Willa was born December 1, 1920 in Toledo, Ohio to Paul and Catherine Croninger. Willa had 2 sisters, Paulagene (Ledford) and Maryann (Mowry) both deceased. She attended school in Los Angeles, California. Willa was preceded in death by her loving husband of 58 years, Bill Battles, who died in 1998. Willa and Bill had six children, Paul, Sandy, Judy, Bonnie, Bill and John. Willa and Bill lived in Plush, Cottage Grove, and Lakeview, OR as well as Winnemucca, Nevada and finally settled in Cambridge, Idaho. She and Bill loved to roam the western deserts searching for rocks, artifacts and also enjoyed fishing. After Bill passed, Willa moved to Thompson Falls, Montana to be near her son Bill and his family. After 10 years there, she moved to Springfield, Oregon to live the last 10 years of her life with daughter Judy. She was a skilled cook, baker and candy maker. She enjoyed attending her great grandchildren’s sporting events. Willa loved to watch both Cubs baseball as well as the Springfield Police Department City softball team. She was made an honorary member of the Springfield Police department team at the age of 96. Willa rarely missed a game and could be heard coaching from the stands. She was a wonderful wife, mother and friend to many. Willa is survived by daughters Sandra Fox, Judy Kuskie and Bonnie Retherford and son Bill Battles. She had 13 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren. Special thanks for love and support from granddaughters Carla and Melissa and grandson in law, George. Willa met each day with a positive attitude and when asked how she was, always answered, “Fine, fine, fine. Pretty good for an old lady!”
She will be missed. Her consistent kindness made us all a little bit better.
Willa requested no services. You may make donations in her name to a charity of your choice or to Sacred Heart Hospice.
Services are in care of Major Family Funeral Home in Springfield. Visit majorfamilyfuneralhome.com to sign the on line guest book.