Surviving Spouses
Widows & Wives Luncheons

A Surviving Spouses member is the surviving spouse of a deceased officer from any of the following United States services:

Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, Public Health Service, National Guard, Reserve

The deceased officer need not have been a member of MOAA, but only eligible to have been a member. The surviving spouse may join even if the deceased spouse was not a member.

The chapter helps Surviving Spouses members stay up to date on benefits, along with still "belonging to the military." A Surviving Spouses member who is under the age of 65 and enrolled in Tricare may purchase supplemental health insurance at a very reasonable cost through MOAA's Mediplus insurance plan. There are also cash-back credit cards and discounts for other services, such as will writing, travel, cruises, and financial planning.

Surviving Spouses members must maintain membership in the Military Officers Association of America, Inc., Alexandria, VA. If the deceased spouse was a Life member of MOAA national that membership transfers to the surviving spouse and the Surviving Spouses member is not required to pay any more dues at the national level.

Surviving Spouses Chapter Membership Dues: $10.00 per year.

Audrey Oates
(208) 777-2671
AROates@roadrunner.com

Surviving Spouses in Action

Our club membership is about 10% of the chapter membership, but we are a mighty group of women.  Each month when we meet for lunch we bring something for one of our projects. 

Annual dues are $10.00 (optional)
Name badges are $5.50 (optional)

Each one of us realizes how lucky we are to be living in our homes and eating regularly and mostly in good health.  We are thankful for these blessings and are striving to help our fellow soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen and coasties.

Projects: Christ Clinic, Homeless Veterans, Second Harvest Food Bank, Spokane Veterans Home, Wreaths for Washington State Veterans Cemetery

Items Requested for Homeless Veterans Program

  • Canned meat (chicken, tuna, other protein)

  • White tube or crew socks – large and extra large

  • Thermal gloves for winter

  • Tooth Paste

  • Shampoo

  • Razors

  • Other personal hygiene products

Items Requested for Veterans Home

  • Word Search books – large print

  • Coloring parkers and pens

  • Coloring pencils

  • Games:  Backgammon, Dominoes, Uno

  • Jigsaw puzzles up to 1,000 pieces

  • Wood bird houses

  • Bird Feeders

  • CD’s – music of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s

The Widows and Wives Club meets the First Tuesday of each Month at a different restaurant at 1 PM, so we miss the lunch crowd.

 

We do repeat some of our favorite restaurants but also try some new locations.  You will find our annual calendar here on our web page and we would love to have you join us. 

We are here as friends who no longer PCS, so we are here for the long haul.  Some of us were active duty wives and some are NADS (Not Active Duty Spouse), but it makes no difference to us.  If you are a part of MOAA you are part of us!

Widows & Wives Club 2020 Events
All Luncheons Begin at 1pm

Please call the lady in charge for each month to let her know you will be attending – head counts are needed for the restaurants. We order off the menu and pay our own bills and tips. Most restaurants we select have private rooms so we don’t have to contend with noise and music.

 January 2020

Location:

Darcy’s Restaurant & Spirits

10502 East Sprague

Spokane Valley, WA

(509) 891-0773

Contact:

Shirley Melges
(509) 465-8867

4 February 2020

Location:

Black Angus Steakhouse

14724 E Indiana Ave

Spokane Valley, WA

(509) 927-1177

Contact:

Deanie Binsfield
(509) 466-8006

3 March 2020

Location:

Twig's Bistro

14728 East Indiana Ave

Spokane Valley, WA

(509) 290-5636

Contact:

Kay White
(509) 315-9684

7 April 2020

Location:

Templin's on the River

Red Lion Hotel

414 E. First Ave

Post Falls, ID

(208) 773-1611

Contact:

Pat Connell
(208) 772-2559

5 May 2020

Location:

Davenport Hotel Peacock Room

10 S. Post Street

Spokane, WA
(509) 789-6848

Contact:

Pat Tolley

(509) 953-6768

2 June 2020

Location:

Dockside Coeur d'Alene Resort

115 S. Second Ave

Coeur d'Alene, ID

(208) 666-5799

Contact:

Pat Connell

(208) 772-2559

7 July 2020

Location:

Anthony's Homeport
1926 Riverstone Drive
Coeur d'Alene, ID

(208)​ 664-4665

Contact:

Ann Holmberg

(208) 765-1812

4 August 2020

Location:

Brambleberry Cottage

& Tea Shop
206 E Pacific

Spokane, WA
(509) 926-3293

Contact:

Pat Tolley

(509) 953-6768

1 September 2020

Location:

Christ Kitchen
2410 N Monroe St
(509)325-4343

Contact:

Kay White
(509)315-9684

6 October 2020

Location:

Tito Macaroni

210 E. Sherman Ave

Coeur d'Alene, ID

(208) 667-2782

Contact:

Pat Connell
(208)772-2559

3 November 2020

Location:

Radicci Italian Bistro
8049 N. Wayne Drive

Hayden, ID
(208) 208-635-5821

Contact:

Maxine Mahoney

(208) 762-3380

1 December 2020

Location:

Clinkerdagger
621 W. Mallon Street
Spokane, WA
(509)328-5965

Contact:

Pat Tolley
(509) 953-6768