Friday, September 19, 2008

Kathleen Palm Wise

Kathleen Palm Wise, 89, died on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008, at her home in Bellevue, Idaho.

She was born April 13, 1919, in Bellevue, the child of Lester and Anna Werry. Kathleen graduated from Bellevue High School, where she played basketball and was valedictorian of her class. She and her sister, Helen, worked at the Sun Valley Resort when it first opened.

Kathleen attended the University of Idaho Southern Branch in Pocatello. She then transferred to U of I in Moscow where she graduated in 1941 with a degree in home economics. She taught school in St. Anthony, Idaho, for one year before moving to Los Angeles, where she was employed by the state of California as an inspector for the School Food Service Program.

After World War II, she married Thomas Chandler, at which time they moved to Atlanta, Georgia. He died in 1972 and she returned to Sacramento, Calif., to be near her sister, Helen, and returned to work for the state of California. Kathleen married George Wise, and after retiring, they moved back to Bellevue. She was a volunteer for the Hospital Auxiliary, treasurer for the Hailey Museum and belonged to the Retired Teachers Organization.

During her lifetime, Kathleen enjoyed sewing and knitting and was known for her beautiful yard and flowers.

Survivors include her first cousins, Elwood Werry of Sandpoint, Idaho, Arthur Werry of Sacramento, Calif., Rosella Hovren of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; her step-daughter, Sandra (John) Copeland of Atlanta, Ga.; grandchildren Brian and Kathy; two great-grandchildren and numerous second cousins. Preceding her in death were her parents, her husbands and her sister, Helen.

Graveside services were held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008, at the Bellevue Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the care of Wood River Chapel of Hailey.

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