Mildred Allbertine LaMotte, 84, of Twisp, passed away peacefully March 13, 2014, at Harmony House in Brewster, Wash.
Mildred was born to Charles and Alise Pursley at Bethet, Ohio. Mildred moved to Washington state at the age of 21, and spent the remainder of her life in Twisp.
Mildred was a true ranch lady, knowledgeable in all the aspects of cattle ranching.
She married LeRoy LaMotte in 1965. She and LeRoy had hundreds of acres of property all through the Twisp and Winthrop area where they raised large herds of cattle, mostly Herefords. As the years progressed they did a lot of traveling. They were able to see almost every state in the United States, spending their winters in Florida as snowbirds.
LeRoy passed away in 1999. Mildred remained on the LaMotte ranch until her passing. For many years later in life, Mildred worked at the visitors center in Winthrop at the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce. Mildred was well known for her knowledge of the history of the Twisp area. She very much enjoyed talking to others about the “old times.” Time spent with her grandchildren, Mike LaMotte of Omak and Michelle (Gregg) LaMotte of Omak, were part of her favorite memories.
Mildred is survived by her stepson Edqin LaMotte of Malott, Wash.; grandson Mike (Tami) LaMotte of Omak; granddaughter Michelle Gregg of Omak; four great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren, all of Omak; sisters Mary Weber and Faye Arbugh of Williamsburg, Ohio; and numerous close friends of the Twisp valley.
Mildred was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and her husband, LeRoy LaMotte.
Mildred will be missed for her laughter, good cooking, many historical stories and love for family and friends.
A private ceremony will be held in the spring with her family. Donations may be made to the charity of your choice.