Kathren Maureen "Moe" Egeland was born April 8, 1961, to Violet R. Jones in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., and passed Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, in Lewiston, Idaho. Maureen married Douglas Egeland on Sept. 27, 1980, and they had four children together.
Moe was a woman of perfect quotes (especially from movies) and usually at just the right time. She was so full of wisdom, wit, love, kindness and was creative in everything she did or said, especially as a T-ball coach. "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye." - Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince. On Feb. 14, 2018, The Queen of Monty Python picked up her coconuts and galloped off on her quest for the Holy Grail. Along with her knack for quotes from movies, she was an avid reader and would give encouraging quotes from the Bible, inspirational books and the comics in the paper. She always knew how to explain things so you could understand them. She would make you think and overcome your problem. This came as no surprise as she had a degree in broadcast communication. Her passion for people was admirable and poured out into her work as a phlebotomist, working between St. Joseph Regional Medical Center and Tri-State Memorial Hospital pathology lab for almost 15 years. She was known as "Moe" to all, whether you were a patient, doctor, nurse, emergency medical technician, family member, friend or just a passerby. She had a way of making a warming impression on your heart.
"Would you hold my hand if I saw you in heaven?" Moe was a music lover, baseball fan, a "let's get a treat," go for a drive, head to a Mariners game, or take a spontaneous road trip kind of mom. She'd say "music reaches your soul," and "books are always better ... the characters are your own." She loved to share books with her grandchildren and great-grandchild. She always had just the right after-school treat, or a good ol' fashioned soda for when you were sick.
Moe went home to be with those who preceded her in death: mother Violet "Mimi" Jones; siblings Jaun Paul Jones, Daniel Jones, George "Skip" Hudson, Casey Jones, and Joanne Parr; cousin Kenny Verrett; and best friend Colleen Hogan.
She is survived by siblings David (Marian) Jones of Dayton, Ohio, Roberta (Mike) Paquette of Westland, Mary Douglas of Port Huron, Marie McConkey of Stalwart, Tamara Jones and Connie Jones of Lewiston, and Samantha Jones Bethel of San Diego, Calif.; children Ann Egeland, Mary Egeland, Daniel "Boone" (Ashley) Egeland, Sam Rowland and Sherry (Rick) Gray, all of Idaho; grandchildren Tayli Sodorff, Kaleb Walker, Ashlyn Gray, Tyler Gray, Hayden Egeland, Houston Egeland and Macy McCrae; great-grandchild Reese Sodorff; and best friend Don Adams; along with many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. A celebration of life will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. April 7 at the Guardian Angel Barn in Lewiston.