Shirley Joanne Hockersmith, a long-time resident of Kettle Falls, passed away on April 10, 2017 in Colville, at the age of 82. She was born October 7, 1934 to Hubert and Florine (nee Clarno) Crain. Shirley was born in St. John, WA and attended the early years of grade school in Rice and Northport. Her family then moved to Gifford, where Shirley continued grade school and she eventually graduated from high school in Hunters. On Dec. 20, 1951, she married Lloyd David Hockersmith and they settled for a time in the Cedonia / Gifford area. In 1955, she and Lloyd moved to Kettle Falls. Shirley worked at home raising three children as well as helping with the needs of the farm. She drove the farm truck, tractor, milked cows and helped tend the livestock. During this time she was a member of the Greenwood Grange, Chattermaids Home Ec Club, and she often volunteered her help and experience to the Greenwood 4-H Club. She also cooked wonderful meals from scratch, and hardly ever used a recipe. Sunday meals were often shared with family, friends and neighbors, and many time a game of pinochle followed. She raised a large garden and canned its harvest to help carry the family throughout the year. In 1981, Shirley began work as a custodian for the Kettle Falls School District. She retired in the early 1990's after forming several lifelong friendships with her co-workers. She and Lloyd then began traveling more frequently to visit family and see places they had always wanted to see. Some travel favorites included the Lawrence Welk museum in Straussberg, North Dakota and the beauty of both Texas and Hawaii. After the death of her husband, Shirley began to volunteer much of her time at the Stevens County Historical Society Museum as well as giving tours of the Keller House, which quickly became one of her favorite things to do. Shirley was one who enjoyed sharing time with others, her love for people well complimented her work as a community volunteer. She cherished the celebrations when her home was "holiday central" and was filled with family. Shirley led by example with her hard work, loyalty to family, strong will and constant desire to care for others. She read numerous books and often carried a Daniel O'Donnell tune in her heart if it wasn't already playing on her radio. Her presence, love for life, faith, and family focus give rhyme and reason during this new time of loss. She was preceded in death by her husband Lloyd Hockersmith in 2000. Shirley is survived by her three children; Cheryl Ennis and her husband Jerry of Kettle Falls; Michael L. Hockersmith and his wife, Cynthia of Kettle Falls; Patrick M. Hockersmith and his wife Lynn of Klamath Falls, OR; seven grandchildren, Denise Ingram, Jenny Rollins, Jonathon Hockersmith, Angie Carlson, Scott Hockersmith, Nancy Crawford, Carlie Hockersmith; seven great-grandchildren; three sisters, Joyce Kohler of Gresham, OR, Janis Martin of Spokane, Janet Castle and her husband, Vernon, of Hayden Lake, ID; numerous nieces and nephews and a host of extended family. The memorial service for Shirley Joanne Hockersmith will begin at 11 a.m., Friday, April 21, 2017 at the Danekas Funeral Chapel in Colville. Pastor George Beers will officiate. An ash committal will complete the services at 3 p.m. at the Meyers Falls Cemetery in Kettle Falls. Memorial contributions may be given to the Stevens County Historical Society Museum. Please visit the on-line memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com. Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory is entrusted with the arrangements.
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