Sally Haines • Joyce L. Nichols • Ron A. Asbury • Tom Pugh • Audrey Botts • Frank Botts • Alice McGuire • Walter Gustafson • Dean Bates • Shorty Arrhenius

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