Idaho County Free Press 

Thursday, January 29, 1953


Katherine O. Maynard Left Home Monday Morning

Determined Time of Death Tuesday


  Katherine O. Maynard came to her death from exposure according to the verdict reached by an Idaho county coroner’s jury who investigated her death last Thursday.  The body of Mrs. Maynard was found Wednesday morning of last week by a searching party about 100 yards from the Free Use Road about 12 miles east of White Bird.  She had been missing from her ranch home since about 9 o’clock Monday morning.

  The jury, composed of six of the seven men who searched for Mrs. Maynard and assisted in bringing the body out to the road, fixed the time of death as Tuesday.  Mrs. Maynard left home Monday morning to ride in search of strayed cattle.  When she failed to return Monday night it was believed she had spent the night with neighbors but when no trace of her whereabouts was to be found, a search was instigated Tuesday.

  Clair Sherwin, James Paul and Earl Dillon, the three men who found the body, testified as to the night search for the missing woman and of finding her early Wednesday morning slumped in the snow, where she had apparently fallen from exhaustion.  Her faithful shepherd dog, who stood vigil over the body of his mistress, led them directly to her when he dashed out and barked at the men. 

  It was also brought out at the inquest that Mrs. Maynard’s horse had broken loose from the spot where she had left him tied when she took off on foot to look for cattle.  Her coat, with dry matches in the pocket, had been left hanging where the horse was tethered. 

  Other members of the jury, Howard Fullerton, Raymond Stewart and Walter Wilson said they had nothing to add after hearing the testimony of Sherwin, Paul, and Dillon.

  Coroner Pritchard Crowell conducted the inquest and Ivan Woods, prosecuting attorney, questioned the witnesses.

  Miss Maynard was born March 2, 1914 in Spokane.  At the time of her birth her parents lived near Addy, Wash.  Her parents separated when about three years old and about a year later her mother married John Painter, of Dixie, and Katherine made her home with them attending schools in Spokane.

  In 1931, she married Clyde Painter and they lived on the Painter Ranch near Dixie until 1939, when they moved to a ranch near White Bird.

  They separated in 1940.  In 1942, she married Thomas Maynard and they continued to operate the ranch.

  Mrs. Maynard was a member of the White Bird Rebekah Lodge.

  She is survived by her husband; a daughter, Mrs. Josephine Gray of Lewiston; her mother, Mrs. Ellen G. Painter, who lived in Lewiston, but who has been spending the winter with her daughter; her father, John O. Jones in Washington.

  Funeral services were held at Robertson Funeral Chapel Saturday afternoon at 2, the Rev. L.E. Tooley, of the Community church, officiating.  Mrs. Tooley provided both organ and vocal music.

  Pallbearers were Lee Griffith, Ross Bentz, Clair Sherwin, Earl Dillon, Jim Paul and Oliver Dennison.  Burial was in the Prairie View Cemetery with the Rebekah Lodge in charge of services.

Feb. 5, 1953 – Card of Thanks – We wish to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to our many friends who were kind to us during our recent bereavement and also for the beautiful floral offerings.  Tom Maynard, Josephine Gray and Mrs. Ellen Painter

Submitted by Chris Cornett



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