Lita L. Harris Jones, 96, a lifelong Idaho County native died Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, at her home.
She was born Sept. 12, 1921, in Rocky Canyon, south of Cottonwood, Idaho, near the big Salmon River. Her parents Joe L. and Verna Lamb Roberts were staying with his parents, Alex and Bertha Roberts on their homestead. She learned to walk following her parents up river to their homestead. As a baby, she was bundled up to ride horseback to Joseph Plains where she was put behind the piano while her mother played, accompanied by her dad on the fiddle as they played for the Saturday night dances. The ranchers carried her on their shoulders as they danced, and when she could walk they had her learning to dance on her own feet. In 1925, they moved to Gill Point, Idaho, where her parents worked for the Charlie Gill family on their ranch. She keeps in touch with the remaining member, Hazel.
The next year brought another change. Her maternal grandfather became very ill and her mother was needed in Stites, Idaho, to help care for him. An opportunity to buy a permanent home there came along when a local businessman was murdered by his wife and Lita's parents bought the estate, which also had a blacksmith shop along with a house. Going to school in Stites was the winter life, in the spring they would pack up and head for the high country to work for miners and mine on their own. She was an only child but she was never lonely or without something to do. She learned about mining, fishing, hunting-- how to shoot her game getter and if she didn't hit her prey in the head there was a scolding by her dad. Her dad was offered a deputy sheriff’s job in February of 1935 and they made their last move. During high school she was a member of the marching band and belonged to the Grangeville Gun Club. She was a member of the Woman’s Champion rifle club and won many turkey shoots with her woodsman Colt. Graduating from Grangeville High School in May of 1940, she married M.O. Snodgrass, Jr. that October. They were divorced in 1945. April 16, 1948. She and Wesley O. Harris were married and bought his mother’s home that he had grown up in. They raised five children and he was killed in a logging accident in November 1975. She joined the Mizpah Rebekah Lodge and was a member in good standing for over 63 years. The Grand Lodge bestowed the decoration of chivalry to her for her year of dedication to the Theta Rho Club. She was also a Charter member of the Grangeville Eagles Axillary.
The year 1970 became another challenge. Always a housewife and mother, she went to work for Finer Flowers, flower shop. Soon after, her good friend and husband, Darlene and Merlin Halbert, bought the shop. What fun and memories she and Darlene shared, making beautiful floral arrangements to suit the customers particular desires.
On Nov. 28, 1985, she married William A. Jones. This was the golden years and they moved to Fairview Butte, close to family and have made their home there for over 25 years. Traveling in their motor home to see new places and setting up hunting camps, meeting family and friends at Spring Bar, all of this they have shared.
Surviving her are her husband, Bill; two sons, William R. (Diane) and Wayne W. (Julie) Harris; two daughters, Barbara J. Turner and Margot J. Peterson, all of Grangeville; stepdaughter, Ruschelle Adams and husband Dalan, of Lewiston, Idaho; and stepson, Kenneth W. Jones and wife Nikki Jones, of Nampa, Idaho, Jerry and Richard Jones, of Mass. and Fla.; stepsisters, Linda Mereness, of Delta Junction, Ala.; Joy Wear, of Great Falls, Mont., Ruby Spriggle, of Caldwell, Idaho; stepsister in law, Carol Rigen, of Kooskia, Idaho; nine grandchildren; eight-teen great grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; nieces and nephews who claimed her as theirs.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Gina.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, at 11 a.m. at Fairview Cemetery near Grangeville. A potluck style luncheon will follow at the Eagles Hall. Services are under the direction of Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. Send condolences to the family to Blackmerfuneralhome.com
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