Louise Smith-Warner-James


In loving memory of Aunt Louise Smith-Warner-James, surrounded by
family, went to sleep in Jesus. She was born in Shelton, Wash., to Ray and Mabel Moody-Smith. The family moved to Aleknagik, Alaska, in 1930, where she grew up in a log cabin with her nine siblings and multiple aunts/uncles and cousins. She attended Granger Academy in Yakima then
Walla Walla College studying to be a nurse. She met Sgt. Darwin Warner in Anchorage, Alaska.

They married in Idaho in March 1946. Homes included Washington, Oregon, Montana, Tennessee and Alberta, Canada. In 1960, they moved back to Aleknagik, where Louise worked as postmaster, storekeeper, mother of three, village nurse, church organist and the main ride to town. She was the mainstay for Junior Camp and a good visit could always be had
at her house with the smell of cookies, hot bread, cinnamon rolls, "grandma's beans" and her famous potato salad and huckleberry pie wafting from the kitchen. It was always served with laughter and sharp wit and a spirit that said "Come back real soon!"
Darwin passed away in 1969. She married Russell James in 1972, and moved to Soldotna, Alaska, where they ran a commercial greenhouse for 10 years. Then on to Utah, where they had a produce market. In 1996, she moved to a farm in Milton-Freewater with her sister. Her last three years have been in College Place with family. She loved making quilts, knitting, visiting and going anywhere in a car.

She is survived by her children, Sharon Miller of Caldwell, Idaho, Dennis Warner of Heaidsberg, Calif., Letah Seeley of Kevin, Mont.; step-children, Sheryl Evers of Malalla, Ore., Howard James of Phoenix, Carolyn James of Malalla and Janelle Jackson of Meadow Glade, Wash.; grandchildren, Robert and Michael Miller, Brigit Warner, Caleb Seeley, April, Mellisa and Jessica McCool, Erica, Michael and Kimberly Youngberg, Michael and Kelly James; great-grandchildren, Autumn and Wendi Salter, Stella Stroup, Micah Youngberg, Alex and Julie Miller; siblings, Clyde Smith, Luella Litchfield, Betty McCluskey and Bonnie Pleier; and Other Stars too numerous to count.

Louise will be put to rest by her husband in Aleknagik. Services will be in College Place in the fall in the form of a family reunion/memorial. All are invited. Time to be announced. Let it be said of her that she loved her friends, family and the Lord and wants to meet you all in heaven.


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