Nancy Belle Coyle, 80, of Walla Walla, Wash., died Dec. 25, 2003, at Walla Walla General Hospital. She was born July 24, 1923, in Wallowa to William E. and Laura Belle (Johnson) Johnson.
After growing up and getting most of her schooling in Wallowa, she graduated from McLoughlin Union High School in Milton-Freewater and attended Oregon Normal School (now Eastern Oregon University) for two years. She made the Walla Walla area her home after marrying Walter C. Coyle in 1946 and worked as a bookkeeper for the telephone company until retiring in 1968.
She was a member of the Pioneer United Methodist Church and was a leader for Camp Fire Girls and 4-H when her daughters were growing up. She and her husband enjoyed spending time at their Wallowa Mountain cabin.
Survivors include her husband, Walter, of Walla Walla, Wash.; daughters and sons-in-law Laura and Larry Borhauer of Spokane, Wash., Nancy Marie and Tim Ricketts of Reno, Nev., and Carolyn and John Myrick of Olympia, Wash.; brother and sister-in-law Ted and Donna Johnson of Whidbey Island, Wash.; sisters and brother-in-law Ruth Abbott of San Bernardino, Calif., Roberta Bird and Rachel and Dean Walker, all of Walla Walla, Wash., and June Johnson of The Dalles; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Dr. Walter Johnson and Dr. William Johnson; and sisters Bonnie Wilkening and Ruby Morgan.
Memorial services took place Dec. 31 at the Pioneer United Methodist Church, followed by private family interment. Memorial contributions may be made to the Pioneer United Methodist Church children’s ministries through Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 West Alder, Walla Walla WA 99362.
Wallowa County Chieftain, Thursday, January 01, 2004