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Nellie Elizabeth Ogilvie, 76

| November 29, 2010 1:47 PM

Nellie Elizabeth Ogilvie, 76, of Coeur d'Alene, passed away suddenly and peacefully Thursday, Thanksgiving evening, on Nov. 25, 2010.

She was born to the late Walter S. Clark and Helen Gertrude (Miser) Clark, March 19, 1934, in Burlington, Colo. Nellie traveled to Coeur d'Alene in her mom's lap in a boot box in the front of a new Chevy pickup when she was just 6 weeks old. Her parents built a home on the N.E. corner of 15th and Best on 80 acres they purchased. Nellie graduating from Coeur d'Alene High School in 1952 and receiving a B.A. from Eastern Washington College of Education (EWCE) in education with minors in music and art in 1956 and a M.A. in education from the University of Idaho in 1959.

She married George M. Carnie in 1952, and they had four children while living in Moscow, Meridian and Hagerman. They were married until 1969. Nellie married Lawrence Ogilvie in 1974. They were married 33 years, living many of them in Priest River, until Larry passed away in 2007. Nellie lived at the Loyalton in Coeur d'Alene after that and became best friends and sweethearts for several years with Bob Ross, 98.

Nellie was a first, second and third grade teacher from 1957 until she retired in 1989. She taught in Genesee, Eagle, Meridian, Wendell, Hagerman, and at Harding and Bryan in Coeur d'Alene. She loved teaching and was passionate about making a difference in the lives of her students. She was also a Mica Flats Grange member since she was 14 as well as a lifelong member of ADK and PEO.

Nellie was a woman of faith with a compassionate, generous and kind heart. She trusted in the Lord Jesus. Her faith strengthened her through the challenges of life. She loved nature, animals, cooking, sewing, painting, square dancing, PT boat conventions, playing piano, accordion, viola - and especially - her grandchildren.

She was a "toughie" when her husband Lawrence died from lung cancer and again when she shattered her arm last May. She came through the surgery and subsequent physical therapy well. Her patience, courage, uncomplaining spirit, practicality and sense of humor made her a favorite of the care workers at the Loyalton, and of all who knew her. She was a "people person," caring about all her family and friends.

Nellie is survived by her sister, Lillian (Clark) Mayor of Arizona; her former husband, George (Beverly) Carnie of Kettle Falls, Wash.; her four children, Pamela Carnie of Houston, Texas, Steven (Mitch and Ruth) Carnie of Sacramento, Calif., Ron Carnie of Moscow and Sharon (Peter) Feeley of Boise. Six grandchildren; her aunt, Mary Conkling of Des Moines, Iowa; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews; and many others she mothered over the years also survive her.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Mica Flats Grange Memorial Scholarship Fund, 7465 Kidd Island Road, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814.

The viewing will be held from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010, at English Funeral Chapel, Coeur d'Alene. Funeral services will start at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, 2010, at English Funeral Chapel, Coeur d'Alene, followed by interment at Coeur d'Alene Memorial Gardens in Coeur d'Alene. A reception will follow at the Mica Flats Grange.

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