Mignon “Minnie” Earhart


(Jan. 19, 2008)

Mignon “Minnie” Earhart, 95, of Powell, died Saturday, Jan. 19  at Powell Valley Care Center.

She was born Mignon Marie Murphy in Wapato, Wash., on June 30, 1912, to Miles Edward Murphy and Jessie Alberta Garling Murphy.

The family moved to the Shoshone Reclamation Project in 1916 where they homesteaded. Minnie attended the Lateral “A” school and then Powell schools, graduating from high school in 1931.

She met Roland J. Earhart while working in a local law office. They were married on July 16, 1936.

Roland and Minnie homesteaded on the Willwood Division of the Shoshone Project and made their home on the farm. They raised four sons: Darrell, Neil, Larry and Dennis. They enjoyed watching their family grow.

They were faithful members of the Union Presbyterian Church and participated in the life of the church.

Music was always an important part of Minnie's life. She sang in the church choir, the community choir and provided music for many weddings and other services in the church and community.

Minnie belonged to the Willwood Women's Club and the Rebekahs. Cooking, sewing, gardening and her flowers were a large part of her life.

Minnie and Roland enjoyed many family vacations and trips to Yellowstone. In their retirement years they enjoyed RV-ing with the Polecat Ramblers, and they traveled to Hawaii, Australia, and Europe.

Survivors include her four sons and their spouses, Darrell (Freda) Earhart of Philadelphia, Pa.; Neil (Bonnie) Earhart of Powell; Larry (Sharon) Earhart of Powell;  and Dennis (Shaun) Earhart of Henderson, Nev. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren.

Minnie was preceded in death by her parents; her five brothers, Elson, Nelvel, Raymond, Gerald, and Harold; and her husband, Roland.

Funeral services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23  at the Union Presbyterian Church in Powell. Visitation is at 9 a.m. prior to the service at the Thompson Funeral Home.

Minnie will be buried in the family plot at Crown Hill Cemetery.

Memorial gifts to the Union Presbyterian Church or to a charity of choice in Minnie's name would be appreciated by the family.