Ellen June Boyd, 87, a four year East Wenatchee resident and former longtime Moscow, Idaho resident, passed away on Friday, October 19, 2012 at home in East Wenatchee, following an extended illness.
She was born on June 28, 1925 at Park, Idaho to the late Helmer and Ethel Bertha (Geisler) Ringsage. She was raised in the Moscow area and received her elementary, middle and high school education at Moscow. She was married to Donald Richard Boyd on July 25, 1941 at Pasco, Washington. They made their home together in Moscow. She raised their children to their teen years before entering the workforce. She went to work for the Singer Sewing Machine Company and before long became their top sales woman. They later made her the manager of the Spokane Division. After ten years with the Singer Company, she and Donald started a drive inn restaurant in Moscow, known as the “Highway House”. It became well known for being the home of the “Vandal Burger”. They also started a home made ice cream store known as “The Ice Cream Bar”. They sold their two businesses in the late 1960’s and purchased ‘The Locker Plant”, a freezer-locker company where they offered meat cutting, wrapping and freezing. During the mid 1970’s, they moved to Chelan where Donald became the manager of the Rosauers Grocery store and she worked as a waitress downtown. They returned to Moscow a few years later and Ellen went to work as the bookkeeper for Rick Beebe’s Flooring Construction Company and Pet Store. They retired in the early 1980’s and went RVing. They lived and travelled extensively in motorhomes for 14 years. During this time they spent five years at the Colorado Adventures RV Park in Yuma, Arizona, where Don was the Maintenance Man and Ellen was a Crafts Instructor. Once they retired from travelling, they made their home at Kamiah, Idaho for a short time before returning to Moscow. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald in 2005. She continued to make her home in Moscow until moving to East Wenatchee four years ago.
She was a member of King’s Orchard Church of Christ in Wenatchee. She had been an active member of the Palouse Rolling Hills Good Sam Club, a member of the Mountain View Club in Moscow and had been a Camp Fire Leader.
She enjoyed Sewing, Gardening and crafts.
Ellen is survived by three daughters and two sons-in-law, Kay Williams, East Wenatchee, Janice & Larry McMillan, Moscow, Idaho and Barbara & Terry Nichols, Spokane, Washington; one sister, Muriel Bass, Quincy, Washington; 9 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandson. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Donald Boyd in 2005, her daughter, Sharon DeVoe also in 2005, one brother, Myrin Ringsage and one great granddaughter, Tiffany Cline.
A Family Gathering with Memorial will be held at a later date at Washington Creek Campground on the North Fork of the Clearwater River near Orofino, Idaho. You are invited to visit her online tribute and leave a memory for the family at www.HeritageMemorialChapel.com . Arrangements are in the Care of Heritage Memorial Chapel, East Wenatchee.