Nellie I. Fuhs

Nellie I. Fuhs

10/22/1923 — 8/17/2018

Nellie Irene (Cool) Fuhs died of cancer Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, at Lewiston Transitional Care of Cascadia. She passed peacefully with her daughter, Connie, and granddaughter, Angie McVey, by her side. She was 94.

Nellie was born Oct. 22, 1923, on a ranch near Lead, S.D., to Daniel and Irene (Groner) Cool. She was the oldest of seven kids, and was preceded in death by all six of her siblings. Nellie grew up in Wyoming, attending school through the 10th grade. On April 2, 1939, at age 15, she married the love of her life, John Fuhs, at Laramie, Wyo. In 1942, they moved to Richmond, Calif., then to Potlatch in 1944, finally settling in Lewiston in 1951. Together they had four daughters, 13 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and a few great-great-grandchildren.

Nellie worked for 10 years at Potlatch Corp. in Lewiston and was a member of the Moose and Eagles, and served as president of the Good Sam Club. Traveling was one of her passions, and together she and John visited all 50 states and Washington, D.C.

Nellie loved watching the Mariners and Seahawks. She enjoyed camping and fishing with family and friends, and took one final fishing trip to Winchester Lake in the spring of 2016 at age 92. A lifelong Democrat, she proudly cast her vote for the first female presidential candidate in history in 2016.

Besides her parents and siblings, Nellie was preceded in death by two daughters, Darolyn Peterson and Kathie Soderstrom; two grandchildren; and her loving husband of 60 years, John.

She is survived by daughters Connie (Gary) Riggers of Lewiston and Linda Fuhs of Custer, Wash.; 11 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and her wonderful “family” of loving caregivers at Lewiston Transitional Care, whom she adored.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sept. 17 at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home. A private inurnment service will be held at a later date.

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Monday, September 17, 3:00 PM
Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home
920-21st Avenue
Lewiston, Idaho 83501

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Just like to give my heart felt condolences to the family.i love Nellie she was like a grandma to me.i took care of her @ home before she went back to kindred.we talked about everything and especially the love of her life John.James and I would go 2 mrs.Nellie house when we were not taking care of her private duty,and we would bring food,after we asked her what she wanted to eat and we would cook dinner and we all ate.she liked our cooking very much,Mrs.Nellie I miss u very much but I know u are happy because u are with John,please tell John I said hi,luv u.Demi

Monday, September 17, 2018 1:31 PM

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