Phyllis Larine Sauter, 93
Phyllis Larine Sauter passed away on Sept. 25, 2019. She was born May 22, 1926, to Jess and Ila Beeman, in Reardan, Wash.
The family moved to Idaho in 1927. Moving to Spirit Lake, they ran a dairy there from 1931 to 1941. Phyllis attended Spirit Lake High School and was a member of the marching band and the high school dance band. In 1938, the Spirit Lake Dance Band played for the first senior prom in Priest River High School (now the junior high). She never dreamed that she would live in Priest River.
On Sept. 18, 1945, she married Clarence “Shorty” Sauter, who was one of the first six sailors brought into Farragut Naval Training Station to help put the base into commission. They made their home in Spirit Lake and raised three children there. In 1975, they moved to Bellingham, Wash., to be near their children and grandchildren. They returned to Idaho in 1990 and moved to Priest River in 1994.
Phyllis was a member of Priest River Community Church and a 70-year member of the Royal Neighbors of America.
She leaves a daughter, Frankie Anderson and a son, Rocke Sauter, both of Bellingham; a daughter-in-law, Billie Jo Sauter of Spirit Lake; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and a loving church family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence; son, Jack Sauter; daughter-in-law, Dawn Sauter and an infant.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, at Priest River Community Church.
Sherman-Campbell Funeral and Cremation Services in Priest River is in charge of arrangements. Family and friends are invited to sign the online guest book at www.shermancampbell.com.