A celebration of life for Duvella E. Kusler will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010, at the Palouse River Community Center at Princeton, Idaho. A private family graveside inurnment will be held at the Freeze Cemetery on Saturday at 11 a.m. with Pastor Joyce Wood officiating. Duvella passed away Sunday morning on Oct. 3, 2010, at the Royal Plaza Retirement and Care Center in Lewiston, Idaho. The family is wearing pink in honor of Duvella's love of dressing in bright colors (especially pink), guests are encouraged to also dress in pink (or their favorite bright color).
She was born April 9, 1919, at Potlatch, Idaho, to James and Pearl (Whitney) Wood. She attended her school at Potlatch and graduated from Potlatch High School in 1936. Duvella married Leland Kusler on Nov. 9, 1937, at Moscow, Idaho, and the couple made their home at Palouse for a few years and later the couple moved to Potlatch. Mr. Kusler worked for the W. I. & M. railroad and died in 1995.
Duvella worked at the Potlatch Hotel for several years and later operated Duvella's Luncheonette in Fonk's Five and Dime on Main Street in Moscow, Idaho, from 1960 to 1978. Also in the early 1960s she and her husband raised and showed Samoyed dogs for several years and eventually operated Vellee Kennels.
Mrs. Kusler was an American Kennel Club Judge for 20-plus years traveling throughout the United States and also in Australia.
She was a member of the Working Women at Potlatch, Samoyed Club of America, Palouse Hills Dog Fanciers, past member of the board of directors for the Humane Society of the Palouse and the Hospital Auxiliary.
In May 2006, she entered a care facility in Moscow, Idaho, and later moved to Lewiston, Idaho, where she resided at Wedgewood Care Center and later moved to the Royal Plaza Care Center in Lewiston.
Survivors include one son, James, and his wife, Cyndy Kusler, Lenore, Idaho, one daughter, Sheila Hicks, Kennewick, Wash., six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
The family suggests memorials to the Humane Society of the Palouse, 2019 White Ave., Moscow, ID 83843 or to the Potlatch Ambulance fund, Box 63, Potlatch, ID 83855
Kramer Funeral Home, Palouse, Wash., is handling the arrangements.