Obituary: Willmeta H. (Pfaffle) Crofoot
Willmeta H. (Pfaffle) Crofoot, passed away Thursday, March 22, 2012. Willmeta was born March 18, 1915, at a home near Touchet, Wash., to William T. and Hazel Krumbah Pfaffle. She was the second born of twins delivered by their maternal grandmother Sarah (Ma) Krumbah.
They lived near Walla Walla, Wash., until 1927, when the family moved to Keller, Wash. Where they had purchased a ranch. Her father and twin brother drove their cattle to Keller while her mother drove with the girls (Willmeta, Lavon and Janice).
Willmeta attended school in Keller through the eighth-grade, and then attended Walla Walla High School, coming home during the summers. She graduated from Walla Walla High School in 1933.
She then moved back to Keller and on Jan. 25, 1936, married Lawrence A. Crofoot in a double ring ceremony with her twin brother, Willard, and Donna Peterson.
She and Lawrence lived on Bridge Creek (near Keller) and worked summers at the Gold Mountain look out. In 1939, they moved to Tum Water Basin on the south half of the reservation, to begin farming. In 1942 they moved the Crofoot ranch near Duley Lake.
She worked in the wheat harvest and helped feed and raise their cattle, along with raising four children.
Willmeta was a 4-H leader for many years, taking club members to Lost Lake camp, the county fair and other activities. In 1986, she and Lawrence celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
They moved to Monse in 1955 and lived there until she entered Harmony House in Brewster in 2001.
Willmeta is survived by two daughters; 12 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-children; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence; sons, William and Earl; parents, William and Hazel Pfaffle; two sisters, Lavon Coffman and Janice Norgren; and her twin brother, Willard.
Services were at Barnes Chapel in Brewster at 11 a.m., Monday, March 26, with burial in the Monse Cemetery. Dinner followed at Brewster American Legion.
Services were entrusted to Barnes Chapel, Brewster.