Edna MacPherson passed away on November 1, 2012, at Sullivan Park Care Center in Spokane Valley, Washington, at age 94. She was born February 28, 1918, at the family ranch near Hulett, Wyoming, to William and Edna Blakeman. As a child she rode horseback to a one-room schoolhouse. When her father was elected Crook County sheriff she lived in the county courthouse in Sundance, Wyoming, where she attended high school. Upon graduation she married Robert MacPherson on October 31, 1937, whose family operated the newspaper in Sundance. They lived for a time at Sundance and at Union, Oregon, before moving to Palouse in 1940.
They operated the Palouse Republic Newspaper in Palouse until Robert’s death in 1966. Edna continued to publish the paper at Palouse for a time with family assistance until the business was sold, and she then worked for a time for the R.A. Hanson Company. Later she was employed as a secretary at the Nuclear Radiation Center at Washington State University until her retirement in 1985. She continued living at the family home in Palouse until 2008 when she relocated to Sullivan Park Retirement Community in Spokane Valley.
Edna is survived by sons, Robert (Serena) MacPherson Jr. of Stanfield, Oregon, Jeff (Vinetta) MacPherson of Spokane Valley and daughter Lisa (David) Kinyon of Otis Orchards. She is also survived by grandsons, Shawn, Eric and Jeffrey MacPherson and Christopher Kinyon; granddaughters Andrea Kinyon, Melissa MacPherson and Heather Warner; fourteen great-grandchildren; sister, Daisy Dennis and brothers Frank and Donald Blakeman. Preceding her in death were her husband, Robert; daughter, Andrea; her parents; brothers, Charles, Merle and Gerald Blakeman and sisters Andrea Blakeman and Anna May McWethy.
Final services were held at Kramer Funeral Home in Palouse Monday, November 5, 2012, with burial following at Greenwood Cemetery, Palouse. Grandchildren will be serving as pallbearers. The family suggests memorials to the Roy Chatters Printing Museum in Palouse.