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Adelaide 'Addie' Styzen Elam Neufeld

| December 16, 2020 1:00 AM

Adelaide “Addie” Styzen Elam Neufeld passed away peacefully on Dec. 11, 2020, at Kootenai Health, from complications of a stroke. Addie was born in Chicago to Leo and Elizabeth Styzen, on Sept. 9, 1935. Addie lived in Chicago until 1958, when she married Roy Elam and had her daughter, Karen.

In 1970 they moved to Fairbanks, Alaska. Addie lived in Spokane, Wash., from 1972 to 1974, working for Dr. Beaver. She lived in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, since 1974, where she worked for Dr. Wood and then Dr. Lea, and retired in 1996. Addie and Roy divorced in 1977. She married the love of her life, Jerry Neufeld, in 2003. They have been together since 1987.

Addie was active in Coeur d’Alene Community Theater in the late 1970s and ‘80s, acting in Tim Rarick’s plays, “Bull of the Woods” and “Dancing on Silver.” She was assistant director for “1706 Front Street.” She was one of the “Red Hot Mamas” in the Coeur d’Alene Fourth of July parades. She loved to play with her grandchildren.

Traveling around the Northwest, California, and Arizona were some of her favorite things to do. She was the “Teddy Bear Queen;” recognized in the newspaper for her abundant collection. She is greatly missed by everyone who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her brothers Leo and Arthur. She is survived by her husband, Jerry; daughters Karen Elam Sorbel (Michael Sorbel) and Ellen O’Dell (Michael Leech); sons Scott Allen Smith and John O’Dell (Kirstin O’Dell); her grandchildren Autumn, Ty, June, Rylee, Cassidy and McKenzie; and seven great-grandkids.

The family is planning a celebration of life in the spring or summer. To see Addie's online memorial and to leave a message for the family, please visit