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Lela Rose Osborne

October 20, 1932 — December 31, 2023

Lela Rose (Cook) Osborne passed from this life into the loving arms of Jesus on December 31st, 2023 after an extended battle with dementia, at the grand age of 91 years. Lela was born on October 20th, 1932 in Omak, Washington, the daughter of William H. and Mabel Cook. She attended schools in the Omak, Tonasket, Oroville Washington area. She married Gwendal Wayne Osborne in his hometown of Oroville on May 28th, 1950. In 1960, a job opportunity opened up for Gwendal to work for the Spokane Daily Chronicle so with five children in tow, they bought a house in Sandpoint Idaho. This would be Lela's home except for a few years in the early 2000's when she moved to Tonasket but she found her way back to Sandpoint. Lela started taking piano lessons at 8 years of age. Although she played drums while in high school, playing the piano was her passion. She played for choirs, grange dances, weddings, funerals, and any place she was asked to play. Gwendall and their six children learned to sing together as a family group. Lela was an accompanist for congregational singing at the Sandpoint Church of the Nazarene and at the Sandpoint Christian Center. A highlight for her was accompanying 'The Meet Christ Singers', a local Christian youth choir in the early 70's. Lela had a passion for Sunday School, serving as a teacher and as a director for several years. Her life long morning ritual included reading from the Holy Bible while enjoying a fresh cup of coffee. Every place she lived she turned part of the yard into a gardening spot and she loved playing a good game of Yahtzee or Scrabble." One of Lela's favorite sayings was, "There isn't a right way to do a wrong thing." and "My Bible says." Lela was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Leslie and Richard Cook, an infant son, Jerry, and her husband Gwendal. She is survived by her six children Allen (Lula) Osborne, Daniel (Kathleen) Osborne, Susan (Arden) Wagner, Tom Osborne, Shelly (Bruce) Johnson and Lisa (Tony) Kucherry, 21 grandchildren, 44 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren. Memorial service will be held at 11:00 on Saturday, January 20th at the Church of the Nazarene.
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