In Memoriam

In Memoriam...

Barbara Denny

BCGA member Barbara Denny passed away from cancer in July, 2022. She completed the membership class in 2018. Barbara and her husband moved to Olympia in 2021 to be closer to their son and daughter during treatment.

Barbara loved science and taught AP Science classes. She was a kind, soft spoken gardener, always wanting to learn more. She had a ready smile, bubbly personality, and a can-do attitude about everything. 

She will be missed.

Loie DeLaVergne

Loie passed away on July 22, 2022 surrounded by her family in Sandpoint.  She was born in 1930 in Toledo, Oregon and married her husband James in 1951.

After being a stay-at-home mom she got a job at Tektronix in the 1960s and worked as a circuit board designer and helped with the circuit board that measured the distance between the earth and the moon at NASA.   

In the 1970’s Loie began her passion for gardening. After moving to Sandpoint in 1996 she became a Master Gardener. She was immersed in the gardening of Bonner County, offering tours, advice, and talks about her experience with gardening.  

Loie gave the gift to encourage others to live well, be an inspiration to others, and be true to yourself. Loie will be missed by her family and friends. She was an Emeritus member.

Lois Renk Wythe

Lois passed away on July 21, 2011. She was an Emeritus member of BCGA and gave classes on herbs both for the association and at her home.

Lois began gardening on small farm on Rapid Lightning Creek she called “The Peaceable Kingdom.” She developed raised bed gardens to produce bountiful harvests of organic vegetables in a small space. Eventually, she saw the need for a place where gardeners and small farmers could sell their produce, and she established the Sandpoint Farmers Market. She also sold her herbs from a shop on the Cedar Street Bridge, and later built a log cabin in her gardens where she could do both growing and selling. 

Lois became a Master Gardener and was instrumental in getting an organic gardening section added to the course. Her interest in growing things led her to found the Kinnikinick Chapter of the Idaho Native Plants Society, later to become the Kinnikinick Native Plants Society. Her suggestion to develop a native plant arboretum was quickly adopted, and the outstanding facility in Lakeview Park was dedicated in her honor. In recognition of her contributions to the community, Lois was chosen to be a Woman Of Wisdom in 2001.

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