Ethel Samson, 94
Ethel Samson, 94, former longtime resident of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, passed away Feb. 13, 2018, in Green River, Wyo., where she has lived for the past four years.
She was born July 25, 1923, in Neptune, Saskatchewan, Canada; the daughter of Henry and Sarah (McColl) Lindborg.
Mom attended school and graduated from Lapwai High School, Lapwai, Idaho. She loved growing up on the Nez Perce Reservation, playing basketball and earning a letter sweater for the Wildcats. She attended North Idaho College, became a telegrapher for the Union Pacific Railroad and worked on the draft board. In later years, she worked for Lillian Wilkin’s Draperies and was a lunch lady at Sorensen School.
She married our dad, Martin “Smokey” Samson, in Ritzville, Wash., on April 8, 1945. He preceded her in death on Dec. 15, 2004.
Ethel loved working in her yard, going to garage sales, and taking long walks around the neighborhood, even into her late 80s. She enjoyed decorating her house inside and out for the different seasons and was a skilled carpenter, upholsterer and furniture refinisher.
She was preceded in death by her parents; step-father, George “Pom” Hamilton; our dad; sisters, Della Davis and Ruby Seeley; and son-in-law, David Fackenthall.
Survivors are Molli Fackenthall of Woodland, Wash.; Mike (Chris) Samson of Ola, Idaho and Kathy (Charlie) McCormick of Green River, Wyo.; her grandchildren, Todd Fackenthall, Pam (Charles) Pfennig, Trisha Fackenthall, Nikki Lempesis, Michael (Andrea) Samson, Sarah (Mike) Orham and Josh Moody. Ethel was blessed with 14 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren, and is also survived by brothers-in-law, cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Cremation has taken place and no services are planned. To those whose lives touched hers, and her South Eleventh neighborhood especially, please celebrate her life in your own way. She loved you very much. Love and God bless. Molli, Mike and Kate.
Donations in mom’s name may be made to Pet Adoption League, 1526 N. Washington, Emmett, ID 83617. It will be greatly appreciated as it is a charity close to our hearts.