Violet Kinnick, 85, of Kooskia, Idaho, died Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, at her daughter and son-in-law’s home in Kooskia of natural causes.
Violet was born to Frank and Mable Baldwin Aug. 5, 1930, the fourth of 12 siblings. Violet lived most of her life on Tahoe Ridge. After graduating from the eighth grade at Tahoe School, she spent the next four years as a hardworking farm girl. On, Oct. 16, 1948, in Grangeville, she married Ralph Kinnick. Together they shared the next 62 years.
Raising her family kept her busy but never slowed her down enough that she didn’t find time for hunting or fishing with her husband, Ralph. She picked up her mother’s talent for crocheting and produced many beautiful items that we will cherish. Dirt was in her blood. There was never a year she missed planting her beloved garden, no matter how small it became the last few years. For Violet, if there was dirt a tomato plant could grow. Her son, Gary, made sure on Mother’s Day every year she got her tomato plants.
Violet moved to Burkhart Homes in Kamiah in the spring of 2010 after 80 years on Tahoe Ridge. Changes had come and she made the adjustments. Violet was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Mabel Baldwin; husband, Ralph, Sept. 13, 2011; two daughters, Nancy and Sharon; sisters, Linda Denham and Elsie Morgan; brothers, Jim, Leo, Norman, David and Dan Baldwin; sisters-in-law, Claudia, Olive and Kathy; brothers-in-law, Roy Morgan and Hance McFeron.
Violet is survived by her five children, Lewis and Robin Kinnick of Fernley, Nev., Gary and Sherry Kinnick of Harpster, Donna and Dale Graber of Lewiston, Karen and Lonnie Smith, and Mikel Kinnick of Kooskia; 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; brothers, Leonard of Orofino and Jeff Baldwin and Patricia (Gering) of Kooskia: sisters, Elva McFeron of Kamiah and Martha and (Gary) Goff of Meridian; sister- in-law, Helen (Hunter) Baldwin of Kooskia.
Services were held Monday, Dec. 28, at Trenary Funeral Home Chapel in Kooskia.
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