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Gerrie Louise Tenwick

April 21, 1938 — June 20, 2023

Gerrie Louise Tenwick

 

Geraldine (Gerrie) Louise Tenwick was born in Carroll, Iowa on April 21, 1938 to Merrill and
Florence (Beyer) Bohnenkamp. Her best friend and sissy, Sharon, joined the family in 1940. In
1949 Gerrie, her mom and sister, traveled by train from Iowa to North Idaho. The family lived
on Gold Hill outside of Princeton, ID.; the rural location, hard winters and living without running
water became too difficult and they moved to Moscow, ID. where Gerrie attended the Ursuline
Academy, graduating in 1955.
In 1952 Gerrie met Cay Tenwick when he gave her a beer shampoo that she hated; they later
married in 1956 and have two daughters, Cindy and Cathy. Gerrie was a dedicated homemaker
for her daughters and support for Cay as he worked to build Cay’s Rock Crushing; she worked
several years at Queen City Publishing. Gerrie and Cay divorced but remained close friends until
his death in 1987.
In 1990 Gerrie and Donald Randall moved to Post Falls, ID. and then to Hayden, ID. They were
members of the Hayden Eagles and the Eagle’s Camper Club. Many a fun time were had with
spontaneous and hysterical campground parades, rounds of bun darts and BBQs. She created
life-long memories for the grandkids with a yearly camping trip and had a way of making each
grandchild feel like her favorite. Gerrie and Don spent several winters in Arizona meeting up
with Moscow and Hayden area friends. Don passed away in 2019.
She enjoyed gardening, quilting, home-making and teasing others; her memory may have faded
but her quick wit and humor was sharp as a tack; she kept things going at her assisted living
home with a joke and laugh for everyone. She would often ask, “Is it funny peculiar or funny ha
ha?”. It was usually both.
Gerrie is survived by her two daughters, Cindy Tenwick (Bill Ehrmantrout, Jr.) of Coeur d’Alene,
ID and Cathy Tenwick of Lincoln City, OR. Grandchildren Heather Lujan, Loren Burnham, Isak
Burnham, and great-grandson Jordan (the apple of her eye), brother-in-law Buck Perrigo, nieces
Gerri, Terri and Laura, and also Don and Renni Doney.
Gerrie was preceded in death by her parents, her ex-husband Cay Tenwick, husband Donald
Randall, her sister Sharon Perrigo and grandson Brandon Doney.

A special mention to the Auburn Crest Hospice team and all the caregivers who shared their
caring, time, love and laughs with Gerrie; they were the family of her heart.

There will be no services. Inurnment will be at a later date.

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