Submitted by Deb Starr


APRIL 8, 1943


Death came on Wednesday night of last week to Mrs. Nora Chase, who had lived in this community since 1886, and who had taught in many of its rural schools and for 12 years conducted a children’s Sunday school class in Grangeville.  Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon, a large crowd attending, at the Hancock Funeral Home, with Rev G.W. Lawson officiating.  Favorite hymns were sung by Mrs. Gene LeBeouf and Mrs.. L.E. Bunting, with Mrs. H.H. Hendron at the organ.  Interment was in the Denver cemetery.

Margaret Catherine Nora Stephens was born in Benton County, Arkansas, August 2, 1869, and died at the Cottonwood hospital April 7, 1943.  At the age of 17 she came with her parents to Idaho, and from then until her death lived continuously in or near Grangeville.

In 1889 she was married to George Crea.  To this union was born one daughter, Georgia.  Mr. Crea passed away in 1891.  Mrs. Crea resumed school teaching at this time, as she had taught for two years before her marriage.  Schools she taught in were the Star School, where she had also attended; the Adkison school, Mountain View, Union, Sunnyside and Fairview.

On October 10, 1893, she was married to Oliver Chase, and to them were born six children.  They lived on the Oliver Chase farm six miles north of town until Mr. Chase’s death in 1928.  Two of their children, twins, died in infancy.

Since about 1931, Mrs. Chase had lived in Grangeville, a faithful member of the Christian church, an unselfish mother and a much-loved neighbor.  She is survived by four daughters and a son, 19 grandchildren, many of whom have lived with her at various times while attending school, and by six great grandchildren.  Her daughters are Mrs. Georgia Brown of Clarkston, Mrs. Henry Altman, and Mrs. Marion Bowles of Grangeville, and Mrs. Everett Chaney of Whitebird.  Her only son is Joe Chase of Wilder, Idaho.

Three brothers and two sisters survive.  The brothers are Allen of Burley, Idaho; Harley of Wacoma, Ore., and George of Wilder, Idaho.  The sisters are Mrs. Georgia Brown of Portland, and Mrs. Gene Thompson of Lewiston.



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