Rheta went to be with our Lord and Savior March 4, 2013. Rheta was born to Harry and Elva Hagerman May 7, 1928. She was joined by a sister Ruth in 1930. They were both born in the old Grey’s house, which was just a block from where they grew up. Their mother Elva bought the land and later had an old barn moved there. The barn was converted into a house. They raised chickens and had a large garden.
She spent many weekends with her dad marking railroad ties to be replaced on the railroad tracks. Her dad would tell her to wear a cap and overalls so people would think she was a boy. They also spent a lot of time playing and fishing along the river. She attended elementary and high school in Thompson Falls.
Rheta married and had two children, Juanita Jahnke (Gambrel) and Melvin Jahnke. She divorced and later met and married James (Jim) Doty in 1963. They had a daughter, Jamey Doty (King) in 1964. They lived at Eddy and up Swamp Creek in Plains. They moved to the ranch at Weeksville in the early 70s. They raised cattle and always had a large garden every year. In 2003 they sold their place, but continued to live there until 2010 when they moved to Thompson Falls.
Mom enjoyed sewing and crocheting. She had a gift of making things by looking at a picture and not using a pattern, including the beautiful doilies she crocheted until entering the hospital.
She is preceded in death by her mother and father, Harry and Elva Hagerman;, her son, Melvin; sister, Ruth and husband, James.
Rheta is survived by her daughters, Juanita Gambrel (Tom) and Jamey King (Earl); brother-in-law, Dan Doty; grandchildren Mitch Wolff (Meghan), Terra Wolff (Justus), Travis King, Felicia Million (Larry) and several great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held Tuesday, March 12 at 1 p.m. in the Thompson Falls City Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday evening from 5-7 p.m. at Sunset Hills Funeral Home in Thompson Falls.