Kathryn Sewell

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Nov. 17, 1921 - April 1, 2010


Kathryn Sewell, 88 of Milton-Freewater, formerly of Lucile, Ida., passed away Thursday, April 1, 2010, at her home in Milton-Freewater.

She was born Nov. 17, 1921, at Deer Creek, near White Bird, Ida., a daughter of Edward and Martha Crooks Wyatt. She attended grade school at the Deer Creek School through the 8th grade and then attended her first year of high school in Lewiston before returning to graduate from White Bird High School in 1940. She was valedictorian of her class.

She married Bob Sewell on July 17, 1940, at Council, Ida. Their first home was Kirkwood Cow Camp near Lucile where they worked for the Cow Creek Stock Association. That fall they moved to Cow Creek area near Lucile. She was Grangeville Border Days Queen in 1941. They bought property near Lucile in 1944, and that was the beginning of their 7U Ranch. They lived there until 2007 when they moved to Milton-Freewater.

She was proud of her Idaho County pioneer blood, with her grandparents having been early settlers of the area.

She worked at Waites Meat Market during hunting season and the Rapid River Fish Hatchery in Riggins part-time where she made great friends.

She loved cooking and enjoyed living and working on their ranch, loved the outdoors where one of her favorite things was huckleberrying.

She was an election board member for Lucile and Riggins for over 40 years, was a charter member of the Idaho County Cowbelles. She also was a member the Salmon River Cowboys Assoc. and Secretary of the Riggins Rodeo for many years, and was also Grand Marshall of the Riggins Rodeo. She belonged to the Salmon River Bible Study and was the cemetery bookkeeper for John Day Creek and Riggins Cemetery for many years. She was the Lucile correspondent for the Idaho County Freepree and a member of the Rebecca's.

She is survived by her husband, Bob; a daughter, Eileen Uhlenkott of Fenn, Ida; three sons, Gary Sewell of Pendleton, Darrel Sewell of Baker, and Bow Sewell of Milton-Freewater; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one sister, Margaret Rose of Lewiston and her two children.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers.

Services will be held on Friday, April 9, 2010, at 11:00 a.m. at the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville, with burial to follow at John Day Creek Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. Family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Walla Walls Community Hospice, 1067 Isaacs Ave., Walla Walla, Wa, 99362. Send condolences to the family to: Blackmerfuneralhome.com

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