Idaho County Free Press

Thursday, March 3, 1955





  Mrs. Oleva Bell Webber, 82, pioneer resident of Camas Prairie since 1893 and the widow of the late Louis Webber, succumbed late Friday night at the home of her son, Arthur Webber, north of Grangeville. She had been suffering from a heart ailment for some time prior to her death.

  Mrs. Webber was born October 26, 1872 at Hico, Arkansas, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Allen. She moved to Idaho county with her parents in 1893 and was married to Louis Webber February 25, 1894, at Grangeville.

  The couple resided on the Webber farm north of Grangeville until his death March 9, 1947, when she then moved to live with her son.

  Mrs. Webber's death occured on her wedding anniversay, and a daughter, Ethel Graham, also died February 25, several years ago. One of her brothers, the Rev. George W. Allen of Santa Cruz, California, and a former Yakima minister died February 5 at Watsonville, California, his daughter Mrs. Ray Loutzenhizer advised the Free Press in a recent letter.

  Mrs. Webber was a member of Mt. Idaho Queen Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star at Grangeville.

  Surviving are the son; a daughter, Mrs. Mary Graham, Kooskia; two sisters, Mrs. Albert Webber, Oakland, Oregon, and Mrs. Chris Luehrs of Clarkston, Washington; three grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

  Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Robertson Funeral Chapel with the Rev. John F. Rice officiating. Burial was at Prairie View Cemetery.

  Pallbearers for Mrs. Webber were Edward Long, George Mires, Sam Riebold, Chris Hazelbaker, Ed Vincent, and Albert Miller.


Submitted by Chris Cornett



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